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‘August: Osage County’ now set for Christmas release

Movie goers anxious for the release of “August: Osage County” now will have to wait till Dec. 25, according to the Weinstein Company publicity.

A Christmas release is now planned for the dark comedy/drama based on Oklahoman Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play about a tumultuous and dysfunctional family whose members come together after the alcoholic patriarch disappears. The movie was originally scheduled for release on Nov. 8.

A powerhouse cast was selected to represent the extended clan in rural Oklahoma, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts starring as the mother-daughter duo. Other cast members include Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney and Juliette Lewis.

John Wells, longtime TV producer of “ER” and “The West Wing,” directed the star-studded cast. George Clooney co-produced the movie, and often was seen posing for photos with the locals while in town for filming during the fall of 2012.

Local officials noted that the economic benefits of the film production extended throughout the community from restaurants and motels to industrial suppliers, furniture stores, bookstores, art supply stores, print shops, pharmacies and numerous other local enterprises.

With more than 5,000 hotel nights spent in Bartlesville and approximately 30 homes rented during the production, the cast and crew spent an estimated $1 million in lodging alone from July through November.

Independent film studio, The Weinstein Company, is managing production and distribution.

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