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Coens’ ‘True Grit’ to bow Christmas Day

But Par takes 'Footloose' off release calendar

Paramount Pictures will release Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake “True Grit” on Christmas Day.

At the same time, Par has taken “Footloose,” which was to open June 18, off the release calendar. Remake hit a major roadblock when Kenny Ortega dropped out as director, reportedly over creative differences. True Grit’s” high-profile release date positions the film for an awards run and allows the pic to capitalize on the holiday frame.

Remake stars Jeff Bridges as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, the character made famous by John Wayne. Matt Damon also stars, playing the lawman who teams with Cogburn.

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