BEASTLY Postponed to March 18, 2011; KNIGHT AND DAY Moved Up Two Days to June 23

     June 7, 2010

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CBS Films originally slotted Beastly for July 30th, which would have pit star Vanessa Hudgens against boyfriend/High School Musical co-star Zac Efron and his project Charlie St. Cloud.  In an effort to avoid forcing fans into such a Sophie’s choice, THR reports that Beastly will now debut nearly eight months later on March 18, 2011.  The studio wrote on the Beastly Facebook page:

“We’ve been hearing from fans, so we know that having both Zac and Vanessa’s movies opening on the same day could be a real dilemma for people, so we are moving Beastly.”

I do like the idea of this theoretical fan who would have been completely beside themselves on July 30th, completely unable to decide between which pretty actor to support first.  Hit the jump for details on the two-day bump bestowed upon the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy Knight and Day.

Knight_and_Day_movie_posterPreviously, Knight and Day was set to bow on June 25th, but THR reports that Fox has moved the unveiling up two days to Wednesday June 23rd.  Unlike the Beastly move, seizing a midweek release date suggests confidence in the film.  Fox domestic distribution president Bruce Snyder remarked,

“It gives us a little bit of a jump on the weekend and the opportunity to get word-of-mouth going.  We want to let people know how wonderful this picture is.”

The trailers have hinted that Knight could be a rather fun flick, with Cruise turning the charm up to eleven — all the better that we get to see it a bit early.

Here’s the synopsis for Knight and Day:

An action-comedy centered on a fugitive couple (Cruise and Diaz) on a glamorous and sometimes deadly adventure where nothing and no one – even themselves – are what they seem.  Amid shifting alliances and unexpected betrayals, they race across the globe, with their survival ultimately hinging on the battle of truth vs. trust.

And here’s the synopsis for Beastly:

Kyle Kingson has it all – looks, intelligence, wealth and opportunity – and a wicked cruel streak. Prone to mocking and humiliating “aggressively unattractive” classmates, he zeroes in on Goth classmate Kendra, inviting her to the school’s extravagant environmental bash. Kendra accepts, and, true to form, Kyle blows her off in a particularly savage fashion. She retaliates by casting a spell that physically transforms him into everything he despises. Enraged by his horrible and unrecognizable appearance he confronts Kendra and learns that the only solution to the curse is to find someone that will love him as he is – a task he considers impossible.

Repulsed by his appearance, Kyle’s callous father banishes him to Brooklyn with a sympathetic housekeeper and blind tutor. As Kyle ponders how to overcome the curse and get his old life back, he chances upon a drug addict in the act of killing a threatening dealer. Seizing the opportunity, Kyle promises the addict freedom and safety for his daughter, Lindy if she will consent to live in Kyle’s Brooklyn home. Thus begins Kyle’s journey to discover true love in this hyper-modern retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story.

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Beastly movie poster starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer

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