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Sony Reportedly Cut Orgy Scene Between James Franco and Kim Jong-Un From Theatrical Release of 'The Interview'

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In an interview with The Sunday Times, Sony staff revealed that the version of The Interview released online and in select theaters is actually a "redacted version" of the James Franco and Seth Rogen comedy film, with certain controversial scenes edited out on the orders of Sony's Tokyo head office. 

The Daily Mail reports:

Among other details edited from the film include North Korean military insignia, which was originally visible on soldiers' uniforms in the film. 

But the most controversial and wide-sweeping edit was the removal of a 10-minute scene depicting the aftermath of a gay orgy between Kim Jong-un (played by Korean-American actor Randall Park) and the television presenter Dave Skylark played by Franco.

According to the leaked script, the scene was subtle. 

'Dave and Kim are in a bed naked, with the four women,' it reads. 'They’re all playing MORTAL KOMBAT.'

In the edited film, a more toned down scene involving the new friends shows them playing around with scantily clad women.  

Another scene edited out of the film was a conversation between Rogen and Franco about Kim Jong-un's sexual abilities with Rogen saying the dictator could "suck a 12 inch c**k while ice-skating backwards."

Sony staff added that they hope the scenes edited out will be restored on some type of "director's cut" released at a later date. 

Have you seen The Interview yet? Did you enjoy the film or think it could have used more Franco-Kim lovemaking?


Sony Plans To Release 'The Interview' In Theaters On December 25th

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The Interview is coming to a limited number of theaters here in the U.S. on December 25th. In a statement issued by Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, the company made a definitive decision to release the film following a week’s worth of debate over its controversial content.

"We have never given up on releasing The Interview, and we're excited our movie will be in a number of theaters on Christmas Day," Lynton explained. “At the same time, we are continuing our efforts to secure more platforms and more theaters so that this movie reaches the largest possible audience."

The specific number of theaters that will be showing the film is unclear, though Sony has stated that the release will be somewhat small. So far both the Alamo Drafthouse and The Plaza Atlanta (who offered to screen the film before Sony’s reversal) have confirmed that they’ll be showing the film with Sony’s blessing. Sony has also hinted that it’s working to  "secure more platforms,” which may point to a same-day video on demand release.

“The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed,” Seth Rogen tweeted out earlier today. “Sony didn't give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!”

The Seth Rogen and James Franco satire comedy in which the pair are tasked to assassinate Kim-Jong Un first made waves as part of the recent attack on Sony’s servers. In addition to terrabytes worth of celebrity gossip and scripts to unreleased movies, hackers released The Interview’s penultimate scene in which Kim-Jong Un is engulfed in flames. Guardians of Peace, the group claiming responsibility for the hacks, asserted that there woul be consequences were Sony to release the film as planned:

“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear.

Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”

Sony, fearing the group's threats, quickly scrapped plans to release the film. Soon after Guardians of Peace’s statement was released, the U.S. Governmental officials accused North Korea of being responsible for the Sony hacks. President Obama made clear that he felt as if Sony had “made a mistake” in its initial decision.

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said.  “I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The notion that that was a threat to them, I think, gives you some sense of the kind of regime we’re talking about here.”

The President went on to promise that the U.S. would provide a “proportional response” to North Korea’s “cyber-vandalism.” Coincidentally, North Korea’s entire internet was brought to its knees yesterday for about nine hours. Imagine that.


James Franco and Seth Rogen Have an 'Interview' with Kim Jong-un: VIDEO

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In The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen play bromantic tabloid reporters who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and travel to Pyongyang in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. But their plans change after the CIA recruits them to assassinate him.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

The film is in theaters this fall.

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Dennis Rodman Apologizes for Outburst During CNN Interview, Says He'd Been Drinking

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In a statement released earlier today, former NBA player Dennis Rodman apologized for his explosive confrontation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo when challenged about his recent trip to North Korea and his refusal to discuss human rights abuses and the detention of Kenneth Bae with dictator Kim Jong-Un.

Read the statement in full:

I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dreams of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset.

I want to first apologize to Kenneth Bae’s family. I want to apologize to my teammates and my management team. I embarrassed a lot of people. I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.

In case you missed the video of Rodman’s outburst, you can watch HERE


Dennis Rodman Sings 'Happy Birthday' to North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un: VIDEO

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Former NBA star Dennis Rodman sang "Happy Birthday" to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un today at an exhibition basketball game featuring a team of American basketball players.

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It's the latest in a series of bizarre videos to come out of Rodman's trip, the other two being confrontational interviews with CNN host Chris Cuomo and a group of reporters at the Beijing airport, all of whom demanded to know why Rodman won't address human rights abuses with the North Korean dictator.

The basketball game was a birthday gift for Kim Jong-Un. Critics of Rodman are now suggesting that Rodman may have brought illegal luxury gifts to the North Korean leader.

One Free Korea writes:

Writing at The Weekly Standard today, Dennis Halpin informs us that Dennis Rodman (no relation) was bringing more than his august presence to Kim Jong Un’s birthday party. Halpin, citing a “diplomatic source” he understandably won’t name but says is reliable, claims that Rodman was also carrying “several hundred dollars’ worth of Irish Jameson whiskey,” “European crystal, an Italian suit for him, and Italian clothing, a fur coat, and an English Mulberry handbag” for Kim’s wife, Ri Sol Ju...

...In his article, Halpin notes that bringing luxury goods into North Korea is prohibited by U.N. Security Council resolutions (several of them, in fact). Those sanctions were first imposed in 2006, after North Korea’s first nuclear test, as a response to Kim Jong Il’s obscene luxury purchases as his people went hungry.

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Dennis Rodman Explodes at CNN Host in Interview from North Korea: VIDEO

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Former NBA player Dennis Rodman exploded at CNN's Chris Cuomo when challenged about his trip to North Korea and asked why he wouldn't discuss human rights abuses and the detention of Kenneth Bae with dictator Kim Jong-Un. Rodman is on a trip with 11 American basketball players to entertain the North Korean despot for his birthday.

Screamed Rodman:

"Kenneth Bae did one thing ... If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? ... I would love to speak on this...You know, you've got 10 guys here, 10 guys here, they've left their families, they've left their damn families, to help this country, as in a sports venture. That's 10 guys, all these guys here, do anyone understand that? Christmas, New Year's ... I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think. I'm saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them ... they dared to do one thing, they came here."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

It was not Rodman's first confrontation with reporters on the reasons for his trip. He was challenged by a group of reporters in the Beijing airport over the weekend and asked the same question Cuomo asked.

Said Rodman: "That's not my job...This game is for his birthday...That’s not the right thing to do. He’s my friend first. He’s my friend. I don’t give a s--t. I tell the world: he’s my f--king friend, I love him.”

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