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2009 WB Preview!

12.15.2008

We already took a look at what Sony Pictures has lined up in 2009 so now let's turn our sights to Warner Bros. They have some of the most highly anticipated films of the year on their slate including WATCHMEN, TERMINATOR SALVATION< HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE and, of course, INKHEART. OK maybe nobody's really anticipating INKEART but once that's out of the way, it looks like gangbusters for WB. Check em out below!

INKHEART
January 23

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring to life his most powerful ally, the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family--some from the real world, some from the pages of books--and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU
February 6

An all-star cast is featured in the stories of a group of interconnected, Baltimore-based twenty- and thirtysomethings as they navigate their various relationships from the shallow end of the dating pool through the deep, murky waters of married life. Trying to read the signs of the opposite sex, each hopes to be the exception to the "no exceptions" rule.

FRIDAY THE 13TH
February 13

In this re-imagining of the classic horror film, Clay searches for his missing sister in the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And that's not the only thing lying in wait under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has, with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history--the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete...Jason Voorhees.

UNDER THE SEA 3D
February 13

This new IMAX adventure transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. In IMAX 3D, the images will literally leap off the screen and float around the theatre, putting the audience in the movie.

WATCHMEN
March 6

A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?

OBSERVE AND REPORT
April 10

At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher. Driven to protect and serve the mall and its patrons, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his underappreciated law enforcement talents on a grand scale, hoping his solution of this crime will earn a coveted spot at the police academy and the heart of his elusive dream girl Brandi, the hot make-up counter clerk who won't give him the time of day. But his single-minded pursuit of glory launches a turf war with the equally competitive Detective Harrison of the Conway Police, and Ronnie is confronted with the challenge of not only catching the flasher, but getting him before the real cops do.

17 AGAIN
April 17

What would you do if you got a second shot at life? Class of 1989, Mike O'Donnell is a star on his high school basketball court with a college scout in the stands and a bright future in his grasp. But instead, he decides to throw it all away to share his life with his girlfriend Scarlett and the baby he just learned they are expecting. Almost 20 years later, Mike's glory days are decidedly behind him. His marriage to Scarlett has fallen apart, he has been passed over for a promotion at work, his teenage kids think he is a loser, and he has been reduced to crashing with his high school nerd-turned-techno-billionaire best friend Ned. But Mike is given another chance when he is miraculously transformed back to the age of 17. Unfortunately, Mike may look 17 again, but his thirtysomething outlook is totally uncool in the class of 2009. And in trying to recapture his best years, Mike could lose the best things that ever happened to him.

GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
May 1

Celebrity photographer Connor Mead loves freedom, fun and women...in that order. A committed bachelor who thinks nothing of breaking up with multiple women on a conference call, Connor's mockery of romance proves a real buzz-kill for his kid brother, Paul, and a houseful of well wishers on the eve of Paul's wedding. Just when it looks like Connor may single-handedly ruin the wedding, he is visited by the ghosts of his former jilted girlfriends, who take him on a revealing and hilarious odyssey through his failed relationships--past, present and future. Together they attempt to find out what turned Connor into such an insensitive jerk and whether there is still hope for him to find true love...or if he really is the lost cause everyone thinks he is.

TERMINATOR SALVATION
May 22

The highly anticipated new installment of "The Terminator" film franchise is set in post-apocalyptic 2018. John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

THE HANGOVER
June 12

Two days before his wedding, Doug and his three friends drive to Las Vegas for a blow-out bachelor party they'll never forget. But, in fact, when the three groomsmen wake up the next morning, they can't remember a thing. For some reason, they find a tiger in the bathroom and a six-month-old baby in the closet of their suite at Caesars Palace. The one thing they can't find is Doug. With no clue as to what transpired and little time to spare, the trio must retrace their hazy steps and all their bad decisions in order to figure out where things went wrong and hopefully get Doug back to L.A. in time to walk down the aisle.

MY SISTER'S KEEPER
June 26

Sara and Brian live an idyllic life with their young son and daughter. But their family is rocked by sudden, heartbreaking news that forces them to make a difficult and unorthodox choice in order to save their baby girl's life. The parents' desperate decision raises both ethical and moral questions and rips away at the foundation of their relationship. Their actions ultimately set off a court case that threatens to tear the family apart, while revealing surprising truths that challenge everyone's perceptions of love and loyalty and give new meaning to the definition of healing.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE
July 17

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

ORPHAN
July 24

The tragic loss of their unborn child has devastated Kate and John, taking a toll on both their marriage and Kate's fragile psyche as she is plagued by nightmares and haunted by demons from her past. Struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy in their lives, the couple decides to adopt another child. At the local orphanage, both John and Kate find themselves strangely drawn to a young girl named Esther. Almost as soon as they welcome Esther into their home, however, an alarming series of events begins to unfold, leading Kate to believe that there's something wrong with Esther--this seemingly angelic little girl is not what she appears to be. Concerned for the safety of her family, Kate tries to get John and others to see past Esther's sweet facade. But her warnings go unheeded until it may be too late...for everyone.

SHORTS
August 7

"Shorts" is set in the suburb of Black Falls, where all the houses look the same and everyone works for BLACK BOX Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated, whose Mr. Black's BLACK BOX is the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget that's sweeping the nation. Other than keeping his parents employed, however, Mr. Black's BLACK BOX has done nothing for 11-year-old Toe Thompson, who just wants to make a few friends...until a mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from the sky, hits him in the head and changes everything. The Rainbow Rock does Mr. Black's BLACK BOX one better: it grants wishes to anyone who holds it. Before long, wishes-gone-wrong have left the neighborhood swarming with tiny spaceships, crocodile armies, giant boogers...and outrageous magical mayhem around every corner. But it's not until the grown-ups get their hands on the Rock that the trouble really starts. Now Toe and his newfound friends must join forces to save their town from itself, discovering along the way that what you wish for is not always what you want.

FINAL DESTINATION: DEATH TRIP 3D
August 21

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. When he comes out of this grisly nightmare Nick panics, persuading his girlfriend, Lori, and their friends, Janet and Hunt, to leave... escaping seconds before Nick's frightening vision becomes a terrible reality. Thinking they've cheated death, the group has a new lease on life, but unfortunately for Nick and Lori, it is only the beginning. As his premonitions continue and the crash survivors begin to die one-by-one--in increasingly gruesome ways--Nick must figure out how to cheat death once and for all before he, too, reaches his final destination. The film marks the latest in the highly popular "Final Destination" series, and its first 3D installment, giving horror fans an especially visceral thrill ride.

WHITEOUT
September 11

Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, is investigating the continent's first murder, which draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer.

THE INFORMANT
September 18

What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been quite so forthcoming about helping himself to the corporate coffers. Whitacre's ever-changing account frustrates the agents and threatens the case against ADM as it becomes almost impossible to decipher what is real and what is the product of Whitacre's rambling imagination. Based on the true story of the highest-ranking corporate whistleblower in U.S. history.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
October 16

Maurice Sendak's classic book Where the Wild Things Are comes to the big screen in an adventure tale for every generation.

THE BOX
November 6

Norma and Arthur Lewis are a suburban couple with a young child who receive an anonymous gift bearing fatal and irrevocable consequences. A simple wooden box, it promises to deliver its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However, pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world...someone they don't know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the crosshairs of a startling moral dilemma and face the true nature of their humanity.

SHERLOCK HOLMES
November 20

In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, "Sherlock Holmes" sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.

UNTITLED CLINT EASTWOOD PROJECT
December 2009

The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's underdog rugby team as they make an unlikely run to the 1995 World Cup Championship match.

NINJA ASSASSIN
TBA 2009

Raizo is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive...and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.

Source: WB

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12:12PM on 12/16/2008
Some good looking flicks here....cool!
Some good looking flicks here....cool!
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12:02PM on 12/16/2008

Very solid lineup

In comparison to Sony's dismal slate, Warner Bros has a pretty solid lineup.

From just this list (excluding any indies picked up at festivals):

Watchmen
The Informant
Sherlock Holmes
Clint Eastwood project (Human Factor)
Where the Wild Things Are
In comparison to Sony's dismal slate, Warner Bros has a pretty solid lineup.

From just this list (excluding any indies picked up at festivals):

Watchmen
The Informant
Sherlock Holmes
Clint Eastwood project (Human Factor)
Where the Wild Things Are
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1:00AM on 12/16/2008
actually "17 Again" sounds closer to that 80's George Burns classic "18 Again!" Can anyone say prequel...j/k

The Hangover and Mr. Holmes abs look interesting enough to keep me hip, though
actually "17 Again" sounds closer to that 80's George Burns classic "18 Again!" Can anyone say prequel...j/k

The Hangover and Mr. Holmes abs look interesting enough to keep me hip, though
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12:14AM on 12/16/2008
Hey Joblo staff can we get the cast and directors names for each movie for these articles?
It always helps give the thumbs up or thumbs down to these upcoming films

Hey Joblo staff can we get the cast and directors names for each movie for these articles?
It always helps give the thumbs up or thumbs down to these upcoming films

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7:41PM on 12/15/2008
Actually, about 3/4 of the movies listed above are remakes.
He's Just Not That Into You = Singles
17 Again = 13 Going on 30
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past = Kiss Me Goodbye meets A Christmas Carol
Orphan = The Good Son
The Box = Old Twilight Zone episode

I guess this is why I'll be watching mostly Netflix movies next year.
Actually, about 3/4 of the movies listed above are remakes.
He's Just Not That Into You = Singles
17 Again = 13 Going on 30
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past = Kiss Me Goodbye meets A Christmas Carol
Orphan = The Good Son
The Box = Old Twilight Zone episode

I guess this is why I'll be watching mostly Netflix movies next year.
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6:48PM on 12/15/2008
anyways, WB's lineup is super tight this year!
anyways, WB's lineup is super tight this year!
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6:41PM on 12/15/2008
why the fuck are there two movies about mall cops coming out this year?!?!
why the fuck are there two movies about mall cops coming out this year?!?!
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6:34PM on 12/15/2008
This is very strong slate of films. I have not heard about the Hangover, but seeing that picture of Zach Galafianakis holding a baby has basically sold me on it.
This is very strong slate of films. I have not heard about the Hangover, but seeing that picture of Zach Galafianakis holding a baby has basically sold me on it.
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4:22PM on 12/15/2008
Good Stuff, Really wish we'd see more on Ninja Assasin
Good Stuff, Really wish we'd see more on Ninja Assasin
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3:50PM on 12/15/2008
Looks surprisingly quality. Admittedly looks like shit till Feb, but isn't always. Why Release that around V-Day though?
Looks surprisingly quality. Admittedly looks like shit till Feb, but isn't always. Why Release that around V-Day though?
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2:47PM on 12/15/2008

remake

I'm sure this has already been pointed out somewhere but THE BOX is a remake of I believe a TWILIGHT ZONE episode from the 80's. The twist at the end is a doozy, but I'm not sure how they plan to stretch out such a short story into a feature film. Interesting.
I'm sure this has already been pointed out somewhere but THE BOX is a remake of I believe a TWILIGHT ZONE episode from the 80's. The twist at the end is a doozy, but I'm not sure how they plan to stretch out such a short story into a feature film. Interesting.
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2:24PM on 12/15/2008

not really....

gona comment just gona say fucking sweet fucking sweet
gona comment just gona say fucking sweet fucking sweet
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2:22PM on 12/15/2008
Looks like WB is really reaching out of the box with their lineup this year. Which is probably why they moved a financially viable franchise like Harry Potter into the summer. They have some really interesting films coming up next year. Glad to see they're not all sequels and comic book adaptations.
Looks like WB is really reaching out of the box with their lineup this year. Which is probably why they moved a financially viable franchise like Harry Potter into the summer. They have some really interesting films coming up next year. Glad to see they're not all sequels and comic book adaptations.
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2:08PM on 12/15/2008

overall

They got quite a few cool projects lined-up... most looking forward to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and THE BOX.
They got quite a few cool projects lined-up... most looking forward to WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and THE BOX.
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