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New Release Dates For ‘Leafmen,’ ‘Turbo,’ ‘Contraband,’ ‘Everybody Loves Whales,’ and ‘The Woman In Black’

Written by on July 30, 2011 

Some new information has come in on the release dates for a few upcoming films, and because we love you so, dear reader, we’re here to tell you about them. For your convenience, they’ve been provided in a bullet format.

Variety says that two animated pictures, Leafmen and Turbo, have been given dates by their respective studios, Fox and DreamWorks. The first of these — directed by Blue Sky Studios co-founder Chris Wedge — is about a colony of bugs, and will come out on May 17th, 2013. The other is directed by David Soren, and stars Ryan Reynolds. It tells of an “ordinary garden snail who dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world.” Something happens, giving him extraordinary speed, and he plans to accomplish this goal. You can see what I already imagine is an inspirational story on July 19th, 2013.

BoxOfficeMojo has details on three projects changing their dates. One of these is Everybody Loves Whales, which is directed by Ken Kwapis and stars John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, and Vinessa Shaw. Originally set to come out on January 13th, Universal now has it coming out a little more than a month later on February 3rd. This is about a news reporter who works with a Greenpeace activist to save a family of gray whales trapped by ice in the arctic circle, and how their quest even caused the Soviet Union and the United States to momentarily put their conflict on hold during the Cold War.

After that is Contraband, which has actually been moved up; the original date was March 16th, but it’s now January 13th. Baltasar Kormákur helms Universal’s thriller, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, and Ben Foster. Wahlberg plays an ex-smuggler who has to get back into his old business when his brother mishandles a drug deal, and his debts need to be payed off. After assembling a team, he goes to Panama for one last job (ever heard that plot point before?), but things go wrong, leading to his family finding themselves in danger.

Finally, The Woman in Black, which is directed by James Watkins and stars Daniel Radcliffe, has been moved by CBS Films from January 20th to February 3rd. A thriller based on the novel by Susan Hill, it has the Harry Potter star playing a lawyer that travels to a small town, encountering “the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance” when he organizes the papers of a client who has recently died. The teaser gave off a great sense of atmosphere, and as someone who is curious to see where the actor’s new career takes him, I want to know what’s in store.

Which of these movies are you most excited about? Do these dates being set or moved impact your anticipation at all?

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