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Sony’s Columbia Skeds Summer 2012 Slate: ‘I Hate You, Dad’ 6/22; ‘Here Comes The Boom’ 7/27; ‘Total Recall’ Reboot 8/3

Mike Fleming has already scooped extensively on all these movies. Here’s the Sony news release with Summer 2012 dates:

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 25, 2011 – Summer 2012 is heating up for moviegoers as Columbia Pictures adds three highly anticipated films to its summer slate, it was announced today by Jeff Blake, chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures.  Joining the strong summer line-up that already includes Men in Black™ 3 in 3D (May 25) and The Amazing Spider-Man™ in 3D (July 3), the studio will release I Hate You, Dad, starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, on June 22, Here Comes the Boom, starring Kevin James, on July 27, and a re-imagining of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, on August 3.

Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “Not only do we have two of our most exciting franchises back in theaters with Men in Black 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man, but the three movies we added to the slate today round out a fantastic schedule.  We love comedy in the summer and you can’t ask for better stars than Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Total Recall has us excited not only because of its incredible pedigree – we love the original story and the first film – but we think this new project will really hit home with a new generation of moviegoers.”

I Hate You, Dad centers on a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of his son’s (Samberg) wedding

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‘The Social Network’ Returning To Theaters; To Cross $200M Worldwide & Launch DVD

EXCLUSIVE: So how does Sony Pictures continue to remind awards voters about The Social Network when it was released way back in September? If you’re primo Jeff Blake, chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures, you decide to re-release the Oscar-touted Facebook origins story in about 600 nationwide theaters on January 7th to take advantage of all the critical acclaim and awards hype. And then launch the DVD on January 11th with more than 8 hours of bonus extras. But you also fete the fact that The Social Network will pass $200 million at the worldwide box office within the week. To date, The Social Network has grossed more than $93 million in the U.S. and $104 million overseas. Commenting on the announcement, Blake said, “At the box office, this film showed true staying power, grossing more than four times its opening weekend gross – a rare accomplishment when the average for wide releases last year was below three times its opening weekend gross.” It’s the best chance Sony’s Columbia Pictures has had to win Best Picture Oscar since 1988.

The Social Network nearly swept honors from the National Board of Review, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Jesse Eisenberg. The film has also received six Golden Globe nominations, including Best Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and nominations for Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, as well as two nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, including Ensemble and … Read More »

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Sony Extends Jeff Blake Through 2012

It’s rare when good things happen to good guys in Hollywood. So I’m pleased to see that Jeff Blake has signed a long-term contract with Sony Pictures to serve as chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for the Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group through 2012. In addition to his role overseeing the studio’s worldwide marketing and distribution division, Blake continues to serve as vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. While Blake’s current contract was not set to expire until the end of 2008, Lynton and Pascal began discussing the extension of Blake’s employment agreement many months ago. “Jeff Blake has been and will continue to be one of Sony Pictures’ most valued senior executives and strategists,” said Lynton. “Jeff has built an unparalleled global marketing and distribution network, which is recognized as the best in the business. When it comes to knowing how films will play in different corners of the world, Jeff’s opinion and counsel matters – not only to us but to the filmmakers and talent, who respect and rely on his guidance.”

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