The Interview: Final Preview

Posted by The Daily Zombies Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Call it The Miracle on 34th Street or any Christmas cliches you can think of. Sony has reversed their decision to pull director duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's The Interview from the the theaters with a simultaneous release across multiple platform on Christmas Day. 

Yes, you can credit it to any Christmas miracle of your choice but in an interesting turn of events, Sony Pictures Entertainment has decided to release The Interview across multiple platforms on Christmas Day. 

The official announcement came following criticism from the President of United States himself as well as countless other defenders for freedom of speech (among them, eloquently articulated the profound importance of denying the perpetrators the satisfaction of success obtained through such underhanded means). For those not following the story, you can check out our coverage last week

Here's the official press release from Sony:


[Hollywood - December 23, 2014]  Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Interview will have a limited theatrical release in the United States on Christmas Day.

“We have never given up on releasing The Interview and we’re excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

“I want to thank our talent on The Interview and our employees, who have worked tirelessly through the many challenges we have all faced over the last month.  While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.”

While the top six theater chains (namely, AMC, Regal, Cinemark, Cineplex, Carmike, and Bow Tie) who have previously pulled the show from their schedules will not be able to reverse their decision as well since tickets for other films scheduled during this period should have been sold, the smaller theaters have been rallying their support with Alamo Drafthouse selling out their tickets within hours. In addition to limited release in theaters, Sony has confirmed that the film will also be available for rent online today at 10am PT/1pm ET on Google Play, YouTube, and Xbox Video though its official website. Strictly available for US citizens (or those carrying a US credit card), you can rent the film for $5.99 or purchase it in HD for ten bucks more at $15.99. Something tells me this is going to be good business given the incredible publicity generated. Indeed, cinematic history has been made by this silly satire movie with an unprecedented high profile VOD release simultaneously with limited theatrical release. 

With the film set to be back on track firing on all cylinders, the marketing campaign (which has been dead in the water since the announced cancellation) was instantly revived, enabling us to check out all the ludicrous trailers that were taken down earlier. So without further ado, this is almost like our usual Final Preview but in the most incredible circumstance. This is truly reflective of the strange time we lived in.

First up, the declaration of Sony's formerly committed and fleshly re-committed defiance to North Korea in this clip aptly entitled, "In Franco & Rogen We Trust".

The balls-out crazy red-band trailer that give you a good taste of what the film is all about.

And the Final Trailer that is in essence a somewhat cleaner version of the red-band one.

Two mock-interview with Orlando Bloom and Zac Efron, respectively.

And here are the character featurettes.

A new poster released for the film (relatively speaking, given the exposure of the film).

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show “Skylark Tonight.” When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un.

Also starring Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park, The Interview will be having a limited release in theaters and is currently available online on Google Play, YouTube, and Xbox Video though its official website

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