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2014-12-24 16:47

Los Angeles - Celebrities and others react to Sony's announcement on Tuesday that it will release Seth Rogen and James Franco's embattled North Korean satire, The Interview, in some theatres on Christmas:

- "The president applauds Sony's decision to authorise screenings of the film. As the president made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theatres allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome." Eric Schultz, spokesperson for President Barack Obama, in a statement.

- "...Giving this parody the broadest viewership possible will be the best response to the threats and cyber attacks from the regime of Kim Jong-un. Free expression is the bedrock principle of a democratic society and is especially important in the arts. We must not allow the world's most oppressive dictatorship to have a veto over what American audiences can see at their local theater, or in their own homes." — said Adam Schiff in a statement.

- "...We are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech." — Sony Entertainment chief Michael Lynton in a statement.

-"This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us. We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American." — Tim League, chief of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema theaters in a statement.

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