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Harry Potter Gets Another Release Date

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

An eight month-delay has just been shortened…by two days.

After repositioning Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to open on July 17, Warner Bros. has changed its mind again. The film, once scheduled for a November 2008 release, will now open on July 15.

Why? The studio just likes to get a jump start on those earnings.  (Order of the Phoenix also opened on a Wednesday back in 2007.)

Meanwhile, a date for the future Harry Potter film can now be penciled in as well: July 15, 2001. That’s also the slot tentatively set aside for Paramount’s The Avengers. Since the day chosen is not a Wednesday, I’m guessing someone will be doing some tinkering in about a year from now.

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Iron Man’s Downey Jr., Cheadle and Favreau Inked to The Avengers

The Avengers

has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man in the second and third installments of the series, as well as the forthcoming Avengers franchise launch, reports Marvel Entertainment.  The first Iron Man film has grossed $578 million in worldwide box office, and Downey Jr.‘s portrayal of Iron Man (Tony Stark) is regarded as crucial to the success of the production plan.

Not so Terrence Howard (who played Stark’s friend Colonel Jim Rhodes in the first film.)  Howard has been replaced in the role by Don Cheadle, who’s signed a contract that will have him appearing along alongside Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 and 3 and the first installment of .  Rhodes will eventually become an armored crime-fighter in his own right, as Iron Man’s ally War Machine.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau Talk Iron Man 2

Friends and co-workers Favreau and Downey discuss future projects

UPDATE: Thanks to one of those smarter people who actually brought a camera, The Game Jerk has posted a video of the Q&A that you can check out after the jump.

Although I have continuously kicked myself repeatedly for not bringing a camera last night, I was still at least able to mentally hold on to the great moments witnessed last night at a special screening of Iron Man. While the director was already scheduled to appear for a live commentary at Santa Monica’s Aero Theater, fans of Marvel’s first self-financed film were in for an even better treat when Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., showed up at the last moment.

Because of the fact that he had not recorded a commentary for the upcoming DVD, director Jon Favreau was quite exuberant over the fact that he was able to do so in person (also because he was not obligated to be politically correct).

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Jon Favreau Blogs, Rants About Iron Man 2

Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. question Iron Man 2 dates

What’s an actor-turned-big-time-director to do once he’s catapulted into major success, forced to take on a sequel without having been consulted about anything concerning the project? Rant about your bosses and their absurdity in your MySpace blog! At least, that’s the route Iron Man director Jon Favreau took.

Actively participating in a MySpace forum to appease film geeks’ questions, Favreau complains, “Neither Robert [Downey Jr.] nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is. We owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one.”

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