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Drama, fairy tales and comedy coming to the big screen
Article published on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008
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In Columbia Pictures’-Focus Features’ “The Other Boleyn Girl,” Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman, left) schemes not only to take the bed of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana, right), but to become queen as well.
PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters on Feb. 29, including the following:

“The Other Boleyn Girl” – Based on the best selling 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 (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) 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 (Eric Bana).

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. PG-13.

“Penelope” – In this magical modern-day fairytale about love and self-acceptance, Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant), is afflicted by a secret family curse that can only be broken when she is "loved by one of her own kind."

Hidden away in her family's estate, the lonely girl is subjected to meeting a string of blue-bloods through her parent's futile attempts to break the curse. Each suitor is enamored with Penelope (and her sizable dowry) … until the curse is revealed.

Lemon (Peter Dinklage), a mischievous tabloid reporter, wants a photograph of the mysterious Penelope and hires Max (James McAvoy) to pose as a prospective suitor and get the shot. The handsome down-on-his-luck gambler finds himself falling for Penelope, but not wanting to disappoint her, he disappears.

Fed up by this latest betrayal, and determined to live life on her own terms, Penelope breaks free from her family and ventures into the world alone. She finds friendship (Reese Witherspoon), adventure, and becomes the person she was meant to be.

“Semi-Pro” – Will Ferrell stars in “Semi-Pro,” an outrageous comedy set in 1976 against the backdrop of the maverick ABA – a fast-paced, wild and crazy basketball league that rivaled the NBA and made a name for itself with innovations like the three-point shot and slam dunk contest.

Ferrell plays Jackie Moon, a one-hit wonder who used the profits from the success of his chart-topping song “Love Me Sexy” to achieve his dream of owning a basketball team. But Moon’s franchise, the Flint Michigan Tropics, is the worst team in the league and in danger of folding when the ABA announces its plans to merge with the NBA. If they want to survive, Jackie and the Tropics must now do the seemingly impossible – win.

“Semi-Pro” costars Woody Harrelson, Will Arnett, Andre Benjamin, Rob Corddry, Maura Tierney, Josh Braaten, DeRay Davis, Jay Phillips, Jackie Earle Haley and Andy Richter. The film was written by Scot Armstrong, directed by Kent Alterman and produced by Jimmy Miller and will be released by New Line Cinema.
Article published on Monday, Feb. 25, 2008
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