Oscars News: Will earlier release for ‘St. Vincent’ be good awards news for Bill Murray?

Brent Lang announces good news for Bill Murray on what is being called “Bill Murray Day” in Toronto. With the world premiere of the new comedy “St. Vincent” on Friday, distributor The Weinstein Company has chosen to debut the film in New York and Los Angeles on October 10, two weeks before the entire country can watch it on October 24. The film also stars Melissa McCarthy and is about “a curmudgeon whose hard edges are softened ever so slightly by the son of a single woman.” In addition to the premiere on Friday, the day also included screenings of past hits “Stripes,” “Groundhog Day,” and “Ghostbusters” plus a Q&A session with Murray. Variety

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Etan Vlessing interviews “Wild‘ director Jean-Marc Vallee about working with Reese Witherspoon, current Oscar buzz, and “feeling like a kid with a camera.” The film is an adaptation of the 2012 memior from Cheryl Strayed about an 1,100-mile journey of self-discovery. Vallee had an Oscar nomination this past year for “Dallas Buyers Club” and saw its stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto sweep through awards season. Hollywood Reporter

Max O’Connell reports that the Richard Linklater film “Boyhood” is chosen as the Grand Prix winner as film of the year from the International Federation of Film Critics. The movie was shot over a 12-year period and stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, and Ethan Hawke. It defeated “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Ida,” and “Winter Sleep.” Previous champs have included “Amour,” “The Tree of Life,” and “There Will Be Blood.” Indiewire

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