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A slew of studios have moved, shuffled, announced, or rescheduled their films' release dates today:
Warner Bros. Pictures has scheduled their Broadway musical adaptation 'Rock of Ages' for June 1st, 2012 opposite Universal's untitled 'Knocked Up' spin-off. Directed by Adam Shankman ('Hairspray') and featuring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J Blige, and Julianne Hugh, the film tells a story about love, obsession, and 80's hair-rock on the Sunset Strip. You can read the latest casting news for 'Rock of Ages' here.
Also from Warner Bros., 'Jack the Giant Killer' - a reimagining of the classic 'Jack and the Beanstalk' - is slated for release on June 15th, 2012 against the Adam Sandler comedy 'I Hate You Dad'. When the tenuous truce between man and giant is threatened after the kidnapping of a princess, a young farmboy named Jack (played by 'X-Men: First Class' actor Nicholas Hoult) leads a quest into the land of the giants to rescue her. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film also stars Ewan McGregor and the recently-cast Ian McShane.
Lionsgate is scrambling to reschedule the Katherine Heigl comedy/crime film 'One for the Money' (presumably so that someone might actually watch it). It was originally scheduled for a summer debut on July 8th, but that put it into direct competition with the similarly-female-marketed Anne Hathaway romance 'One Day'. The film was then moved to June 3rd, unfortunately placing it opposite Fox's 'X-Men: First Class'. Rather than risk being boxed out of the box office by the massive superhero tentpole film, the studio took the film off of the calendar entirely. Today, they've announced that they're pushing the film back even further back to January 27th, 2012. Typically known to be a slow month, the studio no doubt hopes that the lack of competition will pay off financially for the film based off the popular Janet Evanovich book.
Lastly, Fox has moved their franchise-rebooting 'Rise of the Apes' from it's Thanksgiving release date to a higher-profile summer release on August 5th. Taking it's place as the final major tentpole film of the summer, the new release date pits the 'Planet of the Apes' origin film against Sony's 'The Smurfs', the Ryan Reynolds / Jason Bateman comedy 'The Change-Up', and Summit's alien invasion flick 'The Darkest Hour'. This is the second time they've rescheduled the film (which stars James Franco as a scientist trying to create super-intelligent monkeys), originally planned for a June release before it was moved back to it's prior November 23rd spot.