February 21, 2012


We have three new release dates to pass along.  Two of them are coming up quick, so have your calendar ready:

  • Detention – The high school horror-comedy led by Shanley Caswell and Josh Hutcherson will open in 10 theaters on April 13 before expanding.
  • BernieRichard Linklater‘s black comedy starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine is scheduled for release on April 27.
  • Hyde Park on Hudson – We’ll get to see Bill Murray play Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the thick of award season on December 7.

Hit the jump for more on each movie.

Dates via Heat Vision and Box Office Mojo.


Detention-movie-image-Josh HutchersonDetention is Joseph Kahn‘s follow-up to TorqueDane Cook, Spencer Locke, Aaron David Johnson, Walter Perez, Erica Shaffer, Parker Bagley, and Alison Woods.  I can’t really sell it in text, so check out the trailer for better insight into the whacked out production.  The official synopsis:

Detention, is a teen horror-comedy where the local students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer and save the world – if only they can get out of detention. The Detention cuts through prom. Most of them don’t have dates anyway.


bernie-movie-image-jack-black-shirley-maclaine-01Detention will have to compete with Bernie for April’s most bizarre release, though the latter belongs to the “stranger than fiction” variety, a genre in which I totally trust Linklater.  The official synopsis:

Bernie is a dark comedy about a relationship in a small East Texas town between a fussy, but beloved assistant funeral home director (Black) and the town’s domineering grande dame (MacLaine). The film is based on “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” an article published in Texas Monthly magazine in 1998. The article chronicles the life of Bernie Tiede, who transformed the town of Carthage with his generosity and who then, to the disbelief of Carthage residents, was arrested for a serious crime.

Hyde Park on Hudson

Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, and Eleanor Bron also star in Hyde Park on Hudson.  But seriously: Bill Murray as FDR.  I’ve dreamt about this seven times since the announcementRoger Michell (Morning Glory) is directing the biopic.  The official synopsis:


In June 1939, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Academy Award nominee Bill Murray) and his wife Eleanor (Olivia Williams) host the King and Queen of England (Samuel West and Olivia Colman) for a weekend at the Roosevelt home at Hyde Park on Hudson, in upstate New York – the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. With Britain facing imminent war with Germany, the Royals are desperately looking to FDR for support. But international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR’s domestic establishment, as wife, mother, and mistresses all conspire to make the royal weekend an unforgettable one. Seen through the eyes of Daisy (Academy Award nominee Laura Linney), Franklin’s neighbor and intimate, the weekend will produce not only a special relationship between two great nations, but, for Daisy – and through her, for us all – a deeper understanding of the mysteries of love and friendship.

Laura Linney, Samuel West, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Elizabeth Marvel, Elizabeth Wilson, Eleanor Bron

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