'The Master' Moves Up To September 14th & 'Killing Them Softly' Shuffles Back To October 19th

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 27, 2012 4:04 PM
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Well, this is interesting. It was just this morning that the The Playlist honchos were talking "The Master" over cups of coffee, and wondering what Harvey Weinstein's gameplan would be. With the film not appearing in the Venice or TIFF lineups, and with rumors of a Fantastic Fest showing, would it be possible that Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated film would be skipping the festival circuit altogether? While Harv knows how to work festivals to his awards season advantage, PTA has never been that huge on the whole process, pretty much forgoing it entirely for "There Will Be Blood" (save a premiere at the aforementioned geek haunt in Austin). But now there's another twist...

The Weinstein Company have now moved the film up a whole month to from October 12th to September 14th, placing it right at the tail end of TIFF and well before Fantastic Fest, which starts on September 20th (so scratch that). It's a helluva interesting move, so let us make a guess here. While some folks think that "The Master" still might slot in at the last minute in Venice or Toronto (or both) we kind of doubt it, but we do think the film has a very good chance to premiere at Telluride. Why? While Harv loves the red carpets, PTA and, more importantly, Joaquin Phoenix don't really. Our guess is that the movie will go to Colorado where it will still get the pre-release buzz it needs, and allow both the director and main actor to talk to select, key press before it hits theaters. Again, that's just our guess and things could change -- nothing has been predictable about this movie on any level -- but our gut tells us the release date is a pretty good indication of the game plan. If they were planning multiple festival appearances, that October date would've made more sense.

Anyway, taking the slot of the now open date in October is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," which will land on October 19th. It too is curiously absent from the first wave of TIFF titles, but being added later isn't out of the question and/or it will pop up at the New York Film Festival instead. Still lots of time to sort out the plan for that film (which we presume will depend on sorting out Brad Pitt's press duties on the film versus his reshoot schedule for "World War Z") which we hope includes a trailer very soon. [Variety]

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13 Comments

  • DG | July 27, 2012 8:34 PMReply

    Who cares about the oscars I'm just happy I get to see a whole month early.

  • AS | July 27, 2012 6:08 PMReply

    Well, there goes P.T.'s Oscar chances. Try again next time buddy.

  • LT | July 27, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    With all of the Oscar bait waiting for the usual Nov, Dec and Jan wide releases, I wonder why Harv wants to blow his wad (so to speak) a couple months early. On the surface it makes me think he isn't very confident in the film's Oscar chances, but that doesn't make much sense to me. It seems to be one of the most anticipated releases of 2012.

  • LT | July 27, 2012 7:00 PM

    JD, good insight. I hadn't factored in how controversial the film would be considered among voter circles.

  • JD | July 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    It seems like it's probably good strategy to release The Master early and give the controversial, provocative elements time to settle. By the time awards season rolls around, voters will be more focussed on the film's virtues than its connection to Scientology. Plus, unlike many Oscar contenders, Anderson's films tend to benefit from the extra scrutiny that time affords. During the 2008 Oscar season, people had barely digested the disorienting, visceral wallop of There Will Be Blood.

  • pudding | July 27, 2012 5:17 PMReply

    I want a Killing Them Softly trailer. Dominik is so bloody good.

  • AS | July 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    Why? It will inevitably just spoil the movie and mis-sell the tone. Better to go in blind.

  • redcup | July 27, 2012 4:55 PMReply

    Wonder if Killing Them Softly is (still) going to open in wide release?

  • Duddi | July 27, 2012 4:41 PMReply

    Well, no matter on what dates they "push or pull 'em", still very interested on these two controversial ones, probably along with Lincoln and To The Wander, the most anticipated one these year...

  • Cant wait | July 27, 2012 4:30 PMReply

    fuck yes!

  • JD | July 27, 2012 4:28 PMReply

    Clarification on TIFF: they've only announced a small part of their lineup. There will be new waves of announcements every week or so through August, so don't rule out the possibility that it will screen there, presumably in 70mm (a format showcased at TIFF Lightbox on a regular basis). Based on the new release date, TIFF seems like a lock.

  • anonymous | July 27, 2012 6:42 PM

    I'm not saying it will or will not premiere at TIFF, but to the "NOPE" guy: there are plenty of mid-September releases that premiere at TIFF each year. The Perks of Being a Wallflower has the same release date as The Master and it's on the TIFF lineup.

  • nope | July 27, 2012 4:50 PM

    so you premiere it and then it's in theaters a few days afterwards in the same city? Probably not a lock. They wanna make a splash and that certainly's not going to be a splash.

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