Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' The 10 Best Films Of 2000 The 10 Best Films Of 2000 "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Rom-Com 'The Big Wedding' Delayed Six Months To April 2013, 'Now You See Me' Moves To June 7th

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist September 10, 2012 at 5:15PM

Good news for awards contenders this year: the field just got a little thinner. Because the potential prestige juggernaut that was "The Big Wedding," an all-star rom-com starring Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Robin Williams and Topher Grace, the directorial debut of "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham (yes, that Paddy Chayefsky of the 21st century) is no longer a 2012 release, as parent studio Lionsgate have moved it from the so-close-you-can-almost-taste-it date of October 26th, to the far-off distant lands of April 26th, 2013, a date that it has all to itself (although "Iron Man 3" hits a week later), and exactly six months from the original release date.
1
Big Wedding Now You See Me

Good news for awards contenders this year: the field just got a little thinner. Because the potential prestige juggernaut that was "The Big Wedding," an all-star rom-com starring Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes, Robin Williams and Topher Grace, the directorial debut of "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham (yes, that Paddy Chayefsky of the 21st century) is no longer a 2012 release, as parent studio Lionsgate have moved it from the so-close-you-can-almost-taste-it date of October 26th, to the far-off distant lands of April 26th, 2013, a date that it has all to itself (although "Iron Man 3" hits a week later), and exactly six months from the original release date.

Whether it was to give awards hopefuls like "The Master" a fighting chanch or an attempt to work as early-summer counter programming is unclear, but those of you who were eagerly looking forward to the film are going to have to wait a little longer. Might we suggest cutting together scenes from "27 Dresses" and "It's Complicated" into one giant mash-up to help the waiting go faster? The even more disappointing news is that on April 26th, 2013, we have an urgent appointment with beating ourselves about the face and head with rusty scaffolding poles, so we'll have to miss out on opening night.

Much more genuinely disappointing is another Lionsgate delay, as the company have also pushed back Louis Letterier's magician heist movie "Now You See Me" from March 15th, 2013, where it was due to open against "Carrie," to June 7th, where it'll now go head to head with M. Night Shyamalan's Will Smith vehicle "After Earth." Given that the film has a cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco, Common, Elias Koteas and Michael Caine, and a score from the Chemical Brothers, we are genuinely bummed about the extra delay, but it's a measure of the confidence the company seem to have in the film that they're opening it against the biggest movie star on the planet. Whether it pays off remains to be seen.

Finally, having had some moderate success with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger's team-up on "The Expendables 2" this summer, Lionsgate have found a date for their next man-date, as they've announced that they'll open "The Tomb," the Mikael Hafstrom-directed prison-escape actioner, on September 27th, 2013. The film, which also stars Sam Neill, Vincent D'Onofrio, 50 Cent, Jim Caviezel, and an inexplicably-slumming-it Amy Ryan, sees Stallone as a prison designer framed for murder, who must team with Arnie's con to break out of one of his own creations. We hope he tattooed the blueprints onto himself. It's got some tough competition on that date, with fellow testosterone-heavy pics "Runner Runner," with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, and "Paranoia," with Liam Hemsworth, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, all targeting the same day, making the last weekend of September at the multiplexesin 2013 the moviegoing equivalent of getting lost in the thriller section of an airport bookshop.

The exact opposite of that is college-age musical "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick, and Universal seem to be confident about the film, as the company have announced that they'll be rolling the film out in limited release one week early, on September 28th, in order to get a little more buzz going about the project. It certainly suggests some confidence in the film, and we have a funny feeling this could turn out to be a bit of a sleeper hit this season. [Box Office Mojo]

This article is related to: The Big Wedding, Now You See Me, Escape Plan, Pitch Perfect


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates