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Briefly: There's a lot of release date shuffling going on right now between the studios. One moves something big, it causes everything else to shift, especially with so many projects in or going in to production. Deadline reports that Warner Bros / New Line has decided to push back the final movie in Peter Jackson's trilogy, The Hobbit: There & Back Again, from its original July 18th, 2014 release (same day as X-Men: Days of Future Past) to December 17th, going in line with the Lord of the Rings trilogy (every December in '01, '02, '03). Remember, There & Back Again was added as the third movie just last year, originally set to follow The Desolation of Smaug this December by arriving July, but it looks like it's back to December as well.
We're excited to finally tell you the date to mark down in your calendars for one of our favorite films of the year so far. I'm talking about The Spectacular Now, directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It was praised as of the best films of Sundance 2013, and ended up high on both Ethan and my own Top 5 favorites of the fest. Brand new distributor A24 picked up the film and recently set a release date, scheduling it for release starting on August 2nd late this summer. Which might just be the perfect spot for it to break out from. A24 also set Sofia Coppola's new film The Bling Ring for June 14th.
One of the funniest films coming out of Sundance 2013 was a coming-of-age comedy called Toy's House, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. We caught it late in the fest and fell in love with it as well (my review) and I'm happy to make sure this stay's on everyone's mind up until release because it's definitely worth seeing. Variety is reporting that CBS Films, who acquired the film during Sundance, has set a June 14th summer release date for Toy's House. But they also retitled it, and it will now be known as The Kings of Summer, which might be fitting as long as the marketing lives up to it. This should be one of the summer's breakouts.
Well that was quick. Sony Pictures Classics has announced a series of release dates through the summer for their upcoming 2013 films. Key among them is Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, one of the best films coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, a beautiful piece of cinematic perfection (read Ethan's Sundance review). Classics has scheduled the film for a limited release, starting in New York and Los Angeles only, on May 24th, 2013 early this summer. I hope it does well and I hope they expand it, because it's a great film. They also scheduled Woody Allen's new San Francisco-set flick and Pedro Almodovar's film for the summer.
"Sneak shows unlocked!" That's the first message that popped up on my device when I opened up the Star Trek Into Darkness app that Paramount has been pushing recently like their stock price depends directly on download numbers. Earlier today during the Super Bowl, they aired a brand new 30-second TV spot that ended with Benedict Cumberbatch saying every-so-eloquently, "Shall we begin?" Yes, we shall. Because I didn't have the app, we received an email telling us that the app had an "extended" trailer (not worth it) and the ability to "unlock movie tickets" for early May 15th, 8PM screenings. Say what? A two-day early release?
If you've seen Alfonso Cuarón's excellent Children of Men - and really, all of you should - you should be just as excited as we are about his follow-up project, Gravity. The sci-fi movie stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as two astronauts who experience a catastrophe in space. The film relies heavily on visual effects, and early rumors suggested that the movie will even open with a 20 minute long take. So yes, we're pretty damn stoked about it. After delaying it from its original November 2012 calendar spot, The Playlist has noticed that Warner Bros has officially set an October 4th, 2013 release date for the anticipated film.
Briefly: We've already got one dose of Robert Rodriguez coming in the form of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (which recently added both Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on October 4th this fall, but almost a month before that we'll get another sequel from the homemade filmmaker. Open Road Films has just announced that the sequel Machete Kills starring Danny Trejo as the grindhouse hero will arrive in theaters on September 13th. The sequel also stars Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Lady Gaga, William Sadler and Charlie Sheen. It's going to be a damn bloody fall.
It looks like 2015 just keeps getting bigger. While we're just getting into 2013 now, Walt Disney Studios has announced a big set of new release dates for a few of their high profile projects two years out. Included among them are Marvel's new movies coming in 2014 and 2015, of course confirmed for "Disney Digital 3D", as well as Brad Bird's sci-fi 1952, plus the recently back-in-development Pirates of the Caribbean 5 sequel (writer news last weekend). Robert Stromberg's Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie fantasy action one, has been pushed back to the summer, July 2014. While The Muppets 2 is set for March 2014. Read on!
2014 just got a lot more prehistoric. Out of nowhere this Friday evening, Universal has confirmed a release date, and nothing else, for the long-rumored, long-delayed sequel Jurassic Park IV. We've been hearing about this one for nearly as long this site has been in existence, and most recently we expected that it was completely dead. But now official Jurassic Park pages on Facebook and Twitter are confirming the news, stating: "Just announced! Jurassic Park 4 is coming to theaters on June 13, 2014!" It looks like it's real and happening - but Steven Spielberg will only be producing it, not directing. At least according to reports.
Briefly: If you're not already aware, Steven Spielberg's contemporary classic Jurassic Park is returning to theaters in 3D starting April 5th in both traditional and IMAX theaters. However, due to Universal also releasing their new sci-fi movie Oblivion with Tom Cruise exclusively on IMAX screens for one week on April 12th, that means Jurassic Park will only stay on IMAX screens for one week as well. While that seems like a bad move, audiences will likely be inclined to see a new movie in an exclusive engagement, rather than an older one. Plus, people will likely rush to see Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX before it goes away.
After our own Tyler Wantuch made a call for what he would like to see in Kimberly Peirce's new take on Stephen King's classic Carrie, it looks like the film won't be arriving as early as expected. Though the film was slated for release on March 15th, Sony Pictures announced today that the film has been pushed back to October 18th. Honestly, that makes it a better fit for the Halloween season, but we can't help but be worried by a delay like that. Maybe the studio felt the film was a better horror film than a March release implied, but maybe there's trouble behind the scenes in post-production? There's no specifics. Read on!
Briefly: Just this past summer, Disney gave us a teaser trailer for their animated Cars spin-off feature film Planes. The film follows Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life. Now Disney has slated the film for release on August 9th, 2013 with Sony's Elysium with Matt Damon and Warner Bros. We're the Millers with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. That makes for some good family counter-programming. A voice cast has yet to be announced, and while Jon Cryer was once attached to lead, he has fallen away. Stay tuned.
Briefly: Get ready for a meet 'n greet with a new Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, the Invisible Woman and Human Torch in 2015. 20th Century Fox has scheduled a release of March 6th, 2015 for the next Fantastic Four movie, to be directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle. Sounds like the next two years of Trank's life will be all about Marvel's first superhero team. The date was posted by ERC BoxOffice (via ComingSoon) in a tweet: "Reboot City. Fox's new Fantastic Four will hit theaters 3/6/15." While we haven't heard any casting for this yet, Chronicle star Dane DeHaan already got the Harry Osborn role in the next Spider-Man, and we know Mark Millar is overseeing Marvel projects at Fox. This one has a script written by Jeremy Slater. Stay tuned.
"Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day..." They promised it might happen in October, now it's actually happening in December. Released back in January of this year is one of my favorite films of the entire year - Joe Carnahan's The Grey. An intense and utterly realistic (except for the wolves...) take on an arctic plane crash starring Liam Neeson, it was subtly beautiful in many ways, from score to cinematography to screenplay. Carnahan has confirmed himself that the film is getting a limited awards re-release this coming weekend - December 7th. It's back!