Paramount Pictures, January 18
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan
Synopsis: Set in New York City, this secrecy-shrouded thriller has its youngish cast facing a strange, unexplained disaster or monster. Buffy the Vampire Killer writer Drew Goddard penned the script, produced by J. J. Abrams (Lost, Alias).
The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
Universal, January 11
Director: Mike Nawrocki
Starring: Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki
Synopsis: From Big Idea, the folks who gave us 2002's hit indie Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie comes this new values-based adventures about three veggie buddies (Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt and Pa Grape) who set sail and find themselves in the 17th century, fighting an evil tyrant and discovering the strong heroes within.
The Eye
Lionsgate, Feb. 1
Director(s): David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Starring: Jessica Alba, Alessandro Nivola, Parker Posey
Synopsis: An American remake of the famous Pang brothers’ movie. Jessica Alba plays a blind woman who can see frightening things after receiving cornea transplants.
Summit Ent., Feb. 1
Director: Mark Palansky
Starring: Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Reese Witherspoon
Synopsis: As a result of a family curse, a young girl born with a pig snout (Christina Ricci) must learn to accept herself in this modern fable.
Twentieth Century Fox, Feb. 15
Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane
Synopsis: When a young teen discovers he has the power to teleport from place to place, he decides to use his newfound talent to track down the man he believes is responsible for the untimely death of his mother.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
Paramount, Feb. 14
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Martin Short
Synopsis: Twin brothers along with their sister find themselves in pulled into an alternate world with all sorts of creatures after moving into the Spiderwick estate.
The Signal
Magnolia Pictures, Feb. 22
Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush
Starring: Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn, Scott Poythress
Synopsis: A mysterious transmission invades cell phones, radios and TV sets, turning its victims into insane killers.
Chicago 10
Roadside Attractions, Feb. 29
Director: Brett Morgen
Voices: Jeffrey Wright, Nick Nolte, Roy Scheider, Mark Ruffalo, Hank Azaria
Snyopsis: Contrasts volatile documentary footage of protesters and police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention with motion-capture-animated recreations of the infamous trial that followed. New York’s Curious Pictures delivered the animation.
10,000 B.C.
Warner Bros., March 7
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan
Synopsis: Look for lots of wooly mammoths in this epic prehistoric extravaganza which centers on a young hunter’s journey through unchartered territories. Sadly, Raquel Welch is nowhere in sight!
Horton Hears a Who!
Twentieth Century Fox, March 14
Director(s): Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Amy Poehler
Synopsis: Based on the classic Dr. Seuss tale, this animated feature shows Horton the elephant at odds with his neighbors as he tries to protect a microscopic community. The mad geniuses at Blue Sky are responsible for the great–looking CG animation.
Rogue Pictures, March 14
Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Malcolm McDowell
Synopsis: A crack team of specialists enter a city that has been quarantined for 30 years after being hit by a quickly spreading virus.
Dimension Films, March 28
Director: Craig Mazin
Starring: Brent Spiner, Leslie Nielsen, Chris McDonald, Jeffrey Tambor
Synopsis: This one is supposed to be a spoof of the tried-and-true superhero genre, but something tells us the results may be underwhelming. David Zucker of Airplane fame was first attached as director, but he stepped down and writer Mazin took over.
The Ruins
DreamWorks/Paramount, April 11
Director: Carter Smith
Starring: Jonathan Tucker, Jena Malone
Synopsis: Based on the popular thrilled by Scott A Smith, this nail-biter follows a group of friends who travel to Mexico and find unexpected surprises at an archeological site.
Iron Man
Paramount Pictures, May 2
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
Synopsis: After spending 15 years in development hell, the famous Marvel hero comes to life in this Comic-Con fave. Plot centers on inventor Tony Stark who puts on his high-tech suit of armor to fight a dark-minded scientific genius.
Speed Racer
Warner Bros., May 9
Director(s): Andy & Larry Wachowski
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Matthew Fox
Synopsis: This modern day, feature film version of the 1960’s Japanese animated series follows a young racecar driver, armed with the support of his family and his father’s Mach 5 car, on a quest for greatness.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Disney, May 16
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson
Synopsis: The Pevensie children find themselves once again in the magical land of Narnia and discover that hundreds of years have passed since they left. Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne, has been exiled and needs the help of the children and all the fantastical creatures in Narnia to overthrow the evil King Miraz.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Paramount, May 22
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen
Synopsis: Details of the plot for this fourth Indy movie are heavily guarded, but we know that LaBeouf plays the old archeologist’s son and the sought-after Ark of the Covenant also plays a role in the movie!
Kung Fu Panda
DreamWorks, June 6
Director(s): Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Starring: Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane
Synopsis: Set in ancient China, this CG feature chronicles the journey of a slacker panda, Po, who must learn to be a Kung Fu Master to thwart the malignant snow leopard Tai Lung and save the Valley of Peace. Ultimately, the once indifferent Po turns the world of Kung Fu on its head and emerges with newfound belief in himself.
The Incredible Hulk
Universal, June 13
Director: Louis Leterrier
Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
Synopsis: Stan Lee’s angry green monster/hero comes back to digital life. Norton follows in footsteps of Bill Bixby and Eric Bana, and we’re hoping Leterrier (Transporter) makes us forget about the dull seriousness of Ang Lee’s version of the comic-book star. Zak Penn’s script (X-Men 3) focuses on geneticist Bruce Banner as he takes flight in order to understand and cure his famous condition.
The Happening
20th Century Fox, June 13
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo
Synopsis: A science teacher has to protect his family against mysterious threatening forces in a dark, post-apocalyptic society. And yes, the movie comes out on Friday the 13th!
Get Smart
Warner Bros., June 20
Director: Peter Segal
Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin
Synopsis: Maxwell Smart (Carrell), Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the forces of KAOS with the more-competent Agent 99 (Hathaway) at his side in this film adaptation of the popular 1960s TV show.
Pixar/Disney, June 27
Director: Andrew Stanton
Starring: Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Ben Burtt
Synopsis: In a distant future, where the only inhabitants of Earth are mechanical cleaning automatons, a robot tries to find a home in the great frontier of space.
Universal, June 27
Director: Timur Bekmambetov
Starring: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman
Synopsis: Based on Mark Millar’s comic-book series, this actioner centers on a regular slacker who gets recruited by a secret society and becomes a lightning-fast hero. This one could very well be the sleeper hit of the summer.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Universal, July 11
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones
Synopsis: The sequel to the first Hellboy feature in 2004, the story continues as Hellboy and his comrades must work together to stop a rebellion against humanity to save the Earth.
Meet Dave
Twentieth Century Fox, July 11
Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks.
Synopsis: Murphy is giving sci-fi another try after the disappointing adventures of Pluto Nash. Tiny aliens pilot a spacecraft that takes the form of a human (Murphy), while the captain of the ship jeopardizes his crew and their mission to save their planet when he falls for beautiful earthling (Banks).
Journey 3-D
New Line Cinema, July 11
Director: Eric Brevig
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem
Synopsis: In this update of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, a geologist (Fraser) and his teenage son (Hutcherson) discover a mysterious lost world. The live-action pic features strange landscapes and creatures, created by high-def photo-real 3-D technologies.
Space Chimps
Fox, July 18

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Kirk De Micco
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Cheryl Hines
Synopsis: A comedy adventure about two NASA chimps that are sent to a galaxy far, far away. One chimp has 'The Right Stuff,' and the other, a good- natured goofball, has 'The Wrong Stuff.' The two chimps find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader. Producer John Williams and his team at Vanguard (Valiant, Happily N’Ever After) are producing the animation.
The Dark Knight
Warner Bros., July 18
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger
Synopsis: The Joker emerges as the newest and most deadly villain with his warped sense of humor in this installment of the Batman saga, helmed by Christopher Nolan who also directed Batman Begins. Now Batman and Gordon must make an alliance with new DA Harvey Dent to combat this vicious killer.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe
20th Century Fox, July 25
Director: Chris Carter
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Synopsis: Special Agent Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and sidekick Dana Scully continue to investigate unexplained phenomena in this long-awaited sequel, based on the popular series that ran on Fox (1993-2002).
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Universal, Aug. 1
Director: Rob Cohen
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello
Synopsis: In the Far East, trouble-seeking father-and-son duo Rick (Fraser) and Alex O'Connell (Ford) unearth the mummy of the first Emperor of Qin (Li) -- a shape-shifting entity who was cursed by a wizard (Yeoh) centuries ago. Sorry, folks, Rachel Weisz won’t be back as Rick’s romantic interest, but Maria Bello will do just fine!
Fly Me to the Moon
Summit Entertainment, Aug. 15
Director: Ben Stassen
Voices: Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa, Tim Curry, Ed Begley Jr., Buzz Aldrin, Robert Patrick.
Synopsis: Three ambitious flies hope to be the first lunar insects by hitchhiking a ride on Apollo 11 in this 3-D IMAX animated feature produced by nWave Pictures.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Warner Bros., August 15
Director: Dave Filoni
Synopsis: This first animated Star Wars feature in theaters (produced by LucasFilm Animation in Marin County and Singapore) will take audiences on adventures featuring Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padme Amidala, along with new heroes including Anakin's padawan learner, Ahsoka. A host of sinister villains, led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, are poised to rule the galaxy and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights.
Death Race
Universal, August. 22
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Joan Allen, Ian McShane
Synopsis: This blue-chip update of Roger Corman’s 1975 thriller, which starred Sylvester Stallone and David Carradine, centers on a no-holds-barred, ultraviolent car race, set in 2020.
Babylon A.D.
Twentieth Century Fox, Aug. 29
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Gerard Depardieu
Synopsis: When a woman, who harbors an organism wanted by a cult to produce a genetically modified Messiah, must get from Russia to China she requires special protection. Thoorop (Vin Diesel) is just the man for the dangerous job with his past military experience, yet he will find out the truth about her along the way.
MGM, Sept. 4
Director: Anthony Leondis
Starring: John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Jennifer Coolidge, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, Sean Hayes
Synopsis: Chris McKenna’s playful script follows the evil scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who dreams of winning the Annual Evil Science Fair. Exodus Film Group delivers the film’s cool CG animation.
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Disney, Oct. 3
Director: Raja Gosnell
Starring: Drew Barrymore, George Lopez, Andy Garcia, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez
Synopsis: A pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Barrymore) gets separated from her pet-sitter while on vacation in Mexico, and must rely on her new south-of-the-border canine (and rodent...and reptile...) pals to help her get back home.
City of Ember
Fox Walden, Oct. 10
Director: Gil Kenan
Starring: Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Toby Jones, Mary Kay Place
Synopsis: Caroline Thompson’s (Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride) script, based on the novel by Jeanne DuPrau, follows two teenagers who have to search their hometown, City of Ember, to find clues that will re-light their city’s dying generator and relight its amazing glittering lights.
Max Payne
20th Century Fox, Oct. 17
Director: John Moore
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Beau Bridges
Synopsis: A DEA Agent (Wahlberg) joins forces with an assassin to solve a series of vicious murders in New York City and escape the clutches of the police, the mob and a dark corporation. Based on the popular third-person shooter game.
Fear(s) of the Dark
IFC Entertainment, Oct. 24
Directors: Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Pierre Di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire; artistic direction by Étienne Robial
Starring: Guillaume Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, François Creton
Synopsis: Six separate yet intertwined black and white stories by renowned comickers, graphic artists and animators weave a nightmarish world where your worst fears barely scratch the surface of what may be lurking in the dark.
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Universal, Oct. 24
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, John Malkovich, Amy Ryan
Synopsis: Set in the noir world of Los Angeles in the 1920s, the plot revolves around a woman whose son is abducted but retrieved; she suspects, however, that the returned child is not her kid. The film was well received at the Cannes festival and has solid Oscar potential.
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
DreamWorks/Paramount, Nov. 7
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Starring: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Andy Richter
Synopsis: This sequel to 2005’s Madagascar drops those zany zoo animals from NYC in the African Savannah, after a fixer-upper plane (courtesy of those conniving penguins) crash lands on the continent.
Quantum of Solace
MGM/Columbia, Nov. 14
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judy Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Mathiew Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton
Synopsis: Ian Fleming’s iconic British agent is back for this 22nd mission in this outing, penned by Oscar-winner Paul Haggis, Robert Wade and Neal Purvis. Bond (played for the second time by Craig) battles a member of the sinister Quantum organization (Amalric) who seeks to take over Bolivia, while avenging the death of Vesper Lynd with the help of femme fatale Camille (Kurylenko).
Disney, Nov. 21
Directors: Chris Williams, Byron Howard
Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton
Synopsis: Bolt, a German Shepherd, has lived his whole life on the set of his action TV show, causing him to believe he really has superpowers. Formerly titled American Dog.
Summit Entertainment, Nov. 21
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
Synopsis: Based on the hugely popular fantasy books about romantic young vampires by Stephenie Meyer, the movie centers on misfit teenager Bella Swan (Stewart) who falls for a mysterious blood-thirsty classmate Edward Cullen (Pattinson) in a small town in the American northwest. Looks like the film is going to really win the hearts of lovelorn teenage girls all over the world.
Transporter 3
Lionsgate, Nov. 26
Director: Olivier Megaton
Starring: Jason Statham, Francois Berleand, Robert Knepper
Synopsis: The third outing for uber-action man Statham as Frank Martin, the lean, mean former mercenary who has become the go-to agent for moving something—anything—efficiently and furiously.
Regent Releasing, December
Director: Tatia Rosenthal
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Anthony LaPaglia, Joel Egerton, Barry Otto
Synopsis: This stop-motion animated film by Israeli director Rosenthal portrays a group of residents in a Sydney apartment building searching for the meaning of life. After receiving wide critical acclaim on the festival circuit, $9.99’s feature release announcement has lead to an Oscar qualification.
Waltz With Bashir
Sony Pictures Classics, Dec. 26 (limited)
Director: Ari Folman
Synopsis: An Israeli veteran of the Lebanon War in the early ’80s can’t remember a thing about that period of his life so he interviews old friends and comrades to help unravel the mystery. The rotoscope-animated film was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Punisher: War Zone
Lionsgate, Dec. 5
Director: Lexi Alexander
Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Doug Hutchinson, Julie Benz
Synopsis: Vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw.
Freestyle Releasing/Fathom Studios, Dec. 12
Directors: Marc F. Adler,  Jason Maurer
Starring: Anne Bancroft, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Lou Gossett Jr, Eric Idle, Burt Reynolds
Synopsis: An adventurous teenager and his friends help bring two warring nations together in this CG-animated sci fi fantasy.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
20th Century Fox, Dec. 12
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates
Synopsis: Penned by David Scarpa, this remake of the 1951 Robert Wise movie about a humanoid alien named Klaatu who arrives on Earth accompanied by a giant armed robot, and tries to warn world leaders to stop their malevolent activities.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Paramount, Dec. 25
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Elle Fanning
Synopsis: Based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this meticulously crafted drama follows the life story of a man who ages backward from New Orleans at the end of World War I to the 21st century.
The Tale of Despereaux
Universal, Dec. 25
Directors: Sam Fell, Robert Stevenhagen
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Emma Watson, Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver, William H. Macy, Justin Long
Synopsis: Based on the fantasy book by Kate DiCamillo, three unsuspecting heroes find their fates connected to the resident princess of the castle. A mouse who prefers to read books rather than eat them, a rat that plots to break free from the dungeon and a clumsy servant girl make up the cast of characters that will make a change in the kingdom.
Bedtime Stories
Disney, Dec. 25
Director: Adam Shankman
Starring: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Courteney Cox, Russell Brand
Synopsis: Matt Lopez’s family-oriented script follows the madcap adventures of a busy hotel handyman who discovers that the bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew begin to come true.
The Spirit
Lionsgate, Dec. 25
Director: Frank Miller
Starring: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes
Synopsis: Based on the popular graphic novel by Miller, this holiday season release centers on a dead rookie copy who returns from beyond to fight evil in Central City. Jackson plays The Octopus, an elusive master criminal.
The Time Traveler's Wife
Warner Bros./New Line Cinema, December 25
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston, Jane McLean
Synopsis: This classy adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger bestseller finds a dashing librarian (Bana) at Chicago's Newberry Library who has a gene that causes him to time travel involuntarily. He must help his wife cope with the many complications of his disorder as the two are often out of sync.

2008 Release Dates To Be Announced

The Legend of Secret Pass
JC2 Animated Entertainment, 310 Studios, David Lords Productions
Director: Steve Trenbirth
Starring: Frankie Muniz, Ron Perlman, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Chiklis, Graham Green,
Synopsis: Set against beautiful Arizona landscapes, this epic CG-animated adventure follows the journey of a young boy who has to discover his true legacy and fight a dark, malevolent spirit.

2009 Releases

New Line Cinema, Jan. 23
Director: Iain Softley
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Andy Serkis, Paul Bettany, Eliza Bennett, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent
Synopsis: Mo (Fraser) hasn't read to his daughter Meggie (Bennett) since discovering that he has the power to bring fictional characters to life. Now a villain he accidentally conjured is tracking the family down in order to use Mo's powers for evil. Based on the popular fantasy penned by German author Cornelia Funke.
Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser
Weinstein Company, Jan. 9
Director: Pascal Laugier
Starring: No stars attached, yet!
Synopsis: This 20th Anniversary of Barker’s frightfest centers on an unfaithful wife who tries to help her lover escape from hell. Based on the novella The Hellbound Heart, this dark tale will feature a new version of the much-loved Pinhead character!
The Uninvited
DreamWorks, Jan. 30
Director: Thomas Guard, Charles Guard
Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn
Synopsis: Inspired by Kim Jee-Woon’s 2003 Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters, this horror movie follows two sisters who return home to their father after spending time in a mental institute, but find it hard to recover when their cruel stepmother (Banks) and an interfering ghost make life miserable for them!
Focus Features, Feb. 6
Director: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French
Synopsis: Coraline Jones finds herself bored and unhappy in her new home with foreign neighbors all around her. Then, the young girl discovers that the brick wall behind a door in her flat leads to another world where she finds a better version of her life now. Based on Neil Gaiman’s short children’s novel, the world Coraline enters into is created by her Other Mother to provide her with joy and entertainment.
Monsters vs. Aliens
DreamWorks Animation, March 27
Directors: Rob Letterman, Conrad Vernon
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland, Rainn Wilson, Paul Rudd
Synopsis: When a mysterious glob of space goo transforms Susan Murphy into a nearly 50 ft tall “monster” named Ginormica, she is captured by the military and held in a secret compound. There she meets other monsters which have been quietly concealed in the base over the years. The misfit monsters are set loose when an evil alien robot begins rampaging around Earth, leading to an epic battle!
The Wolf Man
Universal, April 3
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving
Synopsis: When a young nobleman returns to his sleepy Victorian home town to help search for his missing brother, he discovers that a fearsome beast—possibly the product of an ancient curse—is preying on the villagers … and uncovers a side of himself he never anticipated.
Dragonball: Evolution
20th Century Fox, Apr. 8
Director: James Wong
Starring: Justin Chatwin, Joon Park, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters, Chow Yun-Fat
Synopsis: This live-action adaptation of the famous manga created by Akira Toriyama which also inspired the long-running anime series, centers on an alien sent to destroy Earth who has a change of heart and decides to aid humans in fighting aliens and nefarious villains.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Fox/Marvel, May 1
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schrieber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds
Synopsis: Set before the events of the X-Men trilogy, the story follows young Wolverine’s (Jackman) violent past, his experience as part of the infamous Weapon X project and his encounters with villain William Stryker. Other fan-favorite mutants making appearances will include Sabretooth (Schreiber), Deadpool (Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch) and Kestrel (
Star Trek XI
Paramount, May 8
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Zoe Saldana, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Winona Ryder, Lenoard Nimoy
Synopsis: A youthful James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock have their first encounter at Starfleet Academy and complete their first mission.
Disney/Pixar, May 29
Director: Pete Docter
Starring: Edward Asner, Christopher Plummer, Jordan Nagai
Synopsis: The story of a 78-year-old man’s quest to fulfill his deceased wife’s lifelong dream of travel and adventure. When Carl [Asner] befriends a young Wilderness Explorer scout, they embark on a fantastic journey that opens Carl’s eyes to the world outside his dreary home.
Imagine That
Paramount, June 12
Director: Karey Kirkpatrick
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Nicole Ari Parker, Ronny Cox, Vanessa Williams
Synopsis: Murphy stars as a downtrodden financial exec who finds himself drawn into his daughter’s magical, imaginary world. Formerly titled "Nowhereland"
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Fox/Blue Sky, July 1
Director: Carlos Saldanha
Starring: John Leguizamo, Queen Latifa, Denis Leary, Ray Romano, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Chris Wedge
Synopsis: The mammal pals from Ice Age find themselves in yet another hairy situation when it’s discovered that the supposedly extinct dinosaurs (including a very cranky T-Rex) have been surviving in a secret tropical oasis far below the ice. Presented in full 3-D!
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Warner Bros., July 17
Director: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, David Thewlis, Jim Broadbent, Helen McCrory, Ralph Fiennes
Synopsis: In this sixth feature based on J.K. Rowling’s popular series, Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and Wizard worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle. Script is penned by Steve Cloves who delivered the first feature.
Lionsgate, Sept. 4
Directors: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Starring: Gerald Butler, Michael C. Hall, Ludacris, Kyra Sedgwick, John Leguizamo, Zoe Bell
Synopsis: Online players control the life and fate of other human beings in this thriller set in a not-so distant dystopian future.
Lionsgate, Sept. 11
Directors: Peter and Michael Spierig
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill
Synopsis: In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the dominant plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save the human race.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Columbia, September 18
Directors: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Anna Faris, Bruce Campbell, James Caan, Mr. T, Tracy Morgan, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg
Synopsis: Based on Ron and Judi Barret’s belove children’s book, this Sony Pictures Animation take reveals the origins of the town of Chewandswallow, which experiences episodes of mashed potato snow and raining soup brought on by a scientist’s attempt to end world hunger. But when the town is threatened by a catastrophic flood of foodstuffs, the people will have to get creative to save their homes.
Jennifer's Body
Fox Atomic, Sept. 18
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons
Synopsis: Screenwriter Diablo Cody is back with another quirky picture after the success of last year’s Juno. When a gorgeous cheerleader is possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a small Minnesota farming town, her "plain Jane" best friend must kill her, then escape from a correctional facility to go after the Satan-worshipping rock band responsible for the horrible transformation.
Astro Boy
Summit Ent./Imagi, October 23
Director: David Bowers
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Eugene Levy, Nathan Lane, Kristen Bell
Synopsis: In the gleaming futuristic metropolis of Metro City, a heartbroken scientist creates a powerful robot in the image of his deceased son. When Astro Boy is unable to be the son his creator wished for, he sets off on a series of adventures hoping to find acceptance—instead finding betrayal and an underground of robot gladiators. Returning to Metro City, Astro Boy must try to save his hometown and reconcile with the man who rejected him.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
20th Century Fox, November 6
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Jason Schwartzman
Synopsis: Mr. Fox is an extremely clever forest critter who consistently outwits his obnoxious neighbors: A group of mean-spirited farmers who have had it with the fox’s trickery. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl.
Planet 51
New Line/Warner Bros., November 20
Director: Jorge Blanco
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, John Cleese
Synopsis: Astronaut Charles Baker lands on what he believes to be a yet undiscovered planet…only to find it is inhabited by a race of aliens who live in a society mirroring that of 1950s America—complete with picket fences, comic books and a paranoid fear of invasions from another planet! Animated by Spain-based Ilion Animation.
The Princess and the Frog
Disney, Dec. 25, 2009
Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
Starring: Anika Noni Rose, John Goodman, Oprah Winfrey, Jenifer Lewis, Keith David, Bruno Campos
Synopsis: A modern fairytale about a young girl named Tiana living in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter during the Jazz Age.

2009 Release Dates To Be Announced

The Illusionist
Django Films/CineB/Pathé Int’l, Spring (France + U.K.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Synopsis: A struggling stage entertainer in 1950s Scotland is forced to accept low-paying assignments in fringe theaters and bars, until an admiring young woman changes his life forever. Based on an unproduced script by the late French comedy master, Jacques Tati.
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Disney/Studio Ghibli, TBA
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson
Synopsis: When a young fish maiden runs away from her undersea home, a big hearted boy befriends her and vows to protect the creature he names Ponyo. Against the wishes of her tyrranical father, Ponyo and the boy fall in love—but to prove their love is pure, they must pass a test.
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Repossession Mambo
Universal, 2009 TBA
Director: Miguel Sapochnik
Starring: Jude Law, Forest Whitaker
Synopsis: Jude Law goes back to the future in a world where synthetic organs are the new upgradeable commodities and repo men pay visits to reclaim those parts if you can’t make your payments on time.
Universal Pictures, 2009 TBA
Synopsis: Based on the Electronic Arts video game created by American McGee, this new spin on the Alice in Wonderland tale finds the Lewis Carroll’s heroine all grown up and deeply disturbed after her parents are killed in a fire. Plus, she has to deal with sinister mirrors, mysterious potions, surreal tea parties and talking animals. Not to mention that evil Queen of Hearts!
Mr. Nobody
Pathe, 2009 TBA (France)
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Starring: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley
Synopsis: A a multi-layered love story inspired by the 'butterfly effect,’ set in the not-so-distant future, the story follows Nemo Nobody (Leto) who, at 120 years old, is the last mortal surrounded by happy immortals as he relives his real and imaginary years of marriage.

2010 Release Dates To Be Announced

Monkey's Paw
Ghost House Pictures, 2010 TBA
Synopsis: Penned by Dave Kajganich and Tom McAlistair, this horror tale centers on a father who innocently brings home a mysterious artifact rumored to grant wishes, only to see its magical powers go awry and cause misadventures with every wish his family makes.
Universal Pictures, 2010 TBA
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Synopsis: Made famous by Jane Fonda in 1968, this comic-book based adventure tells the story of a female mercenary who roams across the universe in a distant future, undertaking missions that require her physical fearlessness, ingenuity and sensuality. Based on the comic-book written and illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest.
The Smurfs
Columbia/Sony, Dec. 17 2010
Director: Colin Brady
Synopsis: The blue-skinned, hard-working little guys, created by Beligan comic artist Peyo (Pierre Culliford) make their big 3-D, CG/live-action feature debut. David Stem and David Weiss (Shrek) are penning the script. Now just try and get their famous theme song out of your head! The Hanna-Barbera cartoon first debuted in 1981 on NBC and spawned 256 episodes and several Emmys.

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