Good news for those who are interested in seeing I Love You, Phillip Morris, the reportedly quite good caper/prison/gay love story movie with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. After a long, weird bunch of business deals that left the film without any US distribution, the film will finally come to theaters in the States. (It has already played in many other markets.) Refresh yourself on the details of the film’s past, failed distro deals if you wish, but all that matters now is that we’ll get to see it.

Roadside Attractions picked up the film, which was directed by Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The company will release Phillip Morris in the US and Canada on December 3, finally bringing to a close the film’s path to theaters, which began at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Roadside already has two strong awards contenders (Winter’s Bone and yesterday’s pickup Biutiful) and I Love You, Phillip Morris makes an interesting third. [Deadline]

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Who would have guessed that a little movie about gay men and prison breaks would generate a full-on distribution saga? I Love You, Phillip Morris , directed by Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, was bought a while after Sundance ’09, then had release dates pushed back a couple times, then was taken off the release schedule, then put back on.

And now there’s word that the original financier EuropaCorp is taking the film back from current distributor Consolidated Pictures Group, citing breach of contract. Read More »

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Briefly: Last week there was a bit of lamentation and gnashing of teeth over the fact that the Jim Carrey / Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris had been yanked from any reliable release schedule. Now it has been given a new date, with Consolidated Pictures Group still distributing.

The film will now open on July 30 and then expand on August 6. Whether this is because there was evident interest in the film when the shelving was announced last week, or because the ‘shelving’ was exaggerated is unclear. Either way, we’ll see the film in theaters, and that’s a good thing.  [Variety]

I can’t say I’m surprised about this, but I am quite sad: Consolidated Pictures Group, the small distributor that picked up I Love You, Phillip Morris quite some time after Sundance 2009, has decided to shelve the film.

Sorry, not ‘shelve.’ The phrase is, I believe, ‘delay indefinitely.’ Read More »

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UPDATE: I’m told by the film’s PR firm that the opening date is now March 26, and that “slight changes” have been made. No more specifics yet on the cuts. Original article follows.

It’s been quite a few months since we last saw any promo material for the Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor comedy/love story I Love You, Phillip Morris. In July of last year there was an international trailer, which did a great job of showing off the film’s evident blend of comedy, con games and love between the two leads, who meet in prison.

Now there’s a domestic trailer from Consolidated Pictures Group, the company that finally bought the film and will release it on February 10. While this trailer makes no attempt to hide the gay love story at the movie’s core, it goes a lot more heavy on the cons and comedy. Check it out below. Read More »

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