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Paramount and Samuel Goldwyn Set Release Dates for ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ ‘Detention,’ and More

Posted by , on January 9, 2012 at 8:55 pm 

A rather large influx of new release dates have been thrown our way, and we’re here to provide them. First up, Exhibitor Relations informs us (via Twitter) that Sony has set back Patrick Jean‘s Pixels by nearly an entire year, from May 17th, 2013 to May 24th, 2014. I predicted that the studio would be making a shift when Paramount announced the same 2013 date for Star Trek 2 — but this is certainly a big move. So large, in fact, that I’m thinking it has more to do with the actual film being done than the Starship Enterprise. Anyway, if you want something from this film during the more-than two-year wait, you can watch the short it’s based on right here.

After that, BoxOfficeMojo has plenty of shifts and new dates for their respective projects. The most drastic move is on Paramount’s part, as they’ve shifted the Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton-starring Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters from March 2nd to January 3rd, 2013. That can’t be good. But that isn’t much when compared to A Thousand Words, the Eddie Murphy comedy which was supposed to come out in 2009. With that in mind, a move from March 23rd to April 20th isn’t too big a deal; I also imagine that being high is the only way one could enjoy the film, so all the better. Their final move regards the Duplass brothersJeff, Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel and Ed Helms — that’s made the leap from March 2nd t0 March 16th, for whatever reason.

Samuel Goldwyn Films, meanwhile, have taken the time to schedule three of their upcoming pictures. The first of their 2012 releases will be Jon Shenk‘s documentary The Island President, hitting on March 28th. That follows “the globe-trotting journey of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, who, after bringing democracy to his country, takes up the fight to keep it from disappearing under the sea.” A few weeks later will see the opening of Joseph Kahn‘s controversial Detention, which was picked up by Sony in June — something must have changed since then. It’s still coming out regardless, and, with the polarizing reaction (our SXSW positive review here) it’s received thus far, that feels like something of a miracle. The final entry is the Danny Trejo-starring Bad Ass, which will open on April 13th. It looks terrible.

Which of these are you most excited about?


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