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2009 Uni preview!

01.07.2009

So we've taken a look at what Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney and Sony Pictures have for us in 2009 (not to mention our own picks for what we're looking forward to most in 2009). Now it's time to see what Universal and Rogue Pictures are up to. It's a pretty diverse slate that goes from a Wes Craven horror film to a Will Ferrell comedy to a drama about 60s British DJs. Check em all out below...

DUPLICITY
(March 20)

CIA officer Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) and MI6 agent Ray Koval (Clive Owen) have left the world of government intelligence to cash in on the highly profitable cold war raging between two rival multinational corporations. Their mission? Secure the formula for a product that will bring a fortune to the company that patents it first. 

For their employers—industry titan Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and buccaneer CEO Dick Garsik (Paul Giamatti)— nothing is out of bounds. But as the stakes rise, the mystery deepens and the tactics get dirtier, the trickiest secret for Claire and Ray is their growing attraction. And as they each try to stay one double-cross ahead, two career loners find their schemes endangered by the only thing they can’t cheat their way out of: love.

FAST & FURIOUS
(April 3)

When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what’s possible behind the wheel.

STATE OF PLAY
(April 17)

Russell Crowe stars as D.C. reporter Cal McCaffrey, whose street smarts lead him to untangle a mystery of murder and collusion among some of the nation’s most promising political and corporate figures.

Handsome, unflappable U.S. Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) is the future of his political party: an honorable appointee who serves as the chairman of a committee overseeing defense spending. All eyes are upon the rising star to be his party’s contender for the upcoming presidential race. Until his research assistant/mistress is brutally murdered and buried secrets come tumbling out.

McCaffrey has the dubious fortune of both an old friendship with Collins and a ruthless editor, Cameron (Oscar® winner Helen Mirren), who has assigned him to investigate. As he and partner Della (Rachel McAdams) try to uncover the killer’s identity, McCaffrey steps into a cover-up that threatens to shake the nation’s power structures. And in a town of spin-doctors and wealthy politicos, he will discover one truth: when billions are at stake, no one’s integrity, love or life is ever safe.

FIGHTING
(April 24)

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership. 

As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.

WILD CHILD
(May 8)

Sixteen-year-old Poppy (Emma Roberts) is a self-obsessed, incorrigible brat who lives a pampered life in her L.A. world. Though she’s handed credit cards with unlimited balances and surrounded by countless hangers on, Poppy can’t escape the mounting frustration she feels with her family situation. And she makes sure that everyone knows it.

After an over-the-top prank pushes her father (Aidan Quinn) one step too far, Poppy is shipped off to an English boarding school. Finding herself in a foreign world of early curfews, stern matrons and mandatory lacrosse, the American princess has finally met her match: a school of British girls who won’t tolerate her spoiled ways.

Under the watchful eye of the school’s headmistress (Natasha Richardson) and surrounded by a new circle of friends, Poppy begrudgingly realizes her bad-girl behavior will only get her so far. But just because she must grow into a fine young lady doesn’t mean this Wild Child won’t be spending every waking hour shaking up a very proper system…

DRAG ME TO HELL
(May 29)

Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) is an ambitious L.A. loan officer with a charming boyfriend, professor Clay Dalton (Justin Long). Life is good until the mysterious Mrs. Ganush arrives at the bank to beg for an extension on her home loan. Should Christine follow her instincts and give the old woman a break? Or should she deny the extension to impress her boss, Mr. Jacks, and get a leg-up on a promotion? Christine fatefully chooses the latter, shaming Mrs. Ganush and dispossessing her of her home. 

In retaliation, the old woman places the powerful curse of the Lamia on Christine, transforming her life into a living hell. Haunted by an evil spirit and misunderstood by a skeptical boyfriend, she seeks the aid of seer Rham Jas to save her soul from eternal damnation. To help the shattered Christine return her life to normal, the psychic sets her on a frantic course to reverse the spell. As evil forces close in, Christine must face the unthinkable: How far will she go to break free of the curse? 

LAND OF THE LOST
(June 5)

Space-time vortexes suck. 

Will Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time. Way back. Now, Marshall has no weapons, few skills and questionable smarts to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures from beyond our world—a place of spectacular sights and super-scaled comedy known as the Land of the Lost.

Sucked alongside him for the adventure are crack-smart research assistant Holly (Anna Friel) and a redneck survivalist (Danny McBride) named Will. Chased by T. rex and stalked by painfully slow reptiles known as Sleestaks, Marshall, Will and Holly must rely on their only ally—a primate called Chaka (Jorma Taccone)—to navigate out of the hybrid dimension. Escape from this routine expedition gone awry and they’re heroes. Get stuck, and they’ll be permanent refugees in the Land of the Lost.

PUBLIC ENEMIES
(July 1)

In the action-thriller Public Enemies, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)—the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

FUNNY PEOPLE
(July 31)

Over the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow  has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, “I’m trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!” Apatow directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in Funny People, the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

THE WOLFMAN
(November 6)

Oscar® winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother...and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. 

Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. 

As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself…one he never imagined existed.

GREEN ZONE
(TBA 2009)

During the U.S.-led occupation of Baghdad in 2003, Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller (Matt Damon) and his team of Army inspectors were dispatched to find weapons of mass destruction believed to be stockpiled in the Iraqi desert. Rocketing from one booby-trapped and treacherous site to the next, the men search for deadly chemical agents but stumble instead upon an elaborate cover-up that inverts the purpose of their mission. 

Spun by operatives with intersecting agendas, Miller must hunt through covert and faulty intelligence hidden on foreign soil for answers that will either clear a rogue regime or escalate a war in an unstable region. And at this blistering time and in this combustible place, he will find the most elusive weapon of all is the truth. 

CIRQUE DU FREAK
(TBA 2009)

14-year-old Darren (Chris Massoglia) was like most kids in his suburban neighborhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a traveling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That’s the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (John C. Reilly) turns him into something, well, bloodthirsty.

Newly undead, he joins the Cirque Du Freak, a touring sideshow filled with monstrous creatures from a snakeboy and a wolfman to a bearded lady (Salma Hayek) and a gigantic barker (Ken Watanabe). As Darren flexes his newfound powers in this dark world, he becomes a treasured pawn between the vampires and their deadlier counterparts. And while trying to survive, one boy will struggle to keep their brewing war from devouring what’s left of his humanity.

COUPLES RETREAT
(TBA 2009)

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED
(TBA 2009)

"The Boat That Rocked" is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music. It's about a band of rogue DJs that captivated Britain, playing the music that defined a generation and standing up to a government that, incomprehensibly, preferred jazz.

THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
(TBA 2009)

The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari (Sara Paxton) and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter). Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when her family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to The Last House on the Left.

25/8
(TBA 2009)

In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer.

Adam “Bug” Heller (Max Thieriot) was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad’s terrifying crimes, he has been plagued by nightmares since he was a baby. But if Bug hopes to save his friends from the monster that’s returned, he must face an evil that won’t rest…until it finishes the job it began the day he was born.

Source: JoBlo.com

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9:46PM on 01/07/2009

RE: Couples Retreat

BrokenDreamer,

I'm definitely going to give Couples Retreat a chance. If Kristen Bell is cast in anything I will see it. But, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Heroes were both terrible in my opinion, so I hope Kristen Bell picks better projects in the future. Because being a huge fan of hers, 2008 was a very disappointing year.

And as for her and Jason Bateman playing a married couple, I just find it to be incredibly creepy. I'm not saying a younger woman can't be married to an older
BrokenDreamer,

I'm definitely going to give Couples Retreat a chance. If Kristen Bell is cast in anything I will see it. But, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Heroes were both terrible in my opinion, so I hope Kristen Bell picks better projects in the future. Because being a huge fan of hers, 2008 was a very disappointing year.

And as for her and Jason Bateman playing a married couple, I just find it to be incredibly creepy. I'm not saying a younger woman can't be married to an older guy, but it depends on the people, and these two don't belong together on film as a married couple. Jason Bateman is a good actor, so nothing against him, but he is better suited to being paired with people his own age in movies. Same goes for Kristen Bell.
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7:25PM on 01/07/2009

Couples Retreat

I think this is a very impressive lineup (there are quite a few films on here that I am interested in seeing) but, as for Couples Retreat, while I don't really care, I would think that the fact that Jon Favreau wrote the script might actually intrigue some film fans. Has he ever written a bad film? And, unless I'm mistaken, aren't his films quite funny? Swingers is highly regarded and Made is pretty good as well. As for Bateman and Bell playing a couple, yes, there is an 11 year age
I think this is a very impressive lineup (there are quite a few films on here that I am interested in seeing) but, as for Couples Retreat, while I don't really care, I would think that the fact that Jon Favreau wrote the script might actually intrigue some film fans. Has he ever written a bad film? And, unless I'm mistaken, aren't his films quite funny? Swingers is highly regarded and Made is pretty good as well. As for Bateman and Bell playing a couple, yes, there is an 11 year age difference between the two, but is that really that bad? There are plenty of marriages between much older men and younger women, and what is so creepy? Jason still looks like he could be in his thirties and Kristen Bell doesn't look that young in comparison. I don't see the problem.

Oh, and not only did Favreau write the script, but he is also reuniting with his co-star on both of the previous films he wrote, Vince Vaughn. That is enough to get some film fans interested. Why is that not mentioned in the synopsis?
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6:41PM on 01/07/2009
funny people better be funny damnit
funny people better be funny damnit
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5:37PM on 01/07/2009

last house on the left

As long as they stick to the story it could be good. CHOMP!
Atta boy Bateman!
As long as they stick to the story it could be good. CHOMP!
Atta boy Bateman!
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5:26PM on 01/07/2009

Whose terrible idea was it to pair Kristen Bell with Jason Bateman as a married couple???????

The movie I'm looking forward to the most on that list is Drag Me to Hell. Alison Lohman is one of my favorite actresses and the clip I saw of this movie from comic-con looked EXCELLENT!

As for Couples Retreat, I'm a huge fan of Kristen Bell and at the very least I hope it's better than Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that was the WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR in my opinion. That said, I'm not expecting much from Couples Retreat. And why is she married to Jason Bateman in this?! He's a good actor
The movie I'm looking forward to the most on that list is Drag Me to Hell. Alison Lohman is one of my favorite actresses and the clip I saw of this movie from comic-con looked EXCELLENT!

As for Couples Retreat, I'm a huge fan of Kristen Bell and at the very least I hope it's better than Forgetting Sarah Marshall, that was the WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR in my opinion. That said, I'm not expecting much from Couples Retreat. And why is she married to Jason Bateman in this?! He's a good actor but these two do not belong together as a married couple. That's just too creepy.
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5:19PM on 01/07/2009
seems very hit and miss. I would like to know exactly who thought remaking last house on the left was a good idea. The original is so brutal and life-like, the actors who played the bad guys couldn't get work after and people would run away from them in the street. I bet it will be rated pg13 too. What a joke.
seems very hit and miss. I would like to know exactly who thought remaking last house on the left was a good idea. The original is so brutal and life-like, the actors who played the bad guys couldn't get work after and people would run away from them in the street. I bet it will be rated pg13 too. What a joke.
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4:42PM on 01/07/2009

Marshall, Will and Holly

haha anyone else notice that? Will Ferrell's character in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was Marshall Willenholly. Oh the hilarity....

lookin forward to a few of those flicks.
haha anyone else notice that? Will Ferrell's character in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was Marshall Willenholly. Oh the hilarity....

lookin forward to a few of those flicks.
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4:17PM on 01/07/2009

Solid lineup

As with Paramount and WB, Universal has a very solid lineup.

Films that interest me the most:

Duplicity
State of Play
Green Zone
Public Enemies
As with Paramount and WB, Universal has a very solid lineup.

Films that interest me the most:

Duplicity
State of Play
Green Zone
Public Enemies
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3:38PM on 01/07/2009
November release for The Wolfman... *sigh*
November release for The Wolfman... *sigh*
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11:50AM on 01/07/2009

WOW

What an impressive lineup! Except for DRAG ME TO HELL and WILD CHILD (they look like terrible movies based on stupid premises), I surprisingly will surely see all the other movies. Bravo.
What an impressive lineup! Except for DRAG ME TO HELL and WILD CHILD (they look like terrible movies based on stupid premises), I surprisingly will surely see all the other movies. Bravo.
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