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    X-Men, Superman and the impossible
    Comic books and sequels once again lead way for Hollywood

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006; Posted: 10:11 a.m. EST (15:11 GMT)

    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- In good years, Hollywood beats its chest and crows, "It's all about the movies!" In bad years, like 2005, Hollywood looks for something to blame and whispers, "It's all about the movies."

    Studio honchos hope it was just a weak crop of flicks that resulted in a 7 percent drop in movie attendance last year and that doomsayers are wrong in predicting home-entertainment options have eroded the big screen's appeal.

    If it really is all about the movies, 2006 stands a chance of turning Hollywood's slump around with a film lineup that -- on paper, at least -- looks like a winner.

    You've got your man of steel and your mutant superheroes. You've got your pirates of the high seas and your overturned luxury liner. You've got your cartoon cars and your talking animals. You've got your action spectacle from Tom Cruise and your passion project from Mel Gibson.

    And you've got your usual load of sequels, remakes and potential sleepers, plus a couple of sobering films that will test audiences' tolerance for reliving national tragedy as the five-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks approaches.

    Here's a rundown of Hollywood's sure hits and safe bets, along with a peek at some other intriguing possibilities (where available, specific release dates are included, though they're subject to change):

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    "Superman Returns" (June 30): Admit it. For all the X-Men, Bat guys, Spideys and Fantastic Foursomes prancing around on screen, the Boy Scout from Krypton is still your favorite superhero.

    As the last "Superman" franchise did when it launched in the 1970s with an unknown named Christopher Reeve in the title role, "Superman Returns" has a fresh face, Brandon Routh.

    "I never intended to cast a well-known actor," said "Superman Returns" director Bryan Singer, who made the first two "X-Men" movies. "A known actor comes with baggage, and Superman as a character is much larger than any actor. I wanted him to come just with the baggage of the superhero. That's enough history to contend with."

    "Superman Returns" draws its star power from Routh's colleagues, Kevin Spacey as super-villain Lex Luthor and Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane.

    While it's not a sequel to the four movies Reeve starred in, "Superman Returns" is "sequel-like," the new movie drawing on the spirit and design of the earlier franchise, Singer said.

    The premise: Called away on urgent off-world business, Superman comes back to Earth years later to renew his romantic dance with Lois and save us puny mortals -- again.


    "Mission: Impossible III" (May 5): Finally, the smackdown we've all been waiting for, Tom Cruise against Truman Capote.

    Cruise's third go-round as super secret agent Ethan Hunt pits him against Philip Seymour Hoffman, star of the acclaimed film biography "Capote," who plays the bad guy in "Mission: Impossible III."

    Hoffman, a character actor known for smaller, intimate films, said he was thrilled to mix it up with Cruise. The studio is keeping details under wraps, so Hoffman cannot say much other than that he's the heavy.

    "That's about all I can tell, or they'll put me in jail," Hoffman said.


    "X3" (May 26): Those marvelous mutants return for what could be the final chapter in the "X-Men" saga. The whole crew is back, including Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Rebecca Romijn and Famke Janssen, whose character seemingly died a watery death at the end of "X2: X-Men United."


    Rebecca Romijn leaps into "X3," the third "X-Men" film.With Singer moving on to "Superman Returns," directing duties fell to Brett Ratner, maker of the "Rush Hour" flicks.

    This time out, the superpowered mutants find themselves slowly being more accepted into a society that feared them as freaks, only to face new turmoil when a "cure" is discovered for their mutant condition.

    "If you could actually get rid of your special power which alienates you from the rest of the world, would you do it?" said Jackman, who reprises his role as Wolverine. "It's a metaphor very much about intolerance, I think, fear of anything that's different. If you could choose to not be Jewish or not be gay or not be African-American. Life maybe is not as easy if you're a minority. Would you take the opportunity to change that if you could?"

    Jackman said "X3" would conclude the "X-Men" trilogy, though a Wolverine solo movie is in the works.


    "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (July 7): Hard to believe that just a couple of years ago, Johnny Depp was that weirdo who was box-office poison. Depp follows up his 2003 blockbuster, which earned him an Academy Award nomination, with the first of two sequels (part three follows in 2007).

    Depp returns as woozy buccaneer Capt. Jack Sparrow, reunited with co-stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and director Gore Verbinski.


    "Poseidon" (May 12): Director Wolfgang Petersen updates the 1970s disaster tale "The Poseidon Adventure," about a monster tidal wave that tips an ocean liner upside down.

    The cast of survivors struggling to the bottom, er, top of the vessel includes Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum and Richard Dreyfuss.

    Director Wolfgang Petersen ("The Perfect Storm," "Das Boot") knows water, promising to make "Poseidon" just the sort of visual feast to make the cruise-ship industry sweat a bit about last-minute cancellations.


    "The Da Vinci Code" (May 19): Take one runaway best seller, add the directing-producing team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and reunite them with their "Splash" and "Apollo 13" star, this guy named Tom Hanks.

    Adapted from Dan Brown's murder thriller that dissects the origins of Christianity, the film stars Hanks as a symbologist caught up in the mysteries of an ancient, shadowy religious society.


    "Casino Royale" (November 17): Craig, Daniel Craig. Don't let the blond hair fool you. He's James Bond.

    Craig becomes the sixth actor to play Britain's super-cool agent 007, with Judi Dench reprising her role as spymaster M in an adaptation of Ian Fleming's first Bond novel as our hero takes on a dastardly casino owner.


    "Cars" is the latest film from Pixar, which has had an incredibly successful run.
    "Cars" (June 9): The folks at Pixar Animation gave you "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles."

    How could they miss with a cartoon comedy about talking automobiles, especially when it's directed by Pixar's creative mastermind, John Lasseter?

    Owen Wilson, Paul Newman and Bonnie Hunt lead the voice cast in the tale of a race car that learns about life in the slow lane when he's sidetracked into a snoozy burgh called Radiator Springs.


    "Over the Hedge" (May 19): Then you have DreamWorks Animation (the "Shrek" movies, "Madagascar"), whose latest cartoon centers on that demarcation line where human suburbia meets the realm of furry animals in the wild.

    Among the voice cast: Bruce Willis as a wily raccoon, Garry Shandling as a timid turtle, Steve Carell as a frenzied squirrel, William Shatner as a possum that specializes in playing dead, Avril Lavigne as the possum's daughter, Wanda Sykes as a saucy skunk and Nick Nolte as a bear.


    "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" (March 31): A woolly mammoth, a sloth and a saber-toothed tiger walk into a sequel ...

    Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary reunite as mouthpieces for the mismatched trio from the 2002 animated smash, joined by Queen Latifah, who provides the voice of a fellow mammoth.

    The gang this time must run for cover as global warming is about to melt a glacial dam and unleash a catastrophic flood. Fun for all the family.

    Continued.........

    Full article: http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movi....ap/index.html
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    I'll for sure check Over The Hedge, the rest looks like an utter cheeseness. Might be just moi, but Mission Impossible 3? Xmen 3? C'mon
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    Don't be ripping the X-Men movies!!! Those movies are arguably some of the best superhero movies ever made.
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    I'm looking forward to X-3, myself.
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    But, THIRD sequell!! How many movies are out there which stanted as a thrillogy, apart from LOTR which doesn't count. I'll probably end up renting it anyway, but I'd rather see any new original.

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    But they haven't sucked, just the opposite. I think they're doing it the right way, ending it at 3 and veering off into the solo Wolverine stuff.
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    X3 might not be the last X-Men movie. An interesting tidbit is that the actors for most of the X-Men characters introduced in this movie have sequel clauses for X4 and X5.

    People are talking as if it will be the last one, but groundwork is being laid for additional movies.
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    I too am looking forward to Pirates and X-3. But the movie I am really really looking forward to is Miami Vice. When I first heard about it, I was like great, another crappy 80's remake. Then I heard Michael Mann was directing it and Foxx was in it and my ears perked up alot. Then I saw the trailer and I was so going to be there. I am also looking forward to the DaVinci Code-Tom Hanks, enough said.
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    The movie I am most looking forward to is Superman Returns.
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    I, too, am looking forward to the DaVinci Code. It was such a great read, I hope the movie will do it justice.

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