Monday, October 18, 2010

HOLIDAY PREVIEW

Here is a collection of a few upcoming films that will be released throughout the rest of the year that look most interesting to me:

"FOR COLORED GIRLS"

Release date: November 5, 2010

Tyler Perry has assembled an impressive group of African-American actresses (Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Janet Jackson and Thandi Newton) in this filmed version of the hit 1975 play. Mr. Perry is not one of my favorite filmmakers but I am intrigued by this trailer.



"FAIR GAME"

Release date; November 5, 2010

Naomi Watts stars, in this unbelievable true story, as Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA agent who was outed by White House officials during the Bush administration in order to discredit her husband, played by Sean Penn because of a critical article he wrote in the New York Times. This thriller is directed by "The Bourne Identity"'s Doug Liman.



"MORNING GLORY"

Release date: November 12, 2010

This comedy is set in the world of morning television where Rachel McAdams plays a news producer trying to save a struggling show. This features a dazzling cast that includes Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.



"BURLESQUE"

Release date: November 24, 2010

In the spirit of "Showgirls" comes another tale of a small-town girl coming to the big city, looking to dance her way in to stardom but this time she can sing too. Cher returns to the screen in this musical, after too long of an absence and Christina Aguliara makes her film debut. I don't really expect this to be any good, but I'm sure it will be a lot of campy fun.



"THE TEMPEST"

Release date: December 10, 2010

Based on one of Shakespeare's last plays, Helen Mirren stars in this re-imagining where the character of Prospero is now a female.This also features Alfred Molina, David Strathaim, Chris Cooper and Djimon Hounsou in this visually stunning film directed by Julie Taymor ("Across The Universe", "Frida").



"HOW DO YOU KNOW?"

Release date: December 17, 2010

The director of such classic films, "Terms of Endearment" (1983) and "Broadcast News" (1987), James L. Brooks returns to the big screen, after his horrible last film, "Spanglish" (2004), with a promising new one. This romantic-comedy stars Reese Witherspoon in a love triangle between a corporate executive (Paul Rudd) and a major league pitcher (Owen Wilson) and it also features Jack Nicholson.



"TRUE GRIT"

Release date: December 25, 2010

The Coen Brothers have returned with a remake of the 1969 western film that starred John Wayne. This version will be more faithful to the novel on which it was based and will star Jeff Bridges as "Rooster" Cogburn along with Matt Damon and Josh Brolin.