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‘Charlie Wilson’s War’ moved up

Mike Nichols film will bow on 2,500 screens

Universal Pictures has moved up the debut of “Charlie Wilson’s War” by four days to Friday, Dec. 21.

Mike Nichols satire about covert dealings by a Texas congressman is expected to bow on around 2,500 screens. It will join a crowded field that weekend: Johnny Depp starrer “Sweeney Todd,” biopic satire “Walk Hard,” the “National Treasure” sequel and romantic drama “P.S. I Love You” also debut the frame before Christmas.

Four major bows are now skedded for Dec. 25: “The Bucket List,” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman; Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters”; Walden fantasy “The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep” and the “Alien vs. Predator” sequel.

Based on George Crile’s book, “Charlie Wilson’s War” stars Tom Hanks as a congressman who assists Afghani rebels in their fight against the Soviets in the 1980s. Julia Roberts costars as a fun-loving Houston socialite who joins the cause and Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a maverick CIA operative.

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