Who the heck rang the bell in Hollywood signaling all major studios to move their pending features around the release-date schedule like cards in a three-card monte scheme? The ball started rolling when Paramount announced it was shuffling its G.I. Joe: Retaliation from June of this year to March 2013. Universal plugged Paramount’s hole with its anticipated comedy Ted, which moved up a few weeks to potentially dodge The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. And now Fox wants to get in the release-date change.

Speaking of “potentially dodging,” Fox announced it will potentially dodge all of the Oscar-friendly films that are piling on top of each other for a Christmas Day release by moving Ang Lee’s Life of Pi from Dec. 21 to Nov. 21. Great move. The 3D adaptation of the award-winning novel has been building some outstanding buzz following the screening of footage at Cinema Con. There’s a very good chance that Pi -- no matter how good – would be buried beneath the wave created by Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby 3D, Seth Rogen’s The Guilt Trip (with Barbra Streisand), Judd Apatow’s This is 40 and Kathryn Bigelow’s still-untitled Osama Bin Laden thriller. Moving Pi to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend gives it room to breathe, which it needs.

While Fox was at it, the studio also set a date for The Internship, a comedy reuniting Wedding Crashers comedians Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. We don’t have a lot of details on the premise (or whom might direct), but Fox has programmed it for June 28, 2013, meaning it will compete against R.I.P.D., a supernatural cop thriller starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges set up at Universal.

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