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August Osage County

I haven’t seen “August: Osage County” yet, but both of our New York correspondents have said it’s an intense film. In her report on the Q&A with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and the cast, Melanie Votaw wrote, “You will take quite an emotional rollercoaster ride when you watch it, but you’re in good hands with this cast.”

And last night, Paula Schwartz told me it’s not exactly a movie you want to see over the holidays with your family. I’m gathering there’s not a lot of warm fuzzies in this film!

But The Weinstein Company just announced today that the film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 2013, and nationwide on Jan. 10, 2014. Steel yourself if you see it during the holidays. I think I’ll stick with “Love, Actually” and “White Christmas” until we get into the new year.

“August: Osage County” tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play.

“August: Osage County” is directed by John Wells (“The Company Men”) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.

Runtime is 119 minutes, and it’s rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material. Check out the trailer:

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