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The Weinstein Co. Moves 'The Master' Up and 'Killing Them Softly' Back

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 27, 2012 at 4:01PM

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.
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Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"

As the Weinsteins send mixed messages about where Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" will wind up on the festival circuit, we can now rule out New York. The new September release (9/14 limited and 9/25 wide) could still mean a Venice or Telluride bow or a screening at Fantastic Fest (9/20-27). The Weinsteins are notorious for shuffling their release plans as it suits them, often infuriating exhibitors. But this fall they have plenty of high-profile projects to juggle, from David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" to December 25 opener "Django Unchained," written and directd by Quentin Tarantino.

The original release was October 12; usually a September opening does not suggest a major Oscar push. It may be that publicity shy Paul Thomas Anderson doesn't want to participate in that game. He did do more press than usual for his last film, "There Will Be Blood," which was nominated for eight Oscars and won two. Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman may have to shoulder the award season burden this time around.

The Weinsteins are thus also moving Andrew Dominik's Cannes entry "Killing Them Softly," which stars Brad Pitt as a hitman, from September 25 to October 19.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards, Awards, Oscars, The Weinstein Co., The Master, Killing Them Softly, Django Unchained


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.