Calendar Alert! “Gatsby” and “Hitchcock”

Anthony Hopkins steps into the awards scrum.

Good news for you planner-aheaders! We have release dates for two movies that find themselves in unexpected places.

First up–Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” once scheduled for December 25, 2012, was pushed off that day a few months ago to an unspecified summer 2013 date. Now it’s specified: May 10, 2013. That puts it right between “Iron Man 3″ on May 3rd and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (still hoping for a colon!) on May 17th. The adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton.

Next–”Hitchcock,” formerly known as “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho,’” announced today (via the reveal of its poster) that it would be released on November 23rd. This is a big surprise, as it had been thought that the movie either wasn’t going to be ready this fall, or that it would be better to keep it out of an overcrowded awards field. But now it’s in the soup, bringing with it some potential award contenders: Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock himself; Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s wife and closest advisor; and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, who appeared in “Psycho.”

So now you know–set your schedules accordingly.

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