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    James Franco and Seth Rogen's Controversial Film The Interview Gets Pushed to Christmas Day Release

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    If you've been counting down to see James Franco and Seth Rogen take on the big screen together once again, you're unfortunately going to have to hold tight a little bit longer.

    E! News confirms that the pair's highly anticipated (and controversial) film The Interview has been moved from an Oct. 10 release date to Christmas Day, pinning it against Paddington, Into the Woods and awards contenders Big Eyes and Unbroken.

    There's no explanation as to why the flick was pushed back, and we're assuming Kim Jong-un had nothing to do with it (especially since he said he wanted to watch it).

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    In the comedy, Franco and Rogen play a talk show host and a producer who score an interview with the North Korean leader and are asked by the U.S. government to assassinate him during their visit to the controversial nation. And the Korean Central News Agency reported that the North Korean government is prepared to retaliate if the film is released as planned (for real).

    "Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated," an unnamed spokesperson for the North Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, referencing The Interview.

    "If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken," the spokesman was quoted as saying.

    However, a spokesperson for Kim Jong-un confirmed to U.K. media that the dictator will most likely see the movie.

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