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NEW YORK (PIX11) --  The controversial film "The Interview " starring James Franco and Seth Rogen will now hit some movie theaters on Christmas Day.

"The Interview" will be playing in Yonkers at The Alamo Drafthouse, and at some other movie theaters around the country after Sony announced the film's release will happen on Christmas Day.

President Barack Obama applauded Sony's decision in a statement Tuesday.

After hackers made threats to theatergoers, several chains pulled out of showing the film last week.

On the same day, Sony cancelled the scheduled release of the movie on Christmas Day.

The FBI has said North Korea was behind the hack that affected thousands of Sony Entertainment Pictures employees.

North Korea has denied involvement.