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2004 MGM Preview!!

11.12.2003

MGM is the first studio to provide us with info/pics of their 2004 slate, and even though most of the films don't even have firm release dates yet, it does give you an idea of what's to come including the return of the lovely Ashley Judd, cutey-patootey Mandy Moore in yet another teen flick, The Rock's next on-screen adventure, Snoop Dogg's take on slapstick and more. Basic info and pics below...

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AGENT CODY BANKS 2

Director: Kevin Allen

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Hannah Spearritt, Daniel Roebuck, Anthony Anderson, Cynthia Stevenson, Keith David

Plot: Frankie Muniz returns as super cool spy Cody Banks in Agent Cody Banks 2. In Cody's new adventure, a rogue CIA agent has stolen a top secret mind-control device and Cody has to go undercover in London to get it back. Posing as a student at an elite boarding school, Cody has to keep the other kids from discovering his true identity while infiltrating covert hideouts, spying on his sinister target - and going to class. With all-new gadgets, high-flying action, exciting chases, and a wisecracking new handler (Anthony Anderson), Cody's in a race against time - he has to retrieve the device before the world's leaders fall under the control of a diabolical villain.

BARBERSHOP 2

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Starring: Ice Cube, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity, Leonard Earl Howze, Kenan Thompson, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Michael Ealy, Harry Lennix, Queen Latifah

Plot: Time for another haircut - the buzz is back in Barbershop 2. Calvin (Ice Cube), Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), Terri (Eve), Jimmy (Thomas), Isaac (Garity), Ricky (Ealy), and Dinka (Howze) are once more open for business at Calvin's Barbershop, with Queen Latifah cutting up as Gina, a stylist at the beauty shop next door. Calvin is again struggling to keep his father's shop and traditions alive, this time against urban developers looking to replace "mom & pop" establishments with name-brand chains. The world changes, but some things never go out of style - from current events and politics to relationships and love, you can still say anything you want at the barbershop.

CODE 46

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton

Plot: Code 46 is a love story set in an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papelles," a special travel insurance. Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted. William (Robbins) is a family man who works as an insurance investigator.

When his company sends him to another city to solve a case of fake papelles, he meets a woman named Maria (Morton). Although he knows she has been creating the forgeries, he falls completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours. Back home, William is obsessed with the memory of Maria. He tries to see her but is refused the necessary papers to travel. Desperate, he uses one of the fake papelles he kept from his investigation. He eventually tracks her down, only to discover she has been accused of a Code 46 violation.

DE-LOVELY

Director: Irwin Winkler

Starring: Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Mario Frangoulis, Mick Hucknall, Alanis Morissette, Jonathan Pryce, Elvis Costello, Lara Fabian, Vivian Green, Diana Krall, Robbie Williams

Plot: De-lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, filled with his unforgettable songs. In the film, Porter is looking back on his life as if it was one of his spectacular stage shows, with the people and events of his life becoming the actors and action onstage. Through elaborate production numbers and legendary hits like "Anything Goes," "It's De-lovely," and "Night and Day," Porter's elegant, excessive past comes to light - including his deeply complicated relationship with his wife and muse, Linda Lee Porter. Directed by Academy AwardŽ-winner Irwin Winkler from a script by Jay Cocks and starring OscarŽ-winner Kevin Kline, Ashley Judd, and Jonathan Pryce in addition to some of today's biggest rock and pop music stars, De-lovely is a sparkling celebration of Porter's music as well as a stirring exploration of the artist's journey and the undying power of love.

OSAMA

Director: Siddiq Barmak

Starring: Marina Golbarhari, Khwaja Nader, Arif Herati, Zubaida Sahar, Hamida Refah, Gol Rahman Ghorbandi

Plot: A 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother lose their jobs when the Taliban closes the hospital where they work. The Taliban have also forbidden women to leave their houses without a "legal companion." With her husband and brother dead there is no one left to support the family, and without being able to leave the house the mother is left with nowhere to turn. Feeling she has no other choice, she disguises her daughter as a boy. Now called Osama, the girl embarks on a terrifying and confusing journey as she tries to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity. Inspired by a true story, Osama is the first entirely Afghan film shot since the rise and fall of the Taliban.

SAVED!

Director: Brian Dannelly

Starring: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit, Heather Matarazzo, Eva Amuri, Martin Donovan, Mary-Louise Parker

Plot: "Good girl" Mary (Jena Malone) and her popular, influential best friend, Hilary Faye (Mandy Moore), are starting their senior year at the top of the social structure at American Christian High School. But when Mary finds out she's pregnant, Hilary Faye and her devoted "disciples" turn against Mary and the school labels her an outcast. Her senior year quickly turns into a nightmare. It's as an outcast, however, that she finds true friends - other students the school doesn't quite know what to do with. In this sweetly subversive comedy, a group of strangers band together to navigate the treacherous halls and make it to graduation, ultimately learning more about themselves and finding out what it truly means to be Saved!

SOUL PLANE

Director: Jessy Terrero

Starring: Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Mo'Nique, Tom Arnold, John Witherspoon, Kevin Hart, K.D. Aubert, Missi Pyle, Loni Love, D.L. Hughley, Sommore, Brian Hooks, Sofia Vergara, Ryan Pinkston, Godfrey C. Danchimah, Gary Anthony Williams, Arielle Kebbel

Plot: Why just fly when you can soar with soul! After a humiliating experience on an airplane, Nashawn Wade sues the airline and is awarded a huge settlement. Determined to make good with the money, he creates the full-service airline of his dreams, complete with sexy stewardesses, funky music, a hot onboard dance club, and a bathroom attendant. Departing from all-new Terminal X in Los Angeles, Soul Plane gives "fly" a whole new meaning, taking its passengers on a maiden voyage full of comedy.

THE UNDERTOW

Director: David Gordon Green

Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Jamie Bell, Devon Alan

Plot: Set in a contemporary South untouched by time, The Undertow is a dramatic thriller about two brothers who run away from home to guard a secret following the death of their father and the arrival of their greedy, troubled uncle.

WALKING TALL

Director: Kevin Bray

Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Johnny Knoxville, Neal McDonough

Plot: In Walking Tall, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays Chris Vaughn, a retired soldier who returns to his hometown to make a new life for himself, only to discover his wealthy high school rival, Jay Hamilton (Neal McDonough), has closed the once-prosperous lumber mill and turned the town's resources towards his own criminal gains. The place Chris grew up is now overrun with crime, drugs, and violence. Enlisting the help of his old pal Ray Templeton (Johnny Knoxville), Chris gets elected sheriff and vows to shut down Hamilton's operations. His actions endanger his family and threaten his own life, but Chris refuses to back down until his hometown once again feels like home.

WICKER PARK

Director: Paul McGuigan

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Matthew Lillard, Rose Byrne, Diane Kruger

Plot: Intricately moving back and forth in time and revealing the story from each character?s perspective, Wicker Park is an intense psychological drama about a man (John Hartnett) caught in an obsessive search for a woman he fell deeply in love with - a woman who then vanished without a trace. Two years after her disappearance, he catches a fleeting glimpse of her in a local bar and begins a twisting search to find her and discover what really happened.

Source: MGM/UA
Tags: Hollywood

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