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Fantastic Four pushed back & More

Twentieth Century Fox has called off what was the summer's highest-profile head-to-head opening battle by pushing the release of "Fantastic Four" back a week to July 8.

That clears the Fourth of July holiday frame for Paramount and DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg/Tom Cruise collaboration "The War of the Worlds," which made its first big marketing foray with a spot during the Super Bowl.

Remake of the sci-fi classic is set to bow Wednesday, June 29, giving it a six-day opening run through Independence Day on the following Monday.

"Fantastic Four" is now set to open against Sony's "Bewitched," starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, and Universal's Kate Hudson suspenser "Skeleton Key."

While Fox moved one of its summer tentpoles out of the way of "Worlds," studio announced it would counterprogram the frame with "Roll Bounce," an African-American coming-of-age story set in 1970s roller rinks. It bows July 1.

Moves were just a few of those announced Monday as the summer calendar continues to shuffle.

Sony has opted to take Jim Carrey/Tea Leoni remake of "Fun With Dick and Jane" out of the summer corridor and position it as a holiday comedy. Pic had been set to bow on June 24, but Sony now says it will unspool Dec. 21.

Sony vice chair Jeff Blake said the decision was driven by production schedule concerns, but studio also said it saw an opening for a broad comedy over the holidays.

"We had been rushing to make the date," he said, "and to be honest, it looked tough."

Not coincidentally, Dec. 21, a Wednesday, is the same date Universal opened laffer blockbuster "Meet the Fockers" this past holiday season. Also skedded for Dec. 21 are Warner Bros.' Rob Reiner-helmed romantic comedy "Rumor Has It," starring Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner, and U's bigscreen musical adaptation "The Producers."

"Dick and Jane" shift follows last week's decision by Warners to move "Dukes of Hazzard" to June 24, the old "Dick and Jane" date, up from July 29. Also set for the June 24 frame is Disney's "Herbie: Fully Loaded."

In yet more Monday moves, New Line pushed up its laffer "The Wedding Crashers" to July 15 from July 22. Also opening that frame is Warner Bros.' "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Paramount's "The Honeymooners" and MGM's "Into the Blue."

Fox immediately pounced on July 22, skedding Martin Lawrence sports comedy "Rebound." Also set to open that Friday is DreamWorks' Michael Bay sci-fi pic "The Island."

In addition, Fox moved "Fever Pitch" to "Rebound's" old date of April 8. That's a week earlier for the Farrelly brothers romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon.

-- Freeze Dried Movies

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Isn't/Wasn't Nicholas Cage a big Ghost Rider fan? I believe I heard once that he was even funding the movie a little.

Oh, and wasn't Eddie Brock a blonde haired, muscle bound guy in the comics? Vin has the muscle bound look down pat, but not the blonde hair part. Then again, I'm sure they'll change the look of Eddie Brock to whatever they want.

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Oh, and wasn't Eddie Brock a blonde haired, muscle bound guy in the comics? Vin has the muscle bound look down pat, but not the blonde hair part. Then again, I'm sure they'll change the look of Eddie Brock to whatever they want.

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I dont see Adam Sandler in a seriousaction/war movie, and I definetly DONT wanna see comedy in a war movie. Nothing funny about people dying in a war, if you ask me.

Look at Pulp Fiction, though. Prior to that, could anyone have pictured John Travolta in such a serious role? It's almost a Tarantino trademark to use juxtaposition when casting recognisable actors, by putting them in roles that we wouldn't generally associate with them. And God knows Sandler needs to get out of his pigeon-hole.

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I dont see Adam Sandler in a seriousaction/war movie, and I definetly DONT wanna see comedy in a war movie. Nothing funny about people dying in a war, if you ask me.

Look at Pulp Fiction, though. Prior to that, could anyone have pictured John Travolta in such a serious role? It's almost a Tarantino trademark to use juxtaposition when casting recognisable actors, by putting them in roles that we wouldn't generally associate with them. And God knows Sandler needs to get out of his pigeon-hole.

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They may decide to have Harry become the Goblin, as well as bring Venom in so he's got two enemies to deal with. They can spend time on that instead of the whiny 'poor me' crap that turned the sequel to shit.

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Unlike others I won't put Quentin Tarrantinos dick in my mouth and start sucking, before I've seen trailers/reviews or the actual movie, this guy could wipe his ass on a piece of paper and someone would jack off over it.

Why do they have to piss on the James Bond franchise, bring back Connery, make one final film and end it, don't get some American or a token black guy to fill the role, don't piss on tradition.

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Firstly, why remake Casino Royale when the original was wonderfully tongue in cheek?!

And secondly, what the hell is fourth of July holiday all about?! :P

Sounds like a Hollywood invention to me to make more money, like the way greetings cards companies are so big on Valentines Day...

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