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Jim Carrey's 'I Love You Phillip Morris' back on the shelf

April 8, 2010 |  6:39 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Audiences hoping to love Phillip Morris, or at least watch Jim Carrey loving Phillip Morris, will have to wait a little longer. Or maybe much longer.

Consolidated Pictures Group, the start-up that was poised to release the Sundance title, has postponed the release once again. And this time it's indefinite.

The movie, which premiered at Sundance in 2009 and eventually played the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, was originally set to be released March 26. But about a month before that date, the company delayed the release date to April 30, when it was supposed to begin a limited run before expanding several weeks later.

Now a spokeswoman for the film confirms that the movie has been delayed again and in fact won't be coming out at the end of the month. She adds that there is no release date scheduled at this time.

The movie, which comes from "Bad Santa" writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and focuses on a love affair between a con man (Carrey) and his cellmate (Ewan McGregor, playing the titular Phillip Morris), drew mixed reviews on the festival circuit. But it did have its champions, mainly among those who admired Carrey's willingness to take on difficult (and partly true) subject matter

Movies can sit on the shelf without a distributor for years, but it's rare for a title with such high-profile stars and a fair dollop of media attention not to see the light of day.

CPG, the start-up that released movies such as the indie wine-making drama "Bottle Shock," picked up the title after it failed to find a buyer at Sundance. The acquisition gave hope to some that the independent distribution market wasn't as bleak as some said, but the postponement suggests that it may, in fact, be that bleak after all.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey in 'I Love You Phillip Morris.' Credit: Glenn Watson / Consolidated Pictures Group

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It figures. People can't handle a homosexual love story where the characters aren't adequately punished by a painful death for their "sin."

Thats a shame. This has been released in Europe and is a wonderful picture!

I was already making plans to see it. Sigh. Grrrr.

You need another W in there, Steve. The "why." Not even an a "no comment" from the company? Did you ask? And this is an "exclusive"? You gotta temper the desire to be the first to publish. Do the work first. A link into Variety's pay wall doesn't count.

Why would people find it incomprehensible that reasonable, unprejudiced, heterosexual men and women would be uninterested in watching a homosexual love story?

Why must it be couched in terms of "religious judgmentalism" or " suppressed tendencies" or bigotry? I had a gay friend take me to a gay bar, and I found it really uncomfortable and it made me queasy. Gender is a deeply felt component of one's identity. Heterosexuality is not a choice. If one is heterosexual, why should one be expected to enjoy depictions of homosexual love?

Why would the filmmakers expect to find a wide audience for this type of film? God bless them; I'm sure gay people will love it. Among heterosexuals, just as Brokeback Mountain is a cultural joke, why would this be any different?

One can be fully supportive of gay rights and not enjoy watching gay men make love.

Hollywood is truly out of sync with the viewing public.

This is getting silly .
this movie has been getting delayed over and over for the past last year, and I for one was so excited to see it but now I'm all fed up..
Is it that hard for people to except homosexuality..!!!! what a shame!!!
if anyone has a prb with it then don't go and watch.. even the trailer is gay content free.. it's 21st centry people!!!

I wonder why Jim Carrey is asking all those racist right-wingnut religious wackos to fund his movie.
He should be asking the tolerant liberals that dominate Hollywood to fund his love story movie.

Looks and sounds like a piece of excrement. If it has Carrey in it I won't waste my time.

WOW!! You can put lipstick on a pig & make it look good. Who knew?

Wasn't a few days ago Los Angeles Times describing an extraordinary change in views people have now about things homosexual? If a Jim Carey picture (about homosexuals) can't be sold, then there is something wrong with the USC study in cause -

And as far as content, who would go to see it? Homosexuals are just less than 1% of population, so they don't make for an audience to invest money for -

So, let's see, while (roughly) 830 million people in Europe can watch the movie, (where it's getting good reviews), approx 305 million Americans cannot watch it. But that's OK, cos' the US has freedom of speech, right? Just as long as the speech is narrowly defined (tip: don't stray too far from "yes Sir" and "Thank you m'am") and there you have it; nobody's frightened the horses and all is still well in the world. Bless .....

It is worth mentioning, though, that it HAS in fact already been released in numerous foreign markets, to less than awesome receptions.

This movie already hit czech cinemas. I saw it and it is fantastic. Jim Carrey was hilarious in this movie. However I think his best show was in Liar Liar.

It is good to see that there are still enough decent God fearing people in America for this film, which mocks God and the entire human race, not to be shown. Unfortunately, that may no longer be the case 50 years from now.


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