Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sneek Peek at 31 Movies in 09

LA Times recently delivered a sneek peek at a huge amount of films upcoming for the calendar year. Below I have complied 31 of those new films for you with some essential details included. Enjoy....

Director: Pierre Morel
Release Date: 30 January 2009
A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley and Katie Cassidy

"Fired Up"
Director:Will Gluck
Release Date:20 February 2009
The two most popular guys in high school decide to ditch football camp for cheerleader camp. For the girls and for the glory.
Starring: AnnaLynne McCord, Molly Sims, Danneel Harris, John Michael Higgins, Sarah Roemer and Eric Christian Olsen

Director: Zack Snyder
Release Date: 6 March 2009
When an ex-superhero is murdered, a vigilante named Rorshach begins an investigation into the murder, which begins to lead to a much more terrifying conclusion.
Starring: Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley and Matthew Goode

"Race to Witch Mountain"
Director:Andy Fickman
Release Date:13 March 2009
A UFO expert enlists the help of a cabbie to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans.
Starring: Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson, AnnaSophia Robb, Ciarán Hinds, Christine Lakin, Cheech Marin and Tom Everett Scott

"The Great Buck Howard"
Director:Sean McGinly
Release Date:20 March 2009
A young man, much to the chagrin of his father, becomes the new assistant to an illusionist in decline.
Starring: Colin Hanks, Tom Hanks, John Malkovich, Adam Scott, and Steve Zahn

Director:Tony Gilroy
Release Date:20 March 2009
A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti

"I Love You Man"
Director: John Hamburg
Release Date: 20 March 2009
Friendless Peter Klaven (Rudd) goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond his new B.F.F.(Segel) puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée (Jones) can the trio learn to live happily ever after?
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones and Jon Favreau

"Little Ashes"
Director:Paul Morrison
Release Date:27 March 2009
About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Starring: Javier Beltran, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty and Marina Gatell

"Big Man Japan"
Director:Hitoshi Matsumoto
Release Date: March 2009
An eccentric man aged about 40 lives alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo. He periodically transforms into a giant, about 30 meters tall, and defends Japan by battling similarly sized monsters that turn up and destroy buildings.
Starring: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Haruka Unabar, Tomoji Hasegawa, Itsuji Itao and Hiroyuki Miyasako

"Fast & Furious"
Director: Justin Lin
Release Date: 3 April 2009
As he is released from prison, Brian O'Conner teams up with Dominic Toretto work with the feds to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster

"Observe and Report"
Director: Jody Hill
Release Date: 10 April 2009
Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective, is recruited to close the case.
Starring: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta

"State of Play"
Director:Kevin Macdonald
Release Date:17 April 2009
Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, a team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman's mistress.
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Jason Bateman, Robin Wright Penn, Helen Mirren, Jeff Daniels and Viola Davis

"The Informers"
Director:Gregor Jordan
Release Date:1 May 2009
A drama based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel set in 1983 Los Angeles, where movie executives, rock stars, a vampire, and other morally challenged character mix and commingle.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Winona Ryder, Jon Foster, Amber Heard, Rhys Ifans and Chris Isaak

"Star Trek"
Director: J.J. Abrams
Release Date: 8 May 2009
A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Leonard Nimoy

"Angels & Demons"
Director:Ron Howard
Release Date:15 May 2009
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Ayelet Zurer, Ewan McGregor and Stellan Skarsgård

Director:Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Release Date: 26 June 2009 (limited)
An FBI agent tracks a serial killer with the help of three of his would-be victims - all of whom have wildly different stories to tell
Starring: Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman

Director:Roland Emmerich
Release Date:10 July 2009
An academic researcher leads a group of people in a fight to counteract the apocalyptic events that were predicted by the ancient Mayan calendar.
Starring: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover and Oliver Platt

"I Love You, Beth Cooper"
Director:Chris Columbus
Release Date:10 July 2009
A nerdy valedictorian proclaims his love for the hottest and most popular girl in school – Beth Cooper (Panettiere) – during his graduation speech. Much to his surprise, Beth shows up at his door that very night and decides to show him the best night of his life
Starring: Paul Rust and Hayden Panettiere

"The Taking of Pelham 123"
Director: Tony Scott
Release Date: 24 July 2009
Armed men hijack a New York subway train in demand of a hefty ransom. As the authorities try to negotiate with the hostage takers they wonder how the hijackers plan to get away.
Starring: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro, James Gandolfini and Brian Haley

"Funny People"
Director:Judd Apatow
Release Date:31 July 2009
When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman

"The Goods"
Director:Neal Brennan
Release Date:21 August 2009
Used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event.
Starring: Jeremy Piven, Kathryn Hahn, Ving Rhames and James Brolin

"Max's Mardi Gras"
Director: Phil Dornfeld
Release Date: 28 August 2009
A group of college buddies sow their wild oats in New Orleans.
Starring: Nicholas D'Agosto, Bret Harrison and Josh Gad

Director: Dominic Sena
Release Date: 11 September 2009
U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Beckinsale) tracks a killer in Antarctica, as the sun is about to set for six months.
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Columbus Short and Tom Skerritt

"Where the Wild Things Are"
Director:Spike Jonze
Release Date:16 October 2009
An adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic children's story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world--a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Paul Dano, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Lauren Ambrose, Tom Noonan, Max Records and Michael Berry Jr.

"Severed Ways"
Director:Tony Stone
Release Date:11 November 2007
On the coast of North America in AD 1007, two Norsemen are stranded when their expedition is attacked and they are left for dead. As they struggle to survive in the vast forests of the New World, their paths diverge as one pursues a spiritual quest and the other reverts to his primal instincts.
Starring: Clare Amory, Noelle Bailey, Nathan Corbin, Sean Dooley, James Fuentes, Gaby Hoffmann, David Perry, Tony Stone and Fiore Tedesco

Director: James Cameron
Release Date: 18 December 2009
A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.
Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana and Giovanni Ribisi

2009 films pending a confirmed release date:

"The Boat that Rocked"
Director:Richard Curtis
Release Date: 2009
A period comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960's.
Starring: Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Gemma Arterton, January Jones, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Darby, Nick Frost and Jack Davenport

"The Girl from Monaco"
Director:Anne Fontaine
Release Date: 2009
Features the explosive meeting in Monaco between a brilliant lawyer, a 70-something murderer, a taciturn security guard and a very sexy weathergirl.
Fabrice Luchini and Roschdy Zem

"She's Out of My League"
Director: Jim Field Smith
Release Date: 2009
An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.
Starring: Jay Baruchel and Krysten Ritter

"Cirque du Freak"
Director:Paul Weitz
Release Date:2009
A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire.
Starring: Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Willem Dafoe and Ray Stevenson

"Fireflies in the Garden"
Director:Dennis Lee
Release Date: 2009
Starring: Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hayden Panettiere, Ioan Gruffudd and Cayden Boyd
What say you? What looks good? What are you most anticipating in 2009? Strikeback....


Observe and Report and Little Ashes jump out at me!

I truely hope Where The Wild Things Are is gnarly, my mom read me that book as a kid so many times!

Nice compilation from the Times Sneek Peek Schofizzy! Where the Wilds Things Are, Angels & Demons, Funny People, The Great Buck Howard, 2012, Watchmen and Star Trek all look rad!