Briefly: As McG’s This Means War quietly slinks back from its Valentine’s Day debut to its original Friday opening, another, far more acclaimed romance is boldly shifting up a few days to a midweek opening. Paramount has moved the 3D release of James Cameron‘s Titanic up from Friday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 4, giving it a headstart on the Easter weekend box office.

Also opening that week are American Reunion and The Cold Light of Day, both slated for Friday. The Titanic re-release comes just over a week before the 100th anniversary of the actual sinking of the RMS Titanic, which occurred on the night of April 14-15, 1912. Titanic sees Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio playing… oh, you know the rest.

The historical drama isn’t the only picture Paramount has moved around lately. Back in 2008, Eddie Murphy reunited with his Norbit and Meet Dave director Brian Robbins for A Thousand Words, a comedy about a man who falls under a curse that allows him just one thousand words to speak before he dies. The film was savaged in test screenings (shocking) and sat on the shelf for years before finally getting a release date of January 2012, and then March 23, and then April 20. So what’s one more change? A Thousand Words is now set for March 9, where it will face off against Andrew Stanton’s John Carter and the Elizabeth Olsen-starring horror Silent House.

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Before the whole Eddie Murphy/Brett Ratner/Oscars thing started, we told you that the movie A Thousand Words, which shot with Murphy starring in 2008, was finally going to be released. Shelved for years and destroyed in test screening reviews, the movie was set for a January 2012 date, and then moved to March 23 2012, likely to capitalize on the public interest bump Paramount assumed Murphy would get from hosting the Oscars.

But the real mistake may not have been assuming the Oscar deal was going to work out, but rather making this movie in the first place.

Directed by Norbit and Meet Dave helmer Brian Robbins, A Thousand Words sees Eddie Murphy playing a lying jerk who is cursed and finds he has only a thousand words left to speak, after which he will die. What follows doesn’t look so much like a character-building re-evaluation of his life, but a lot of silly pantomiming and jokes that sullenly refuse to work. Check out a trailer below, if you think you’re strong enough. Read More »

This spring we heard that the long-shelved Eddie Murphy dramedy A Thousand Words would finally see release in January 2012. Shot in 2008 under the direction of Brian Robbins (Norbit, Meet Dave), the film has Eddie Murphy playing a guy with only 1000 words left to speak before he dies.

When the release window was announced in April I asked, “will that stick?” Turns out it won’t, but there’s a pretty good reason. Eddie Murphy will now host the Oscars in February, and Paramount has realized that could be a better free publicity bump than A Thousand Words could ever hope for. So the studio has moved the film to March 2012. Read More »

After making Norbit and Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy reunited in 2008 with the directorial mastermind behind those two films, Brian Robbins, to make a film called A Thousand Words. The film is about a guy, played by Eddie Murphy, who discovers he only has 1,000 words left to speak before he dies. Reportedly savaged in test screenings (the film has a 3.6 IMDB rating based on 32 votes) the film has been bounced around on Paramount’s schedule for a couple years. Now it has been given a January 13, 2012 release date by Paramount. Will that stick? Read More »

Meet Dave Movie Trailer

Meet Dave

The movie trailer for Meet Dave, Eddie Murphy’s Norbit follow up, has hit the web. Directed by Brian Robbins (Ready to Rumble, The Shaggy Dog, Norbit), Meet Dave stars Eddie Murphy as an alien spaceship in human form. A crew of miniature aliens operate are trying to save their planet, but encounter a new problem, as their ship becomes smitten with an Earth woman (played by Elizabeth Banks). Looks pretty horrible… maybe it will be nominated for an Academy Award. Watch in horror for yourself below.

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You can also watch the new trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Meet Dave hits theaters on July 11th.

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