Deadline reports that Warners has set the release schedule for its 2 Oscar contenders. Clint Eastwood’s biography of FBI patriarch (and cross-dresser) J. EDGAR, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, is opening November 9 in a few big cities, with wide release on November 11; and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, the Stephen Daldry-directed 9/11 drama with Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, begins limited release on Christmas Day. Both are apparently bypassing the Fall film festival circuit.
Eastwood’s film has no competition for the prestige audience when it opens–the other pictures that weekend are the 300 ripoff Immortals and Jack & Jill, which looks bad even for an Adam Sandler movie. But the Hanks/Bullock film will be facing off against the thick of holiday season, sharing its weekend with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo, and Angelina Jolie’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, not to mention Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and the new Mission: Impossible.
Let the games begin…