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The battle over May 2016 is getting more and more interesting. A while back, we thought the Summer of 2015 was the be-all, end-all for summer sequels. Those months were scheduled to include all the movies that are currently being released as well as two of the most anticipated movies ever: Star Wars Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those two films were later slotted into December 2015 and May 2016 respectively. May 2016 got more interesting, however, when Marvel dated Captain America 3 for the same release day as Batman v Superman. That’s where things stood for a while.

Then Harrison Ford broke his leg.

Now, while Disney is dead-set on holding December 18, 2015 as the Star Wars Episode VII release date, director/producer J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy have reportedly asked, and been denied, a move to May 4, 2016.

Below, we examine the potential Star Wars 7 release date change from both sides of the argument. Read More »

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MLK Biopic ‘Selma’ Set for Christmas Release

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Another high-profile prestige pic looks to be jumping into this year’s awards race. Paramount Pictures has just set Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic being directed by Ava DuVernay, to open this Christmas.

David Oyelowo leads the drama as the civil rights icon. Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson, and Carmen Ejogo are also among the cast. Get the latest updates on the project after the jump.

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Bourne 5 Changes Release Date to Summer 2016

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Briefly: The once jam-packed summer of 2015 continues to thin out. In a slow parade, one film after another has bowed out of next year’s summer season. Now another can be added the list. The fifth Bourne film, which is still untitled, has moved from August 14, 2015, to July 15, 2016.

Jeremy Renner is back as Aaron Cross and Justin Lin is directing. Beyond that, we know very little. What we do know is Lin will now have a lot more time to make the movie, which will open against Ice Age 5. Universal will distribute.

Fox’s ‘Frankenstein’ Gets New Title and Synopsis

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Neither audiences nor critics had much use for I, Frankenstein when it opened back in January. But fortunately for the classic monster, he’ll have another chance to win over audiences next year.

As Paul McGuigan puts the finishing touches on his version of the Frankenstein tale, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, it’s picked up both a new title and a new synopsis. Get the details after the jump.

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Steven Spielberg

After several years releasing movie on top of movie, Steven Spielberg has taken his time choosing his next project. Around half a dozen films were under consideration, but now two films have gotten release dates, officially announcing them as his next two projects.

The first is no surprise, the Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks. It’s been scheduled for release Oct. 16, 2015. After that, Spielberg will direct an adaptation of The BFG by Roald Dahl. That’ll hit theaters July 1, 2016. Read More »

Captain Underpants

Briefly: DreamWorks Animations just gave release dates to four future animated films, three of which are sequels. First is the new one Captain Underpants. Directed by Rob Letterman, it already has a voice cast and has already started recording. It’ll be released January 13, 2017.

Then there’s The Croods 2, which will hit theaters November 3, 2017, Madagascar 4, out May 18, 2018 and Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves, out Nov. 2, 2018. They previously announced Kung Fu Panda 3 for December 23, 2015 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 on June 17, 2016. [ERC Box Office]

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David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence will dive back into prestige pic season together next year. Fox has just set Russell’s Joy, a biopic of Miracle Mop inventor Joy Mangano, for a Christmas 2015 release. Get all the latest details on the movie after the jump.

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ghostbusters re release

Briefly: Everything is turning up Ghostbusters recently. Art shows, Lego sets, it’s a fitting tribute to the second highest grossing film of 1984, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend. (It opened June 8, 1984.) That celebration will continue through the summer as well, with more art shows and then the crown jewel – a 700 screen, digitally remastered theatrical re-release. That’ll take place August 29 followed by brand new Blu-ray release of the first and second Ghostbusters films. Read more about the Ghostbusters re-release below. Read More »

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