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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?


Eminem Comes Out As Gay in 'The Interview' Cameo: VIDEO

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In the opening scenes of The Interview (which can now be rented online), Dave Skylark (James Franco) sits down for a chat with Eminem that quickly turns into a media moment when the 42-year-old rapper reveals all his homophobic lyrics over the years have just been a way for him to cope with the fact that he's gay.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Share 3-Way Kiss To Celebrate 'The Interview' Getting A Release Date

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As we reported earlier, the new James Franco-Seth Rogen flick The Interview, that was first pulled by Sony Pictures after North Korea hacked the company and threatened a 9/11 style terrorist attack, has now been reinstated for a small theatrical release. To celebrate, Franco decided to post the above picture of himself engaged in a three-way kiss with Rogen and Nick Kroll. Franco wrote on his Instagram, “CELEBRATING!!!!! “The Interview” starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco saved by President Obacco! I MEAN PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!! Sorry!!!” As Just Jared notes, the "Obacco" remark was in "reference to President Obama flubbing [Franco's] name and calling [him] James Flacco during a press conference."


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.


Sony Cancels Roll-Out of 'The Interview' After Threats Cause Theater Chains to Dump It

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has canceled its Christmas Day roll-out of the James Franco-Seth Rogen film The Interview after hacker threats of a 9/11-style terror attack spooked theater chains into dropping the film.

Wrote Sony in a statement:

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.

Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

The hacker group Guardians of Peace, which has been on a damaging data release campaign against the studio after a deep security breach in November, wrote earlier this week that,

"We will clearly show it [our Christmas gift] 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...The world will be full of fear...Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY."

Many are speculating that a North Korean group is behind the hack and the threats because the comedic film features the assassination of Kim Jong Un. Franco and Rogen canceled all appearances for the movie following the threats.

UPDATE: U.S. officials say they have connected the Sony hackers to North Korea, NBC News reports.

The officials say the hacking attack originated outside North Korea, but they believe the individuals behind it were acting on orders from the North Koreans.

"We have found linkage to the North Korean government," according to a U.S. government source.

The officials offered no further details.


James Franco and Seth Rogen Have a No Pants Party in the Wild on 'Naked and Afraid' - VIDEO

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James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up and striping down for an upcoming episode of Naked and Afraid, the Discovery Channel's reality series that throws two people in the wilderness without food, clothing, or supplies.

You may recall the two showed some skin on Instagram last month to tease the episode.

"Man you really shaved everything huh?" Rogen asks Franco in a new promo. "Oh yeah well I guess you didn't," Franco replies. 

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...(mildly NSFW)

You can also catch the funny men in their new movie The Interview in theaters December 25. 

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