February 27, 2012


New release dates, y’all:

  • Safety Not Guaranteed – The Sundance hit sparked by a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel hits theaters on June 8.
  • SinisterThe supernatural thriller starring Ethan Hawke has moved from August 24 to October 5
  • Fun Size – The Halloween comedy led by Victoria Justice opens the Friday before the holiday on October 26
  • Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds AwayJames Cameron presents the acrobatics of the famed Montreal circus in glorious 3D on December 21
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D – Lionsgate pushed the horror reboot from October 5 to January 4, 2013

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni star in Colin Trevorrow‘s feature directorial debut.  Derek Connolly won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, which is exactly the confirmation of cleverness I want to see from a time travel comedy.  Very happy that Safety Not Guaranteed will get into theaters soon, rather than sit on the shelf for another year or so like some Sundance darlings.  Here’s the synopsis:


Three magazine employees are sent to investigate a personal advertisement placed in the newspaper: guy seeking partner for time travel. They venture to the coast and set up a haphazard surveillance. Darius is recruited as the shill; her dry wit and cynical nature are perfectly suited to trap this enigmatic oddball, Kenneth, and get a good story. But it is she who first sees past the paranoid loner façade to the compelling person inside. The drawback? This still doesn’t rule out the possibility that he just might be crazy.

Fun Size

This is another feature directorial debut that I am really looking forward to, this time from The O.C. wunderkind Josh Schwartz.  Justice stars as Wren, “a teen who is forced to take her brother out trick-or-treating, loses him and must find him before their mother finds out.”  Jane Levy, Thomas Mann, Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence, and Chelsea Handler, and Riki Lindhome also star.  Max Werner (The Colbert Report) wrote the script.

Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away

cirque-du-soleil-image-01Fun fact: I worked for the touring circus one summer during high school when it came through my hometown.  I shilled popcorn and soda.  The original story at the center of Worlds Away—written and directed by Andrew Adamson—will presumably tell a much more enchanting story that highlights the “artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions.”  I am curious to see how Adamson and Cameron are approaching this adaptation, and if the magic will translate from live theater to 3D projection.


Vincent D’Onofrio and James Ransone co-star opposite Hawke.  Scott Derrickson directed Sinister from a script he wrote with C. Robert Cargill.  Here is the official synopsis:

A true crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) struggling to find his next big story, moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place.  But after finding a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, his investigation leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D

Alexandra Daddario, Tania Raymonde, Scott Eastwood, Bill Moseley, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Shaun Sipos, and Trey Songz star in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot directed by John Luessonhop (Takers).  To give you a better sense of the remake/sequel status, here is how Lionsgate pitched TCM 3D:

Lionsgate and the filmmakers of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D, the next installment in the long standing franchise, are pleased to announce the cast of the film, which picks up the story where the original 1974 film left off and will deliver a new chapter in the Leatherface saga with the goal of making it as horrifying as the original — in 3D.

The cast includes an all new actor in the iconic villain role of Leatherface, an exciting cast of principle actors, and featured cameos by several cast members of the original 1974 film, famously directed by Tobe Hooper.


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