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U.K. Release For Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Is Completely Up In The Air

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 7:43 AM
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While the wait for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" has literally been years (it was originally planned for a December 2009 release) it looks like our friends in the U.K. may be waiting longer than most to see the film. As you might recall, Icon Film Distribution made major waves last month when they announced -- and confirmed to various outlets -- that they would be releasing "The Tree Of Life" in the U.K. on May 4th, well in advance of it's planned Cannes Film Festival premiere. Despite their assertions, many wondered how long their claim would stick and there was a whole new twist to the tale when a couple of days later, sales agent for the film Summit International announced that Icon actually didn't have the rights to the movie and they were in breach of their agreement. All remained silent since and while it's been pretty much assumed Icon would back down, they finally officially have.

New Poster For 'Tree Of Life' Reveals New Image; Soundtrack Now Streaming

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 5:06 AM
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While some in The Playlist team are flagging under the onslaught of marketing for "The Tree Of Life," this is a film we've been following literally for years and while we just want the next couple of weeks to pass by quickly so we can finally see the film, we'll continue to take what we can get from it for now.

First Close Up Look At A Dinosaur From Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 5:40 AM
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While we're as excited as anybody for Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life," even we're experiencing a bit of fatigue at this point in the run-up to the film. Fox Searchlight has done a great job getting the word about the film -- which will be hard sell to mainstream audiences -- out there, but for the past couple of weeks we've been trying to take a breather. But damn it all, if we're not back to obsessing again.

Soundtrack Details Revealed For Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'The Tree Of Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 10:49 AM
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So we're a few weeks away from when the world will get their taste of Terrence Malick's highly anticipated "The Tree Of Life." Nearly every scrap of information has been pored over in the run up to the film, and while the film boasts huge talents behind the camera on the screen, composer Alexandre Desplat has been a bit left behind thus far.

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

Another Twist In 'The Tree Of Life' U.K. Release Saga As Legal Battle Kicks Off

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2011 12:57 PM
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A brief addendum to our piece yesterday on the story behind the surprise announcement of a U.K. release of Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" before its mooted Cannes debut -- and it's another twist in what's turned out to be one of the more interesting behind-the-scenes business stories of the year. Icon Film Distribution Ltd, who've been set to distribute the film in the U.K. for some time, announced a May 4th release at the start of the week, something firmly denied by the film's U.S. distributors Fox Searchlight, and others close to the film.

What In The Name of Jessica Chastain Is Going On With 'The Tree of Life' And Its U.K. Release Date?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 31, 2011 1:21 AM
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Probably the biggest controversy of the week (despite the efforts of Disney and Jennifer Garner) has come over "The Tree of Life," the latest film from Terrence Malick that has been whipping up near-religious levels of anticipation in film fans everywhere, ourselves included. The film was all-but-confirmed to be playing Cannes last week, something that's been rumored ever since Fox Searchlight announced they'd be opening it in the U.S. at the end of May. But a spanner was thrown into the works by Empire's story on Monday that Icon, the distribution company originally founded by Mel Gibson, and who have the rights to the film in a number of territories, were planning to release it in the U.K. on Wednesday May 4th -- a week before Cannes gets underway, and over three weeks before the film opens in the States.

New Poster & Images For Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Offers Snapshots Of Nature And Grace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 7:49 AM
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At the rate news is building around Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" you would think it starred a masked hero in spandex. But kudos to Fox Searchlight for turning the director's cerebral film about existence, the universe and uh, dinosaurs into an event. A brand spanking new poster, two stills and two brand new sites for the film have been launched and while it hardly offers up anything particularly groundbreaking in terms of the film, it stokes the anticipation for the movie further.

U.K. Auds To See Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Before Everybody, May 4th Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2011 6:04 AM
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Wow, this is unexpected. With Terrence Malick's "The Tree Of Life" pretty much confirmed for the Cannes Film Festival, we figured that it would serve as the global launchpad for the film, however, it turns out that's not the case.

Terrence Malick's 'The Tree Of Life' Confirmed For Cannes?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 1:38 AM
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Update: Thompson On Hollywood has confirmed with Fox Searchlight that the film is headed to Cannes. Whether or not it plays in competition is yet to be determined, but all signs point to no right now.

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