'Paddington' & 'Hot Tub Time Machine 2' No Longer Hit on Christmas
by Ethan Anderton
October 15, 2014
Following 20th Century Fox's release date shifts that bumped up Independence Day 2 a week earlier in the summer of 2016 and pushed Hitman: Agent 47 back six months in 2015, it looks like The Weinstein Company and Paramount Pictures have made some calendar changes too. First up, THR has word that Paddington has vacated its original Christmas Day release this winter and has opted to arrive on January 16th, 2015 instead. The film is based on the beloved children's book series and will feature Ben Whishaw as the title bear about town in London after Colin Firth exited the role in June. But that's not all. Read on!
And since The Weinstein Company has moved Paddington to that date, that means they're pushing back their release of of the animated family comedy Underdogs to April 10th, 2015 now. That film, directed by Argentinean filmmaker Juan Jose Campanella, follows Jake (Matthew Morrison of "Glee"), a shy-but-talented foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (pop star Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium.
The rest of the voice cast also includes Katie Holmes (The Giver), John Leguizamo (Chef), Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included), Taran Killam (The Heat), Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") and Chazz Palminteri ("Rizzoli & Isles"). Even though this is a completed animated film, The Weinstein Company's American cut of the film features some script changes that have been reworked for the United States. Harvey Weinstein says, "This talented cast takes our script and enhances it. with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I’m so proud of these super talented actors and comedians.”
Meanwhile, over at Paramount Pictures, Deadline reports the studio has also decided to take Hot Tub Time Machine 2 out of the Christmas Day release spot, and has pushed it back to February 20th, 2015. The sequel sees Rob Corddry in danger, forcing him and friends Clark Duke and Craig Robinson to time travel yet again to save his life. But they soon learn that the time machine doesn't take them where they want to go, but where they need to go, which still might help them save their lives and the future. Adam Scott also stars in the film as John Cusack's brother. You can still watch the red band trailer right here.
And since Paramount has given Hot Tub Time Machine 2 that February date, that means the previously shifted horror comedy Scouts vs. Zombies will be moved yet again, this time 10 months away for a release on October 30th, 2015. Previously, the film swapped dates with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which is still slated to arrive on on March 13th, 2015 for now. There's a lot of release date musical chairs happening before the end of the year, but don't worry, because we still have Disney's Into the Woods musical, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken war drama and Seth Rogen & James Franco's The Interview (along with some limited releases). So you'll have plenty to choose from this Christmas.