Fox’s Red Tails, the Lucasfilm World War II action film inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American aerial combat unit — will be released Jan. 20, 2012, the companies announced today. The cast includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr, Bryan Cranston and David Oyelowo. Anthony Hemingway is directing; Rick McCallum and Charles Floyd Johnson produce, and George Lucas is executive producing. Here’s the teaser trailer unveiled this morning:
TOLDJA! Relativity Taking Over Distribution Of ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ From Lionsgate; Release Date Set For Sept. 23
We reported last month that Relativity Media would acquire from Lionsgate the North American distribution rights to Machine Gun Preacher, the Marc Forster-directed fact-based drama that evidently features a big-time performance from star Gerard Butler. Forster wanted the film to be released this year, but Lionsgate said its schedule was too crowded (Lionsgate does retain international rights on the movie). Now Forster will get his wish. The Sept. 23 premiere in Los Angeles and New York before expanding wide also puts Butler’s performance squarely in the awards-season wheelhouse. Here’s today’s release:
Earlier today we told you that Sony was hot to make a deal for a new Roland Emmerich project with the working title Singularity. Well, we were right. The studio just confirmed the title and the release date: May 17, 2013. Harald Kloser, who co-wrote with Emmerich the Sony-released …
Contrary to a UK tabloid article that pronounced the Madonna-directed W.E. a mess after a test screening that left Harvey Weinstein “thunderous and sour,” The Weinstein Company has dated Madonna’s directorial debut for Dec. 9. That means that it will be one of the pictures Weinstein pushes during Oscar season. Weinstein, who made Truth or Dare with Madonna, is bullish on the picture, I’m told. There was certainly a test screening. Weinstein was hardly demonstrative, especially since the woman sitting next to him incognito in black hat and sunglasses was Madonna. They’ve been working on the movie for some time, together. We’ll see how it all comes out. Just as intriguing is how Weinstein is going to handle the Oscar volume this year. Potentially, he’s got Oscar contenders in the black-and-white silent film The Artist that he bought right before the Cannes Film Festival, before the film became a rave on the Croisette; he’s got Iron Lady, with Meryl Streep playing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, also bought at Cannes; and the John Hillcoat-directed The Wettest County in the World, which is expected to be platformed for Oscar and released in early 2012. They will push Michelle Williams for her work as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, and there are also talks about The Weinstein Company acquiring This Must Be The Place, the Paolo Sorrentino-directed drama that would put star Sean Penn in the Oscar hunt. All those pictures were bought in Cannes. Here’s the W.E. announcement:
Warner Bros said today that it will release Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim on July 12, 2013. The Legendary Pictures sci-fi action film stars Idris Elba (who just closed his deal to star in a role originally developed for …
When Deadline broke the story that Relativity Media had won an auction for Act of Valor by paying a $13 million minimum guarantee and $30 million P&A commitment for a Navy SEAL mission movie, we told you the film would open President’s Day. Relativity has just made the date official. Here’s the release:
(Beverly Hills, CA) June 23, 2011 – Relativity Media announced today that it will kick-off President’s Day weekend in 2012 by releasing its groundbreaking, intense, action-thriller Act of Valor, which showcases an elite group of active duty Navy SEALs in a fictionalized composite of actual events, in North America on February 17th. The studio recently acquired worldwide rights to market and distribute the film from the Bandito Brothers’. The film is set for a wide release.
Disney’s next Pixar pic is November 27, 2013. It’s an original project, not a sequel — and it doesn’t have a title yet. And that’s all Disney is saying. Now who knows more info? Meanwhile, Pixar’s Cars 2 opens Friday.
Sony Pictures has slated Tristar’s action thriller Colombiana, which stars Zoe Saldana as a stone-cold killer, for wide release on Aug. 26, 2011. The film is directed by Olivier Megaton and written by the Taken team of Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.
Universal has announced that American Reunion, the fourth installment in the studio’s American Pie franchise, will be released on April 6, 2012. All of the main original cast is expected back.
Paramount said today that it will release DreamWorks’ Eddie Murphy starrer A Thousand Words on Jan. 13, 2012. The comedic drama — directed by Brian Robbins, who previously teamed with Murphy on Meet Dave and Norbit — had been sitting around awhile.
Like Crazy, which won the U.S. dramatic grand jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will bow Oct. 28 in limited release via Paramount Vantage, the studio announced. The coming-of-age drama stars Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. Meanwhile, Paramount’s Insurge division, formed to generate micro-budget …
DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, previously scheduled for March 1, 2013, will now be released on March 22, 2013.
Summit Entertainment said it is moving back the release date of its sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour from Aug. 11 to the holidays: Dec. 23. The film is directed by Chris Gorak and stars Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby.
The Sony Pictures Animation 3D toon had been set for wide release on Wednesday, Aug. 3, but the studio today shifted it up in the calendar to the Friday before. The moves comes after Fox on Tuesday moved its prequel Rise of the Apes to Aug. 5, where it …
Lionsgate has confirmed that it is moving the release of its action comedy One for the Money from this July to Jan. 27, 2012. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Janet Evanovich about a bounty hunter, played by Katherine Heigl.
Freestyle Releasing has changed the release date for the Anthony Burns-directed, 1980s-set coming-of-age drama Skateland to May 13. The film, starring Shiloh Fernandez and Ashley Greene, played at Sundance in 2010.
Pixar’s 3D animated film — featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon and Kevin McKidd – was scheduled for wide release June 15, 2012, but the studio said today that date has been pushed a week to June 22, 2012.