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‘Oslo, August 31st’ Coming from Strand This Spring; Dustin Lance Black’s ‘Virginia’ Picked Up By Entertainment One

Written by on January 18, 2012 

After both a rave review from Toronto and Sundance highlight on our part, we’re happy to say that Oslo, August 31st is hitting stateside in just a few months. Variety reports that Strand Releasing have picked up the Joachim Trier-directed drama for a “late spring” opening — limited, of course. Though the plot outline — “a young man spending a day away from his drug rehab center” — doesn’t sound like the makings of something great, just glancing over our rave will let you know why this is one to be excited about.

THR has more distribution news, telling us that Milk and J. Edgar (remember that movie?) scribe Dustin Lance Black‘s newest directing feature, Virginia, will be released by Entertainment One in the spring. The film, previously titled What’s Wrong With Virginia, premiered back at TIFF 2010 to poor reviews but it has gone under some re-edits, with cast that includes Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, and Emma Roberts. Amazingly, this isn’t about a gay politician, either; instead, it centers on “a charming yet mentally ill mother, and the married Mormon sheriff who may be the father of her son.”

Deadline has two separate updates on a similar front. First, we’ve learned that Sycamore Entertainment has acquired The Eye of the Storm, a domestic drama starring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling, and Judy Davis. We brought you a decent-but-problematic trailer for Storm back at the end of August, but Fred Schepisi‘s film has been taking awards and other accolades in the time since; we’ll know if that’s justified when it opens in limited release on April 20th.

The last, meanwhile, is most certainly the least. Millennium Entertainment will distribute the Nicole Kassell-directed, Kate Hudson starring A Little Bit of Heaven, which, despite a strong supporting cast — Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Rosemarie DeWitt among them — holds little promise. Let’s be serious: It’s a Kate Hudson movie which sees her falling in love with a doctor that has this trailer. The VOD release on April 3rd and theatrical opening on May 4th will go past my view.

Are you particularly excited for any of these films?

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