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Fox Searchlight's Oscar hopeful 'Crazy Heart' gets a release date

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Fox Searchlight, the studio arm behind last year’s Oscar winner Slumdog Millionaire, must have had a terrific last-minute screening of their country music-themed acquisition Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges. The studio has settled on the release date of Dec. 16 after quickly putting together a last-minute press viewing of their film yesterday in Los Angeles. The studio acquired the movie back in July from writer-director Scott Cooper. It centers on Bad Blake (Bridges), a broken-down, hard-living country music singer who has had too many marriages, too many years on the road and too many drinks. He reaches out to Jean (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the man behind the musician. Oscar buzz for Bridges is already high (EW’s Dave Karger expounds on that here). Imagine what it will be when we actually all see his movie.