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WB 2004 Preview 1/2


One of the studios with the most intriguing lineups for 2004 has to be WARNER BROS. They've got some big-budget epics in ALEXANDER and TROY, some smaller thrillers in TAKING LIVES and SPARTAN and some teenybopper fare in NEW YORK MINUTE and A CINDERELLA STORY. And there's also some movie about a boy wizard with glasses and a lighting bolt shaped scar. Let's take a look below at all the things the WB has planned for us in the year ahead.


Director: Joseph Kahn

Starring: Ice Cube, Martin Henderson, Monet Mazur, Jamie Pressly, Jay Hernandez

Date: January 16th

Plot: Biker Cary Ford (Martin Henderson) has returned to his hometown to reunite with his girlfriend Shane (Monet Mazur) and take care of a little unfinished business. When he skipped town months ago, Ford was in possession of several motorcycles belonging to Henry (Matt Schulze), a ruthless drug dealer and leader of the Hellions biker gang. Now Henry’s putting the squeeze on Ford in an attempt to retrieve the bikes, which have something a little more valuable than gas in their tanks.

When Ford is less than willing to cooperate, Henry frames him for the murder of Junior, younger brother of Trey (Ice Cube), the fearsome leader of the Reapers motorcycle gang. With the help of his loyal buddies Dalton (Jay Hernandez) and Val (Will Yun Lee), Ford must outrun an FBI agent (Adam Scott) who’s hot on his trail while eluding both the misinformed Trey, hell-bent on revenge, and the callous Henry, who’s dead-set on getting back what is rightfully his. Racing across the desert in a perilous attempt to prove his innocence and convince Shane that he’s worth a second chance, Ford must outrace his enemies if he wants to clear his name and live to ride another day.


Director: George Armitage

Starring: Owen Wilson, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Gary Sinise, Sara Foster

Date: January 30th

Plot: Set on the exotic North Shore of Oahu, The Big Bounce stars Owen Wilson as a likeable drifter who hooks up with a thrill-loving woman (Sara Foster) specializing in good looks and petty crime. When she tries to seduce him into double-crossing his former boss (Gary Sinise), a shady real estate developer, for a chunk of cash, it could be the perfect score or the perfect set-up.


Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Snoop Dogg

Date: March 5th

Plot: In STARSKY & HUTCH, the origins of the charismatic crime-fighting duo David Starsky and Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson are explored when these undercover Bay City detectives are partnered for their very first assignment. Ben Stiller plays the tightly wound Detective David Starsky who is thrown together with Owen Wilson’s easygoing Detective Ken Hutchinson on a high-stakes case. Platinum-selling rapper and actor Snoop Dogg plays their savvy street informant Huggy Bear. Vince Vaughn also joins the cast as Reese Feldman, a smooth-talking entrepreneur with an eye towards the future.


Director: David Mamet

Starring: Val Kilmer, William H. Macy, Derek Luke, Kristen Bell

Date: March 12th

Plot: Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) is a career military officer working in a highly secretive special operations force. A man hardened by years of brutal service, he is respected by his peers and elders in the world of espionage. When Scott is recruited to find Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the daughter of a high-ranking government official, he is paired with novice Curtis (Derek Luke), who becomes his protégé. Working with a special task force comprised of Presidential Advisors, the Secret Service, FBI and CIA, Scott and Derek stumble upon a white slavery ring, which may have some connection to Laura’s disappearance.

As the story unfolds, the straightforward search-and-rescue mission becomes complicated by the political ambitions of those in high places – like Stoddard (William H. Macy), a political operative who may know more than he’s telling about the clandestine circumstances surrounding Laura’s abduction. Scott and Curtis are at the brink of tracking Laura’s whereabouts when the mission comes to an abrupt conclusion, with the media issuing reports of the girl’s death. Scott returns to the quiet life of landowner in a rural location and awaits his next assignment in relative peace. But Curtis can’t rest. In his naiveté, he seeks out Scott to confide his belief that Laura is in fact alive. If she is, their continued unofficial investigation will put them as well as Laura at the center of a dangerous conspiracy that reaches the highest levels.


Director: Simon Wincer

Starring: Narrated by Keifer Sutherland

Date: March 12th

Plot: Using the magic of IMAX® 3D technology, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience puts audiences behind the wheel of America’s most thrilling competition, racing at speeds over 200 miles per hour and working alongside the pit crew. Moviegoers will feel rush of being a NASCAR driver and learn what it takes to compete at this championship level though the science, technology and teamwork that powers the nation’s number one spectator sport. The heart-pounding thrills of NASCAR are brought to life on IMAX screens up to eight stories high and surrounded by 12,000 watts of digital surround sound.


Director: DJ Caruso

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Olivier Martinez, Keifer Sutherland

Date: March 19th

Plot: A top FBI profiler, Special Agent Illeana Scott (Angelina Jolie) doesn’t rely on traditional crime-solving techniques to unravel the mysteries of a murderous mind. Her intuitive, unconventional approach often makes the crucial difference between catching a killer and sending a dead-end case to the cold file. When Montreal detectives handling a local homicide investigation reluctantly ask for an outsider’s help to get inside the head of a cunning serial killer, Agent Scott joins the case. With meticulous insight, she theorizes that the chameleon-like killer is “life-jacking” – assuming the lives and identities of his victims.

As the pressure mounts to catch the elusive murderer, Agent Scott’s unorthodox methods alienate her from a territorial police team that feels threatened by her uncanny abilities. Her seemingly cold demeanor belies an unparalleled passion for her work, and she’s at her best when she’s working alone. But when an unexpected attraction sparks a complicated romantic entanglement, the consummate specialist begins to doubt her finely-honed instincts. Alone in an unfamiliar city with no one she can trust, Agent Scott suddenly finds herself on a twisted and terrifying journey, surrounded by suspects in a case that has become chillingly personal.


Director: Raja Gosnell

Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard

Date: March 26th

Plot: Scooby and the gang lose their cool – and their stellar reputation – when an anonymous masked villain wreaks mayhem on the city of Coolsville with a monster machine that re-creates classic Mystery Inc. foes like The Pterodactyl Ghost, The Black Knight and The 10,000 Volt Ghost. Under pressure from relentless reporter Heather Jasper-Howe (Alicia Silverstone) and the terrified citizens of Coolsville, the gang launches an investigation into the mysterious monster outbreak that leaves Shaggy and Scooby questioning their roles in Mystery Inc. The ever-ravenous duo, determined to prove they’re great detectives, don a series of far-out disguises in their search for clues. Meanwhile, brainy Velma (Linda Cardellini) becomes smitten with a key suspect, Coolsville Museum curator Patrick Wisely (Seth Green), as macho leader Fred (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and image-conscious Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar) attempt to determine the identity of the Evil Masked Figure who is unleashing the monsters in an attempt to take over Coolsville.


Director: Howard Deutch

Starring: Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet

Date: April 9th

Plot: Thanks to falsified dental records supplied by his former neighbor Nicholas “Oz” Oseransky (Matthew Perry), retired hitman Jimmy “The Tulip” Tudeski (Bruce Willis) now spends his days compulsively cleaning his house and perfecting his culinary skills with his wife Jill (Amanda Peet), a purported assassin who has yet to pull off a clean hit. Suddenly, an uninvited and unwelcome connection to their past unexpectedly shows up on Jimmy and Jill’s doorstep: it’s Oz, and he’s begging them to help him rescue his wife from a Hungarian mob. Together they’ll have to go the whole nine yards – and then some – to manage the mounting Mafioso mayhem.


Director: Denny Gordon

Starring: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andy Richter, Eugene Levy

Date: May 7th

Plot: In the tradition of FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF, the action comedy NEW YORK MINUTE follows one monumental day in the lives of 17-year-old sisters Jane and Roxanne Ryan, adversaries who begrudgingly journey together from their Long Island home to New York City, where meticulously prepared overachiever Jane (Ashley Olsen) is due to deliver a speech to qualify for a prestigious college scholarship abroad. Meanwhile, laid-back punk rock rebel Roxy (Mary-Kate Olsen) hopes to get backstage at an underground music video shoot and slip her demo tape to the band. But Roxy’s and Jane’s plans go wildly awry when a mix-up involving Jane’s precious day planner lands them in the middle of a shady black market transaction. Pursued by an overzealous truant officer (Eugene Levy) and accused of kidnapping a Senator’s dog, the Ryans must find a way to work together to thwart the forces threatening to jeopardize Jane’s college dreams and ship Roxy off to a convent school.


Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Date: May 14th

Plot: An epic chronicle of the triumphs and tragedy of the legendary Trojan War, Troy begins as the passion of two of history’s most legendary lovers, Prince Paris of Troy (Orlando Bloom) and Queen Helen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), ignites a war between the Trojans and the united tribes of Greece. When the two civilizations clash, legendary warrior Achilles (Brad Pitt) emerges as the key to the Greeks’ victory or defeat over the seemingly invincible walls of Troy.


Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickm

Date: June 4th

Plot: In HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) return for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the teenagers are forced to face their darkest fears as they confront a dangerous escaped prisoner (Gary Oldman) and the equally foreboding Dementors, who are sent there to protect them.

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