Ben Affleck’s ARGO now Oscar-bait, but is THE GANGSTER SQUAD?

Warner Brothers has just announced they'll be pushing Ben Affleck's political thriller ARGO back a month, now hitting theaters on October 12th, 2012. While this may seem like trivial news, it speaks much louder of their faith in the film.

September releases have long been seen as a dumping ground for the summer blockbuster leftovers and the subpar dramas that have little to no Oscar hopes. This slight move pushes ARGO up the Oscar hopeful list, showing that they see a lot of potential in it. After the success of Affleck's previous directorial effort, THE TOWN, this shouldn't come as a big surprise.

According to Cinema Blend, this move could also mean ARGO would get a coveted premiere slot at the Toronto Film Festival come September. This would surely increase any award chatter leading up to its release and award campaign blitz.

This is all well and good for ARGO, but its move affects THE GANGSTER SQUAD which was also thought to be a contender come Oscar season. From ZOMBIELAND director Ruben Fleischer, it stars award show favorites like Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, and Josh Brolin. It previously had the October 12th slot, but has no official release date at the moment.

Wherever they do decide to move THE GANGSTER SQUAD will be very telling of Warner Bros' thoughts on its award chances. Moving it up, if it's even ready, likely weakens its odds, but moving it too far back pushes it into the very crowded holiday award show season. With major blockbusters already on the docket, like the last TWILIGHT film and the latest Bond installment SKYFALL, it's a precarious situation and it'll be interesting to see where it finally lands.

Source Cinema Blend 

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Growing up in sunny San Fernando Valley (just 30 minutes from the bright lights of Los Angeles!), Kristal escaped the heat and blazing sun by hiding in movie theaters for days at a time. Well, not literally, but the truth is very close to that. Her love for movies is only eclipsed by her love for television and Harry Potter (see picture). With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, she regularly watches B-movies (THE BLOB), 80s comedies (EARTH GIRLS ARE EASY), and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s (THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL). She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films. And yet, her favorite movies of all time don’t fall into any of these categories (FIGHT CLUB, MOULIN ROUGE). Go ahead, ask her why! In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.

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