‘Game Of Thrones’ Author GRRM Plans To Show ‘The Interview’ In His Santa Fe, NM Theater, Highlight Hollywood News

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Among those applauding Sony’s decision Tuesday to allow a limited release of “The Interview” is “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin. Martin, who owns the single-screen Jean-Cocteau Theater, in Santa Fe, N.M., said he plans to show the film four times on Christmas Day, with the possibility of extending the run for at least two weeks.
Martin, who bought the venue last year, aid late Tuesday that he got the go-ahead from Sony and will open the theater, which is normally closed for the holiday, specifically to screen the movie. Showing “The Interview” will be an unusual opportunity for the art-house theater to run a mainstream film. Tuesday’s showings include he 1983 adaptation of “A Christmas Story,” starring Peter Billingsley, and Terrence Malick’s “The Better Angels,” a biopic about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood.
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Mind you, Martin says, “I have not seen ‘The Interview.’ I don’t know if it’s a good movie or a bad movie or brilliantly satirical or stupid and outrageous. It’s almost not the point. It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘Citizen Kane’ or ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space.’ Theaters should be allowed to decide whether they want to show it, and the audience should be able to decide whether they want to see it. We should not have a foreign dictator telling us whether we are allowed to see this movie.”
So far, the Alamo Drafthouse, a national chain of movie theaters founded in Austin, has confirmed that it will be part of the film’s release. A theater in Atlanta also announced that it will screen the movie.
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Martin says he doesn’t plan to take extra security measures. He agreed with official assessments that the threat to theaters showing the film was “not credible.” But he added, “I suppose if we were in a major city I might be a little more anxious. But I am in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Does North Korea want to send a terrorist into our theater? I find that extremely unlikely.”
“I suppose a cyber-hijacker could bring down our Web site. But our Web site crashes twice a month anyway, so I don’t think it will be such a big deal.” Anyway, he adds, “it doesn’t have any secrets — just what’s playing and how to buy tickets.”
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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