Oh, good. In case you aren’t sick of hearing about
The Interview, a dumb movie in which Seth Rogen and James Franco play idiots who assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, it just became
available on iTunes. You can rent it for $6 or buy it for $15 in HD or SD. The Interview was supposed to launch in movie theaters on Christmas Day. But then
Sony was hacked, and the alleged hackers
threatened violence against movie theaters that would show it, so the movie theaters backed down, and then Sony said it wouldn’t even release the movie. That’s when
Obama sighed mightily and said that was a mistake, and then Sony changed its mind and did release the movie after all, to
a few movie theaters as well as
YouTube, Google Play, and Xbox Video. (But
you can’t watch it on the PlayStation Network for some reason,
nor on Sony’s own Crackle, but it might be coming soon if Sony can get its act together.)
Isn’t the real crime selling the SD version at the same price as the HD version?
People wondered why Apple didn’t immediately get on board—
the We still don’t know why it wasn’t on iTunes right on Christmas Day, but it’s there now. New York Times said the company “was not interested.” The Interview has a 50 percent score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, but a 63 percent rating from users. It’s currently
the most popular video on YouTube, which is saying something considering it’s up against
this baby panda’s big sneeze.
Did you see it? Did you like it? Is this whole story starting to smell more like a marketing hoax than a terrorist plot to anyone else, or just me?