Son of a bastard. Several sources are indicating that The Iron Lady release date will now be pushed back from Dec 16 to the 30th. This bugs for a few reasons. One, we simply have to wait longer. Two, it appears that New York and L.A. will be the only two release cities on that date. This is actually a blessing in disguise because I'm having fucking shoulder surgery on the 30th, so I won't have to worry about missing opening night. I guess the wide release is set for Jan 13, but Joe and I of course have orchestra tickets that night, so maybe I'll make Scooter grab lunch and see a matinee of the film on the 14th.
Of course (feel like I use those two words a lot), people are already speculating what this means for the Oscar race. Does the film suck and they're trying to push it back as far as possible to make it a last minute surprise? Do the Weinsteins feel they have a trick up their sleeve in Meryl's performance and want to make buzz super strong in Jan/Feb? I read that Meryl's performance tested better than any Harvey has ever polled. If that's true, it's exciting. When I see someone write that they're "pushing it kind of close" in regard to whether the film will be eligible for the Oscars, it's bogus. There is NO way the Weinstein company will not make it eligible. It's all political posturing for an awards campaign at this point. Now just waiting (...and waiting) for a full trailer.