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Release Dates Set for ‘End of Watch,’ ‘Identity Theft,’ ‘Welcome to People,’ ‘Cirque du Soleil,’ and More

Written by on March 2, 2012 

There’s a whole lot of release dates for a wide range of films, so let’s get right down to it. First up, we’re hearing from Variety that David Ayer‘s End of Watch — which was picked up by Open Road last week — will go into a wide release on the surprisingly packed day of September 28th. On that date alone, we can also expect Eastwood‘s Trouble With the Curve, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola DavisWon’t Back Down, Adam Sandler‘s animated Hotel Transylvania, and Rian Johnson‘s Looper.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick, and America Ferrera are all starring in the cop drama, a project described as something of a mix between found footage and a traditional narrative. (Variety says that we can expect “footage from handheld cameras of police officers, gang members, surveillance cameras and citizens.”) I’m definitely curious to see how that can be pulled off successfully — if it can be in the first place — thus cementing the end of September as one of this fall’s most interesting points.

After that, ThePlaylist have come in and given us information about three dramas: Alex Kurtzman‘s Welcome to People, Hick, and For a Good Time, Call… The first of those — starring Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Favreau, and Mark Duplass — is the directorial debut of the Transformers and Star Trek writer (co-written with his mainstay, Roberto Orci) and follows “a young man (Chris Pine) who is instructed by his father’s will to hand-deliver $150,000 to a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew he had.” That’s expected to open on June 29th, courtesy of DreamWorks.

Then there’s Derick Martini‘s Hick, a drama led by Chloë Moretz, Blake Lively, Juliette Lewis, Alec Baldwin, and Eddie Redmayne. The adaptation of Andrea Portes‘ novel revolves around a young girl, Luli (Moretz), who runs away from home, only to be put under the supervision of a troubled woman, Glenda (Lively). Unsurprisingly for a tiny independent picture of this sort, Hick will enter a VOD release on May 8th and a limited theatrical opening on May 11th, thanks to Phase 4.

The final of those three, Good Time — a film we had a middling reaction to at Sundance — was picked up by Focus Features during its run at the festival, and has been dated for September 14th. Jamie Travis‘ film stars Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and Seth Rogen, and revolves around two money-strapped girls who get into the phone sex business after moving in together.

The last slate comes from BoxOfficeMojo, with dates for Identity Theft, Fun Size, and Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away being supplied. Set to be directed by Seth Gordon, Theft will star Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in the story of a man whose identity is stolen by someone else. Expect that on May 10th, 2013.

Josh Schwartz‘s Fun Size is the story of “a troubled but whip-smart teen girl [who] loses her oddball little brother on Halloween, [and] has one desperate night to track him down.” Victoria Schwartz, Johnny Knoxville, Josh Pence, and Chelsea Handler will lead the film into a fitting opening of October 26th.

Last and certainly most distinct is Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, a 3D mixture of documentary and narrative from director Andrew Adamson and producer James Cameron. We know very little else about it as of right now, but all will be revealed on December 21st.

Which of these movies are you most excited for?

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