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In just a few weeks, the found footage time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday was slated to hit theaters on February 28th. However, Paramount Pictures has decided to pull the Michael Bay produced project and release it sometime during the summer or fall. Previously, THR cited one reason was to give Bay “the opportunity to focus on the smaller movie," since he's currently busy with Transformers: Age of Extinction (watch the Super Bowl teaser). However, that piece of info is no longer listed in the article, and a marketing strategy decision is given as the driving force behind the move to an unknown new date. Read on!
Briefly: After originally being slated for an awards season release last year, The Weinstein Company decided to delay Grace of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman to a March 14th release this year instead. However, Variety now reports the film is being taken off the release calendar yet again, and The Weinstein Company will unveil it at Cannes instead. However, the trade sites that director Olivier Dahan has been clashing publicly with the production company over the biopic over "unreasonable cuts," which should sound familiar to anyone awaiting the release of Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer. The film had already seen a teaser trailer released last year, but now it seems we''ll be waiting even longer before we see the film. Stay tuned.
Briefly: Big and somewhat disappointing news hit last week when Warner Bros. announced that they would be pushing back Batman vs. Superman to May 6th, 2016, where it will go head-to-head with an unknown Marvel film. Now Variety reports the comic book studio that brought us The Avengers is moving their Phase Three film Ant-Man yet again into the vacated July 17th, 2015 release date left behind by the Zack Snyder directed sequel to Man of Steel. The Marvel comics adaptation from director Edgar Wright was already moved from an August 2015 release to July 31st, and now it's been bumped up two weeks. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas star in the film as two versions of the superhero, and we can't wait to hear more.
After unveiling Whiplash here in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, producer Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions banner have a little bit of a setback in the studio world. THR reports Universal has decided not to release Joe Carnahan's comedic thriller Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson, on March 21st this year as was originally planned. A source says that Universal executives didn't think it was smart to spend $20 million to $40 million that it would take to release the film theatrically. They let Blum shop the film to other potential distributors, but no one picked it up, so it stays at Universal.
The packed movie year of 2015 just got a little less crazy. After rumors swirled that Batman vs. Superman, or whatever the Man of Steel sequel from director Zack Snyder will be called, was going to be shot back-to-back with a Justice League follow-up, we have some disappointing news. Variety reports Warner Bros. has decided to push back the film to May 6th, 2016, instead of releasing it on July 17th, 2015 as originally planned. The film is still in pre-production, and we're betting that recent developments like Gal Gadot being cast as Wonder Woman have proven to be a little more complicated than originally thought.
The year of years. One to remember. By all accounts, 2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years in big Hollywood movies in a long time. From the return of Star Wars, to the return of The Avengers, to the return of Jurassic Park, to the return of Terminator, to the (re-)appearances of Ant-Man, Desmond Miles, SpongeBob, Aaron Cross, James Bond, Jason, Ethan Hunt, Ted & Mad Max. In keeping up with the features on FirstShowing, we've (finally) launched our 2015 Release Schedule, with listings that we'll update as time goes on. For now, we wanted to inform everyone that the schedule is up and up-to-date.
Briefly: Just after Thanksgiving, we learned Judd Apatow's next film would be a starring vehicle for comedian Amy Schumer called Train Wreck. Now Universal has set the film in the super-packed release year of 2015. The studio has announced that the new comedy will hit theaters on July 24th, 2015, making it the first film to stake a claim on that date. However, it does come out between Warner Bros. Batman vs. Superman on July 17th and Marvel's Ant-Man on July 31st, which are both big players. Of course, a comedy is good counter-programming for anyone who doesn't care about comic book flicks. Schumer stars in the film as a complete basket case trying to rebuild her life with her boyfriend, best friend and parent in tow.
After releasing indies like The Spectacular Now, The Bling Ring and Spring Breakers, the young A24 distribution company has just set dates for a few films that have already made the festival rounds. Enemy, the TIFF-selected first collaboration of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal, will arrive on March 14th; the Telluride selected, seductive, psychological horror Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson will arrive on April 4th; and the real-time thriller Locke (hitting Sundance this month after premiering at Venice) starring Tom Hardy lands April 25th. More details on the films below.
Briefly: We already know the action sequel The Raid 2: Berandal (which may drop that subtitle here in the United States) will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Luckily for audiences in the United States, they won't have to wait too much longer to see the film from writer and director Gareth Evans on the big screen. Sony Pictures Classics and Stage 6 Films have announced that they will release the sequel in the US on March 28th. We've already seen one teaser trailer, and for those just joining us, it picks up right where the first film left off and follows Rama (Iko Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
Following the sad and unexpected death of Fast & Furious franchise star Paul Walker, the fate of next year's sequel Fast & Furious 7 was in question as the studio delayed production of the film indefinitely in order to let Walker's friends and family grieve and then figure out how to proceed. There have been rumblings that the studio could start from scratch and scrap Walker's scenes altogether, but Universal has confirmed that he will remain a prominent cast member in the sequel, and they have pushed back the release to April 10th, 2015, adding it to the crazy calendar of blockbusters already set for release. In addition, Vin Diesel actually broke this news with a bittersweet photo from the set of the sequel. Look now!
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.