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Wide Release of Divisive Film ‘Postal’ From Controversial Director Uwe Boll Canceled

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CHICAGO – In response to our negative review of the divisive new film “Postal” from controversial director Uwe Boll, Boll e-mailed us with these simple words:

Uwe Boll wrote:
“You should ask yourself: Who gave me my moral rules? Question yourself. Too bad you didn’t like the movie.”

Uwe Boll’s Postal
Uwe Boll’s “Postal”.
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We responded requesting an interview and he’s amenable. Before we had the chance, Boll at 7:43 p.m. on May 15, 2008 issued to us a statement announcing the cancellation of his film’s wide theatrical release by U.S. theater exhibitors.

Unless the boycott lifts, Boll says it’s his latest film that many audiences won’t see at most theaters.

“Theatrical distributors are boycotting ‘Postal’ because of its political content,” Boll said in the Thursday statement. “We were prepared to open on 1,500 screens all across America on May 23, 2008. Any multiplex in the U.S. should have space for us, but they’re afraid.”

Boll continued: “We have even tried to buy a few screens in New York and Los Angeles. They won’t let us even rent the theaters! I urge independent exhibitors to contact us and book ‘Postal’. Audiences have been expecting the film. I don’t think exhibitors should censor what gets played in U.S. theaters.”

As it currently stands, Boll says Event Film will only release the “R”-rated film in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Tucson, Ariz. Our full “Postal” image gallery can be found here. The film’s plotline is described from the studio with these words:

A religious charlatan (Dave Foley), his mild-mannered nephew (Zack Ward) and a gang of bosomy commandos face off against Osama bin Laden and the Taliban in an epic battle that will determine the fate of the world in “Postal,” which is the latest film from controversial director Uwe Boll (“BloodRayne”).

Boll roasts an entire herd of sacred cows and smashes taboos to smithereens in this over-the-top and hilariously subversive critique of modern-day America.

Inspired by the notorious video game of the same name, “Postal” is a jaw-droppingly original spoof of contemporary culture and an equal-opportunity offender that lampoons religious extremists, minorities, bureaucrats, immigrants, cops, women, the Holocaust, gun nuts and more with even-handed abandon.

The outrageous political and social satire stars Zack Ward (“Transformers”), Dave Foley (“News Radio”), J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man”), Jackie Tohn (“On the Lot”), Larry Thomas, the Soup Nazi from “Seinfeld,” Erick Avari (“Mr. Deeds”) and Verne Troyer (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”).

The film is produced by Boll, Dan Clarke and Shawn Williamson.

HollywoodChicago.com editor-in-chief Adam Fendelman

By ADAM FENDELMAN
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HollywoodChicago.com
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Confirmed list of 'Postal' theaters from Uwe Boll as of 5/19/08

At 11:16 p.m. on May 19, 2008, “Postal” director Uwe Boll directly e-mailed me the following confirmed list of theaters that will show “Postal”:

May 23, 2008 opening

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - South Lamar
1120 South Lamar
Austin, TX
(512) 476-1320

Tower Theaters
8031 N Business Park Drive
Tucson, AZ 85743
520-579 7670

Portage Theatre
4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL
773-736-4050

Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
310-478-1041

Neighborhood Flix
2510 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
303-777-3549

Cobble Hill Cinemas
265 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
718-596-9113

Terrace Charleston
1956-D Maybank Highway
Charleston, SC 29412
843-762-4247

Culver Plaza Theatres
9919 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310-836-5511

Galaxy South Dekalb Funplex 12
2801 Candler Rd. Suite 68
Decatur, GA 30034
404-243-3606

Galaxy Cinema Fun Plex
274 Highway 138 SW
Riverdale, GA 30274
678-479-8880

May 30, 2008 opening

Roxie Film Center
3117 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-431-3611

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postal

POSTAL only played at one theatre in queens, nyc one week. I enjoyed it to the extent that it was better than any TROMA movie. Got the DVD today. Why so much hate toward the director? Not a great comedy, but still funnier than any TROMA film, or DISACTER MOVIE, EPIC MOVIE etc…

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