'Les Miserables,' 'Snitch' and More Get New Release Dates

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Apologies to those of you who like to plan your movie nights over a year in advance: a handful of changes were made to the release calendar, including at least two major delays and a Christmas present for musical lovers.

First up, Universal has lifted Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables' from its December 14th date and inserted it into the prime December 25th frame. Usually one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, Christmas Day will also unveil Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained,' the Seth Rogen-Barbara Streisand comedy 'Guilt Trip' and Billy Crystal's anticipated return to the big screen, 'Parental Guidance.'

Meanwhile, two films get major push-backs: Summit Entertainment's thriller 'I, Frankenstein,' starring Aaron Eckhart and Bill Nighy, moves from February 22, 2013 all the way back to September 13, 2013. Similarly, Screen Gems' bouncy dance-off flick 'Battle of the Year 3D,' which stars the unlikely duo of Josh Holloway and Chris Brown, will hit on September 13th, departing a January 25th slot. Both 'I, Frankenstein' and 'Battle of the Year' will face off against Disney's 3D re-release of 'The Little Mermaid.' No word on why exactly the films will experience such a significant delay.

Screen Gems made another move, introducing the Idris Elba-led suspense flick 'No Good Deed' into the Halloween-friendly October 18, 2013 frame.

Finally, those who are jonesing to see Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in action will get the chance on February 22, when Summit Entertainment releases 'Snitch,' which sees the former wrestler playing an informant for the DEA. Almost a month later, The Rock will continue to dominate the multiplex when 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' finally debuts.

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