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‘Maps to the Stars’ has been acquired by Focus World for a 2015 release

maps-banner-11-8Well, it appears like we can cross Julianne Moore off from our predictions. David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars has been searching for U.S. distribution (even though for the longest time it was tipped to hit at some point in September, but now that it’s September I think we knew that wasn’t actually going to happen) and now has found it in Focus (particularly their smaller branch Focus World). Much like they did a few years back with Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines though, they’ve picked it up for release next year. Yes, barring an unexpected qualifying run at the end of this year (which I doubt considering it’s Focus World, not Focus Features handling this), Maps to the Stars is now a 2015 release, not a 2014 one. That would remove Moore from either the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress race this time around, though it won’t preclude her from being in play next year. Still, I was hoping to figure out how big a contender she was in a few weeks at the New York Film Festival screening. Alas. Variety is reporting on the matter and doesn’t currently know if a qualifying run is even being discussed, but 2015 is when this flick will really be bowing. I’ll still be eager to see if this film can reverse Cronenberg’s downward trend at the upcoming screening during NYFF, but the movie now has a longer run to screens than we expected. Stay tuned for more on Maps to the Stars when we have it…

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When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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