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Briefly: Surprise, surprise - the Sin City sequel has been delayed yet again. Shooting just started earlier this year, initially making us question whether they'd be able to make the original October 2013 release date they had set a few years back. Now word from ERCBoxoffice on Twitter is that Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is being pushed back all the way to summer 2014. The new release date: August 22nd, 2014, or late summer right after Comic-Con 2014. Rodriguez does have a cast lined up: Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jaime King, Jamie Chung and most from the first. I really do hope this is finished eventually and it doesn't get stuck midway through, but now we have over a year to find out.
We're just over a month away from Comic-Con in San Diego where we'll hopefully be seeing some promising snippets of the films to come in the next couple years. But before that, Disney is looking to 2014 and well beyond with a press release detailing some release date changes for films like Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks (rhyming not intentional) and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. In addition, one particular title change for an anticipated sequel has been made and two new projects from Marvel Studios have been dated, though we likely won't hear details about those until Comic-Con, or maybe the studio's D23 expo this year.
Briefly: Keep an eye out for this film, it's worth catching. There's a very haunting film titled Blue Caprice that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and also played New Directors/New Films in New York (where I later caught up with it). Sundance Selects picked it up for release and has scheduled it to open limited starting September 20th, 2013 later this fall (date via twitter). That's right around the same time as TIFF and Venice as well. Blue Caprice is a dramatized retelling of the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, focusing on the two individuals doing the killing, starring Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond.
Briefly: Open Road Films has confirmed (via The Wrap) that Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs biopic, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Steve Jobs, will be released coming up this August. After first premiering at Sundance in January and originally getting an April date, Open Road held on to Jobs and will now release the film wide on August 16th at the end of this summer. The film also stars Josh Gad as Woz, Matthew Modine as John Sculley, Lukas Haas as Daniel Kottke. It unfortunately received mixed-to-dismal reviews at Sundance (here's our review), but could still do quite well with the general public later this year. The film was originally titled jOBS, but then changed back to JOBS for its release in August. Stay tuned for a trailer.
Briefly: New release dates for two indie films coming up later this year. Sony Pictures Classics has finally set a date for Kill Your Darlings, the 1940's beat poet drama with a stellar young cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Jack Huston and Ben Foster. The film premiered at Sundance 2013 to rave reviews (including from our own Ethan Anderton) and has now been scheduled for release on October 18th, 2013 later this fall. In addition, ERCboxoffice (via SlashFilm) also learned that Focus Features has set Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, for release on December 6th, 2013 just a few months later.
We knew it would happen one day. They finally converted The Wizard of Oz to glorious, gimmicky 3D. But - why?! The official announcements comes from USA Today (via SlashFilm), where they reveal plans for a limited one-week IMAX 3D special engagement of the 1939 Oscar-winning technicolor musical classic. The film is getting a restoration for another Blu-Ray release and is the first high profile classic 3D upgrade, now being compared to color in Oz. "The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional, but it's the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing, maybe what people felt when they first saw it."
Briefly: Lionsgate has scheduled The Expendables 3, the latest sequel in the ensemble action franchise, for its regular late August spot next year (Expendables 2 opened in August last year). Being directed by Patrick Hughes, Expendables 3 will hit theaters on August 15th, 2014. Besides the usual Expendables crew lead by Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li and Jason Statham, the cast for this next one will likely include Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich, which sounds crazy and yet awesome. Shooting hasn't started yet, but we expect more casting updates before then. In addition, Schwarzenegger & Stallone's Escape Plan (formerly The Tomb) was also rescheduled to October 18th, 2013 from September.
Write this one down on your calenders, it's a must watch, one of the best indie films of the year. Cinedigm has announced a release date for the film Short Term 12, directed by Destin Cretton, which premiered at SXSW 2013 and won both the Audience and Grand Jury Award. The innovative indie studio has set the film starring Brie Larson as a supervisor of an at-risk teens facility for limited release starting on August 23rd later this summer, with a nationwide roll-out to follow. I've seen it and can't recommend it enough, an excellent drama that should connect with today's film-lover audiences in many ways. Watch for it this year.
Briefly: Updates on 2014 release dates for two movies from Warner Bros. First, since it was originally scheduled for release coming up this summer, 300: Rise of an Empire has been delayed until next year. The sequel to Zack Snyder's 300 has been pushed back from its initial August 2nd, 2013 release (up against 2 Guns) to March 7th, 2014. That actually follows the 300 release pattern, which came out March 9th, 2007 (remember that opening?). In addition, they've moved the Tom Cruise time loop sci-fi All You Need Is Kill, directed by Doug Liman, from March to June 6th, 2014 - a good spot in the early summer.
Paramount has officially announced that the release of J.J. Abrams' sequel Star Trek Into Darkness has been moved up a day to coincide with the IMAX sneak preview screenings on Wednesday night. For the last few weeks, tickets have been on sale for early IMAX sneaks in select cities on Wednesday at 8PM. Now, Paramount has revealed that Star Trek Into Darkness will then open in theaters everywhere the following day, Thursday, May 16th, instead of waiting the extra day inbetween for the original day - May 17th. That's good news for anyone anxious to see this (including me!) as it means we get to experience this even sooner.
A release date has finally been set by distributor CBS Films for the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, starring Oscar Isaac as musician Llewyn Davis. We've already featured one great trailer, and the film is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, but CBS Films has now set an official release date for the US. Posted on their Twitter, they state that "Inside Llewyn Davis will be released limited on December 6, 2013; Expansion December 20, 2013." Sounds like perfect awards season fodder, of course. I wouldn't expect anything less from the Coens, back three years after True Grit. The film does look outstanding and I'm looking forward to seeing it. However, it is another seven months until it hits theaters.
Briefly: New release dates have been set by Hollywood studios for a number of upcoming films. Though we first heard hints at CinemaCon last week about 21 Jump Street 2 getting a 2014 release, Sony Pictures has now officially set a June 6th, 2014 summer release. In addition, they scheduled their other sequel Think Like A Man Too on June 20th, 2014; and the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape for July 2nd, 2014, to round out their summer after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 kick things off in early May. Paramount also scheduled a few of their movies including Alexander Payne's next film Nebraska for later in the season.
Briefly: Sony Pictures has confirmed that the release of After Earth, the new sci-fi movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan, has been moved up a week to May 31st (the same opening day as Now You See Me and The Purge). It was originally set for the first weekend in June, but with Man of Steel poised to open huge on a few weeks later on June 14th, they'll need all the extra time they can in theaters to make something before Superman knocks this out. Will Smith stars with his son Jaden Smith in this movie, set on a futuristic Earth where they crash land and must brave a foreign world to seek help. We've seen at least two full-length trailers filled with tons of giant creatures and sci-fi action, we just hope Shyamalan has made a great movie.
Briefly: Lionsgate has confirmed an updated release date for the comic book adaptation I, Frankenstein. Based on the graphic novel and original screenplay by Kevin Grevioux (creator of the Underworld series), the film stars Aaron Eckhart as Adam, a contemporary Frankenstein monster now living in a dark, gothic metropolis who finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Lionsgate had originally set the film for release this September, but has since moved the release to January 24th, 2014 and added 3D into the mix. Seems like they're selling this as a Resident Evil/Underworld-like replica.