Twentieth Century Fox execs today muscled their 2011 release schedule. First and foremost the studio’s big tentpole Rise Of The Apes moves from June 24th to November 23rd because there’s a Thanksgiving family film overload. This Planet Of The Apes origins story about genetic engineering is considered big enough to be informally nicknamed “Apetar”
The studio has enough faith in Jim Carrey’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins to move this family film featuring Jim Carrey (back doing what his fans want him to do) from August 12th to the start of the summer on June 17th.
The Big Year, about the Bird-Watching Men Of North America (inspired by the book “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession” by Mark Obmascik) and starring Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson gets scheduled for October 14th.
The Jonah Hill “R”-rated comedy The Sitter moves from the heart of the summer on July 15th to August 5th.
Monte Carlo, the Selena Gomez/Leighton Meester starrer moves from July 1st to August 12th.
The Anna Faris “R”-rated comedy What’s Your Number? from New Regency changes release dates from April 29th to September 30th.
And, finally, the New Regency high-concept sci-fi fantasy about time as currency, titled Now and starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried, moves from September 30th to October 28th.