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    ‘Trek,’ ‘Transformers,’ ‘Terminator’ — oh my!
    Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Shia LaBeouf look to crush the box office
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    Spring flick picks
    Movie studios hope that new versions of “Terminator” and “Star Trek” will have you ordering a large popcorn and settling in for a fun ride.

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    By Paige Newman
    Movies editor
    updated 1:32 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 20, 2009

    There are certain movies true fans dress up for. Vulcan ears for “Star Trek,” perhaps fake claws for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” heck, maybe even a metal exoskeleton for “Terminator Salvation.” These are more than just movies, they are events. And the studios involved are banking on breaking some box office records. Will you oblige them?

    “Terminator Salvation”


    ‘Terminator Salvation’: May 21
    After Skynet has destroyed much of humanity in a nuclear holocaust, a group of survivors led by John Connor (Christian Bale) struggles to keep the machines from finishing the job.
    Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common
    Director: McG
    Story: Set in 2018, John Connor (Bale) is ready to fight against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But when he meets Marcus Wright (Worthington), he begins to doubt his fated future. Has Wright been sent from the past or the future — and what exactly is he? Yelchin stars as the young Kyle Reese, who is captured by Skynet and used as bait to lure John Connor (since, after all, Kyle is Connor’s dad). This is both a sequel and a prequel.
    Worth seeing? Yes. The question is: Can McG (“Charlie’s Angels”) make a movie that relies on more than just special effects? The good news is that “Dark Knight’s” Jonathan Nolan is a one of the film’s co-writers, along with “CSI” co-creator, Anthony E. Zuiker. McG described Nolan to, saying, “He's literate, intelligent, difficult — an elegant opposition. He got into the whole idea of: ‘Where does humanity begin and machines end?’” For fans who think they know the leaked ending, McG said, “I can say to you definitely now, Connor is not a machine. That's not to say we didn't toy with the idea; how interesting would it be if the leader of the human resistance was actually a Terminator?” At a New York screening, McG did reveal, “The ending might piss some people off.”
    Release date: May 21

    “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”

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    ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’: May 1
    Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) strikes out on his own in this "X-Men" spin-off, in which he faces off with Gambit (Liev Schreiber).
    Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber, Dominic Monaghan, Lynn Collins, Danny Huston, Taylor Kitsch
    Director: Gavin Hood
    Story: Set almost 20 years before “X-Men,” the film tells the story of Logan’s (Jackman) early years and how he became part of the Canadian Government’s plot to turn people into living weapons (also known as Weapon X), which resulted in his becoming Wolverine. He has an intense rivalry with half-brother Victor Creed (Schreiber), who becomes Sabretooth. Other featured mutants include Deadpool (Reynolds) and Gambit (Kitsch).
    Worth seeing? Maybe. Jackman told USA Today that he thought the “X-Men” films had gotten away from who Wolverine really is. “I'm not mad about it, but I thought he had gotten a bit soft,” Jackman said. “I thought we had gotten away from the essence of who Wolverine really is: a bad (dude) who wants to live his own life.” There was a bit of a fuss when it came out that director Hood (“Rendition”) had to go back and do re-shoots. Jackman was quick to send off a note to Aint It Cool News to explain that the re-shoots were due to scheduling conflicts. “Please rest assured that ‘Wolverine’ will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations,” he wrote. Brett Ratner’s third “X-Men” sequel paled in comparison to Bryan Singer’s work on the first two films. Will this film provide a fresh start or will it be more like “Aliens 3”?
    Web site: X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE ||| MAY 1, 2009
    Release date: May 1
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    “Star Trek”


    ‘Star Trek’: May 8
    J.J. Abrams directs this early look at Captain James Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg) and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise.
    Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Ben Cross, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy
    Director: J.J. Abrams
    Story: The latest reboot of the “Star Trek” universe focuses on how the young James T. Kirk (Pine) came to know Spock (Quinto) and became captain of the Starship Enterprise. There are younger versions of all the familiar names including Sulu (Cho), Scotty (Pegg), Uhura (Saldana), McCoy (Urban) and Chekov (Yelchin). In this film they come up against a Romulan named Nero (Bana) who threatens the United Federation of Planets.
    Worth seeing? Yes. The best news about this reboot is that writers Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman (both wrote “Mission Impossible: III”) are all “Star Trek” fans. Orci told that he would consider himself and producer Damon Lindelof “Trekkies.” “There has never been anything on TV that has made sci-fi as relatable and respectable as ‘The Next Generation,’” Orci said. He added that “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” was his favorite of the “Trek” films. Director Abrams (“Lost”) admits to being more of a “Star Wars” guy, but he doesn’t worry about offending the Trekkies. He told the Los Angeles Times, “I can't make this movie for readers of Nacelles Monthly who are only concerned with what the ship's engines look like. They're going to find something they hate no matter what I do.” Abrams also promises that there will be a tribble in the film. Describing the story, Abrams told the L.A. Times, “This story is ultimately about a guy who is full of unbelievable potential but he is aimless, he is lost. He ends up finding a path that takes him beyond his wildest dreams.”
    Web site: Star Trek | Official Movie Site | In Theaters May 2009 | Star Trek Movie
    Release date: May 8

    “Angels & Demons”


    ‘Angels & Demons’: May 15
    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.
    Starring: Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Ayelet Zurer, Stellan Skarsgard, Pierfrancesco Favino, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Armin Mueller-Stahl
    Director: Ron Howard
    Story: Robert Langdon (Hanks) is summoned by Vatican City to investigate a murder victim who’s been branded with the Illuminati ambigram. He discovers a secret society is planning to murder four cardinals and destroy St. Peter’s Basilica during the meeting to choose the next pope. Zurer plays Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra, who helps Langdon solve the mystery.
    Worth seeing? Perhaps. Here’s hoping Howard refined what went wrong with “The Da Vinci Code.” Producer Brian Grazer told USA Today, “I think we may have been too reverential toward (the first book). We got all the facts of the book right, but the movie was a little long and stagey.” You can say that again. The good news: Hanks has left his awful haircut behind.
    Web site: Angels & Demons
    Release date: May 15

    “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”


    ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’: June 24
    Decepticon forces return to Earth on a mission to take Sam Witwicky prisoner, after the young hero learns the truth about the ancient origins of the Transformers.
    Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey
    Director: Michael Bay
    Story: When Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) learns something about the origins of the Transformers, the Decepticons return to Earth to kidnap him. Optimus Prime forms an alliance with international armies to join Sam in the second epic battle to protect mankind.
    Worth seeing? Only if you liked the first one. “Star Trek” writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (along with co-writer Ehren Kruger) also penned this film. Orci told, “It’s about being away from home. It’s a few years later and Sam is going to finally go to college and he’s going to face being away from home just as the autobots are having to deal with being away from Cybertron.” He also revealed that there will be no Dinobots in the film. “We couldn’t quite figure out how to justify a robot that would pretend to be a dinosaur,” Orci said. Director Bay (“The Rock”) told, “The robots have much more personality … Now we can really get these robots to emote.” He promised fans, “This movie is darker.” Parts of the film were actually shot at the Giza pyramid complex and Luxor in Egypt.
    Web site: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen | Official Movie Site & Trailer
    Release date: June 26

    More spring movie guide
    ‘Trek,’ ‘Transformers,’ ‘Terminator’ — oh my!
    Rogen, Cera, Black will make you laugh
    Travolta, Crowe will make your pulse race
    Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Pixar have kids’ flicks
    Bullock, McConaughey ready to create sparks
    Foxx, Diaz, Renner will have you weeping

    Other April, May and June films
    Other April films
    “The Escapist” (April 3)
    Brian Cox stars as Frank Perry, a convict who is serving a life sentence. But when his daughter gets sick, he recruits fellow convicts, who just happen to hate each other, to create an escape plan. Joseph Fiennes co-stars.
    “Alien Trespass” (April 3)
    Inspired by the sci-fi films of the 1950s, Eric McCormack stars as an astronomer whose romantic anniversary with his wife is interrupted by an alien spaceship crash. Who can stop the deadly alien named Ghorta? Robert Patrick, Jenni Baird co-star. Watch the trailer.
    “Sugar” (April 3)
    From the writer-directors of “Half Nelson,” comes the story of a Domican baseball star (Algenis Perez Soto) who gets invited to play U.S. minor league baseball and find himself living in a small Iowa town. Watch the trailer.
    “Gigantic” (April 3)
    Paul Dano stars as a mattress salesmen who plans to adopt a baby from China. He falls in love with a woman (Zooey Deschanel) who comes into his store and falls asleep on one of the mattresses. John Goodman and Ed Asner co-star. Watch the trailer.
    “Lymelife” (April 8)
    A 15-year-old boy’s (Rory Culkin) life is turned around when an outbreak of Lyme disease hits his town. Meanwhile, his parents (Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy) are on the verge of divorce, and he falls for his next-door neighbor (Emma Roberts).
    “American Violet” (April 17)
    Nicole Beharie stars as a single mother who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid. She chooses to fight district attorney (Michael O’Keefe) despite the wishes of her mom (Alfre Woodard). Tim Blake Nelson co-stars as the ACLU attorney who works to set her free. Watch the trailer.
    “Bart Got a Room” (April 17)
    Steven Kaplan stars as a high school boy in search of a prom date. William H. Macy and Cheryl Hines co-star as his parents. His search becomes desperate when he learns the dorkiest guy (Chad Jamian Williams) in school not only has a date, but also a hotel room.
    “Every Little Step” (April 17)
    Documentary follows the lives of dancers as they struggle through auditions for a Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line,” and the film gives a history of the musical.
    “Earth” (April 22)
    James Earl Jones narrates this documentary about one year in the life of three animal families. Directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield from the acclaimed documentary series “Planet Earth” once again explore the world of animals. Watch the trailer.
    "Fighting" (April 24)
    Channing Tatum stars as a young counterfeiter who meets a scam artist (Terrence Howard) who shows him the world of underground street fighting and becomes his manager on the bare-knuckle circuit.
    “Tyson” (April 24)
    Documentary combines archival footage with new interviews to tell the story of boxer Mike Tyson. James Toback (“Two Girls and a Guy”) directs.
    “The Mutant Chronicles” (April 24)
    Thomas Jane stars as Maj. Mitch Hunter who must lead the fight against an army of underworld Necromutants. Ron Perlman co-stars as a true believer who recruits Hunter, while John Malkovich plays the skeptical leader of the depleted world.
    Other May films
    “The Skeptic” (May 1)
    Timothy Daly stars as skeptical lawyer who moves into his dead aunt’s haunted house in this thriller. He begins hearing voices that suggest clues to a deeper mystery. Tom Arnold and Zoe Saldana co-star.
    “Adoration” (May 8)
    Atom Egoyan directs this story of a high school student (Devon Bostick) who weaves his own family history into a translation assignment that involves a newspaper story on terrorism. He then goes on to share his story on their Internet, where he encounters some strong reactions.
    “Rudo y Cursi (May 8)
    “Y Tu Mama Tambien” stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna reteam for this story of two brothers in Mexico who become soccer stars. When they are forced to compete on rival teams bitterness grows between them. Film is written and directed by “Y Tu Mama Tambien” writer Carlos Cuaron.
    “Next Day Air” (May 8)
    In this action-filled comedy, delivery man Leo Jackson (Donald Faison), high on weed, leaves a package of cocaine bricks at the wrong address. This sets into motion a chain of events that could cost him his life. Mike Epps, Mos Def and Wood Harris co-star.
    “Brothers Bloom” (May 15)
    Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody star as con men brothers who decide to swindle a New Jersey heiress (Rachel Weisz). She’s is quickly drawn into their adventure, but Brody begins to wonder if they’ve made a mistake trying to con her. Rinko Kikuchi co-stars.
    “The Limits of Control” (May 22)
    Jim Jarmusch directs this story of mysterious loner (Isaach De Bankole), whose activities are beyond the realm of the law. Gael Garcia Bernal, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and John Hurt co-star. Watch the trailer.
    “Drag Me To Hell” (May 29)
    Sam Raimi directs this horror flick about a loan officer (Alison Lohman) who is ordered to evict an old woman from her home. But when she does, she finds herself the victim of a supernatural curse. Justin Long, David Paymer co-star.
    Other June films
    “Food, Inc.” (June 19)
    Documentary looks at the way we eat has changed in the last 50 years, but how corporation still use a pastoral fantasy to sell us the food we put on our table. It also look at how food is being grown and how it gets to our tables today.
    Source: Paige Newman
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    Nothing new there. Appears Seibertron just posted it because it said Transformers. Not news.
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