Release Date Shuffle at Warner

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Warner Bros. is shuffling a few movies around as they movie the Darren Aronofsky feature The Fountain moved from October 13 to November 22, 2006 and Lucky You is moving from September 8 to October 27.

The word came today as Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. said, “We are so proud of The Fountain and opening on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving will give more people a chance to see what we think is Darren’s finest work. The extra month will also allow time to build a bigger long-lead campaign and generate greater word-of-mouth in the weeks leading up to the opening,”

These changes are actually good news for both movies as films that traditionally move to later dates are traditionally better movies as they move out of the no man’s land that is August and September.

The Fountain is an odyssey about one man’s thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th-century Spain, where conquistador Tomas (Hugh Jackman) commences his search for the Fountain of Youth, the legendary entity believed to grant immortality. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife, Isabel (Rachel Weisz). Traveling through deep space as a 26th-century astronaut, Tom begins to grasp the mysteries that have consumed him for a millennium. The three stories converge into one truth, as the Thomas of all periods—warrior, scientist, and explorer—comes to terms with life, love, death and rebirth.

In Lucky You, director Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential, Wonder Boys, 8 Mile) brings us a story based in the world of high-stakes Las Vegas poker. Huck Cheever (Eric Bana) is a blaster—a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. When Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker—and the affections of Billie Offer (Drew Barrymore), a young singer from Bakersfield—there is one significant obstacle in his path: his father, L.C. Cheever (Robert Duvall), the poker legend who abandoned Huck’s mother years ago. As these two rivals progress toward a final showdown at the poker table, Huck learns that to win in the games of life and poker, he must try to play cards the way he has been living his life and live his life the way he has been playing cards. The screenplay is by Academy Award winners Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Insider) & Curtis Hanson from a story by Eric Roth.