August 3, 2011


If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to catch up to a few of the release dates announced over the last week.  My primary motivation: Margaret finally has an official release date!  Kenneth Lonergan was greeted with critical acclaim for his directorial debut You Can Count on Me in 2000, enough to guarantee the director final cut on his follow-up, Margaret.  Lonergan shot the film in 2005 with a top-shelf cast including Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Allison Janney, Olivia Thirlby, plus You Can Count on Me stars Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick.  Fox Searchlight initially planned for a 2007 release, but Lonergan was unable to find the movie he wanted in the editing bay.  Margaret has been tangled up in legal delays over the last couple years, but its day has come.  September 30, 2011, specifically.  Announcing the release date less than two months in advance usually isn’t followed by heavy promotion and Oscar buzz — I’m just excited that we will finally get to see this thing.

Hit the jump for details on the release dates of The Big Wedding, Turbo, Leafmen, and Walking with Dinosaurs.

THR reports Lionsgate has picked up the U.S. rights to The Big Wedding and scheduled the romantic comedy for October 19, 2012.  Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, and Topher Grace star — lotsa recognizable names, though sadly nothing inspiring based on recent work.  Written and directed by Justin Zacham (The Bucket List), the story centers on “a long-divorced couple (De Niro and Keaton) forced to pretend that they are still happily married at their son’s wedding.”  The Big Wedding is currently shooting in Connecticut.ryan-reynolds-image

DreamWorks Animation has pushed Turbo from June 7, 2013 back to July 19, 2013 where it will face Oblivion.  Ryan Reynolds voices the lead character in the cartoon directed by David Soren (Merry Madagascar) from a script he wrote with Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After).  Here’s the official synopsis:

Turbo tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to become the fastest snail in the world.  When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true.

According to Box Office Mojo, Fox scheduled two more films this week: Leafmen and Walking with DinosaursLeafmen is the latest animated offering from Chris Wedge, the co-founder of Blue Sky Studios and director of Ice Age and Robots.  That said, he’s best known as the voice behind Ice Age character Scrat, the saber-toothed squirrel willing to risk his life for an acorn.  The movie (possibly titled Leaf Men or The Leaf Men) centers on a group of bugs who turn to the mythical Leaf Men in order to save their garden from an evil spider queen.  Leafmen will bow on May 17, 2013 opposite Roland Emmerich’s Singularity.

Finally, Walking with Dinosaurs is slated for a holiday release on December 20, 2013.  The 3D family film is inspired by the 1999 six-part documentary miniseries produced by the BBC.  The $65 million project, directed by Neil Nightingale and Pierre De Lespinois from a script by John Collee (Happy Feet), will blend live-action footage of scenery and CGI creatures.

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