BOOKS INTO MOVIES My Sister’s Keeper Cast: Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Jason Patrick Director: Nick Cassavetes Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: June 26th (wide) Based on: MY SISTER’S KEEPER by Jodi Picoult Sara and Brian Fitzgerald’s life with their young son and their two-year-old daughter, Kate, is forever altered when they learn that Kate has Leukemia. The parents’ only hope is to conceive another child, specifically intended to save Kate’s life. For some, such genetic engineering would raise both moral and ethical questions; for the Fitzgeralds, Sara in particular, there is no choice but to do whatever it takes to keep Kate alive. And what it takes is Anna. Kate and Anna share a bond closer than most sisters; though Kate is older, she relies on her little sister --- in fact, her life depends on Anna. Throughout their young lives, the sisters endure various medical procedures and hospital stays --- just another part of their close-knit family’s otherwise normal life. Sara, a loving wife and mother who left her career as an attorney to care for her daughter, is sometimes lost inside the singleminded caregiver she has become in her efforts to save Kate. Her strong, supportive husband, Brian, is often rendered powerless and passive by his wife’s strength and determination. And their only son, Jesse, drifts, at times all but forgotten as Kate and Anna take center stage. Until Anna, now 11, says “no.” Seeking medical emancipation, she hires her own lawyer, initiating a court case that divides the family and that could leave Kate’s rapidly failing body in the hands of fate. Based on the bestselling book from Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper reveals surprising truths that challenge one’s perceptions of family love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing. Coraline Cast: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, John Hodgman, Ian McShane Director: Henry Selick Distributor: Focus Features, Universal Pictures International MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: February 6th (wide) Based on: CORALINE by Neil Gaiman For the last three years, the world’s oddest and most talented animators, artisans and puppet fabricators have been hand-making LAIKA’s first animated feature film, Coraline. Led by Henry Selick, the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, this team has
created the first stop-motion feature shot in stereoscopic 3D. Based on the beloved bestselling children’s classic by Neil Gaiman, Coraline is a fairy-tale nightmare steeped in classic storytelling, craftsmanship, and the old-fashioned art of moviemaking magic. In Coraline, a young girl walks through a secret door in her new home and discovers an alternate version of her life --- a better version. But when this wondrously off-kilter, fantastical adventure turns dangerous and her “Other” parents try to keep her forever, Coraline must count on her resourcefulness, determination and bravery to get back home. Confessions of a Shopaholic Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb Director: P.J. Hogan Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: February 13th (wide) Based on: CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC by Sophie Kinsella In the glamorous world of New York, Rebecca Bloomwood is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping --- a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door --- until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Cast: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Amber Beattie, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Richard Johnson, Shelia Hancock, Rupert Friend, Jim Norton Director: Mark Herman Distributor: Miramax Films, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: November 7th (limited) Based on: THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS by John Boyne Bruno is a young boy living in Berlin in 1942 with his well-to-do family. But soon, the family is forced to move to Poland due to his father's promotion at the Krakow concentration camp. There, Bruno meets and befriends a young Jewish boy being held in the camp. Their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences. The Clique Cast: Elizabeth McLaughlin, Samantha Boscarino, Sophie Anna Everhard, Bridgit Mendler, Ellen Taylor Marlow Director: Michael Lembeck Distributor: Warner Home Video MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: November 18th (direct to DVD) Based on: THE CLIQUE by Lisi Harrison
When new girl Claire Lyons moves to Westchester from Orlando, she immediately finds out that fitting in is going be a lot harder than she thought it would be. Claire isn't exactly a rich girl with designer duds and expensive shoes or handbags... but unfortunately, every other girl at the prestigious Octavian County Day School is. What's worse is that Massie Block, the most popular girl at OCD, is out to make Claire's life miserable --- and it doesn't help that Claire’s family is living in Massie’s guest house until they settle in (Mr. Lyons and Mr. Block are old college buddies). Massie and her friends Alicia Rivera, Kristen Gregory and Dylan Marvil, the reigning Pretty Committee of OCD, will do whatever it takes to destroy Claire. What they don't realize is that Claire refuses to take all their tormenting lying down, and when she finally has enough, Massie just might lose her throne. Twilight Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Cam Gigandet, Edi Gathegi, Rachelle Lefevre, Anna Kendrick, Taylor Lautner Director: Catherine Hardwicke Distributor: Paramount Pictures, Summit Entertainment LLC MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: November 21st (wide) Based on: TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a vampire and a human. Bella Swan has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother remarries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen, a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Intelligent and witty, he sees straight into her soul. Soon, Bella and Edward are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance. Edward can run faster than a mountain lion, he can stop a moving car with his bare hands and hasn’t aged since 1918. Like all vampires, he’s immortal. But he doesn’t have fangs and he doesn’t drink human blood; Edward and his family are unique among vampires in their lifestyle choice. To Edward, Bella is that thing he has waited 90 years for --- a soul mate. But the closer they get, the more Edward must struggle to resist the primal pull of her scent, which could send him into an uncontrollable frenzy. But what will Edward and Bella do when James, Laurent and Victoria, the Cullens’ mortal vampire enemies, come to town, looking for her?
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist Cast: Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, Alexis Dziena, Ari Graynor, Aaron Yoo, Jay Baruchel Director: Peter Sollett Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: October 3rd (wide) Based on: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by David Levithan Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a comedy about two people thrust together for one hilarious, sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, latenight living and live, loud music. Nick frequents New York’s indie rock scene nursing a broken heart and a vague ability to play bass. Norah is questioning pretty much all of her assumptions about the world. Though they have nothing in common except their taste for music, their chance
encounter leads to an all-night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show and ends up becoming the first date in a romance that could change both their lives. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Cast: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel Director: Sanaa Hamri Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: August 6th (wide) Based on: FOREVER IN BLUE: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 catches up with the four lifelong friends whose story began with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Now in college and embarking on separate paths for the first time, each will feel the freedom, separation, love and challenging life lessons that mark their individual journeys toward adulthood. Though miles and worlds apart, they strive to stay in touch and share their new experiences and triumphs with heart and humor and, now more than ever, come to value the immeasurable power of their friendship. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Cast: Ben Barnes, Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Eddie Izzard, Warwick Davis, Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes Director: Andrew Adamson Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: May 16th (wide) Based on: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN by C. S. Lewis The characters of C. S. Lewis’s timeless fantasy come to life once again in this newest installment of The Chronicles of Narnia series, in which the Pevensie siblings are magically transported back from England to the world of Narnia, where a thrilling, perilous new adventure and an even greater test of their faith and courage await them. One year after the incredible events of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, the Kings and Queens of Narnia find themselves back in that faraway wondrous realm, only to discover that more than 1,300 years have passed in Narnian time. During their absence, the Golden Age of Narnia has become extinct, Narnia has been conquered by the Telmarines and is now under the control of the evil King Miraz, who rules the land without mercy. The four children will soon meet an intriguing new character: Narnia’s rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian, who has been forced into hiding as his uncle Miraz plots to kill him in order to place his own newborn son on the throne. With the help of a kindly dwarf, Trumpkin, a courageous talking mouse named Reepicheep, a badger named Trufflehunter and a Black Dwarf, Nikabrik, the Narnians, led by the mighty knights Peter and Caspian, embark on a remarkable journey to find Aslan, rescue Narnia from Miraz’s tyrannical hold, and restore magic and glory to the land. Jumper Cast: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Diane Lane, Rachel Bilson, Michael Rooker, Katie Boland, Louie Torrellas
Director: Doug Liman Distributor: 20th Century Fox Distribution MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: February 14th (wide) Based on: JUMPER by Steven Gould A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers that this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them. The Other Boleyn Girl Cast: Natalie Portman, Eric Bana, Scarlett Johansson, Rue McClanahan, Kristin Scott Thomas Director: Justin Chadwick Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing, Focus Features MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: February 29th (wide) Based on: THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL by Philippa Gregory Based on the bestselling novel by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl is an engrossing and sensual tale of intrigue, romance and betrayal set against the backdrop of a defining moment in history. Two sisters, Anne and Mary Boleyn, are driven by their ambitious Father and Uncle to advance the family’s power and status by courting the affections of the King of England. Leaving behind the simplicity of country life, the girls are thrust into the dangerous and thrilling world of court life --- and what began as a bid to help their family develops into a ruthless rivalry between Anne and Mary for the love of the King.
Martian Child Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Joan Cusack, Sophie Okonedo, Oliver Platt, Bobby Coleman, Richard Schiff Director: Menno Meyjes Distributor: New Line Cinema MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: November 2nd (wide) Based on: THE MARTIAN CHILD: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son by David Gerrold A recently widowed science fiction writer forms an unlikely family with a close friend and a young boy he adopts who claims to be from Mars. The new couple ignores some sage parenting advice from the widower’s sister and gets more than they bargained for when a series of strange occurrences leads them to believe that the child’s claim may be true.
Beowulf Cast: Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Hellion Glover, Alison Lohman, Angelina Jolie Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Paramount Pictures MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: November 16th (wide) Based on: BEOWULF Movie Tie-in: BEOWULF by Caitlin R. Kiernan and Neil Gaiman In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the underlying wrath of the beastâ€™s ruthlessly seductive mother, who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle resonates throughout the ages, immortalizing the name Beowulf. The Golden Compass Cast: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Daniel Craig, Tom Courtenay, Christopher Lee Directors: Chris Weitz and Robert Shaye Distributor: New Line Cinema MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: December 7th (wide) Based on: THE GOLDEN COMPASS: His Dark Materials, Book 1 by Philip Pullman Based on author Philip Pullman's novel, The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist. At the center of the story is Lyra, a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers --- and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.
The Kite Runner Cast: Khalid Abdalla, Homayon Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Said Tashimaoui Director: Marc Forster Distributor: Paramount Vantage MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: December 14th (limited) Based on: THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It's a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day's victory, one boy's fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after 20 years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban's iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right. P. S. I Love You Cast: Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Gina Gershon, Lisa Kudrow, Harry Connick Jr., Jeffrey Dean Morgan, James Marsters, Kathy Bates, Marcus Collins Directors: Richard LaGravenese and Steven Rogers Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures Distribution MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: December 21st (wide) Based on: P. S. I LOVE YOU by Cecelia Ahern Holly Kennedy is beautiful, smart and married to the love of her life --- a passionate, funny and impetuous Irishman named Gerry. So when Gerry’s life is taken by an illness, it takes the life out of Holly. The only one who can help her is the person who is no longer there. Nobody knows Holly better than Gerry. So it’s a good thing he planned ahead. Before he died, Gerry wrote Holly a series of letters that will guide her, not only through her grief but in rediscovering herself. The first message arrives on Holly’s 30th birthday in the form of a cake and to her utter shock, a tape recording from Gerry, who proceeds to order her to get out and “celebrate herself.” In the weeks and months that follow, more letters from Gerry are delivered in surprising ways, each sending her on a new adventure and each signing off in the same way --- P. S. I Love You. With Gerry’s words as her guide, Holly embarks on a touching, exciting and often hilarious journey of rediscovery in a story about marriage, friendship and how a love so strong can turn the finality of death into new beginning for life. Persepolis Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Simon Abkarian, Gabrielle Lopes, Francois Jerosme Directors: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: December 25th (limited) Based on: PERSEPOLIS: The Story of a Childhood and PERSEPOLIS 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of a precocious and outspoken nine-year-old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power --- forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable. As she gets older, Marjane’s boldness causes her parents to worry over her continued safely. And so, at age 14, they make the difficult decision to send her to school in Austria. Vulnerable and alone in a strange land, she endures the typical ordeals of a teenager. Over time, she gains acceptance and even experiences love, but after high school she finds herself alone and horribly homesick. Though it means putting on the veil and living in a tyrannical society, Marjane decides to return to Iran to be close to her family. The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep Cast: Emily Watson, Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin, David Morrissey, Brian Cox Director: Jay Russell Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: December 25th (wide) Based on: THE WATERHORSE written by Dick King-Smith, illustrated by David Parkins Rooted in one of the most enduring and intriguing legends of our time, The Water Horse begins with an enchanted egg. What hatches will set in motion an adventure that will take a young boy on the unforgettable journey of a lifetime.
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising Cast: Amelia Warner, Gregory Smith, Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, Jonathan Jackson Director: David L. Cunningham Distributor: Fox-Walden Media MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: October 5th (wide) Based on: THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper A young man named Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. Traveling back and forth through time, Will uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, that lead him to a showdown with forces of unimaginable power. December Boys Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Lee Cormie, Christian Byers, James Fraser, Jack Thompson Director: Rod Hardy Distributors: Warner Independent Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures International MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: September 14th (limited) Based on: DECEMBER BOYS by Michael Noonan The "December Boys" are a close-knit band of four adolescent orphans all with the same birth month. The boys’ hope of ever being adopted grows slimmer with each passing year, and it isn’t until their first summer away from the orphanage that the fading hope of finding parents becomes a real possibility --- for one of them. The boys are befriended by a young couple who, unable to fall pregnant, decide to adopt one of the boys. They compete to be the most adoptable, severely testing their friendships when long gestating feelings of rejection explode to the surface. The boys’ deep friendship eventually overcomes their rivalries, sealing forever the strong ties that bind them.
Becoming Jane Cast: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Julie Walters, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith Director: Julian Jarrold Distributor: Miramax Films MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: August 3rd (limited); August 10th (wide) Based on: BECOMING JANE AUSTEN by Jon Spence Becoming Jane is the story of the great, untold romance that inspired a young Jane Austen. Willful and spirited, Jane is not ready to be tied down to anything but her writing. That is until she meets Tom Lefroy, a charming rogue from London who spends more time drinking and socializing than on his law studies. Stardust Cast: Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Sienna Miller, Ricky Gervais, Jason Flemyng, Rupert Everett, Peter O’Toole, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro Director: Matthew Vaughn
Distributer: Paramount Pictures MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: August 10th (wide) Based on: STARDUST by Neil Gaiman Stardust begins in the sleepy English village of Wall, so named for the cobblestone wall that has, for eons, kept the villagers safely apart from the supernatural parallel universe that lies just on the other side. It is here that young Tristan Thorne makes a wild-eyed promise to the prettiest girl in the village, whose heart he hopes to win: that he will bring her back a fallen star. Now, in order to make good on his promise, Tristan will have to cross the forbidden wall, and enter a mysterious kingdom lit by unending magic and unfolding legends of which he will quickly become a part. In this fantastical realm known as Stormhold, Tristan discovers that the fallen star is not at all what he expected but a spirited young woman injured by her cosmic tumble. Now, she is in terrible danger --- sought after by colossal powers including the Kingâ€™s scheming sons for whom only she can secure the throne; and a chillingly powerful witch desperate to use the star to achieve eternal youth and beauty. As Tristan sets out to protect the star and bring her back to his beloved on the other side of the wall, his journey will bring incredible encounters with a pirate captain and a shady trader, among other surprises. But if he can survive by his wits and the strength of his newfound love, Tristan will also uncover the secret key to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams. The Nanny Diaries Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti, Nicholas Reese Art, Donna Murphy, Alicia Keys, Chris Evans Directors: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: August 24th (wide) Based on: THE NANNY DIARIES by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus The Nanny Diaries tells the story of the emotional and often humorous journey of Annie Braddock, a young woman from a working-class neighborhood in New Jersey, struggling to understand her place in the world. Fresh out of college, she gets tremendous pressure from her nurse mother to find a respectable position in the business world, although Annie would prefer to trade in her blackberry for an anthropologist's field diary. Through a serendipitous meeting, Annie ends up in the elite and ritualistic culture of Manhattan's Upper East Side --- as remote from Annie's suburban New Jersey upbringing as life in an Amazon tribal village. Choosing to duck out of real life, Annie accepts the position as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply "the X's." She quickly learns that life is not very rosy on the other side of the tax bracket, as she must cater to the every whim of Mrs. X and her precocious son Grayer, while attempting to avoid the formidable Mr. X. Life becomes even more complicated when Annie falls for a gorgeous neighbor of the Xâ€™s who she nicknames Harvard Hottie, and is forced to explore what she wants to do with her life. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Imelda Staunton, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Release Date: July 11th (wide) Based on: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX by J. K. Rowling Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry's integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor Umbridge's "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. Eragon Cast: Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou, Garrett Hedlund Director: Stefan Fangmeier Distributor: 20th Century Fox Distribution MPAA Rating: PG Release Date: December 15th (wide) Based on: ERAGON by Christopher Paolini A boy named Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest. At first, he thinks it's a lucky discovery, something that will bring meat to his poor family for the winter. Instead, it brings a dragon hatchling, and Eragon is soon thrust into a world of magic and power through which he and the dragon must navigate. Hoot Cast: Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Cody Linley, Blake Nelson, Luke Wilson Director: Wil Shriner Distributor: New Line Cinema Release Date: May 5th Based on: HOOT by Carl Hiaasen Three middle-schoolers take on greedy land developers, corrupt politicians, and clueless cops in the mystery adventure HOOT, based on Carl Hiaasen's Newbery Honor-winning book. It revolves around a Montana boy who moves to Florida and unearths a disturbing threat to a local population of endangered owls. Determined to protect his new environment, the boy and his friends fight to prevent the adults from making a big mistake. The Da Vinci Code Cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany Director: Ron Howard Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing Release Date: May 19th Based on: THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown
While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. Solving the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci --- clues visible for all to see, and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter. Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion, an actual secret society. In a breathless race through Paris, London and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who appears to work for Opus Dei --- a clandestine, Vatican-sanctioned Catholic organization believed to have long plotted to seize the Priory's secret. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory's secret --- and a stunning historical truth --- will be lost forever.
Aquamarine Cast: Emma Roberts, Sara Paxton, Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque, Jake McDorman, Arielle Kebbel Director: Elizabeth Allen Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: March 3rd Based on: AQUAMARINE by Alice Hoffman Two best friends, about to be parted forever, discover a sassy mermaid named Aquamarine in the pool of their neighborhood beach club. When the mermaid develops a crush on a local hunky lifeguard who works at the club, she enlists the girls' help to win his heart and in exchange offers to grant the girls one wish.
Pride & Prejudice Cast: Keira Knightley, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blythen, Jena Malone Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Universal Studios DVD Release Date: February 28th Price: $28.98 Based on: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen This classic tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters: the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty, and the wild Lydia. In the unfortunate event that Mr. Bennet dies, the family's house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. So their future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters marrying well. | Life is uneventful until the arrival of Mr. Bingley, a rich gentleman who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. He brings with him his two sisters and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr. Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scandal. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Cast: Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, James Cosmo, Jim Broadbent, Elizabeth Hawthorne Director: Andrew Adamson
Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Release Date: December 9th Based on: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE by C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis's timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings --- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter --- in World War II England. They enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of "hide-and-seek" in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children will fight to try to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes Director: Mike Newell Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution Release Date: November 18th Based on: HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE by J.K. Rowling In his fourth year at Hogwarts, Harry faces his greatest challenges and dangers yet. When he is selected under mysterious circumstances as a contestant in the Triwizard Tournament, Harry must compete against the best young wizards from schools all over Europe. During his preparations, signs begin to point to the return of Lord Voldemort. Before long, Harry is playing not just for the Cup, but for his life. Pride & Prejudice Cast: Keira Knightley, Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blythen, Jena Malone Director: Joe Wright Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 23rd Based on: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen This classic tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late 18th century. Mr. Bennet is an English gentleman living in Hartfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters: the beautiful Jane, the clever Elizabeth, the bookish Mary, the immature Kitty, and the wild Lydia. In the unfortunate event that Mr. Bennet dies, the family's house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never met. So their future happiness and security is dependent on the daughters marrying well. Life is uneventful until the arrival of Mr. Bingley, a rich gentleman who rents a large house so he can spend the summer in the country. He brings with him his two sisters and the dashing (and richer) but proud Mr. Darcy. Love is soon in the air for one of the Bennet sisters, while another may have jumped to a hasty prejudgment. For the Bennet sisters many trials and tribulations stand between them and their happiness, including class, gossip and scandal. In Her Shoes Cast: Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Feuerstein Director: Curtis Hanson Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: October 7th Based on: IN HER SHOES by Jennifer Weiner Maggie is a party girl who barely graduated from high school, recycles jobs as quickly as yesterday's newspapers and believes her biggest asset is her attractiveness to the opposite sex. Her recurring state of unemployment leaves her virtually homeless as she bounces between the sofas of her friends and relatives. With no confidence in her intellectual ability, she prizes makeup over books and has an innate talent for choosing the perfect accessories and clothes for any occasion. Rose is a Princeton-educated attorney at a top law firm in Philadelphia. Her beautifully decorated prewar apartment is her haven from the outside world. With her nose perpetually to the grindstone, she struggles constantly with her weight and never feels comfortable in the clothes she wears. Her low self-esteem regarding her physical appearance has left her dating life non-existent. Rose's one joy in life is shoes (because they always fit), but unfortunately she has few social opportunities to remove them from her closet. After a calamitous falling out, sisters Maggie and Rose travel a bumpy road toward true appreciation for one another --- aided along the way by the discovery of the maternal grandmother they thought was dead. The Outsiders: The Complete Novel - DVD release Cast: Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, Leif Garrett, Tom Waits, Diane Lane Director: Francis Ford Coppola Distributor: Warner Home Video Release Date: September 20th Based on: THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton The tension between two groups, the Greasers and the Socials ("Socs"), puts Ponyboy Curtis and his best friend Johnny Cade in a bad spot. One night at the movies, Ponyboy and Johnny fall in love with Sherri "Cherry" Valance and Marcia once they get Dally Winston, the toughest and meanest of the Greasers, to stop attempting to "score" Cherry and Marcia. What Johnny and Ponyboy don't know is that Cherry and Marcia are girls for the snobbish, popular and rich group, the Socs. When Johnny kills Bob Sheldon, the toughest and meanest member of the Socs, the Socs demand a rumble against the Greasers. Twenty-two years after its debut, Francis Ford Coppola has re-cut his 1983 film and, in an effort to be truer to S.E. Hinton's original novel, has added 22 minutes of extra footage. The special DVD release also features a new soundtrack and commentary from the cast. Speak Cast: Kristen Stewart, Allison Siko, Steve Zahn, Robert John Burke, Michael Angarano, Eric Lively, Elizabeth Perkins, D.B. Sweeney, Megan Pillar, Hallee Hirsh Director: Jessica Sharzer Air Date: September 5th on Showtime and Lifetime Television Based on: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson Teased and taunted. Virtually ignored by close friends. Even pelted in the chest with a scoop of mashed potatoes in the school cafeteria amidst laughter from the entire student body. This isn't the ideal first day of high school for Melinda Sordino, a sharp, witty "everygirl" who turns into a social pariah following a tragic but obscure set of events at an end-of-summer party.
In the film adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning novel, Speak follows Melinda through her tumultuous freshman year as an outcast, revealing how she deals with isolation, loneliness, and the trauma of those indescribable events of that summer night that have rendered her physically and emotionally mute. At once hilarious and utterly heartbreaking, Speak chronicles the journey of this young woman's struggle to express herself as she battles her own inner demons and the unforgiving social environment to finally confront and overcome her catastrophic experience last summer. In an unprecedented television event, Speak will premiere simultaneously on Showtime and Lifetime on Monday, September 5th at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Immediately following the film, both networks will air a Public Service Announcement from RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. Also, beginning September 27th the movie will be available in DVD format, including bonus features such as commentary from Jessica Sharzer and Laurie Halse Anderson, behind-the-scenes footage, photo stills, and more. Carmen, Bridget, Lena and Tibby are coming to a theater near you --- along with their pair of magical jeans of course! June 1st marks the big screen release of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the highly anticipated film based on the bestselling novel by Ann Brashares. To celebrate, Random House has published three Sisterhood-related titles that fans will treasure. Click here to learn more about the movie and these wonderful tie-in books. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Cast: Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel Director: Ken Kwapis Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 1st Based on: THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares Based on Ann Brashares's bestselling novel, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants tells the story of one very special summer in the lives of four lifelong friends who are separated for the first time. On a shopping trip together, the young women find a pair of thrift-shop jeans that fits each of them perfectly. They decide to use these "magic" pants as a way of keeping in touch over the months ahead, each one wearing the jeans for a week to see what luck they bring her before sending them on to the next. Though miles apart, the four friends still experience life, love and loss together in a summer they'll never forget. To celebrate the film's highly anticipated release, Random House has published three must-have books for fans of the Sisterhood. Go behind the scenes at the making of the movie with THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS: THE OFFICIAL SCRAPBOOK, which includes cast photos and movie stills. Read the Sisterhood's letters and notes (and more!) in KEEP IN TOUCH. And take a trip down memory lane with the movie tie-in edition of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS, complete with a 16-page photo insert.
The Polar Express Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari, Nona Gaye, Eddie Deezen, Charles Fleischer Director: Robert Zemeckis Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: November 10th Based on: THE POLAR EXPRESS by Chris Van Allsburg When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary ride on a steam train to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. This delightful film is based on Chris Van Allsburg's 1986 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book. I Am David Cast: Ben Tibber, Joan Plowright, Jim Caviezel, Maria Bonnevie, Viola Carinci, Silvia De Santis, Fancisco De Vito, Paco Reconti, Hristo Shopov, Alessandro Sperduti Director: Paul Feig Distributor: Lion Gate Films Release Date: December 3rd Based on: I AM DAVID by Anne Holm This is the story of 12-year-old David, who travels across Europe by himself in 1952 after boldly escaping from a Communist concentration camp in Bulgaria, where he has spent most of his life. Fleeing with only a compass, half a loaf of bread, and a sealed letter he must carry across the continent, David cannot foresee the dramatic odyssey that awaits him. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Cast: Liam Aiken, Emily Browning, Jim Carrey, Cedric the Entertainer, Jennifer Coolidge Director: Brad Silberling Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: December 17th Based on: A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket Fourteen-year-old Violet is brave and a fast-thinking leader. Klaus, who's 12, is highly intelligent and obsessed with words. Sunny, an infant, speaks in a language only Violet and Klaus can understand, and she has a tendency to...bite. After their parents perish in a terrible fire, these three siblings are taken in by a series of odd relatives and other individuals, starting with Count Olaf, a demented evil genius who hatches one outrageous plot after another in order to get his hands on the children's vast inheritance. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis Director: Alonso Cuaron Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 4th Based on: HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN by J.K. Rowling Right before Harry's third year at Hogwarts, a new adventure begins when he has to go on the run after an incident where he was unable to control his anger. While on a bus, he hears about Sirius Black, a dangerous renegade wizard who has escaped from the infamous Azkaban Prison. What Harry doesn't suspect is that Black escaped to look for â€Ś him!
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement Cast: Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, Hector Elizondo, Caroline Goodall, John Rhys-Davies, Callum Blue, Chris Pine, Julie Andrews Director: Garry Marshall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: August 11th Based on: The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot After getting over the revelation that she is a princess of the small and obscure European nation of Genovia, American teenager Mia moves to the actual country she represents, with her best friend Lilly accompanying her. As she learns the job of being a country's future ruler, one challenge she must face is the prospect of being set up in an arranged marriage.
The Perfect Score Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, Darius Miles, Leonardo Nam Director: Brian Robbins Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: January 30th Based on: THE PERFECT SCORE by David Levithan The six high school seniors in The Perfect Score believe that the Educational Testing Service, which administers the S.A.T. exams to anxious teenagers all across the country, isn't playing fair with the students, so they decide to rebel. They have one common goal --- to steal the answers to the S.A.T. --- and six different reasons for doing it. Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Adam Garcia, Megan Fox, Alison Pill, Glenne Headly Director: Sara Sugarman Distributor: Touchstone Pictures Release Date: February 20th Based on: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN by Dyan Sheldon Lola, a New York City teenager from Greenwich Village, is forced to move to the New Jersey suburb of Dellwood. Upon arriving at her new school, she discovers that Carla Santini is "the most popular girl" --- a title that Lola held at her old school. Determined to oust Carla from her reign, Lola has her sights set on landing the lead role in the next big school play, which Carla also hopes to star in. Not to be outsmarted, Carla obtains tickets to the sold-out "farewell concert" of Lola's favorite band. Can Lola somehow sneak into the concert and sabotage Carla's latest scheme, while at the same time meet the band's English lead singer, Stu Wolff, whom she has a huge crush on? The Runaway Jury Cast: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz Director: Gary Fleder Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: October 17th
Based on: THE RUNAWAY JURY by John Grisham Nick Easter is a mysterious man on the jury of a landmark case against a gun manufacturer. He is also the foreman and is hoping to influence the other jury members to vote a certain way. Meanwhile, Nick's girlfriend Marlee tries to swindle the attorneys to pay millions of dollars to have the jury return a verdict friendly to their clients. Sylvia Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig Director: Christine Jeffs Distributor: Focus Release Date: October 24th Based on: THE BELL JAR by Sylvia Plath This is the true story of the romance and marriage of American poet/novelist Sylvia Plath and English poet Ted Hughes. While attending Cambridge University, Plath met a dashing young poet who won her heart and ultimately became her husband. Their marriage was rocky, however, and they eventually separated in 1963 when Hughes broke her heart by cheating on her. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany Director: Peter Weir Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: November 14th Based on: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD by Patrick O'Brian, the tenth novel in his "Master and Commander" series. Naval officer Jack Aubrey, who captains the British ship HMS Surprise, travels around the world with his friend and secret agent Stephen Maturin during the Napoleonic Wars of 1806. The film centers on the Surprise's chasing down of a French "super-frigate" called the Acheron --- from the stormy waters of Cape Horn, up the South American coast to the Galapagos Islands --- sparked by the Acheron's unexpected attack on the Surprise.