‘Inherent Vice’ Set for December 2014 Release

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Briefly: Mark your calendars: Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice is now set to arrive on December 12 of this year. The film will likely premiere long before that, either at Cannes, or a festival like Venice or Toronto, but regardless, by Christmas you should have a chance to see the new PTA film, which also happens to be the first major adaptation of a Pynchon novel. If that’s not the best Christmas gift, I don’t know what is.

Inherent Vice is scripted and directed by Anderson, features music from Jonny Greenwood, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Josh Brolin, with Martin Short, Jena Malone, Kevin J. O’Connor, Katherine Waterston, Timothy Simons, Peter McRobbie, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, Maya Rudolph and Eric Roberts.

The plot picks up in the ’70s and finds Phoenix as burnout PI Doc Sportello as he’s hired to track down a missing girl, who also happens to be his ex, and is soon drawn into a web if Southern California weirdness.

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Briefly: The biggest small star of 2014 already has a big 2015 movie lined up. Kevin Hart, star of this year’s hits Ride Along and About Last Night, will star with Will Ferrell in Get Hard, a comedy directed by Etan Cohen. Ferrell plays a banker who is sentenced to jail and hires his car wash guy, played by Hart, to prepare him for prison. (Hence the title.)

The film has been in development since last year but Warner Bros. just gave it a release date: March 27, 2015. That places it against Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie and the animated The Penguins of Madagascar. [Box Office Mojo]

‘The Lego Movie’ Sequel Set for Prime 2017 Weekend

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Briefly: The Lego Movie was an unusual February release this year — the date isn’t typically where a family-friendly franchise opener would go. Co-director Phil Lord said in a Q&A I attended that part of the reason for the early release window was that open options for a release later in 2014 would have had the film butting up against the World Cup, and Warner Bros. was concerned about having to share its audience with the beautiful game. The February date didn’t hurt the film, and may have even helped it to a tremendous opening weekend and solid performance afterward. The fact that the film is great doesn’t hurt, either.

For the sequel, the release date will not be an issue. The Lego Movie 2 (or whatever it will be called) is now set to release on Memorial Day weekend 2017, specifically on May 26. Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are scripting; we have no confirmation about whether Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return to direct. [Variety]

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Briefly: Warner Bros. has just dated two films for early 2015 release. First up, we’ll see Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. months before we see him as Superman again. The Guy Ritchie adaptation, also starring Armie Hammer, has been given a curious January 16, 2015 release date. WB will also release the Will Smith‘s con-artist drama Focus on February 27, 2015. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct. [Box Office Mojo]

Orange Is the New Black Season 1

As you recover from this weekend’s House of Cards marathon, it’s time to look ahead to your next Netflix-enabled binge. The streaming service has revealed that the second season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere June 6, 2014. As is typical for Netflix, all 13 episodes will hit on the same date.

The announcement was slipped in as an ad at the end of House of Cards‘ second season finale. Watch the intense first teaser for Orange Is the New Black Season 2 after the jump.

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Cameron Crowe’s Next Will Open Christmas Day

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Sure, the last Christmas was just two months ago, but it’s never too early to start thinking about presents for next Christmas. And Sony already knows just what it’s getting us: the next film from Cameron Crowe.

The studio has dated the as-yet-untitled Hawaii-based romance, starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone, for December 25. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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Sacha Baron Cohen

Briefly: The spy comedy Grimsby, co-written and starring Sacha Baron Cohen, has just been given a release date by Sony Pictures. Yes, you read that right. Though Paramount (who released his previous films) recently re-upped their first look deal with the comedic genius, his latest film has switched distributors.

Directed by Louis Leterrier, Sony will release Grimsby July 31, 2015. Filming starts this summer on the comedy which stars Cohen as an English soccer hooligan whose (yet to be cast) brother is a secret agent. [Deadline]

Paul Walker’s ‘Brick Mansions’ Opens in April

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Brick Mansions, one of the final films to feature the late Paul Walker, was once tentatively scheduled to open this month. But Relativity Media has now pushed the movie to April 25. The movie is a remake of Banlieue 13, released in the US as District 13This also sheds additional light on the recent move of Earth to Echo into July, as Brick Mansions now has the date originally occupied by Earth to EchoRead More »

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