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'Valkyrie' release switch takes Oscar heat off Tom Cruise

April 7, 2008 |  4:30 pm

"United Artists and MGM have pushed back the release of Bryan Singer’s Tom Cruise starrer 'Valkyrie' from Oct. 3 to Feb. 13," reports Variety.


That means the studios are diminishing the high Oscar expectations surrounding the Nazi thriller that previously had an awards-friendly release date. Smart move. Sure, October may have seemed like a shrewd time to open such obvious Oscar bait (it's based upon a real-life, heroic figure) starring a superstar ridiculously overdue for academy gold, but that was probably heaping too much pressure on "Valkyrie." At this point in his fragile career, Cruise just needs to crank out a successful film taken seriously by film critics and moviegoers. Oscar voters can wait.

"Clark Woods, MGM prexy of domestic distribution, said the studio wanted to take advantage of an opening in the schedule for the President’s Day weekend," Variety adds. "The current lineup for that frame includes Disney’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and Sony’s “Pink Panther 2.” U’s “Wolfman” had also been slotted for that weekend but was recently moved back."

(Photo: United Artists / MGM)