One of the cinemas where The Interview is to be screened is The Alamo Drafthouse an Austin based group that specialises in art films. It also happens to be close to where my daughter lives and is a cinema we attend regularly, not just because of the films that it shows but also because you can get a good meal and good beer while you are watching the movie. Sounds odd I know but the layout of the cinema is such that the order takers and waiters are hardly noticed as they scurry about delivering or collecting. One of my favourite places to go when we are in town. Last movie that I saw there was The Imitation Game about the life of Alan Turing.
I think the point here - which a few of you seem to be missing - is not whether the film is good or dire, but is about freedom in a democratic society. This film has as much right to be screened as any other, and withholding it from its potential audience because some anonymous source outside America has taken offence is ludicrous.
Societies, and the individuals in them should be free to decide whether they want to see a film or not.
I'm a cynic too. It'll probably make Sony a lot more money that it would have without this supposed hacking. Old sayings: 'Any publicity is good publicity'. Or, 'There is no such thing as bad publicity'.
I doubt Obamas bothered, he was standing up for free speech just not his fault the speech in question may not have had much value. Now Kim Jong Un on the other hand will be spitting feathers, rarely can a censorship program have backfired so spectacularly. If they'd just gritted their teeth and stayed quiet The Interview would probably have vanished without a trace, just another Seth Rogan fluff project. But Sony now have more publicity than they could have hoped for and people who wouldn't have gone anywhere near it are flocking to their local multiplex either to see what it's all about or as a stance (all be it somewhat ineffective) against terrorism.