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Release of Madonna's new movie 'W.E.' pushed back
Madonna's sophomore directorial effort, the historical romance "W.E," was trashed by a number of critics in Cannes and Toronto, but was initially slated for a platform theatrical release starting this December. Now, the Weinstein Company is changing its tune.
"W.E." will now get a one-week Oscar-qualifying run in L.A. in December, although if the critics are right, it doesn't stand much of a chance to get any nominations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will then roll out in a limited release on February 3. Typically a dumping ground for not-very-good films, TWC likely chose early February because it's one week after Madonna is rumored to play the halftime show at the Super Bowl.
But will beer-swilling tube jockeys (as Mr. Burns might call Super Bowl viewers) suddenly want to rush out and see a critically lambasted arthouse film with no recognizable stars just because the director (she's not in the movie) killed it at the Super Bowl? Probably not. Besides the common Material Girl link, the two events don't exactly share the same audiences.
The film tells two parallel stories, separated by 60 years as a modern-day researcher (Cornish) traces the 1940s romance between the abdicated King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and his love (Andrea Riseborough).
Other small specialty films ("Rampart," "The Lady," "The Flowers of War") are planning similar strategies, but they've so far gathered better word-of-mouth for their central performances.