Release Changes: August 4th 2009

‘Zephyr’ is back with even more release date updates. The current excess of scheduling is likely due to the end of the summer season nearing and studios trying to capitalize on renewed trends, such as live-action critter/cartoon comedies and dual-lead comedies:

Taking Woodstock
The Ang Lee-directed ode to the legendary concert will open two days earlier on August 26th in Los Angeles and New York City, then expand wide on the 28th.

The Informant
The Steven Sorderbergh-directed thriller starring Matt Damon, now featuring an exclamation point in its title, has moved up from October 9th 2009 to September 18th.

Capitalism: A Love Story
The next documentary from Michael Moore has been moved up from October 2nd 2009 to a limited debut on September 23rd 2009.

Gentleman Broncos
The next film from Jared Hess, the director of Napolean Dynamite and Nacho Libre, has been scheduled for October 30th 2009.

The Box
The Richard Kelly-directed thriller has moved back one week from October 30th 2009 to the November 6th date opened up by The Wolfman’s delay to February 2010.

The Men Who Stare at Goats
The espionage comedy starring George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, and Kevin Spacey will come out November 6th 2009.

Lottery Ticket
A comedy about a man trying to keep his winning lottery ticket a secret over a three-day weekend has been scheduled for August 27th 2010.

The Town
The heist comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm has been scheduled for September 10th 2010.

Flipped
The Rob Reiner-directed high school film has been scheduled for September 17th 2010.

Going the Distance
The romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long has been scheduled for October 8th 2010.

The Prisoners
The vigilante thriller, picked up recently by Alcon Entertainment, will come out October 22nd 2010.

Due Date
The Todd Phillips-directed road comedy starring Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. has moved from June 4th 2010 to November 5th, the same week as Downey’s Oobermind.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
he holiday-themed sequel, whose status was always in doubt considering Kal Penn’s current tenure as a Liason for the Obama Administration, has been delayed indefinitely from November 5th 2010.

Life As We Know It
The Greg Berlanti-directed romance starring Katherine Heigl, which she is also producing, has been scheduled for December 17th 2010.

Hong Kong Phooey
The live-action adaptation of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon has been scheduled for January 14th 2011.

Bobbie Sue
The courtroom comedy starring Cameron Diaz has been scheduled for Valentine’s Day Weekend on February 11th 2011.

Marvin the Martian
The live-action adaptation of the Looney Tunes character has been scheduled for October 7th 2011. It is likely that the original plot involving Marvin trying to destroy Christmas has been dropped considering its date.