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Roadside, Liddell Save Jim Carrey’s ‘Phillip Morris’

Long quest to find distributor for gay love story ends with a December release date

It'll be a busy Christmas season for Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment

A day after announcing a December domestic release for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful," the companies announced that they have acquired the rights to the long-orphaned Ewan McGregor/Jim Carrey gay caper comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris."

The film has been given a Dec. 3 release date.

Produced by Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, the R-rated film about a love-struck con man has made over $17.1 million so far in international release. 

It's domestic distribution has been held up, however, by a dispute between EuropaCorp and the fledgling distributor originally contracted to put the film out in the U.S., Consolidated Pictures Group.

"Phillip Morris" had been slated for release this summer, but EuropaCorp pulled the film from Consolidated after the distributor failed to come up with the millions in dollars of cash needed for prints-and-advertising expenses and minimum guarantees. 

The matter was eventually settled in court.

As for Roadside and Liddell, the two companies partnered up last October to release the Chris Rock-produced "Good Hair," which grossed $4.2 million domestically.