Have you guys heard about this movie? It's called "The Interview" and stars James Franco as a tabloid-style news personality and Seth Rogen is his producer. Nothing too scandalous, right? Oh yeah, the plot of the movie is that they get an interview with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un and are recruited by the CIA to kill him.
North Korea was not happy. Some mysterious threats that alluded to bombing any theater showing the movie were made. People believed those threats were from North Korea. Several movie theater chains pulled out of showing the film, which was to open Christmas Day. Sony, the film's distributor, then decided to cancel the release.
It was a super big deal for a couple days. The general consensus seems to now be that North Korea was not behind the terrorist threats. Sony can't just be like "Oops, let's just pretend like this didn't happen," so it's no longer in theaters. But, they did decide to distribute it digitally, via YouTube, PlayStation, and other video streaming media.
I paid $5.99 to rent "The Interview" on YouTube. For less than six dollars, I can watch it for 30 days. Watching it once was enough, honestly.
James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a tabloid journalist. Seth Rogen is his producer, Aaron Rapaport. Skylark hosts a celebrity interview show, which features some funny cameos during the film: Eminem reveals he's gay, Rob Lowe pulls his wig off to show he's been bald since the 80's, and Joseph Gordon Levitt is randomly in a playpen full of puppies.
Skylark and Rapaport are polar opposites when it comes to journalism. Rapaport wants to do more. It comes to a head during one heated argument.
Rapaport: "I wanted to cover serious news, not Nikki Minaj's fucking vagina flopping out at the fucking Grammy's."