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Summer Preview 2006

Summer Preview 2006

By Wilson Morales

The summer season starts off this month with the man of the moment, Tom Cruise. Who cares what he does off-screen? What matters is that when Cruise comes to work, the product is for most part, worth the wait and M:I: 3 is the first film to come out this May that will bring excitement to the action genre this year. After that, Warner Bros. will be releasing the remake of Poseidon, starring Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, and Richard Dreyfus. Mistaken identity seems to work for Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday), so why not try a different version, hence, Just My Luck. Now that Ice Age 2 has been out for a month, the kids are getting restless, so Dreamworks has “Over The Hedge” ready for parents to take them out again. Premiering at Cannes before opening up domestically will be the controversial Tom Hanks film, The Da Vinci Code. To close out the month of May, Fox is releasing X-Men: The Last Stand, bringing back the main cast sans Director Bryan Singer. If Brett Ratner can sustain the level of intelligence that the first two films offered, then we have nothing to fear. The trailer to the film indicates that another box office hit is in place.

Compared to the May releases, the films coming out in June seem light, but then again, there are always a few surprises. If Brad and Angelina can make “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” into a hit last year, then hopefully Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn can do the same with The Break Up. Jack Black will certainly bring in his comedic skills in Nacho Libre. Wait a minute, another remake, it’s The Omen, featuring Liev Schriber and Julia Stiles. The best sports documentary last year was Murderball. This year, the winner should be “The Heart of the Game”, an emotional rollercoaster ride for a coach and his girls’ team. The number 3 is missing when it comes to sequels. In May, there’s the third installment of X-Men, and in June, there’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. It’s the 3rd film in the franchise, but this time Paul Walker is not around. Hopefully Luscas Black and Bow Wow can pick up the pace. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock ignited their careers with “Speed” over 10 years ago, and they will be reunited again with “The Lake House”. If the month starts off slowly, then “Superman Returns” will bring the box office back on pace. It’s the film to beat. It’s a new story, new cast, and Bryan Singer is the director. Enough said!!

In July, Captain Jack Sparrow AKA Johnny Depp is back for more fun in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are back in the film as well. The Wayans brothers (Shawn and Marlon) are always making you laugh with their films, and once again, big brother Keenan Ivory is directing them in “Little Man” along with Kerry Washington. Wait, another remake, or did I say that already? Yes, I did, but it’s another film, Pulse, a remake of the Japanese film. This one stars Kristen Bell and Christina Milian. Not exactly from a comic book, but Uma Thurman plays a hero in My Super Ex-Girlfriend. To close out the month, Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell will plays Crockett and Tubbs in the film version, Miami Vice. Farrell better make Don Johnson proud!

By the time we get to August, we get the hit or miss films, but the one that’s making noise on the web is “Snakes on a Plane” starring Samuel L. Jackson. Just when you thought Sam has done it all, think again. After plenty of delays, “Idlewild” will finally show if Outkast members (Big Boi and Andre Benjamin) can act on screen as good as they can sing. Here's a look at what's ahead this summer.


Release Date: May 5, 2006
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Director: JJ Abrams
Producers: Tom Cruise & Paula Wagner
Screenwriters: JJ Abrams, Robert Orci, Alex Kurtman
Composer: Michael Giacchino
Cast: Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Keri Russell, Billy Crudup, Laurence Fishburne, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Monaghan, Simon Pegg, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Synopsis: Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in “Mission: Impossible III.” Director J. J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”) brings his unique blend of action and drama to the billion-dollar franchise.
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Release Date: May 12, 2006
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writer: Mark Protosevich, based on the novel by Paul Gallico
Producers: Wolfgang Petersen, Mike Fleiss, Duncan Henderson, Akiva Goldsman
Executive Producers: Kevin Burns, Jon Jashni, Sheila Allen, Benjamin Waisbren
Cast: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Jacinda Barrett, Mike Vogel, Jimmy Bennett, Mia Maestro, with Andre Braugher and Richard Dreyfuss

When a rogue wave capsizes a luxury cruise ship in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler John Dylan (Josh Lucas) ignores captain’s orders (Andre Braugher) to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety. What begins as a solo mission soon draws others as Dylan is followed by a desperate father (Kurt Russell) searching for his daughter (Emmy Rossum) and her fiancé (Mike Vogel), a young couple who hours before couldn’t summon the courage to tell him they were engaged and now face much graver challenges. Along the way they are joined by a single mother (Jacinda Barrett) and her wise-beyond-his-years son (Jimmy Bennett), an anxious stowaway (Mia Maestro) and a despondent fellow passenger (Richard Dreyfuss) who boarded the ship not sure he wanted to live but now knows he doesn’t want to die. Determined to fight their way to the surface, the group sets off through the disorienting maze of twisted steel in the upside-down wreckage. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with water each must draw on skills and strengths they didn’t even know they possessed, fighting against time for their own survival and for each other.
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Release Date: May 12, 2006
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Donald Petrie
Screenwriter: Jonathan Bernstein, Mark Blackwell, James Greer, I. Marlene King
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine, Samaire Armstrong, Bree Turner, Faizon Love, Makenzie Vega, Chris Carmack
Synopsis: Lindsay Lohan ("Mean Girls") stars in this comedy about a lucky woman who accidentally swaps her good fortune for a stranger's (Chris Pine) chronic misfortune. She plots against the guy to reverse her newly jinxed existence – until she finds herself falling for him.
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Release Date: May 19, 2006
Distributer: Lionsgate Films
Director: Gregory Dark
Producer: Joel Simon
Executive Producers: Vince McMahon, Chairman, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc
Screenwriter: Dan Madigan
Cast: Kane, Christina Vidal, Samantha Noble, Luke Pegler, Michael J. Pagan, Steven Vidler, Rachael Taylor, Ponny McNamee, Craig Horner, Michael Wilder, Tiffany Lamb, Cecilly Polson, Cory Robinson

Synopsis: Seven feet tall. Four hundred pounds. A rusty steel plate screwed into his skull and razor-sharp fingernails that pluck out his victims' eyes. Reclusive psychopath Jacob Goodnight is holed up in the long-abandoned and rotting Blackwell Hotel, alone with his nightmares until eight petty criminals show up for community service duty along with the cop who put a bullet in Jacob's head four years ago.

When one of their own is kidnapped by the killer and her fate uncertain, the remaining lawbreakers must fight this indestructible force of nature with a violent score to settle.
"See No Evil" stars World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Kane. The movie was directed by Gregory Dark.

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