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'Star Trek' sequel bumps up release date to May 16
"Star Trek Into Darkness" fanatics won't have to wait quite as long as they'd thought to see the J.J. Abrams-directed movie, whose wide release date of May 16 is now a day earlier than previously announced.
IMAX screenings will also be bumped up a day, with screenings starting as early as May 15. Those showings will include about a half-hour of footage filmed with high-res IMAX cameras.
The news, via Paramount Pictures, follows a weekend when the opening of "Iron Man 3" collected about $175 million domestically. Whether the move to release the movie sooner is savvy or panicky — or both — it's clear Paramount executives are hoping for even more box office revenue as a result.
Both popcorn flicks have local connections: Abrams is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville/Yonkers, and actor James Badge Dale, who attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, has a supporting role in "Iron Man 3."
Curious about even more cinematic connections to the Hudson Valley? Check out Newsday Westchester's summer movie preview.