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Stars react after Sony Pictures cancels "The Interview" release

James Franco, Lizzy Caplan and Seth Rogen in "The Interview."

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Last Updated Dec 18, 2014 10:16 AM EST

Sony Pictures' decision to pull the Dec. 25 release of its film "The Interview" sparked immediate reaction online, and celebrities are among those speaking out.

The studio's decision came Wednesday, after numerous theater chains in North America dropped the film - which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco -- in the wake of hackers' threatened terrorist attacks.

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a statement.

"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale -- all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like," the statement continued. "We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."

Rob Lowe was among the first to take to social media to comment on the news, and others including Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Patton Oswalt, Mia Farrow and Michael Moore soon joined in.