Movie fans at a midnight screening of ''The Interview'' in LA are treated to surprise visit by the film's co-star. Mana Rabiee reports.
Outside this Cinefamily movie theater in Los Angeles.... warm cider offers Christmas cheer to film fans. They're here for a sold out midnight screening of Sony's "The Interview" -- about a fictional plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea. It's been a ping-pong week for the film ... Sony initially pulled the movie over security threats linked to Pyongyang -- then suddenly announced a limited release in a smattering of independent U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. So for some fans, watching the film was really about supporting freedom of expression... (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHAEL RICH SAYING: "I am here because I wanted to support film makers who were being censored by foreign bodies because I don't believe that anybody should have the right to censor a work, whether it's satirical or not." That support got rewarded with a surprise visit at the midnight screening by the film's co-star Seth Rogen and it's co-director. Late Wednesday night, the film also became available online through platforms like Google Play and YouTube. The controversy was building buzz around a movie that by Hollywood standards had a modest budget of $44 million. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAMSIN HOLLOW SAYING: "This is a film I would probably would not have come to see but because of the controversy I thought I would come out tonight to stand up for freedom of speech." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALBERT BERNAL SAYING: "It's nice to go to the movies and be proud of your country and I'm just very proud and very happy to be here." So this holiday season, from Los Angeles to Washington, from Bangor, Maine, to Jasper, Indiana, moviegoers will have a chance to see "The Interview after all, in about 320 independent theaters across the country.