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'The Soloist' pushed to next year

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And another one bites the dust? Now I’m hearing that Nikki Finke’s report at Deadline Hollywood Daily is indeed true, that Paramount/DreamWorks’ true-life drama The Soloist, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx, is being pushed to 2009 as part of Paramount’s overall decision to cut back on the number of films it releases each year. This is all happening after Soloist director Joe Wright (Atonement) was flown in from London to New York a few weeks ago to host an early screening of the film for high-profile Manhattan media types to kick off its campaign. While the film probably wouldn’t have been a frontrunner for Best Picture, it would have had a shot at a Best Supporting Actor nod for Foxx, particularly because that category is shaping up to be one of the weakest this year. One guy who’ll now certainly get an even bigger supporting-actor push from Paramount? Downey Jr., for his riotous performance in Tropic Thunder.

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