LOS ANGELES — Christmas at the movies. It's an innocuous enough notion – unless that movie is The Interview, and it's a comedy-turned-international fiasco that barely skidded into the cineplex in time for the holidays.

Seth Rogen began the festivities by surprising ticket-holders at a 12:30am sold-out showing of The Interview Christmas Day at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles. "If it wasn't for theaters like this and people like you guys, this literally would not be (explicit) happening right now," he told fans.