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Paramount shifts ‘Shine’ launch

Scorsese's Stones film rolls to spring

“Shine a Light,” the Rolling Stones concert film directed by Martin Scorsese, will not hit theaters until April, Paramount has confirmed.

Pic was set to open Sept. 21, but Par determined in recent days that it needed more time to coordinate the marketing campaign with Scorsese and the band, particularly since the Stones are still on their European tour.

Still, the date change leaves Par proper without a high-profile fall project at a time when it is all but dependent upon DreamWorks for product.

Studio only has one film of its own the rest of the year: “Beowulf,” which opens Nov. 16.

The Rolling Stones docu is a passion project for Paramount topper Brad Grey, who inked a first-look deal with Scorsese earlier this year.

Docu is being released under the Paramount Classics label, which can be used by either Par proper or specialty arm Paramount Vantage for more serious-minded product.

“It was a tight schedule. Everybody felt it was getting rushed,” said one source close to the filmmaker.

Rather than enter the overcrowded award-season months of October, November or December, the principals involved in the Scorsese project opted for an April date.

Another factor in the postponement was the Rolling Stones’ concert tour, which isn’t scheduled to wrap until the end of August. The studio wanted the band to be available to do press to open the picture, said Paramount spokesman Michael Vollman.

“We think April is a better date for it,” Vollman said. “There’s more time for the band to support it. We have a fantastic trailer and poster. We need time to get the movie out and permeate the marketplace.”

Filmed in the fall of 2006 at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater as the Stones were performing their “A Bigger Bang” tour, pic also includes guest artists Buddy Guy, Jack White of the White Stripes and Christina Aguilera.

Movie is scheduled to screen in Imax theaters as well.

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