Sunday, April 14, 2024

“August: Osage County” Moves to December 27, Forgoes Christmas Day Opening


The release schedule is like a chess game these days. The Weinstein Company just pushed “August: Osage County” off Christmas Day and moved it to December 27th. Smart move. “AOC” is a superb dramedy that might not have been the best choice for December 25th — as Harvey Weinstein noted at the premiere last week  in New York, the Westins are a little like the Borgias.

More than a dozen films are opening on Christmas Day and “AOC” doesn’t need to be in that mix. The main players that Wednesday will be “Wolf of Wall Street,” “Anchorman 2,” “Walter Mitty,” and “Grudge Match.” When “AOC” comes on Friday, it will have only “Labor Day” (sort of a write off at this point) and “Lone Survivor” as competition.

Last night the “AOC” crowd had their L.A. premiere, where Meryl Streep starred on the red carpet. She and Julia Roberts lit up the night. “AOC” is the Best Ensemble movie of the year, frankly. Watch it translate its SAG nominations into Oscar noms. This not a chick flick, by the way. Someone asked me that the other day. The men– Chris Cooper, Sam Shepard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor– are just as strong as the women.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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