Warner Bros. is moving the opening date of Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" ahead by two days to Wednesday, Nov. 18--a shift that gives it a jump on the expected holiday-season smash "Home Alone 2," from 20th Century Fox.
Warner Bros. said that early test screenings of the film biography of the assassinated African-American leader were promising, and thus prompted the move. But a studio spokeswoman could not comment on how the shift would affect Lee's call for students to skip school on the previously planned Nov. 20 opening day, a Friday, in order to see his movie. She said the assumption is that Lee's request will stand. Lee was en route to Los Angeles on Friday and could not be reached.