Fall Movie Preview Guide 2011

From vampires to Muppets, get your first look at the Fall movies hitting theaters this year. Starting with…

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Jude Law in a scene from "Contagion" (Photo credit by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Contagion (September 9)

Directed by the incomparable Steven Soderbergh, this IMAX, PG-13 film features a top-notch cast that includes Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet, along with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Lawrence Fishburne. “Contagion” follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that quickly turns into a worldwide pandemic. As the global medical community searches for a cure, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming unraveled. Look for many of the hallmarks that have come to be synonymous with a Soderbergh film, including his way of weaving a non-linear narrative together, and conveying the raw emotions of his characters using hand held cameras and jarring shots.

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A still from "The Lion King." (Photo credit by CBS/Disney)

The Lion King 3D (September 16)

Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa are back and better than ever this fall when Disney’s “The Lion King” roars into theaters and homes in breathtaking 3D. A special two-week theatrical extravaganza kicks off Sept. 16, 2011, showcasing the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film on the big screen in Disney Digital 3D™ for the first time ever, and its highly anticipated home entertainment debut kicks off October 4, celebrating the Diamond Edition release of the epic movie “The Lion King” in high-definition Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 3D™.

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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam (Photo credit by AP Photo)

Pearl Jam Twenty (September 20)

“Pearl Jam Twenty” chronicles the years leading up to the band’s formation, the chaos that ensued soon-after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them-giving way to a work culture that would sustain them. Told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound, the film is carved from over 1,200 hours of rarely-seen and never-before seen footage spanning the band’s career. “Pearl Jam Twenty” is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam: part concert film, part intimate insider-hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists.

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Taylor Lautner and Lily Collins (l-r) in scene from movie "Abduction" (Photo by AP Photo/Lionsgate)

Abduction (September 23)

If you can’t wait to get your fix, Taylor Lautner fans can look out for him in a tale of international intrigue and espionage in “Abduction.” The Hollywood hottie not only exercises his muscles in this Lionsgate release, but displays some strong acting chops and performs all his own stunts to boot. Drooling teenage girls don’t have long to wait, the John Singleton directed thriller will hit theaters this September.

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Scene from "Dolphin Tale" (Photo credit by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Dolphin Tale (September 23)

Director Charles Martin Smith and writers Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi tells the inspiring true story of a brave dolphin caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her trail. She is rescued and transported to a marine hospital in Florida, where her prognosis for survival is dim. Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman help forge the story around the groundbreaking miracle that might not only save Winter’s life, but extend hope to millions of other people touched by this heartwarming story of recovery and rehabilitation. (Source: comingsoon.net)

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Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill in a scene from "Moneyball" (Photo credit by Columbia Pictures)

Moneyball (September 23)

Based on a true story, “Moneyball” is a movie for anybody who has ever dreamed of taking on the system. Brad Pitt stars as Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the guy who assembles the team, who has an epiphany: all of baseball’s conventional wisdom is wrong. Forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget, Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. The onetime jock teams with Ivy League grad Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) in an unlikely partnership, recruiting bargain players that the scouts call flawed, but all of whom have an ability to get on base, score runs, and win games. It’s more than baseball, it’s a revolution – one that challenges old school traditions and puts Beane in the crosshairs of those who say he’s tearing out the heart and soul of the game. (Source: comingsoon.net)


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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in Summit Entertainment's "50/50" (Photo credit by Alice @ 97.3/Summit Entertainment))

50/50 (September 30)

Inspired by a true story, “50/50” is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. “50/50” is the story of a guy’s transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health – drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser’s own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. (Source: comingsoon.net)

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Ryan Gosseling & George Clooney in "The Ides of March" (Photo credit by Alice @ 97.3/Sony) )

The Ides of March (October 7)

“The Ides of March” takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency. (Source: comingsoon.net)

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Scene from "Footloose" (Photo credit by Paramount Pictures)

Footloose (October 14)

Writer/director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan”) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, “Footloose.” Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. (Source: comingsoon.net)


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The Three Musketeers w/ D'Artagnan (Photo credit by Summit Entertainment)

The Three Musketeers (October 21)

The hot-headed young D’Artagnan (Logan Lerman) joins forces with three rogue Musketeers (Matthew MacFadyen, Luke Evans and Ray Stevenson) in this reboot of Alexandre Dumas’ story. They must stop the evil Richlieu (Christoph Waltz) and face off with Buckingham (Orlando Bloom) and the treacherous Milady (Milla Jovovich). The action adventure is given a state of the art update in 3D.


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The Rum Diary (Photo credit by Film District)

The Rum Diary (October 28)

Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson, “The Rum Diary” tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp). Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper, The San Juan Star, run by downtrodden editor Lotterman (Richard Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked life of the island, Paul soon becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the wildly attractive Connecticut-born fiancée of Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart). Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals, is one of a growing number of American entrepreneurs who are determined to convert Puerto Rico into a capitalist paradise in service of the wealthy. When Kemp is recruited by Sanderson to write favorably about his latest unsavory scheme, the journalist is presented with a choice: to use his words for the corrupt businessmen’s financial benefit, or use them to take the bastards down.


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Puss In Boots (Photo by DreamWorks Animation)

Puss In Boots (November 4)

Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!

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Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe (Photo credit by The Weinstein Company)

My Week With Marilyn (November 4)

Based on two memoirs by Colin Clark, “My Week with Marilyn” tells the story of the week Clark (Eddie Redmayne) spent showing Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Wiliams) around England while she was filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Sir Laurence Olivier (played by Kenneth Branagh) in 1956. The film also stars Dougray Scott as Monroe’s new husband, playwright Arthur Miller along with Dame Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper and Emma Watson rounds out the cast.

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Tower Heist (November 4)

Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in “Tower Heist,” a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.

Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.

With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover in Warner Bros. Pictures' "J. Edgar." (Photo credit by Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros. Pictures)

J. Edgar (November 11)

“J. Edgar” explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. (Source: comingsoon.net)

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Henry Cavill in a scene from "Immortals" (Photo credit by Relativity Media)

Immortals (November 11)

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (“The Cell,” “The Fall”) and producers Gianni Nunnari (“300”), Mark Canton (“300”) and Ryan Kavanaugh (“The Fighter”) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in “Immortals,” a stylish and spectacular 3D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

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Adam Sandler & Adam Sandler in a scene from "Jack & Jill" (Photo crecit by Columbia Pictures)

Jack and Jill (November 11)

“Jack and Jill” is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack’s wife. (Source: comingsoon.net)


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