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Raunchy comedy "The Interview" -- the movie that has outraged North Korea for lampooning dictator Kim Jong-Un -- opened in US theaters Thursday, a development its star cheered as "super (expletive) exciting." Its future had been in doubt after Sony said it was canceling the release following an embarrassing cyber attack on its corporate network and threats against moviegoers. Star Seth Rogen and co-director Evan Goldberg made a surprise appearance at one of the first showings in Los Angeles just after midnight, when they thanked moviegoers and theaters for pushing to get the film out. "We thought this might not happen at all," Rogen told a cheering crowd, according to a video posted on YouTube. Many of the biggest US movie theater chains had gotten cold feet about showing the film after anonymous online threats, prompting Sony to pull the film.
ATLANTA (AP) — Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.
Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities this year in a Christmas message to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and millions of others. His second traditional "urbi et orbi" message (to the city and to the world) comes at the close of a year plagued by war and violent religious fundamentalism, notably in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and most recently against school-children in Pakistan. "Truly there are so many tears this Christmas," he said in the message broadcast across the world.