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Another film flop for Katie Holmes? Reports of audience walking out 'exaggerated'
The Daily Mail - UK
By Baz Bamigboye
Katie Holmes has been wrongly savaged over her latest movie.
A film trade writer at the Sundance Film Festival claimed there was a 'mass exodus' to leave "The Son of No One" before the movie ended and that people groaned when Ms Holmes appeared on screen.
Daily Mail film writer Baz Bamigboye said: 'I was at the screening at the Yarrow Hotel on Monday and such claims are lies and were penned to damage the actress' professional reputation.'
Wrongly criticised: Katie Holmes, as seen in the trailer for "The Son Of No One"
Report: Many audience members were said to have walked out of "The Son of No One" starring Holmes and Al Pacino
He added: 'Audiences groan at the Cannes Film Festival all the time but I've never heard folk groan at Sundance.'
As a a result of the reports the actress, who has a small supporting role in the film, was said to be in two minds about attending the world premiere on Friday.
"The Son of No One" was directed by Dito Montiel and features a powerful performance by Channing Tatum as a New York cop who may have been involved in a double murder when he was a schoolboy.
Ms Holmes, married to Tom Cruise, plays Tatum's screen wife, with the film also featuring Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Al Pacino.
Baz commented: 'She's perfectly fine in the movie. To be sure, some people had issues with aspects of the film's plot but that had nothing to do with Holmes.'
The initial item appeared in The Hollywood Reporter and was picked up and added to by Us Weekly.
Filming: Holmes, shooting a scene from "Son of No One" with Channing Tatum in New York last April
Baz added: 'The interesting thing is that the Hollywood Reporter writer wasn't at the screening.'
And he explained a possible reason for the report: 'The film's credits started running before the film had actually finished. This meant that the theatre's house manager switched the lights on before she was meant to.
'People started to leave their seats but when the manager realised the film wasn't finished she dimmed the lights again. There was no mass rush to get out.
'However, people do start to gather their coats and bags while end credits roll at most screenings because films are shown at several different venues and there's often a race to make the next screening.'
Meanwhile, Holmes asked the film's producers whether she should still fly to Park City, Utah for Friday's big public screening.
Currently she's working on the new film "Jack and Jill" with Adam Sandler.
And there's talk of her returning to Broadway later in the year but the casting on that production is still being worked on.