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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 19, 2009

Valkyrie DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 3 Days of the Condor: Blu-ray
  • Batman: Blu-ray
  • A Bug’s Life: Blu-ray
  • Changing Lanes: Blu-ray
  • Enemy at the Gates: Blu-ray
  • Fanboys: DVD
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle: DVD
  • Lion for Lambs: Blu-ray
  • The Machinist: Blu-ray
  • Man Hunt: DVD
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: DVD
  • My Bloody Valentine 3D: DVD, Blu-ray

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Another Delay for Tom Cruise and Valkyrie

Tom Cruise, ValkyrieRight now, is somewhere hoping the third time really is a charm.

After initially receiving a June 27 release date, the actor’s next film is now scheduled to open next year.  That’s after Valkyrie had already been pushed back to the fall for production reasons.

Although an October premiere might have been given the film Oscar consideration, the studio claims the new Feb. 13th slot will be in the best interest of the WWII drama.  That decision will allow Cruise to take advantage of the President’s Day weekend.

Two films once slated for that same 2009 date have since made other plans (The Pink Panther 2, The Wolfman).  While these departures may have allowed Valkyrie to slip right in, that Friday will still have stiff competition.  Confessions of a Shopaholic (starring ) and the latest version of Friday the 13th will also be fighting for audience dollars.

Directed by Bryan Singer, Valkyrie also stars Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh and .

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More Deals Struck With Writers Guild

LionsgateAlthough a deal with a major studio has yet to be reached, the has been striking gold in other areas.  Late this week, the union was able to boast signed agreements with three other companies: , and .  These interim pacts are similar to the ones already reached with The Weinstein Company and United Artists.

In the meantime, informal talks between the WGA and studio reps began last Tuesday and continued through the week.

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Weinstein Co. Settles With Writers Guild

The Weinstein CompanyAs expected, the agreement reached last week between and the has paved the way for other deals.  , headed by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, just finalized their own contract with the union late Friday.  (Like the UA arrangement , this settlement does not apply to distributor .)

Titles recently connected to the indie company include , and .

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WGA Makes Deal with United Artists

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: MGM, Filmmaking, Scripts,

United Artists may not have a beard, but he does now share something in common with : working writers. 

Days after the talk show host welcomed back his writing staff, reached its own agreement with the .  The studio is partially owned the actor and his production partner, Paula Wagner; was the first movie released since Cruise became involved with the company.

The deal will not only allow projects to be taken off hold, it will help films currently in production (like Tom Cruise’s ) to finish on time.

It is expected that the interim agreement - which does not extend to UA’s parent company () - could spark a series of deals made by other independent studios.

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‘Valkyrie’ Debut Delayed

Tom Cruise Valkyrie, a movie already plagued with production issues, has just given us another reason to be wary.  It’s now been linked to two of the most cringe-inducing words in the film industry:  delayed release.  The biopic about a German officer who plotted to take down Adolf Hitler will now premiere October 3, 2008.  Valkyrie was originally slated to open June 27, unfortunately (The Usual Suspects) has yet to shoot an integral war scene.

So let’s now officially add ‘date change’ to the ever-growing list of problems.  (Items already noted include Scientology haters, destroyed footage and injured extras.)  I predict a fashion faux pas - or maybe even locusts - will trip things up next.

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Olive Stone and Woody Harrelson Re-Team

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: MGM, Drama, Casting, Celeb News,

Woody HarrelsonWhen snagged the highly publicized role in Natural Born Killers, Harrelson’s acting creds were hardly up to par. He’d appeared in a well-loved comedy TV series and a lighthearted basketball comedy, hardly roles that displayed his chops to play the murder-loving, law-breaking, hardcore killer that has now become a screen cultural icon. Stone said at the time that he saw murder in Harrelson’s eyes, a strange comment to make considering the actor’s father was serving a prison sentence.

Now, Stone is giving Harrelson another role in the gritty Vietnam War drama Pinkville. The flick will focus on the 1968 My Lai Massacre, where 500 people were killed by U.S. soldiers. Harrelson’s role is Col. Henderson, the officer leading the task force who committed the massacre. won’t be Stone’s first foray into the , and he’ll direct a star-studded cast in the flick. Production is scheduled to start next year.

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Will Redford Bring A Lion or Lamb to the Box Office?

Lions for LambsWatch a Democratic presidential debate, and you’ll see it’s common for campaigners to malign George W. Bush. Turn on the TV, and you’ll find shows (like ‘s Lil’ Bush) that revel in poking fun at the White House. But that doesn’t necessarily mean America is ready to tackle tricky issues when they’re enjoying a night at the movies.

ambitious features a star-studded cast and the prestige of his own name, but handles sticky subject matter. Viewers will be treated to arguments both for and against America’s military efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the film makes it clear where the makers, themselves, stand. Movies that deal with America’s political problems haven’t performed well at the box office in the past…will Lions be different?

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