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SEPTEMBER

17 -- "National Lampoon's Gold Diggers," a parody of money-grubbing among the rich and female, may restore National Lampoon's sponsorship to its illustrious level; then again, it may not.

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Into the Spotlight
Former supporting players -- including Jamie Foxx -- play lead roles in this season's films.


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'Sky Captain'
'Wimbledon'
'Shaun of the Dead'
'The Forgotten'
'When Will I Be Loved'
'Shark Tale'
'The Motorcycle Diaries'
'The Yes Men'
'Ladder 49'
'I ♥ Huckabees'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Stage Beauty'
'Alexander'
'The Incredibles'
'The Polar Express'
'Ocean's 12'
'The Aviator'
'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events'
'Meet the Fockers'

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David O. Russell and Jason Schwartzman on 'I ♥ Huckabees'
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17 -- "Ghost on the Shell 2: Innocence," Mamoru Oshii's sequel to his 1996 hit, demonstrates anew the superiority of Japanese anime over Western animation in another sci-fi thriller full of violence, intrigue, sexy robots and strange airplanes.

17 -- "Silver City," from the redoubtable John Sayles, is another political parody for a political season, in which a bumbling bungler (Chris Cooper) tries to reach the Colorado governor's mansion.

17 -- "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," more stylized sci-fi, answers the following question: Is it possible to make a retro-'40s comic strip with giant special effects and really big movie stars like Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie without leaving your apartment? The answer, from computer effects genius Kerry Conran, is yes.

17 -- "Wimbledon," from the smooth Brit comedy production company that made "Notting Hill" and "Bridget Jones's Diary," follows the redemptive arc of a fallen tennis pro (Paul Bettany in the Hugh Grant role) who is restored to competitive greatness by a young woman player (Kirsten Dunst).

17 -- "End of the Century," a documentary on the Ramones, watches the rise, fall and rise again of the punk rock band.

17 -- "Mr. 3000," with the great Bernie Mac, focuses on a 47-year-old retired ballplayer who, it turns out, just missed getting that 3,000th hit and goes back to get it.

24 -- "A Dirty Shame," as if you couldn't guess from the title of this proud NC-17 entry, has to be not only from Baltimore but from Baltimore's poet laureate John Waters, with his trademark casting favorites Mink Stole, Patricia Hearst, Doug Roberts and Baltimore accent specialist Susan Duvall, hon. Also stars Johnny Knoxville, Tracey Ullman and Selma Blair.

24 -- "Shaun of the Dead," and don't you just love the pun in the title, is a British parody of the George Romero violent- zombie movies they replicated so literally in "28 Days Later" a year ago; it went over big in its native land.

24 -- "The Last Shot," this year's isn't-the-mob-funny? number, is an FBI sting in which agent Alec Baldwin pretends to be a movie producer in order to acquire info on the Rhode Island mob, but everyone who hears that he's making a movie -- including Matthew Broderick, hired as the "director" -- thinks it's for real and wants to be a player.

24 -- "The Forgotten," directed by returning vet Joe Ruben, who once helmed the classic "The Stepfather," features a big star turn from Julianne Moore as a grieving mother who is informed by a shrink that her memories of her late son are completely delusional.

24 -- "Nicotina." The tick-tick-ticking you hear is the clock, as this real-time Mexican comedy-thriller stays with the fate of a geek who delivers the wrong computer disk to some Russian gangsters.

24 -- "Ju-On: The Grudge," from Japanese director Takashi Shimizu, traces the story of a haunted house through the bizarre experiences of the people who have lived in it.

24 -- "Red Lights," from France, takes off from one of Georges Simenon's tight, dark little novels.

24 -- "First Daughter," not to be confused with Mandy Moore's turn as presidential offspring in this year's "Chasing Liberty," stars Katie Holmes, who trades her White House room for a dorm room. Michael Keaton plays the prez.

24 -- "When Will I Be Loved," which, frankly, needs a question mark in the title to make any sense, features Neve Campbell as a young woman on a sexual- philosophical quest to find the meaning of life and also get to a lot of cool parties -- which, come to think of it, is probably the same thing.

24 -- "Enduring Love," drawn from the creepy novel by creepy (and brilliant) novelist Ian McEwan, attempts to penetrate the intimate lovers' bond of two people who were united by the fact that each witnessed the same fatal accident.

OCTOBER

TBA -- "Sideways," from Alexander Payne ("Election," "About Schmidt"), trails Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church on a bachelor trip-type tour of the California wine country, where they reflect on life's failures and turns.

TBA -- "Infernal Affairs," the only legit Hong Kong actioner of the season, watches as an undercover detective in a gang and a gang mole in the police department maneuver against each other.

TBA -- "Being Julia," based on the W. Somerset Maugham novel "Theatre," is set among actors and actresses in London in the '30s and boasts a terrific cast, among them Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons and Bruce Greenwood, and the superb Hungarian director Istvan Szabo.

TBA -- "Lightning in a Bottle," the story of the blues that Martin Scorsese didn't tell, hails from the brilliantly talented director Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day") and was shot at a concert of the great artists at Radio City Music Hall.

1 -- "The Motorcycle Diaries," communist version, follows the romantic revolutionary himself, Che Guevara, on a '50s motorcycle trip across South America, a few years before he became world famous in Cuba.

1 -- "The Yes Men," Canadian humor in a sarcastic vein, features humorist-activists in business suits who go to business conferences pretending to be members of the World Trade Organization, unleashing comic mischief whenever possible.

1 -- "Shark Tale," more dancing pixels, features Will Smith voicing a striving bottom-feeder in another blast of bog- budgeted, computer-generated fantasy. Other swimmers voiced by Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and Renee Zellweger.

1 -- "Reconstruction," from Denmark, has Serious Art Film written all over it, as it follows lovers named Alex and Simone across haunted European landscapes; don't you hate it when they do that?

1 -- "Tying the Knot," a documentary by Jim de Seve, looks at the issue of same-sex marriage from the positive side.

1 -- "Woman Thou Art Loosed," adapted from the novel by T.D. Jakes and directed by Michael ("Car Wash") Schultz, examines the difficulties of a young woman (Kimberly Elise) as she struggles to overcome the legacy of addiction, poverty and abuse.

1 -- "Going Upriver," with no apologies to Joseph Conrad, is a documentary, apparently based on Douglas Brinkley's "Tour of Duty," that follows young Lt. j.g. Kerry in combat in Vietnam and farther up the river.

8 -- "Bright Leaves," cough-cough gack ughh!, is a whimsical documentary by Ross McElwee, who makes a game attempt to confront his own family's involvement in the tobacco industry, about which he doesn't feel quite as guilty as he thinks he should.

8 -- "Ladder 49" follows a ladder company to hell and back, under the leadership of John Travolta; the movie was filmed up the road in the part of Baltimore that never heard of John Waters.

8 -- "Head in the Clouds," traces beautiful people (Penelope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Charlize Theron) in the war-torn times of 1930s Europe. From filmmaker John Duigan ("Sirens," Flirting").

8 -- "Taxi," stars Queen Latifah as a cabbie, Jimmy Fallon as a cop and Gisele Bundchen as a leggy, formidable bank robber. Hilarity ensues! Tim Story ("Barbershop") directs.

8 -- "Raise Your Voice," a new try by Hilary Duff, stars the appealing young star as a naive, rural singer-wannabe bequeathed a summer at a sophisticated Los Angeles performing arts camp by her late, beloved brother.

8 -- "Friday Night Lights," Texas-style, asks, "Are you ready for some football?" then follows the fortunes of a high school team, coached by Billy Bob Thornton, in the tough town of Odessa; the story is based on a Sports Illustrated story and later nonfiction book.

8 -- "I H Huckabees," self-proclaimed existential comedy, follows a coincidence- plagued Jason Schwartzman ("Rushmore"), and Jude Law, an executive at popular retail superstore Huckabees. Add two Existential Detectives (Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin), a firefighter and a French radical, and hope the laughs match director David O. Russell's earlier "Flirting With Disaster."

15 -- "Primer," a thriller written and directed by Shane Carruth, stars Carruth and David Sullivan as corporate employees who, while conducting experiments on their off-hours, discover a device that blocks gravitational pull, giving them superhuman powers. This year's Grand Jury award winner at Sundance.

15 -- "P.S." stars Laura Linney in a romantic fantasy about a divorcee whose late high school sweetheart is reincarnated as a hottie in his twenties. With Topher Grace, directed by Dylan Kidd ("Roger Dodger") from the Helen Schulman novel.

15 -- "Around the Bend" stars four men and, apparently, no car chases. Four generations of men, including Josh Lucas ("Sweet Home Alabama"), Christopher Walken and Michael Caine, are brought together to confront a family secret.

15 -- "Shall We Dance?" features Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in a remake of the 1996 Japanese film about a mild-mannered businessman who finds love and passion through ballroom dancing.

15 -- "Team America: World Police," from the makers of "South Park," tells the satirical story of an international police force that embarks on a mission to save the world, starring a cast of marionettes.

22 -- "Alfie" stars Jude Law in Charles Shyer's remake of the 1960s classic, about a carefree ladies' man running amok in freewheeling London. With Marisa Tomei, Omar Epps and Nia Long.

22 -- "Stage Beauty" features Billy Crudup as the 17th-century British actor Edward "Ned" Kynaston, the most popular "leading lady" of his era at a time when women's roles could be played only by men. When that custom changes, Ned finds himself suddenly out of favor and out of work, until his dresser and protege (Claire Danes) helps him out of his funk.

22 -- "Surviving Christmas" stars Ben Affleck as a man who returns to his childhood home to spend the holiday of his dreams; only problem is, his family doesn't live there anymore. James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara co-star as Affleck's newly adopted family.

22 -- "Vera Drake" rewinds to 1950s London, where Imelda Staunton helps her working-class neighbors induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies until the authorities come knocking. From Mike Leigh ("Secrets and Lies," "Topsy- Turvy").

22 -- "The Grudge," American version of the Japanese horror hit, stars Sarah Michelle Gellar.

29 -- "The Machinist," with hotshot Christian Bale, examines a working man who has not slept in a year (we don't make this stuff up, we just report it, folks) who may be going mad or may be the victim of a conspiracy. With Jennifer Jason Leigh.

29 -- "Ray" stars Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Taylor Hackford's highly anticipated biopic about the late, great soul singer. With Regina King and Kerry Washington.

29 -- "Saw," with a sort of serial killer loves "Fear Factor" plot, reveals a sadist who forces morally wayward people to fight each other for survival (hence the saws). Stars Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter and Leigh Whannell.

NOVEMBER

TBA -- "The Green Butchers" is Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen's comedy about two brothers who, fed up with their boss at a butcher shop, decide to go into business for themselves. With Mads Mikkelsen, from "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself."

TBA -- "Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst" is an account of the abduction of 19-year-old heiress Patricia Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, from documentarian Robert Stone ("American Babylon").

TBA -- "Kinsey" stars Liam Neeson as the groundbreaking sex researcher in a biopic by Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters"). The film features a spectacular supporting cast that includes Laura Linney, Peter Sarsgaard, John Lithgow and Oliver Platt.

TBA -- "Overnight" chronicles the brilliant if brief career of Troy Duffy, a bartender whose script was purchased by Harvey Weinstein of Miramax but whose dreams of fame and fortune never quite came to pass. The documentary is directed by Mark Brian Smith.

TBA -- "Undertow," by David Gordon Green ("George Washington"), stars Dermot Mulroney and Josh Lucas in a thriller about violence as it plays out through two generations of brothers.

5 -- "Alexander" features Colin Farrell in the role of the 4th-century B.C. Macedonian king, who became one of history's greatest military leaders as an improbably young man. With Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer and Anthony Hopkins, from the director Oliver Stone.

5 -- "The Incredibles" is Pixar's animated feature about a family of superheroes who come out from undercover to save the world. With the voices of Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.

10 -- "The Polar Express" is Robert Zemeckis's animated adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg story, about a little boy who doubts Santa Claus's existence until an extraordinary train ride changes his mind. With the voice of Tom Hanks.

10 -- "Seed of Chucky" is for everyone not going to see "The Polar Express." This is the fifth of what seems to be an endless series of the horror comedies featuring the title character, an unsavory doll who in this installment heads to Hollywood in order to bring his parents back from the dead.

12 -- "After the Sunset" features Pierce Brosnan as a master thief whose idyllic retirement is interrupted with one more game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI agent who has been his longtime nemesis. With Salma Hayek.

12 -- "Finding Neverland" stars Johnny Depp as "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie in a movie that traces Barrie's relationship with four fatherless children that inspired him to write the children's classic.

19 -- "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" brings back Renee Zellweger in the title role of the hapless British singleton, who after four weeks dating the dishy Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) is beginning to feel a bit restless.

19 -- "National Treasure" stars Nicolas Cage as a treasure hunter who's on the verge of finding a Revolutionary War-era cache, but whose big score may be scuttled by the FBI. With Harvey Keitel.

19 -- "Ong-bak: The Thai Warrior" relates the story of Booting (kickboxing star Tony Jaa), who must use his expertise in the martial art of Muay Thai when a precious Buddha statue is stolen from his village.

19 -- "Sex Is Comedy," from French filmmaker Catherine Breillat ("Romance") stars Anne Parillaud as a director who becomes consumed with filming a sex scene between an actress and actor who can't stand each other.

19 -- "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie" marks the long-awaited big- screen debut of the popular Nickelodeon character, who with his aquatic pals strikes out from his native Bikini Bottom to find adventure in the wider watery world beyond. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Scarlett Johansson and Jeffrey Tambor.

24 -- "Christmas With the Kranks" stars Tim Allen as a family man whose plan to skip Christmas is foiled when his daughter decides to come home and he must quickly assemble the perfect

holiday. With Jamie Lee Curtis as Mrs. Krank.

24 -- "The Flight of the Phoenix" is an action-adventure about a plane crash in the Sahara, and one passenger's scheme to build an airplane from the wreckage to save his fellow survivors.

DECEMBER

TBA -- "House of Flying Daggers" is Chinese director Zhang Yimou's romantic tale of action and adventure set in the late Tang Dynasty and stars Ziyi Zhang as a captivating dancer who's also a member of a revolutionary cell.

TBA -- "The Life Aquatic" features Bill Murray as a Jacques Cousteau-like oceanographer who travels the world with his motley and not always devoted crew. With Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston and Cate Blanchett, from writer-director Wes Anderson.

TBA -- "The Woodsman" stars husband- wife team Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick in a drama about a pedophile who returns to his home town after 12 years in prison to start a new life. A first feature from writer-director Nicole Kassell.

3 -- "Closer," Mike Nichols's adaptation of the Patrick Marber play, stars Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Clive Owen in a romantic round-robin involving the friendship of two couples.

3 -- "I Am David" tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who escapes from a communist concentration camp into Denmark, carrying just a letter and a loaf of bread. Adapted from Anne Holm's novel "North to Freedom."

10 -- "Blade: Trinity" finds Wesley Snipes once again playing the legendary comic book hero, who now must save humanity after an apocalyptic event takes place that could put Earth into the hands of vampires.

10 -- "Ocean's Twelve" is Steven Soderbergh's follow-up to his remake of the 1960 caper comedy "Ocean's Eleven." George Clooney returns as Danny Ocean, who now wants to pull off three major heists in Europe, and must recruit a new member to do so.

17 -- "The Aviator," Martin Scorsese's biopic about financier Howard Hughes, stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, with Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner and pop singer Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow.

17 -- "The Cinderella Man" stars Russell Crowe as the Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, who became a living legend when he defeated heavyweight champion Max Baer in 1935. With Renee Zellweger.

17 -- "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" stars Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf, who tries to swindle the Baudelaire orphans out of their inheritance in this adaptation of the first three Snicket books. With Jude Law as the voice of Lemony.

17 -- "A Very Long Engagement," from "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, tells the story of five men who wound themselves rather than face the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Although they are sentenced to die, the girlfriend of one of the men (Audrey Tautou) begins to suspect that he might have gotten away.

17 -- "Beyond the Sea" stars Kevin Spacey, who also directs, in a biopic of the singer Bobby Darin. With Kate Bosworth ("Blue Crush") as Sandra Dee.

17 -- "Spanglish," a new romantic comedy from James L. Brooks, stars Paz Vega ("Talk to Her") as a Mexican immigrant seeking a better life for her daughter while working for an eccentric couple (Tea Leoni and Adam Sandler) in Los Angeles.

22 -- "Meet the Fockers" features Barbra Streisand in her first comic role since "For Pete's Sake" 30 years ago (sorry, "The Main Event" doesn't count, although "The Mirror Has Two Faces" might) in Jay Roach's sequel to the 2000 comic hit "Meet the Parents."

24 -- "An Unfinished Life" stars Jennifer Lopez in Lasse Hallstrom's drama about a down-on-her-luck woman who moves in with her father-in-law (Robert Redford) in order to provide care for her daughter.

24 -- "Proof," John Madden's adaptation of the hit Broadway play, stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a daughter who comes to grips with her relationship with her math professor father (Anthony Hopkins) while helping him during the final stage of his life.

25 -- "Fat Albert" is Joel Zwick's live- action adaptation of the animated series that featured the voice of Bill Cosby; Kenan Thompson (Nickelodeon's "Kenan & Kel") stars.

25 -- "Hotel Rwanda" stars Don Cheadle ("Boogie Nights") as a man who seeks to save the lives of his family and thousands of other refugees during the 1994 massacres, in which nearly a million

people were slaughtered. Co-starring

Nick Nolte.

25 -- "The Phantom of the Opera" is Joel Schumacher's adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, itself an adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. Gerard Butler stars as the title character, a disfigured musician who falls in love with a beautiful singer.

JANUARY

TBA -- "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" stars Sean Penn in the role of Samuel Bicke, a disgruntled businessman who in 1974 channeled his rage through a bizarre plot. With Naomi Watts.

TBA -- "The Best of Youth" features Luigi Lo Cascio and Alessio Boni as brothers whose lives growing up in Rome between 1966 and 2000 parallel world events.

TBA -- "Bride and Prejudice" is a Bollywood version of the classic Jane Austen novel, directed by Gurinder Chadha ("Bend it Like Beckham").

TBA -- "Les Choristes," by French filmmaker Christopher Barratier, tells the story of a music teacher who tries to bring cheer to the lives of students at a strict boarding school.

TBA -- "The Underclassman" features Shawn Ashmore as a detective who goes undercover at a posh private school in order to crack an international ring of car thieves.

14 -- "Coach Carter" stars Samuel L. Jackson as the real-life high school football coach who benched his undefeated 1999 team when they turned in poor academic performances.

14 -- "Bad Education" is Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's examination of Franco-era Catholic schools and their effect on two friends, played by Gael Garcia Bernal ("Y Tu Mama Tambien") and Fele Martinez.

14 -- "Elektra" finds Jennifer Garner reprising her role in last year's "Daredevil." After recovering from the wounds she suffered in that film, Elektra becomes the world's most dangerous assassin, who is immediately sent to kill a widower played by Goran Visnjic.

14 -- "Racing Stripes" is an animated family film about an orphaned zebra (voiced by Frankie Muniz) who thinks he's a racehorse, and who, with the help of a young girl (Hayden Panettiere), achieves his dream of running with the thoroughbreds.

14 -- "Synergy," a comedy from Paul and Chris Weitz ("American Pie," "About a Boy"), stars Dennis Quaid as 50-year-old businessman Dan Foreman, whose new boss (Topher Grace), is not only a prodigy half his age but has the hots for Foreman's daughter (Scarlett Johansson).

28 -- "Are We There Yet?" features Nia Long and Ice Cube in a romantic comedy about a couple whose romance is almost nipped in the bud by a road trip with the woman's rambunctious kids.


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