Dec31The latest celebrity news including Sony expands 'The Interview' to pay TV, more theaters. John Russell reports.
Sony Pictures on Wednesday (December 31) added more viewing options for its controversial comedy "The Interview," distributing the film on demand through U.S. pay TV operators and expanding its reach in independent theaters. The film, blamed for triggering a massive cyberattack on Sony, saw the studio cancel the Christmas Day release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened violence against movie theaters and major theater chains refused to show it. Following days of criticism from Hollywood celebrities and President Barack Obama, Sony struck deals to launch the film in 331 independent theaters and through online distributors. Over the long Christmas holiday weekend, "The Interview" earned 15 million dollars (USD) online in four days and another 2.8 million in theaters. 2015 looks set to be another jam-packed year for movie releases, with the upcoming installment of the "Star Wars" franchise topping moviegoers' lists of most anticipated films of 2015, according to a survey by ticket seller Fandango. "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" highlights a year of big-budget franchise releases that includes runner-up films "Avengers: Age of Ultron" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."