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In Theaters Friday

In Theaters Friday is a weekly column that provides you with early word on the latest trailers playing in front of the newest movies.

Movies, movies, and more movies. The holiday season is now officially jam-packed with visual stimuli intended to make you eat popcorn, 'chos, and gallons of Cherry Coke. This weekend sees three high profile new releases and some news on future trailers. Let's roll, bitches.

One of two movies opening ultra-wide this weekend is CHARLOTTE'S WEB (Eragon is estimated to have the same number of screens). Paramount pulled out all of the stops for the live action (CGI infested) adaptation of this E.B. White classic. Voices featured are Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, John Cleese, Steve Buscemi, Robert Redford, and Cedric the Entertainer. No sign of Danny Bonaduce, who did voice a character in the original adaptation. Trailers looking for placement include SHREK THE THIRD, BEE MOVIE, BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA, FIREHOUSE DOG, HAPPILY N'VER AFTER, ARTHUR & INVISIBLES, THE LAST MIMZY, ARE WE DONE YET?, and the premiere of NANCY DREW.

Also opening incredibly wide, is ERAGON. 20th Century Fox's answer to THE LORD OF THE RINGS (or is this more of a response to WILLOW?), stars Edward Speleers, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Robert Carlyle, and Djimon Hounsou. If this fantasy release breaks out like THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA or THE LORD OF THE RINGS, expect sequels to flood the dam. Trailers looking for placement include NORBIT, SHREK THE THIRD, EVAN ALMIGHTY, EPIC MOVIE, the premiere of LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, THE LAST MIMZY, and TMNT.

The third and final new wide release this weekend is THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS. Starring Will Smith and son, Jaden Smith, this is the biggest heart-string yanker on the block this season. I think I saw "Stone Cold" Steve Austin crying when this trailer showed at the local cineplex. Trailers looking for placement include FREEDOM WRITERS, DREAMGIRLS, BECAUSE I SAID SO, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, CODE NAME: THE CLEANER, REIGN OVER ME, PREMONITION, STOMP THE YARD, and MUSIC AND LYRICS.

In future trailer news, look for a OCEAN'S 13 trailer with ROCKY BALBOA and NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. ComingSoon.net reported trailers for FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, THE SIMPSONS, and RUSH HOUR 3 will appear alongside NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM. That's all for now, have a great one!

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Disclaimer: Not every theater plays exactly the same trailers in front of each movie. Your best bet is to call ahead and ask a manager for as much information as possible. We try our hardest to get you the best information, but nothing is guaranteed.

Check back this very column as we update with any late breaking trailer news and links as to when these clips will show up online. Don't hesitate to e-mail me any trailers that you can confirm or deny seeing: [email protected].

Source: JoBlo.com

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