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“Last Airbender” moves its release date, shifts closer to “Twilight”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: If major studio releases keep shifting up their release dates, we’re going to be back in May before we know it.

First it was Fox’s “Knight & Day,” with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, moving up two days from Friday, June 25, to Wednesday, June 23. Perhaps it is shifting away from Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy, “Grown Ups.” Perhaps it just wants two full days of undivided box office to itself. And perhaps Fox is so excited about what it’s holding, it just can’t wait to get it out. We’ll find out soon enough. (I’m seeing it tomorrow … a very good sign.)

Now, word breaks on Twitter — the new PR Newswire — that Paramount’s THE LAST AIRBENDER will shift forward one day from Friday, July 2, to Thursday, July 1. The source? Uber-producer Frank Marshall, who posted on Tweeted on @LeDoctor that “LAST AIRBENDER release date moves up to July 1st…”

Of course, that puts it RIGHT on the heels of another tiny, indepenedent film called “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, which opens on Wednesday, June 30. So technically, the July 4 holiday begins five full days before July 4th.

I’m filling my calendar out in pencil from now on …

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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