Earlier Landing for UP IN THE AIR; Later for THE ROAD

[UPDATE , 9/30/09 — Up in the Air has now been moved back to Dec. 4th, so it will not conflict with another Clooney movie, Men Who Stare at Goats]

Because of the great buzz generated at the Telluride Film Festival and now continuing in Toronto, the movie of Walter Kirn’s book, Up in the Air, starring George Clooney, has been moved from it’s original 12/4 release date, to the earlier and more competitive Thanksgiving slot. It will appear in a few markets on 11/13, with a wide release on 11/25.

On Entertainment Weekly‘s Movie Critic’s Blog, Owen Gleiberman waxes poetic about it, saying it’s

…a romantic comedy that’s not just about situations but behavior, with two flawed and fascinating adults trying to figure out how to act around each other; a movie that connects to a large audience because it taps, in a rich and bold and immediate way, into the fears and anxieties of our time; a comedy in which the dialogue pings with wit and imagination and verve, yet without calling too much attention to itself …

It certainly does fit the criteria of tapping into the fears and anxieties of our time; Clooney plays a downsizing expert.

The tie-in will still be available in advance of the movie:

Up In The Air (Movie Tie-in Edition)
Walter Kirn
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2009-10-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0307476286 / 9780307476289

If you haven’t seen the trailer already, check out it out in our “Books to Movies — Trailers” links at the right.

If there is a category for “Most Rescheduled Movie,” The Road would have to be the winner. It has been moved once again, to 11/25 (from 10/16).

The tie-in, of course, was already a bestseller last year, when the movie was originally scheduled to be released.

The Road (Movie Tie-in Edition 2008) (Vintage International)
Cormac McCarthy
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2008-10-14)
ISBN / EAN: 0307455297 / 9780307455291

After the press viewing of the film, Vanity Fair‘s Oscar blog addressed the question on many minds; who’s going to want to see this “bleak, harrowing adaptation of Oprah Winfrey’s most apocalyptic Book Club selection ever..”

Now the question is, who’s going to want to see it at Thanksgiving?

Link to trailer is also at the right.

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