We've seen what Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures have lined up for 2009 and now, with just one day left in 2008, Paramount has snuck in their 2009 preview! It's a pretty geektastic year for Paramount with TRANSFORMERS 2, GI JOE, STAR TREK and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS all coming our way. But what else do they have to offer? Check it out below!
HOTEL FOR DOGS
January 16, 2009
Hotel for Dogs stars Emma Roberts, Jake T. Austin, Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Dillon and Don Cheadle in a smart, funny comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi (Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Austin) to have a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce's talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday - and eventually for all Friday's friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering who let the dogs in.
January 16, 2009
Based on an extraordinary true story, Defiance is an epic tale of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a primitive struggle to survive into something far more consequential - a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others. At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others - men and women, young and old - willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment's freedom. Tuvia (CRAIG) is a reluctant leader and his decisions are challenged by his brother, Zus (SCHREIBER) who worries that Tuvia's idealistic plans will doom them all. Asael (BELL) is the youngest, caught between his brothers' fierce rivalry. As a brutal winter descends, they work to create a community, and to keep faith alive when all humanity appears to be lost.
January 30, 2009
In the suspense thriller The Uninvited, based on the 2003 Korean motion picture Changhwa, Hongryon written and directed by Kim Jee-woon, Anna (Emily Browning) returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), has moved into their house and become engaged to her father, Steven (David Strathairn). Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions. Together, Anna and her sister (Arielle Kebbel) must convince their father that his new fiancee is not who she pretends to be, and what should have been a happy family reunion becomes a lethal battle of wills between stepdaughters and stepmother.
I LOVE YOU, MAN
March 20, 2009
In I Love You, Man, a comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Zoolander), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, Knocked Up The 40 Year Old Virgin) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey (The Office's Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward man-dates, before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peter's relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancee and his new found bro, in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.
MONSTERS vs. ALIENS
March 27, 2009
When California girl Susan Murphy is unwittingly clobbered by a meteor full of outer space gunk on her wedding day, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet-11-inches tall. The military jumps into action and Susan is captured and secreted away to a covert government compound. There, she is renamed Ginormica and placed in confinement with a ragtag group of Monsters: the brilliant but insect-headed Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D.; the macho half-ape, half-fish The Missing Link; the gelatinous and indestructible B.O.B.; and the 350-foot grub called Insectosaurus. Their confinement is cut short, however, when a mysterious alien robot lands on Earth and begins storming the country. In a moment of desperation, the President is persuaded to enlist the motley crew of Monsters to combat the Alien Robot and save the world from imminent destruction.
Monsters vs. Aliens is DreamWorks Animation's first InTru 3D Movie. A 2D version will also be available.
April 24, 2009
In The Soloist, an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (OscarŪ nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (OscarŪ winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. The Soloist is directed by Joe Wright (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and OscarŪ nominee for Best Picture Atonement).
May 8, 2009
From director J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Alias), producers Damon Lindelof and Bryan Burk and screenwriters Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (TRANSFORMERS, MI: III) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before.
June 12, 2009
In Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies' family comedy Imagine That, Eddie Murphy stars as a successful financial executive who has more time for his blackberry than his seven-year-old daughter (Yara Shahidi). When he has a crisis of confidence and his career starts going down the drain, however, he finds the solution to all his problems in his daughter's imaginary world.
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
June 26, 2009
In the highly-anticipated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, debuting June 26, 2009, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the AutobotsŪ against their sworn enemies, the DecepticonsŪ. Michael Bay directs from a screenplay by Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex
G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
August 7, 2009
Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster TRANSFORMERS, join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. is directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, The Mummy Returns).
August 14, 2009
Dance Flick is a hilarious new comedy that brings together the talents of two generations of the Wayans family, the explosively funny clan who brought us the Scary Movie franchise and White Chicks, as well as the groundbreaking TV series In Living Color.
In Dance Flick, a young street dancer, Thomas Uncles (Damon Wayans, Jr.), from the wrong side of the tracks and a beautiful young woman, Megan White
(Shoshana Bush), are brought together by their passion for dancing and put to the test in the mother of all dance battles.
Dance Flick sends up the dance movie genre, including such recent hits as Step Up and You Got Served, as well as the classic
THE GOODS: THE DON READY STORY
August 21, 2009
Who is Don Ready? Salesman? Lover? Song Stylist? Semi-professional dolphin trainer? Ready is all of the above - except for a dolphin trainer. When he's asked to help save an ailing local car dealership from bankruptcy, Ready and his ragtag crew descend on the town of Temecula like a pack of coyotes on a basket full of burgers. Selling, drinking, selling and going to strip clubs is their stock and trade. And they do it well. What Don doesn't expect is to fall in love and find his soul (cue heartfelt piano). The Goods: The Don Ready Story stars Emmy award-winning actor Jeremy Piven (The Kingdom, Entourage) and Ving Rhames (I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Mission: Impossible III). The film, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions, is directed by Neal Brennan, creator of the hugely successful Comedy Central hit Chappelle's Show.
THE LOVELY BONES
December 11, 2009
Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by OscarŪ winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Jackson & Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens, The Lovely Bones centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. OscarŪ nominee Mark Wahlberg and OscarŪ winners Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon star along with Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and OscarŪ nominee Saoirse Ronan.
SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
Kirk (Jay Baruchel, Knocked Up, Tropic Thunder), an average Joe, can't believe his luck. Though he's stuck in a seemingly dead-end job as an airport security agent, against all odds Molly (Alice Eve), a successful and outrageously gorgeous babe falls for him. Kirk is stunned. So are his friends, his family and even his ex-girlfriend. Now he has to figure out how to make the relationship work, even though he's the first to admit She's Out of My League.
UP IN THE AIR
From Jason Reitman, the OscarŪ nominated director of Juno, comes a comedy called Up in the Air starring OscarŪ winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road but is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he's worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.
From OscarŪ-winning director Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is the story of two U.S. marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), who are summoned to a remote and barren island off the cost of Massachusetts to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from the island's fortress-like hospital for the criminally insane.