I don't envy Hollywood executives because their job must be pretty hard -- especially when they have to think so far into the future. Before that, they sit at their desk, feet up, secure in the knowledge that their release schedule for 2007 is pretty much good-to-go. In fact, they're so happy, they actually consider going home early for once. Of course, that's when the phone rings and its their boss telling them to start getting their releases for 2008 together because apparently those slots are filling up fast. Not fun.

Is this a fictional scenario? Unfortunately, no. According to a recent article at Coming Soon, Hollywood Studios are scheduling their tentpole (aka "really important") films farther and farther into the future -- mainly to secure important release dates like Thanksgiving and Christmas and help ensure their films have the best chance for the all-important "big opening weekend." In fact, they're even taking this practice past 2008 and are scheduling projects a far out as November 2009 -- with the Dreamworks animated film How to Train Your Dragon.

I know all of you like to make plans as far in advance as possible. So, to assist you, here are the most recent scheduled tentpole releases and dates from the studios: First, Warner Bros. is targeting May 23, 2008 for the Wachowski brothers' Speed Racer and will be dropping the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight on July 18, 2008 (as our own Mark Beall previously reported). Columbia Pictures will release Will Smith's action-drama-comedy Tonight, He Comes on July 2, 2008 and later that month, on July 25, Adam McKay's comedy Step Brothers with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Columbia has also set December 12, 2008 as the release date for the adaptation of Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, the much-anticipated prequel to The Da Vinci Code. Ok, that's it for the moment but stay-tuned to Cinematical for all the latest.