Sony Pictures announced yesterday that they're making their controversial film, The Interview, available across the Internet today.
The movie, in case you're interested, will stream between 10 AM Pacific Time and 1 PM Eastern Time on Christmas Day, on platforms like Google Play, YouTube Movies, Xbox Video, and SeeTheInterview.com. You can rent the movie for $5.99, or buy the HD for $14.99.
Sony's official word is that it was always their plan to release the film on a national platform.
And here it is.
But only if you're American.
Seth Rogen apologizes for that.
CANADIANS! Sincere apologies but #TheInterview is not available 4 u 2 download yet BUT will be soon. We are working on it!
Most folks know about the offical Santa Tracker courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command - aka, NORAD.
On Christmas Eve, all you have to do is log on to NORAD Tracks Santa, and they'll tell you where the Jolly Old Elf can be found.
The tradition began quite by accident back in 1955, when Sears published an ad that told kids to call Santa at ME2-6681 (back then, the first two characters in a phone number were letters for the phone exchange).
"Call me on my private phone, and I will talk to you personally, any time, day or night, or come visit me at Sears Toyland," read the ad. It showed a drawing of Santa, and the phone number.
Turns out that phone number belonged to Continental Air Defense Command (the precursor to NORAD) and it was the hotline, known only to two people.
The United States was in the middle of the Cold War, so when the hotline rang, the commander was expecting the worse when he answered the phone.
Imagine his surprise when a little boy said, "Is this Santa Claus?"
The phone calls kept coming, and the commander put some airmen on the phones to play Santa Claus.
From there, the tradition grew.
And if you want to call NORAD to find out what's going on with Santa's progress tonight, dial 1-877-HI-NORAD.