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Transformers 3 Set for July 1, 2011 But Michael Bay Unhappy About Date + Thor Changing Dates Again March 17, 2009 7:01 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DreamWorks, Marvel, Movies, News, Paramount, Release Dates.
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transformersrevengeofthefallen-031709Last night Paramount/DreamWorks announced a July 1, 2011 release date for Transformers 3.  But apparently they forgot to inform director Michael Bay who isn’t so pleased with the early release.  Bay wrote the following post on his official message boards:

Wait a minute! I said I was taking off a year from Transformers. Paramount made a mistake in dating Transformers 3 – they asked me on the phone – I said yes to July 4 – but for 2012 – whoops! Not 2011!!! That would mean I would have to start prep in September. No way. My brain needs a break from fighting robots.

Paramount/DreamWorks say they wanted to get ahead of the competition in announcing an early release date, but honestly, what’s the deal with setting dates so early?

In other news, Paramount, on behalf of Marvel, is moving up the release of Thor from June 16, 2011 to May 20, 2011. (Paramount is the distributor of the film, while Marvel Entertainment is producing and financing.)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters on June 24, 2009.


Natalie Portman Cast in Thor? Plus Casting Notes for the Lead Role March 17, 2009 5:38 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Movies, News.
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natalieportman-031709Over at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Nikki Finke reports that Natalie Portman “is in the lead for the female lead” in Kenneth Branagh’s Thor.  Finke also provides a run down of all the actors that have tested for the role, including Josh Hartnett, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Alexandar Skarsgard, Liam Hemsworth and Joel Kinnaman.

Marvel Sets Date for Spider-Man 4, Pushes Back Thor and The Avengers March 12, 2009 5:57 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Marvel Studios, Movies, News, Release Dates, Sony Pictures.
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marvel-031209Sony and Marvel have announced that Spider-Man 4 will be released on May 6, 2011.  But three other Marvel films have been pushed back.  The studio has announced that Thor, originally scheduled to be released on July 16, 2010, will now hit theaters on June 17, 2011.  The First Avenger: Captain America is staying in 2011 but being pushed back by about two months from May 6, 2011 to July 22, 2011.  And finally, The Avengers is being pushed back from July 15, 2011 to May 4, 2012.

There have been no changes to the release of Marvel’s other high-profile property, Iron Man 2, which remains set for a May 7, 2010 release.

Sources: THR and Variety

Samuel L. Jackson Signs Nine-Film Deal to Play Nick Fury February 25, 2009 7:24 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Marvel, Movies, News.
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jacksonnickfury-011409Samuel L. Jackson, who just weeks ago looked to be on the outs with Marvel Studios, has signed an extensive deal (for up to nine films) to reprise his role as Nick Fury, the Marvel Comics character.  The movies include Iron Man 2, Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, The Avengers and its sequels, as well as the possibility of toplining a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter