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October 20, 2008 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | October 20, 2008 |

Three major films considered to be serious awards contenders have recently had their release dates pushed back or screwed with, throwing the fall trophy race into disarray. More importantly, the opportunity to see some good movies has now been delayed, which is really annoying.

First up, Dimension’s The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen and based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, looks like it will now bow in 2009 after already having its release pushed back from November to December. Distributor the Weinstein Co. isn’t saying much to the trades, but word is some think John Hillcoat’s film isn’t suitable for a 2008 release. Because of this, it seems likely that the Weinsteins will put more muscle behind The Reader, which only recently settled on a fall date.

Second, there’s the Daniel Craig vehicle Defiance, an Edward Zwick drama about Jewish refugees hiding in the forest during World War II. Paramount is moving the Paramount Vantage production back from a Dec. 12 release to Dec. 31, which will technically keep it in the running for the Oscars but make it that much harder to see. It won’t go into wider release now until Jan. 16.

Finally, there’s the matter of Paramount’s The Soloist, a drama about a homeless violin player (Jamie Foxx) and the newspaper reporter (Robert Downey Jr.) who writes about him and attempts to find his own salvation. (It sounds bad on paper, but I kind of fell for the trailer.) The film was set to bow Nov. 21 to get the Thanksgiving crowd, but the wide release for the DreamWorks/Universal production has been knocked all the way back to March 13. There’s not even word yet if it will receive an Academy-qualifying run by the end of the year.

So, yeah. I guess this Christmas we’ll all have to talk to each other instead of going to the movies. Damn it.

And the Fall Season Just Got Way Less Interesting

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Industry | October 20, 2008 |

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