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President Obama Applauds Sony's Decision to Allow 'The Interview' to Play - Read the Statement

President Barack Obama and the White House have released a statement after Sony decided to let independent movie houses screen The Interview.

“The President applauds Sony’s decision to authorize screenings of the film. As the President made clear, we are a country that believes in free speech, and the right of artistic expression. The decision made by Sony and participating theaters allows people to make their own choices about the film, and we welcome that outcome,” the statement from White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz read (via The Wrap).

It was announced earlier in the day that select theaters will be playing The Interview after the movie was pulled due to terror threats.

James Flacco: Obama Slips Up on James Franco's Name (Video)

If you were watching President Obama‘s year end press conference, you may have noticed his slip up on James Franco‘s name when talking about the movie The Interview and the Sony hack scandal.

“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 Flacco,” the president said. “I love Seth and I love James, but 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.”

We have a feeling that Obama might have been confusing James with the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco! Watch the video from the press conference below:

President Obama On Seth Rogen, ‘James Flacco’ Movie

Sony CEO Responds to Obama, Hits Back at President's Comments

Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton breaks his silence to address President Obama‘s comments about the studio’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview.

“We have not caved, we have not given in, we have not backed down,” the 54-year-old Sony exec shared to CNN.

He added, “I think the unfortunate part is… The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot decide what will be played in movie theaters.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Michael Lynton’s response to President Obama’s comments?

President Obama Says Sony 'Made a Mistake' Cancelling 'The Interview' Release

President Obama isn’t afraid to share his thoughts on Sony’s decision to pull the plug on the release of The Interview.

“Yes I think they made a mistake,” the 53-year-old President shared in a press conference on Friday (December 19).

He added, “We can not have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship in the United States. I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by those kinds of criminal attacks. Watch the press conference below!

President Obama – Press Conference Video

Obama Says 'Go to the Movies,' Picks His Favorite of the Year

Barack Obama is speaking out to tell Americans that they should go to the movies despite the threats made by the Sony hackers.

The President of the United States called the cyber attack “very serious,” but that no credible threat to moviegoers has been established.

“For now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies,” he said in an interview with ABC News.

Obama also revealed his favorite movie of the year in a separate interview with People.

Boyhood was a great movie,” the president said. “That, I think, was my favorite movie this year.”

The Obamas Join Lots of Performers for 'Christmas in Washington' Special!

Rita Ora dresses to the nines to sing in front of the President and his family at the TNT Christmas in Washington held at the National Building Museum on Sunday (December 14) in Washington, DC.

The 24-year-old entertainer was joined at the big event by the First family including President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia, and singers Hunter Hayes, Christina Perri, Aloe Blacc, and Darius Rucker.

Christmas in Washington will air on Friday at 8pm EST on TNT.

FYI: Rita is wearing a Ralph and Russo Couture dress, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and Paul Andrew shoes. More Here! »

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Sony Exec Amy Pascal Issues An Apology Over Racially Charged Leaked Emails Directed at President Obama

Sony executive Amy Pascal is taking responsibility for writing racially insensitive comments in an email to producer Scott Rudin in new leaked emails that hit the web.

“The content of my emails to Scott were insensitive and inappropriate but are not an accurate reflection of who I am,” Amy said (via THR). “Although this was a private communication that was stolen, I accept full responsibility for what I wrote and apologize to everyone who was offended.”

The comments in the email were in reference to movies the two of them thought President Obama would enjoy – the comments definitely seem racially charged. Read their email exchange here in case you missed it.

Scott also issued an apology for the emails, which do not paint them in a very good light.

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