In news sure to make Wick Allison's heart race, we just received word from the Landmark Theatres national publicist that Bill O'Reilly's Film o' the Year, Redacted, will not open in Dallas on Friday, as was originally scheduled. Brian De Palma's film, essential a redo of Casualties of War based on an actual event involving the rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager, has also been yanked in Houston. The reason? For the most part, its poor showing at the box office during its limited, platform release. But Redacted isn't alone, as other Iraq war-related films -- among them In the Valley of Elah, Lions for Lambs and Rendition -- also underperformed upon their respective releases.
"We'll try to get it in [Dallas] at some point, but it's up in the air right now," says Eamonn Bowles, president of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's Magnolia Pictures, which is releasing Redacted. "Basically, we wish it had done better, but like most films of this subject matter coming out, they're just not doing well. It didn't buck the trend. People seem to want to get away from the Middle East for their entertainment choices."
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