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Briefly: Last month, we learned the developing sequel to Steven Soderbergh's male stripper hit Magic Mike would be going by the appropriately bigger title of Magic Mike XXL and the original film's first assistant director Greg Jacobs would be at the helm this time. Now Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel will arrive in a prime summer spot on July 3rd, 2015, just in time to take advantage of the big box office that always comes through on July 4th weekend. That means the Channing Tatum sequel will arrive just a couple days after Terminator: Genesis, but the target audiences couldn't be more different. We still don't know much of anything about the film other than it's "a road movie sort of thing," so stay tuned for more.
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
Briefly: Indie distributor IFC Films has confirmed a summer release date for Richard Linklater's Boyhood, his ambitious time capsule project filmed over the course of 12 years following a boy growing up in Texas. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews (here's my review) and has been touring around to other festivals, stopping at SXSW in Austin and the Berlin Film Festival. There's nothing like it, a must-see for its masterfully captured and beautifully realistic look at growing up, starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents, and I hope it does well even in the thick of the summer. Boyhood will open in limited theaters starting July 11th this summer. We'll keep you updated on trailers and more.
Once slated for release last month, the found footage time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday was delayed by Paramount Pictures so the studio could partner with MTV Films (both under the Viacom name) in order to refine the marketing strategy. Paramount wanted to use the MTV connection to reach a bigger teen and college audience, especially after the initial trailer and marketing were testing well already. The film was only supposed to be delayed until the fall, but now Borys Kit of THR has news out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas that the film will now be called Project Almanac and will hit theaters in January 2015 now.
Briefly: With the annual CinemaCon exhibition industry convention taking place next week, Hollywood is solidifying their upcoming release schedule with dates for their next five years of blockbusters. 20th Century Fox has set some big comic book movie release dates to top off everything else on their line-up in the next few years. Fox has scheduled The Wolverine sequel, which just announced that James Mangold would be returning to direct, for March 3rd, 2017 early in the year, along with The Fantastic Four 2 (sequel) set for July 14th, 2017. They're betting big on this, as we still have to see Josh Trank's new take on Fantastic Four in 2015 to begin with. As we still have three years to go, we expect plenty of updates on these projects.
Briefly: We got a first look at the indie romantic comedy The F Word last summer with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan looking pretty friendly. But since then, the title has been changed to the generic What If, and CBS Films has given the film a release date of August 1st this year in NY and LA before expanding elsewhere in the weeks following. The film is directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) and written by Elan Mastai (The Samaritan) and tells the story of a young man recovering from a failed relationship and trying to navigate a new friendship with an alluring girl (Zoe Kazan of Ruby Sparks) that seems to be developing into a romance until he discovers that she has a boyfriend. Radcliffe in a romantic comedy? We're interested.
Briefly: Not to be confused with the other indie Sundance '07 horror thriller The Signal, a triptych set of stories, this is one full-length sci-fi indie feature that just premiered at Sundance 2014. Another one of our favorite Sundance films (my review) this year finally gets a release date, as Focus Features has announced that William Eubank's The Signal will hit limited theaters starting June 13th, 2014 this summer, with wider expansions June 20th and June 27th. In The Signal, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour; the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. The film stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. More soon.
Briefly: After getting picked up about a year and a half ago by The Weinstein Company, and getting jockeyed around with 20 minutes being cut from the film and a new edit being tested and shot down in favor of director Bong Joon-ho's original cut, Snowpiercer is finally coming to the United States. Last month we learned the director's cut of the film will see release, and Radius-TWC has just given the film a limited theatrical release on June 27th, and if the distribution arm follows suit, the film will likely hit VOD the same day. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming in April, it's a good year for Chris Evans.
Briefly: If you somehow missed the big news, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave just won Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards this past weekend. As expected, Fox Searchlight is banking on all the awards buzz (since it also won at the BAFTAs, the Indie Spirits, and Golden Globes) and re-releasing the film in theaters this weekend. EW.com (via The Film Stage) reports that 12 Years a Slave will be re-released in over 1,000 theaters this weekend, likely being pushed as the Best Picture winner. The film has already made $50 million at the box office and is out on DVD/Blu-ray, but it still worth seeing in theaters. In addition to Best Picture, actress Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress, and I was rooting for Chiwetel Ejiofor, too.
Good news cinephiles - A24 has arranged release dates for two their upcoming summer/fall releases. The first is David Michod's The Rover, a gritty post-apocalyptic western starring Guy Pearce, which we teased a few weeks ago. The film now has an official release date of July 18, 2014 right smack in the middle of this summer, setting it up to play throughout August as it opens limited. The film will probably play in Cannes, or may just go straight to theaters if they're that confident in it. On the flip side, Lynn Shelton's smart new comedy Laggies with Keira Knightley, which premiered at Sundance, is set for a late September release.
Briefly: After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Focus Features has slated Zach Braff's sophomore directing effort Wish I Was Here to hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on July 18th, and will expand to other theaters on August 1st. That means the film will arrive nearly 10 years exactly after Garden State arrived. Kickstarter supporters will get advanced screenings in their local markets as well. Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon also star in the film, which I wasn't all that impressed by at Sundance, but fans can judge for themselves.
Briefly: It's official - Warner Bros has confirmed a late 2014 release date for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, The Immigrant, Her) as 1970's pot-fueled private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello, based on the Thomas Pynchon character. PTA filmed late last year around Southern California, and will have the comedy ready for release starting December 12th, 2014. Warner Bros, the studio releasing the film, seems to be lining this up as another awards contender, as even @ERCboxoffice quips "just in time for awards season." The cast: Jena Malone, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Maya Rudolph and Sasha Pieterse. This should be fun.
After casting has been slowly revealed, Warner Bros. announced their new adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic jungle hero Tarzan will hit theaters on July 1st, 2016 in 3D. The summer holiday release indicates the studio's confidence in their new property which features "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard as the title hero and The Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie as his female counterpart Jane Porter. There's not confirmed much in the vein of plot details, but the press release says it will follow the man orphaned as a baby and raised in the jungle as he returns to the urban jungle of London.
After Paramount Pictures pulled the found footage time travel adventure Welcome to Yesterday from its late February release for a summer or fall debut instead, another small, found footage, sci-fi film is getting delayed as well. ERC reported via Twitter that Relativity Media's seemingly Amblin inspired Earth to Echo has been pushed from its initial April 25th release date to a more daring summer release on July 2nd. Does Relativity think they have a solid enough film to get released in the full summer schedule, or are they hoping they film will start slow and get big by word of mouth? Maybe it could just end up being both.