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Briefly: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed official US release dates and details for Lars von Trier's already-controversial Nymphomaniac, the sexual biopic starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. The film is first hitting theaters in Denmark at the end of this month, leading into 2014. Magnolia says Nymphomaniac: Part 1 will open in US theaters on March 21st, 2014, hitting VOD earlier on March 6th. A month later, Part 2 will open in theaters on April 18th, 2014, also hitting VOD earlier on April 3rd. This should cause quite a stir. I expect the film community to be abuzz with Nymphomaniac chatter throughout March and April. Part 1 deals with her adolescence and young-adulthood; Part 2 tells the story of Joe's adulthood. First trailer here.
When Disney announced they were sending Star Wars: Episode VII to theaters on December 18th. 2015, many wondered when Universal was going to move Legendary's adaptation of Warcraft to get out of the way of the sci-fi giant. Now the studio has made the right call and will release the film on March 11th, 2016 instead. That's a smart move, not only because there's not really anything schedule for 2016 other than a Marvel movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and some other blockbusters, but this pretty much guarantees the film will dominate in the spring slot. In addition, the studio also announced release dates for some other upcoming projects, in addition to a new release date for the delayed fantasy The Seventh Son.
Briefly: "Bring on the fun bags." Paramount will be releasing the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues two days early in December, right on time for the holidays. The new Anchorman will now open on Wednesday, December 18th, moving up two days ahead of its original December 20th release. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell & Dave Koechner return to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm. Ron Burgundy, the man himself, will also be hosting ESPN's SportsCenter on December 5th at 6PM for those interested. Paramount also just released an app called "Scotchy Scotch Toss" for iOS. Can't wait to see this! We'll be in theaters this holiday season catching up with Ron Burgundy and friends.
Briefly: Relativity has announced and confirmed a release date for the film Jane Got a Gun, an action-western directed by Gavin O'Connor starring Natalie Portman. The production has been troubled, with big delays and creative issues with the previous director, Lynne Ramsay. Actors walked off of set, everything was temporarily shut down, but eventually they got a crew together to finish and filming wrapped. Despite all the troubles, Relativity Media is still planning to release the film and has officially set an August 29th, 2014 late summer release next year (same day as horrors The Loft & Jessabelle). Synopsis: A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. Stay tuned for more.
Briefly: It's time for one more film to join the 2015 calendar. Disney is already releasing Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, amongst some other titles, but now they've also announced that The Jungle Book will hit theaters on October 9th, 2015, with confirmation that Jon Favreau will direct the film based on Rudyard Kipling's classic book. It's the first film to be scheduled for October 2015, so it has no competition yet. In addition, the studio has looked even further into the future to set Alice in Wonderland 2 for release on May 27th, 2016. Both Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp will be back with James Bobin (The Muppets) taking over directing duties from Tim Burton. That's all for right now.
Briefly: It looks like we now have an actual release date. Its being reported by BoxOfficeMojo that Warner Bros has set a May 15th, 2015 summer release date for George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road, the return of Mad Max, starring Tom Hardy as the new Mad Max. We've been following this sequel for many years, as it was shot down in Africa back in 2012 but has been stuck in post-production hell ever since, with extensive reshoots and more over the last few years. 2015 is already becoming one of the most exciting years for movies in a while, with the new Star Wars, Avengers and Jurassic Park movies on the docket already. Hopefully this is finally confirmation that we may finally see this new Mad Max within two years anyway.
Earlier this month, we learned that James DeMonaco was returning to write and direct a sequel to The Purge, this year's high concept horror thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. Produced by Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchise's Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Production banner on a budget of $3 million, the film went on to make nearly $90 million. Now Universal has announced that The Purge 2, which is just beginning production next month, has a release date of June 20th, 2014. That's a quick turnaround, but the first film was cheap, so it doesn't require a long post-production period. Read on!
Briefly: After 20 years of waiting, Dumb & Dumber To is a reality, and we've seen evidence from the first look pictures that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels posted online (not to mention the return of Billy in 4C). Now Universal has announced that the comedy sequel will arrive on November 14th, 2014, hitting the big screen just three weeks before the actual 20th anniversary (the original film arrived on December 16th, 1994). Peter and Bobby Farrelly are directing again with new cast members like Rob Riggle, Kathleen Turner and Laurie Holden joining in the fun. Will it live up to the hype? We'll find out late next year.
Briefly: Shortly after Insidious: Chapter 2 landed the #1 spot at the box office back in September, Film District, eOne & Sony announced they were planning on making Insidious: Chapter 3. Now that Focus Features has taken over FilmDistrict, THR repports new CEO Peter Schlessel has decided to release the next chapter in the horror franchise on April 3rd, 2015. Director James Wan started the franchise with writer Leigh Whannell, who will return to write the sequel. However, since Wan recently said he was done with horror films, we're wondering who will get in the director's chair, and which cast members will return too.
In Back to the Future Part II, it was comedically predicted that Jaws 19 would be in theaters in the year 2015. Obviously, that won't be happening in the next two years, but 2015 is already becoming one of the most crowded years for blockbusters in recent memory. The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman vs. Superman, Tomorrowland, Fantastic Four, Ted 2, Terminator 5, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, Assassin's Creed and Jurassic World are just some of the titles. Now we can add one more to the mix as Mission: Impossible 5 will arrive December 25th, 2015.
For all you fans of E.L. James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and the forthcoming film adaptation from director Sam Taylor-Johnson, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that we have a first look at Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from the most recent cover of EW (and Dornan gets his own solo shot as well for all the ladies). The bad news is that fans will have to wait a little longer to see this sexy game play out because Focus Features and Universal Pictures have just pushed back the release date from August 1, 2014 to six months later on February 13, 2015. Surely fans will be disappointed, but now it should make for a saucy Valentine's Day date. See the photos below!
Briefly: Nothing major since this is still so far away, but 20th Century Fox has rescheduled Independence Day 2 from the summer of 2015 to the summer of 2016. The sequel took years to finally come together with Roland Emmerich back at the helm, but it looks like they're holding onto it for another year for production timing and to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original. If you can really believe it (doesn't seem that long ago), Independence Day was released almost 20 years ago, in July of 1996. The sequel, tentatively titled ID Forever Part I, will arrive on July 1st, 2016 (via BoxOfficeMojo). The summer of 2015 is already overcrowded anyway, with Avengers 2, Jurassic World and lots more. We'll keep an eye on ID2's progress.
20th Century Fox has just announced some release date shuffling for some big projects in 2015. First up, Matthew Vaughn's Secret Service with Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson has moved from November 14th, 2014 to the spring of the following year on March 6th, 2015. Those with a good memory will recall that was the release date set for Josh Trank's reboot of Fantastic Four, but instead the film will arrive in the more appropriate blockbuster release of June 19th, 2015, the same day as Pixar's Inside Out. And that means Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender is moving from June 19th, 2015 to August 7th, 2015.
Now that Disney has confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is heading to theaters on December 18th, 2015, the once presumed summer spot for the film will be filled by Brad Bird's original sci-fi film Tomorrowland. Originally slated to hit theaters on December 12th next year, the film will now arrive on May 22nd, 2015. Right now the only other major release slated for that same month is The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that's three whole weeks before then on May 1st. Opening an original sci-fi film in the battleground of summer is risky, but with names like George Clooney attached to the film, it'll be fine.