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Briefly: Following the success of The LEGO Movie earlier this year, Warner Bros. Animation is going all-in on making a bunch of animated movies inspired by LEGO sets. There's a sequel to The LEGO Movie in the works, a spin-off focusing on their Ninjago line and we just heard that LEGO Batman will also get his own movie with Will Arnett voicing The Dark Knight again. But word from Warner Bros. today is shaking up things slightly. Previously, The LEGO Movie 2 was dated for May 26th, 2017, but that's when the LEGO Batman spin-off will arrive now. Instead, The LEGO Movie sequel has been pushed back to May 25th, 2018. But the good news is Ninjago is still arriving on September 23rd, 2016. Stay tuned for updates.
Back in the beginning of August, we learned that Warner Bros. had staked out a slew of future release dates for DC Comics films, but with no indication of what films might be arriving in those slots beyond the promise of Justice League following sometime after Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Well, thanks to the same shareholders meeting that revealed Ezra Miller will play The Flash in a standalone film arriving in 2018 (along with Jason Momoa getting his own Aquaman film that same year), we now have a much better idea of what films Warner Bros. has lined up, and when we'll see them hit theaters. Read on!
Following 20th Century Fox's release date shifts that bumped up Independence Day 2 a week earlier in the summer of 2016 and pushed Hitman: Agent 47 back six months in 2015, it looks like The Weinstein Company and Paramount Pictures have made some calendar changes too. First up, THR has word that Paddington has vacated its original Christmas Day release this winter and has opted to arrive on January 16th, 2015 instead. The film is based on the beloved children's book series and will feature Ben Whishaw as the title bear about town in London after Colin Firth exited the role in June. But that's not all. Read on!
Towards the end of August, we heard that Tom Hanks and Ron Howard were teaming up again very soon to bring Dan Brown's symbologist and accidental adventurer Robert Langdon back to the big screen in Inferno. This time the character from Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code suddenly wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, forcing him to team up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to help recover his memories in order to prevent some psychopath from unleashing a global plague that is somehow tied to the classic Dante's Inferno. The film was previously set for a late 2015 release, but now it's been delayed almost a year.
It's official - after scooping the early release news yesterday, a press release today confirms that Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be released two days early. Screenings will begin on Tuesday, November 4th starting at 8PM all over the world (info on tickets here), mostly in 70mm IMAX locations. The press release reveals that many locations, including 35mm film and digital IMAX, will be screening starting November 5th before the full opening on Friday, November 7th. To compliment the announcement, the official site is now updated and includes a guide for the formats that Interstellar is available in. Most movie fans know the differences anyway, but it's a helpful guide for anyone still confused by the choice of format. Read on!
"Mankind's next step will be our greatest." Well, this is interesting. We haven't heard or seen any official announcements yet, however theaters in Los Angeles are selling tickets for 8PM shows of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar starting on Tuesday night, November 4th. Up until today, Interstellar has been officially scheduled to open everywhere on November 7th, and we expected them to run late night/midnight shows the evening before. However, these listings are a full three days early, occurring Tuesday night (for midnight) with the full opening likely on November 5th. So far these listings are only for IMAX theaters, which means this could be an IMAX event to fuel (a few days early) the launch of this cinematic experience.
A faithful heart makes wishes come true. This might end up being a groundbreaking deal, but only time will tell. NY Times / Variety are reporting on a deal made between The Weinstein Company and Netflix wherein the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon due out next year will be released in both IMAX and on Netflix the same day. The sequel is titled Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Destiny and includes Michelle Yeoh returning as Shu Lien, along with newcomer Donnie Yen in a lead role as well as "Glee" star Harry Shum Jr. A few first look shots were included, confirming an August 2015 release date.
Briefly: We now have a date for the latest from John Hillcoat (seen above), director of The Proposition, The Road and Lawless. Titled Triple Nine, the ensemble crime drama from a script by Matt Cook is about a group of corrupt police officers who are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. They plot the murder of a rookie cop in order to orchestrate a "999", code for "officer down", to pull off the heist around town. The impressive cast includes: Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr. Triple Nine will hit theaters starting September 11th, 2015 over a year from now. We'll be watching for updates.
It was set to premiere at TIFF, but not anymore. Lionsgate has announced that in a "preemptive deal prior to the start" of TIFF, they've acquired the release rights to Maggie, an "apocalyptic thriller" (read: zombie movie) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin and Joely Richardson. The film was set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival late in the fest next month, but with an early 2015 release planned, they've decided to pull it from the fest (the film's original listing is now gone). Whether this upsets you or not, the good news is that it will still be released in theaters... eventually. Some photos from the film below.
Briefly: The first teaser trailer for Jason Reitman's latest film Men, Women & Children just debuted online before the drama premieres next month at the Toronto International Film Festival. But at the time, Paramount Pictures hadn't set an official release date. Now Deadline reports the studio has finally set the promising film for a limited release on October 1st with an expansion on October 10th and then a wide release on October 17th. The film stars Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler in the story of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of our obsession with social media and the internet.
El Jefe is back! More Cubanos for everybody! Open Road Films has announced a re-release of the beloved summer indie comedy Chef, written, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. If you haven't already seen the film (or even if you have already!) they're offering you another chance to catch this up on the big screen. Although I would say this is probably best eaten while preparing you're own feast of a meal, because all it will make you want is the best food you can possibly eat during and after. We already raved about Chef when in our Sound Off but I'm always happy to keep highlighting it, especially during re-release. SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta listed it as one of the best films of the summer. We recommend seeing it whenever you get a chance.
Briefly: We now have a release date for Jon Stewart's new film Rosewater, which was filmed last year in the Middle East, and is already set for a big premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Open Road Films has schedule Rosewater for a limited debut starting November 7th this fall, putting it right smack in the middle of awards season. Guess what else opens on November 7th? Nolan's Interstellar; not to mention Disney's Big Hero 6. It's up against quite a few films, but it might have the power to take some adult crowds to the art house. Stewart's Rosewater stars Gael García Bernal as BBC journalist Maziar Bahari, who was detained in Iraq for more than 100 days. We expect to hear more about this film soon, as well as a first look.
Ahoy! Disney has confirmed a new release date for the latest sequel in the money-making Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Although the fourth movie, On Stranger Tides, performed the worst out of all four, it still made over $200 million at the US box office and thus justifies yet another sequel, even though fans have even begun losing interest. Initially titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, this fifth one is now scheduled for release on July 7th, 2017 - the same opening weekend as the first two films, release in 2003 and 2006. That is still three years away, but at least they have an actual release date.
Briefly: Universal has updated their 2015 release schedule with a few changes that should be good news for fans of this franchise. The release date for James Wan's sequel Fast & Furious 7, which is just finishing up production after a delay due to the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. The seventh movie in the Fast and Furious franchise was originally set to hit theaters April 10th, but will now arrive Friday, April 3rd, 2015, putting it against romance The Longest Ride two weeks before Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opens. It should be a huge hit. In addition to Walker, the cast for Fast & Furious 7 includes Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Jordana Brewster, Djimon Hounsou, Tyrese & Tony Jaa. All 2015 releases.