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Emile Hirsch as Speed Racer in a scene from Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “Speed Racer.”
 
PINELLAS COUNTY – A number of new movie releases will hit theaters on May 9, including the following:

“Speed Racer” – Warner Brothers in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, of a Silver Pictures Production, in association with Anarchos Productions, will bring “Speed Racer” to the big screen this Friday.

From the Wachowski brothers and producer Joel Silver, creators of the groundbreaking “The Matrix” trilogy, “Speed Race” stars Emile Hirsch. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless.

His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized – the legendary Rex Racer, whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill.

Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer (John Goodman), the designer of Speed’s thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company’s maniacal owner (Roger Allam) but uncovers a terrible secret – some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless tycoons who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won’t drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that Speed never crosses another finish line. Rated PG.

“What Happens in Vegas” – From 20th Century Fox, “What Happens in Vegas” follows charismatic party guy Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) and buttoned-up commodities trader Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) as they share a rowdy weekend shared in Las Vegas which should have ended up being little more than a random blur.

It would have, at least, if the two vacationing New Yorkers didn’t have a signed marriage license staring them in the face reminding them of the giant misstep they took while feeling no pain, Vegas-style. Stacking the deck, not only did Jack and Joy tie the knot after tying one on, but later scored a mind-blowing $3 million in a slot machine bonanza. Well, Jack won it with Joy’s quarter. At the machine she’d already been playing. Or was it the other way around? And whose loot is it anyway?

Back in Manhattan, the intractable Judge Whopper (Dennis Miller) sentences the two to “six months hard marriage,” refusing to grant them an annulment and forcing them to prove they have done everything humanly possible to make their impromptu marriage work. Otherwise, the judge guarantees, the three million bucks will stay caught up in a legal battle so long and expensive no one but the lawyers will ever see a penny of it. Rated PG-13.

“The Fall” – Opening in limited release, Roadside Attractions’ “The Fall” is set in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

A little immigrant girl (Catinca Untaru) finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man (Lee Pace) who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale. Produced and directed by Tarsem with a screenplay by Dan Gilroy, Nico Soultanakis and Tarsem. Starring Lee Pace and Catina Untaru. Rated R.
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