Sony Pushes Back 'Sex Tape' to Avoid Comedy Showdown

2:29 PM PST 09/18/2013 by Pamela McClintock
Cameron Diaz

Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, the Sony pic would have otherwise opened against Melissa McCarthy's "Tammy."

Comedy fans don't have to worry about which film to see over the Fourth of July holiday next year.

Sony has pushed back the release of Sex Tape from July 2 to July 18, giving Melissa McCarthy's Tammy free rein.

Tammy, sticking to its July 2 date, is directed by Ben Falcone and co-written by McCarthy. The New Line pic stars McCarthy as a woman who hits the road with her crass, boozing grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Dan Aykroyd, Allison Janney, Kathy Bates and Toni Collette also star.

Sex Tape, directed by Jake Kasdan, stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as a married couple who wake up to find that a sex tape they've made of themselves has gone missing, setting off a furious search.

Box-office observers have long expected one of the comedies to move off of the July 2 date.

Sex Tape becomes the second title to relinquish the Independence Day holiday weekend following Angelina Jolie's Maleficent. Disney announced Wednesday that the live-action fairy tale is moving up from July 2 to May 30.

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