This morning, we’ve got some quick release date news regarding The Weinstein Company’s upcoming films. First up, the crime drama Cogan’s Trade is set for September 21st. This would put the film slightly after the Toronto International Film Festival, and so the flick could make a showing at TIFF to build some buzz and maybe start an awards run. The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game. The film also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard. The September 21st date will set the movie against the Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd, the animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania, and the thriller The House at the End of the Street.
According to Box Office Mojo, The Weinstein Company has bumped Scary Movie 5 from April 20th all the way back to January 11, 2013. That’s not too surprising considering we hadn’t heard anything about the film since August. I’m surprised the studio has moved it so far since it can’t take too much time to pick up no-name actors and have them spout unfunny jokes. Scary Movie 5 will now face off against the action flick Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.
Finally, the satirical comedy Butter has been moved from March 16th to October 5th. Again, the movie isn’t too surprising since we had yet to even see a trailer. The film stars Jennifer Garner as a Sarah Palin-type who’s determined to win her state’s butter-carving competition after her husband and former champion (Ty Burrell) decides not to compete. I was underwhelmed and disappointed when I saw the movie at TIFF, but the October 5th date makes sense when you consider that the movie is a political satire (albeit one with a dull blade) and the 2012 Presidential Election would only be a month away. Butter is now running against the presumably non-political Taken 2, Tim Burton‘s stop-motion animated remake of Frankenweenie, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.