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Soloist pushed to 09

Oct. 17, 2008by: Mike Sampson

When the project was first announced many critics (me included) called the film shameless Oscar bait. Robert Downey, Jr. as a struggling reporter who helps a schizophrenic homeless man (Jamie Foxx) realize his dream of playing violin with an orchestra. Now if that's not screaming Oscar, I don't know what is. But THE SOLOIST will scream Oscar no longer. The DreamWorks film is being moved to March 13th about three weeks after the Oscars air on February 22nd. The issue seemed to stem from the fact that Paramount, releasing SOLOIST, already has a number of high-profile Oscar pics in December (BENJAMIN BUTTON and REVOLUTIONARY ROAD among them) and moving THE SOLOIST would free things up a bit. There's also speculation that the move has less to do with awards and more to do with earnings in that quarter of '09. The studio is also pushing back another film, the Daniel Craig WWII drama DEFIANCE, out of mid-December but will still allow it an Oscar qualifying run on December 31st (it won't open wide until January 16th).

Extra Tidbit: Sounds like BENJAMIN BUTTON really is that good...
Source: THR

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5:58PM on 10/18/2008
I agree with lalex81, I saw the trailer and was disappointed. Roger Ebert has a couple of great articles where he explains that films getting nominated for high profile oscars (best picture, director, actor/actress) is a a surefire way too boost their box office. Each year studios overcrowd that period of the year with releases and then push back what they view as the weaker links in the group. I'm guessing if Paramount pushed this back it's because they felt it wasn't as strong of a contender
I agree with lalex81, I saw the trailer and was disappointed. Roger Ebert has a couple of great articles where he explains that films getting nominated for high profile oscars (best picture, director, actor/actress) is a a surefire way too boost their box office. Each year studios overcrowd that period of the year with releases and then push back what they view as the weaker links in the group. I'm guessing if Paramount pushed this back it's because they felt it wasn't as strong of a contender as their other pictures.

Aslo, Patrick, it sounds like The Road is still getting a limited release in late December (similar to Defiance) so that it can still qualify.
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2:40PM on 10/17/2008
This is supposed to be the closing film of the SCAD film fest on Nov. 1st. I wonder if this change will affect that. That wouldn't really bother me since it looks like August Rush 2, but hopefully they'd find a replacement at the last minute or gimme my money back.

...But they showed Little Children two years ago, and I don't think that came out until March, so maybe there's nothing to worry about.
This is supposed to be the closing film of the SCAD film fest on Nov. 1st. I wonder if this change will affect that. That wouldn't really bother me since it looks like August Rush 2, but hopefully they'd find a replacement at the last minute or gimme my money back.

...But they showed Little Children two years ago, and I don't think that came out until March, so maybe there's nothing to worry about.
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10:15AM on 10/17/2008
This also improves the chances of Heath Ledger getting a nomination so I'm really hip to this news.

P.S: I saw the trailer for this and it didn't look as good as the idea sounded, maybe it's also getting re-edited and a better marketing campaign
This also improves the chances of Heath Ledger getting a nomination so I'm really hip to this news.

P.S: I saw the trailer for this and it didn't look as good as the idea sounded, maybe it's also getting re-edited and a better marketing campaign
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9:32AM on 10/17/2008
This is very dissapointing, and I think it's safe to say Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx got screwed out of possible nominations (Although I guess the move could show they wouldn't have gotten them anyway, but I doubt that). With this and The Road, suddenly the Best Actor race is getting a lot less heated for 2008.
This is very dissapointing, and I think it's safe to say Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx got screwed out of possible nominations (Although I guess the move could show they wouldn't have gotten them anyway, but I doubt that). With this and The Road, suddenly the Best Actor race is getting a lot less heated for 2008.
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9:16AM on 10/17/2008

SHOCKING

Didn't see this coming at all, this looked like a decent contender, and it sucks we're gonna have to wait so long to see it...but I guess this is good news for Benjamin Button
Didn't see this coming at all, this looked like a decent contender, and it sucks we're gonna have to wait so long to see it...but I guess this is good news for Benjamin Button
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