Looks like indie film financier/Tweeter Megan Ellison's promise came true: According to a Box Office Mojo update, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master has been added to the fall 2012 release calendar, to open on October 12 -- just in time for an awards run! No official word from distrib The Weinstein Co. on the date or final title for the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer, nor mention of if/when the pic will first debut at one of the season's prestigious film festivals. While you await more info, mark your calendars... [Box Office Mojo via The Playlist]
Anticipating total Valentine's Day box office domination by competitor The Vow -- the Rachel McAdams-has-amnesia-and-can't-remember-she's-married-to-Channing Tatum weepie -- Fox has shifted their McG-helmed spy love triangle action rom-com This Means War again back to Friday, Feb. 17 to avoid being slaughtered. The Reese Witherspoon/Chris Pine/Tom Hardy romp is still sneaking into theaters on Feb. 14 for a limited pre-opening run, but who are we kidding: Channing Tatum + tears + pining is the way to go, especially if there's no shot at Hardy and Pine running off together in each others' arms. [Deadline]
Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming movie about the team of Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden was originally set to debut right before election day 2012, prompting U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to call for an investigation of the extent of the Obama administration's assistance to the project. Now, that point seems moot; Sony has rejiggered its release schedule so that the Mark Boal-penned picture will debut after the Presidential election, and possibly not until 2013. Then again, with today's news of Muammar Gaddafi's death, Obama might not need as much help raising the victory flag, pre-election. [NYT]
MGM's remake of Red Dawn has been languishing on the shelf for ages now, seeking a new home -- and it looks like it found one in FilmDistrict, who is reportedly making a deal to release the film. The action pic, which cast up-and-comers like Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas, Adrienne Palicki, and Josh Hutcherson before theirs stars began rising in the last few years, will likely hit theaters in 2012 featuring the altered plotline involving evil North Korean invaders. [LA Times]
After making waves at Sundance with his controversial horror pic The Woman -- in which a suburban family man imprisons a feral woman in his basement, with disastrous results -- director Lucky McKee (May, The Woods, Red) will finally unveil his film in theaters this October. And with a release date finally set, distributor The Collective has debuted a brand new trailer that sets a slightly gentler domestic tableau for the titular woman to completely ravage with her female fury.
Looks like The Weinstein Co. has discovered a new release date for the Timur Bekmambetov-produced "found footage" moon landing pic Apollo 18. (In the immortal words of Bob Weinstein, "Found, baby!") The bad news is that the mystery project, originally slated to open next month, is moving aaaaall the way from April 22 to Jan. 6, 2012. Yeesh. A last-minute nine month delay doesn't bode terribly well for any film, but then again, so little is known about Apollo 18 just yet that maybe it doesn't matter much. At least this gives the Weinsteins plenty of time to add ReleaseQuest™: Apollo 18 to their slate of upcoming video game adaptations. [Deadline]