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Hollywood offers a look at coming attractions
The 2009 movie lineup features remakes, reboots, sequels and prequels
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What’s the most anticipated film of 2009?

An army of devoted fans would likely answer “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” set for release on July 17. The sixth film installment in the franchise features Daniel Radcliffe returning as the young wizard as Voldemort’s power continues to grow.

An equally zealous group would emphatically tout “Star Trek” as the biggest flick for the new year. The 11th movie in the franchise is helmed by J.J. Abrams and features the characters of the original “Star Trek” television series portrayed by a new cast.

“Angels & Demons” will probably top many people’s must-see lists. The film adaptation of Dan Brown’s novel actually takes place before the events in “The Da Vinci Code.”

Comic book aficionados will have to choose between “Watchmen” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” as the year’s top hot flick.

And then there’s “Inglourious Basterds,” misspelling intentional for the time being, Quentin Tarantino’s World War II ensemble piece filmed spaghetti western style. The release date isn’t fixed, but Brad Pitt’s placement as Lt. Aldo Raine is set in stone.

But wait ... what about James Cameron’s 3D science fiction film “Avatar,” supposedly due to hit theaters some time in December. Shhhhh ... it’s still a secret.

Following is a rundown of some of 2009’s coming attractions. Release dates are subject to the whims of Hollywood moguls.

Jan. 9

• “Bride Wars” – A romantic comedy about best friends who inadvertently schedule weddings on the same day, starring Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Candice Bergen.

• “Not Easily Broken” – An uplifting drama about love and family, the film was adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes.

• “The Unborn” – Gary Oldman plays a spiritual advisor working with a girl (Odette Yustman) who is being tormented by the vengeful soul of her unborn twin brother.

Jan. 16

• “Hotel for Dogs” – DreamWorks and Nickelodeon Movies present a comedy adventure about two resourceful kids who turn an abandoned hotel into a magical dog paradise.

• “My Bloody Valentine 3-D” – Lionsgate’s remake of the 1981 Canadian slasher film.

• “Notorious” – A Fox Searchlight biopic about the life of hip hop star The Notorious B.I.G. starring rapper Jamal Woolard.

• “Defiance” – Based on an extraordinary true story, "Defiance" is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II.

• “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” – Kevin James – best known for the sitcom “The King of Queens” – plays a security officer at a New Jersey Mall, a job no one takes seriously ... until a heist shuts down the facility.

Jan. 23

• “Inkheart” – A fantasy film based on the novel of the same name for Cornelia Funke.

• “Outlander” – A space craft crashes into the fjords of Norway, depositing a soldier from another world and his enemy, a bloodthirsty creature known as the Moorwen.

• “Possession” – A psychological thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

• “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” – A prequel in the Underworld series of films, the film examines the origins of the long-standing feud between vampires and werewolves and features Bill Nighy reprising his role as Viktor.

Jan. 30

• “New in Town” – A romantic comedy film starring Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr.

• “Taken” – An action thriller starring Liam Neeson.

• “The Uninvited” – A suspense thriller based on the 2003 Korean motion picture "Changhwa, Hongryon about Anna (Emily Browning), who returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), has moved into their house and become engaged to her father, Steven (David Strathairn); Anna is soon visited by her mother’s ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions.

Feb. 6

• “Coraline” – An animated, stop-motion horror fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman’s novella.

• “He's Just Not That Into You” – A film based on the self-improvement book of the same name.

• “The Pink Panther 2” – Steve Martin returns as Inspector Jacques Clouseau when legendary treasures from around the world – including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond – are stolen.

• “Push” – Summit’s riveting action-thriller that burrows deep into the deadly world of psychic espionage where artificially enhanced paranormal operatives have the ability to move objects with their minds, see the future, create new realities and kill without ever touching their victims.

Feb. 13

• “Confessions of a Shopaholic” – A college graduate moves to Manhattan, becomes a financial advice columnist despite her own debt issues and nurtures a shopping addiction.

• “Friday the 13th” – Warner Bros. returns to the granddaddy of all slasher films, rebooting the tale about the systematic slaughter of summer camp counselors.

• “The International” – Clive Owen and Naomi Watts star in this action-thriller about an investigation into corruption within a powerful banking institution.

Feb. 20

• “Fired Up” – A comedy about two high school football players who opt out of football camp and become cheerleaders.

• “Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail” – Mable “Madea” Simmons ends up behind bars.

Feb. 27

• “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” – A concert film featuring Walt Disney’s popular Jonas Brothers.

• “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” – Yet another attempt to create an entertaining live-action film based on a video game.

March 6

• “All About Steve” – This Fox comedy stars Sandra Bullock as a crossword puzzle builder.

• “Watchmen” – Set in an alternate America in 1985 in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, the masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes.

March 13

• “A Perfect Getaway” – A thriller starring Milla Jovovich.

• “Race to Witch Mountain” – For those who remember Disney’s Witch Mountain movies, this film promises a new chapter in the franchise and stars Dwayne Johnson.

March 20

• “Duplicity” – A spy-thriller starring Clive Owen and Julia Roberts.

• “I Love You, Man” – A comedy from John Hamburg, the film centers on Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey (Rashida Jones), discovers that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man.

• “Knowing” – In this Summit Entertainment science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas, Nicolas Cage stars as a professor who finds the contents of a time capsule include predictions that have already come to pass ... and convince him that the world is about to end.

• “Sunshine Cleaning” – A comedy-drama starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt.

March 27

• “The Accidental Husband” – A romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman, Colin Firth and Isabella Rossellini.

• “Adventureland” – A comedy-drama about a college graduate who finds work in an amusement park in 1987.

• “The Janky Promoters” – A comedy starring Ice Cube and Mike Epps.

• “Monsters vs. Aliens” – In this animated DreamWorks feature, a motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.

April 3

• “Fast & Furious” – The fourth installment of the Fast and the Furious films is in fact an interquel as it chronologically falls between the second and third films.

• “The Ugly Truth” – A romantic comedy starring Gerard Butler and Katherine Heigl.

April 8

• “Dragonball Evolution” – A live-action film adaptation of the Dragon Ball franchise centering on Goku and featuring James Marsters as Lord Piccolo.

April 10

• “Case 39” – Renée Zellweger stars in this horror flick shot in Vancouver.

• “Hannah Montana The Movie” – Based on the television series “Hannah Montana,” Robbie Ray convinces Miley to visit her hometown, Crowley Corners, Tenn.

• “Observe and Report” – A comedy starring Seth Rogen and Anna Faris.

April 17

• “17 Again” – A comedy starring Matthew Perry and Zac Efron.

• “Crank: High Voltage” – Lionsgate’s sequel to “Crank” will feature Jason Statham as Chev Chelios.

• “State of Play” – A political thriller about a journalist’s investigation of the death of a Congressman’s mistress.

April 22

• “Earth” – The first film in the Disneynature series will be narrated by James Earl Jones and will tell the story of three animal families and their journeys.

April 24

• “Obsessed” – This “Fatal Attraction” style thriller stars Idris Elba and Beyoncé Knowles as a successful, happy couple – until a temp worker turns stalker.

• “The Soloist” – A drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A.

May 1

• “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” – A romantic comedy that offers a new take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

• “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” – Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in this prequel to the X-Men film trilogy.

May 8

• “My Life in Ruins” – Set against the backdrop of ancient ruins in Greece, this romantic comedy stars Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss.

• “Star Trek” – J.J. Abrams reboots the franchise, promising a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time.

May 15

• “Angels & Demons” – Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals; Ron Howard directs.

• “Bruno” – Sacha Baron Cohen’s next mockumentary.

May 22

• “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” – This sequel to “Night at the Museum” stars Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke and Robin Williams, among others.

• “Terminator Salvation” – Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators.

May 29

• “Drag Me to Hell” – Sam Raimi finally returns to horror.

• “Up” – A computer-animated 3-D film from Pixar Animation Studios.

• “The Brothers Bloom” – This globe-trotting comedy about the last great adventure of the world's two best con men stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rinko Kikuchi.

June 5

• “Land of the Lost” – Will Ferrell heads up this film adaptation of the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning television program.

June 12

• “The Hangover” – Warner Bros.

• “Imagine That” – Paramount

• “The Proposal” – Buena Vista

• “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” – Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime: the hijacking of a subway train.

June 19

• “The Haunting in Connecticut” – A horror movie based on the story of the Snedeker family’s encounters with the paranormal.

• “Year One” – When a couple of lazy hunter-gatherers (Jack Black and Michael Cera) are banished from their primitive village, they set off on an epic journey through the ancient world; Harold Ramis directs.

June 26

• “My Sister's Keeper” – A film adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s novel of the same name starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin.

• “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” – Shia LaBeouf joins with the Autobots against the Decepticons.

That takes care of the first half of 2009. Want to know what else Hollywood is brewing? Here’s a quick look at more highlights slated for the second part of the year:

July 1 – “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Public Enemies”

July 10 – “2012” and “I Love You Beth Cooper”

July 17 – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

July 24 – “G-Force,” “Orphan” and “Piranha”

July 31 – “Bandslam,” “Funny People” and “They Came From Upstairs”

Aug. 7 – “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Julie & Julia” and “Shorts”

Aug. 14 – “Dance Flick,” “District 9” and “Post Grad”

Aug. 21 – “Final Destination: Death Trip 3D” and “The Goods: The Don Ready Story”

Aug. 28 – “Max's Mardi Gras” and “Rob Zombie's Tyrannosaurus Rex”

Sept. 4 – “Game” and “Pandorum”

Sept. 9 – “Nine”

Sept. 11 – “Daybreakers” and “Whiteout”

Sept. 18 – “Armored,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “The Informant” and “Jennifer's Body”

Sept. 25 – “The Crazies,” “Fame” and “Surrogates”

Oct. 2 – “Sorority Row” and “Toy Story (3-D)”

Oct. 9 – “Zombieland”

Oct. 16 – “The Stepfather” and “Where the Wild Things Are”

Oct. 23 – “Amelia,” “Astro Boy” and “Saw VI”

Nov. 6 – “The Box,” “Disney's A Christmas Carol,” “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Wolfman”

Nov. 13 –“Tooth Fairy”

Nov. 20 – “New Moon,” “Planet 51” and “Sherlock Holmes”

Nov. 25 – “Old Dogs”

Dec. 11 – “The Lovely Bones”

Dec. 18 – “Avatar”

Dec. 25 – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” and “The Princess and the Frog”
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