'Caspian' castles

Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" will make its July 22 German bow amid a jousting tournament and spectators dressed in period costume. Eight thousand guests at the Kaltenburger Ritterturnier Renaissance festival will watch "Caspian" on a 2,500-foot outdoor screen set against the backdrop of Kaltenburg Castle and the Bavarian Alps.

'Class' in session early

Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or-winning film "The Class" will bow Sept. 24 instead of its original French release date of Oct. 15, distributor Haut et Court said this week. Haut et Court is moving the release date for the documentary-style drama "because foreign distributors … have chosen to release the film as soon as September," the movie's producer, Carole Scotta, told French newspaper Le Parisien. Producers also pushed up the release date with the Oscars in mind because the film must hit theaters before Sept. 30 in order to qualify to represent France at 2009's Academy Awards.

'Gits' gets release

Liberation Entertainment said that the documentary film "The Gits," about the rise and fall of the influential Seattle band of the same name led by Mia Zapata, is set for theatrical release July 8 at select theaters in North America. Directed by Kerry O'Kane, "Gits" also is set for DVD release the same day from Liberation via Adrenaline/ ADA, concurrent with the theatrical release, which commemorates the 15th anniversary of Zapata's death.

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