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"Christmas on Mars," The "Chinese Democracy" of Rock Movies, Is Here

September 26, 2008 3:08 PM ET

After years of production, the Flaming Lips' movie Chrismas On Mars has finally been unleashed on the masses. Filmed by Wayne Coyne and fellow Oklahoman Bradley Beesley (who also directed Lips projects The Fearless Freaks and Christmas at the Zoo) in fits and starts since around 2001, the film appears to be an amalgam of 2001, Solaris, Event Horizon and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. The film stars Coyne and the Lips' Steve Drozd but also features apparances by Fred Armisen, Elijah Wood and Isaac Brock. Click above for the exclusive trailer to Christmas On Mars, and follow the jump to see when it will be landing at a theater near you. The DVD will be released November 11.

Christmas On Mars Play Dates:
Now Playing:
New York, New York: The KGB Complex's Kraine Theater

Extended Run:
San Antonio, Texas: Alamo Drafthouse, October 19 until the end of the year

Limited Engagements:
Des Moines, Iowa: Nova 10 Cinemas, October 1
Columbia, South Carolina: The Nickelodeon, October 3-5
Moline, Illinois: Nova 6 Cinemas, October 5
Atlanta, Georgia: Plaza Theatre, October 8
Peoria, Illinois: Reynold's Cinemas at Landmark, October 10
Naperville, Illinois: Nova 8 Cinemas, October 11
Nashville, Tennessee: The Belcourt, October 17
Dallas, Texas: Landmark Inwood Theater, October 17-18
Whitewater, Wisconsin: Theatres of Whitewater, October 17
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Geneva 4, October 18
West Bend, Wisconsin: Paradise Theatre, October 19
Madison, Wisconsin: The Orpheum, October 21-24
Waterville, Maine: Railroad Square Cinema, October 23
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Brattle, October 31-November 9
Omaha, Nebraska: Film Streams / Ruth Sokolof Theater, October 31
Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Cinematheque, November 8-9
Columbus, Ohio: Landmark Gateway Theater, November 14-15
Denver, Colorado: Landmark Esquire Theatre, November 14-15
Hartford, Connecticut: Real Art Ways, November 21-23
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Landmark Uptown Theatre, November 22

Related Stories:Video: Wayne Coyne at Lollapalooza
Live at Pemberton: The Flaming Lips Chase the Elusive Freak Out
Wayne Coyne, Rainn Wilson Hit the Red Carpet at VH1's Rock Honors

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