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antiTainment NEWS: Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ set for June Release


06-02-04 Keavin
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Michael Moore will get his wish, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ will be in U.S. theatres this summer. The ‘Bowling for Distribution” game winners are… Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and IFC Films. The film companies have struck a deal with Miramax heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein to release the film and have set a nationwide release date of June 25th. 

The Weinsteins formed a new company to purchase the rights to the film from Disney owned subsidiary Miramax, because Disney refused to release the politically charged film during an election year. The ink was barely dry on that deal before the Weinsteins secured this new distribution deal with Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. and IFC Films. 

The Bush-bashing film won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival last month and with a June 25th release date it is sure to spark some fireworks this Fourth of July in the United States with Moore supporters using it as fuel in their quest to unseat the President and Moore critics dissecting the film, to refute the claims made by Moore.  

You can probably make a pretty safe bet that the DVD and home video release of the film will be strategically planned to occur close the election this November. October surprise? But will a film help unseat a sitting president? Not likely, but stranger things have happened in election years and if this election is as close as some pendants predict, anything could tip the scales in either direction. 
 


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