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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 11, 2010 at 11:25 AM

“Wall Street 2” moves, and when does summer start, anyway?

Just in time for the Vanity Fair editors to be banging their foreheads on the table for putting Michael Douglas on this month’s cover comes news that Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” is moving from an April release date to September 24. This might mean that its studio, Fox, thinks there’s Oscar potential here. Or it might mean that they’re still tinkering with it. Or it might mean that somebody thinks financial skulduggery goes down better in the fall, when the leaves are turning. Anyway, we’ll just have to wait to see how well Carey Mulligan pulls off playing Douglas’ daughter.
This makes me think about the “summer movie season,” which is essentially the season in which movies featuring superheroes and drunken men-children dominate the multiplexes, and which starts earlier every year. Most of us don’t believe that summer begins in April, but for movie-studio programmers, it often does. This year, the summer movie season officially begins May 7, with “Iron Man 2,” and goes full-tilt through Labor Day. A few I’m looking forward to in the upcoming season:
“Robin Hood” (May 14), with Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, directed by Ridley Scott. This one’s been long in the making, and I can’t help thinking about “Men in Tights” whenever it crosses my mind, but the Crowe/Blanchett pairing has got to be electric, doesn’t it?
“Inception” (July 16). This sci-fi/psychological thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is the movie Christopher Nolan is making instead of a “Dark Knight” sequel. Talk about high expectations.
“Toy Story 3” (June 18). Go ahead, surrender. You know this will be adorable.
“Morning Glory” (July 30): Directed by Roger Michell (“Notting Hill”) and written by Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”), this TV morning-show comedy starring Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams just might be a sleeper hit. But then I’m just grateful to see Keaton in anything.
“Adjustment Bureau” (July 30): I like the idea of pairing up Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, and this sci-fi/romance/whatever it is is based on a Philip K. Dick story, so there’s plenty of potential.
And what are you looking forward to this summer?

Here’s Leo, looking intense and standing in front of some mysterious mural, in “Inception” (photo by Melissa Moseley, copyright 2010 Warner Bros. Pictures)

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