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The *Most Anticipated* MOVIES of 2004

Klubmasta Will

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Anchorman

Cast: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Kevin Corrigan, Chuck D
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
Studio: DreamWorks

The Pitch: Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in San Diego in the 1970s. When feminism marches into the newsroom in the form of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), Ron is willing to play along at first... as long as Veronica stays in her place, covering cat fashion shows, cooking, and other "female" interests. But when Veronica refuses to settle for being eye candy and steps behind the news desk, it's more than a battle between two perfectly coiffed anchor-persons... it's war. Will Ferrell co-wrote the screenplay for the film with Adam McKay, a former SNL head writer. The film is also McKay's directing debut.

Why It's Going to Rock: Will Ferrell had an awesome year in movies this past year, with his roles in Old School and Elf. From what we've seen of Anchorman (including our set visit) it looks like it has real potential to be another great vehicle for Ferrell's brand of comedy. There's also a great supporting cast including Steve Carell, veteran fake newscaster from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and scene-stealer of Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty; Paul Rudd, who's been showing some great comedic timing on Friends; and Fred Willard, one of Christopher Guest's great mockumentary regulars.

Anchorman goes live on July 9th.

Blade: Trinity

Cast: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds
Director: David Goyer
Writer: David Goyer
Studio: New Line Cinema

The Pitch: Wesley Snipes returns as the day-walking vampire hunter in the explosive third and final film in the Blade franchise, Blade: Trinity. When the Vampire Nation hatches a plan to frame Blade in a series of brutal killings, he must join forces with the Nightstalkers, a clan of human vampire hunters, in an extreme battle in which the trail of blood leads directly to the notorious vampire legend, Dracula. Jessica Biel plays Abigail, the daughter of Whistler, who inherits the vampire-slaying duties that once belonged to Blade (Wesley Snipes); and Ryan Reynolds (National Lampoon's Van Wilder) as Hannibal King, one of the Nightstalkers.

Why It's Going to Rock: Jessica Biel... 'nuff said. Okay, that's not enough? Well, we hear that indie queen Parker Posey and WWE star Triple H also star in the film. How 'bout that combo?! And there's even a franchise spin-off in the works that may feature Biel's character. Yowza!

Trinity is set for an August 13th release.

The Bourne Supremacy

Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Karl Urban
Director: Paul Greengrass
Writer: Tony Gilroy
Studio: Universal

The Pitch: The Bourne Supremacy re-enters the shadowy world of expert assassin Bourne (Damon), who continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares from his former life. The stakes are now even higher for the agent as he coolly maneuvers through the dangerous waters of international espionage – replete with CIA plots, turncoat agents and ever-shifting covert alliances – all the while hoping to find the truth behind his haunted memories and answers to his own fragmented past.

Why It's Going to Rock: The Bourne Identity was a fun flick and a nice updating of the original 1970s-set novel. Bourne Supremacy brings back Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Julia Stiles and Brian Cox and adds a nice supporting cast with Joan Allen (The Contender) and Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings). Taking over the directing reins from Doug Liman (Go) is Paul Greengrass, a writer-director best known for two critically acclaimed independent flicks, Bloody Sunday & The Theory of Flight. Greengrass's direction should help the franchise not stray too far into popcorn movie fluff territory.

The Bourne Supremacy will release on July 23rd.

The Chronicles of Riddick

Cast: Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Karl Urban, Thandie Newton
Director: David Twohy
Writer: David Twohy
Studio: Universal Pictures

The Pitch: The Chronicles of Riddick reunites audiences with Richard B. Riddick, last glimpsed in Diesel's Pitch Black. It's not a sequel so much as it is a spin-off that takes the character and his story to the next level. As the film begins, we learn that Riddick has spent the last five years wandering the forgotten worlds on the outskirts of the galaxy, on the run from bounty hunters. Riddick finds himself on the planet of Helion, home to a progressive multicultural society, which has been invaded by the Lord Marshal, a zealot who targets humans for subjugation with his army of warriors known as Necromongers.

Exiled to a subterranean prison where extremes of temperature range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick encounters Kyra, the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life. His efforts to free himself and Kyra lead him to the Necromonger command ship, where he is pitted against the Lord Marshal in an apocalyptic battle with possibly the fate of all beings hanging in the balance.

Why It's Going to Rock: Diesel eats up characters like this. We're looking forward to seeing what he and Twohy have come up with. Only time will tell if Riddick is viable as a sci-fi/action franchise. David Twohy wrote and directed the flick.

Riddick blasts into theaters on June 11, 2004.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, et al.
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Writer: Steve Kloves
Studio: Warner Bros.

The Pitch: The already familiar story of POA centers around infamous inmate, Sirius Black, who escapes from the dreaded wizard prison of Azkaban, home to the evil Dementors. Convicted of killing thirteen people, Black is said to have been the Dark Lord's right-hand man. Word on the street is that he's out to take revenge on Harry Potter. But the truth is something that hits even closer to home for the teenage wizard.
Why It's Going to Rock: Azkaban is going to rock under the fresh direction of Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien). He's giving the next installment in the fantasy franchise a more mature tone, and he's honed the acting skills of the film's three young stars. There's also a much tighter script this time. Cuaron says it'll end up being the shortest Potter film to date.

New additions to the cast are also choice: Gary Oldman as Sirus Black (rock!), Michael Gambon as the new Dumbledore, David Thewlis as Professor Lupin, Emma Thompson is Professor Trelawny, Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew... and that's just naming a few.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban casts its spell on June 4, 2004.

Hellboy

Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, David Hyde-Pierce (voice), John Hurt, Rupert Evans, Corey Johnson
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Mike Mignola
Studio: Revolution Studios

The Pitch: For those not hip to the Hellboy scene, the title character is a demon who was conjured up by Nazis using black magic during the last days of World War II. But as he grew Hellboy chose good over evil and, ultimately, he became an investigator for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, combating evil monsters and various unsavory supernatural threats to the human race.

Hellboy is played by Ron Perlman (under heavy make-up effects by wiz Rick Berman). His merman pal Abe Sapien is voiced by David Hyde-Pierce (Frasier), and his love interest, Liz Sherman, is portrayed by Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions). The film also stars John Hurt, Rupert Evans and Corey Johnson.

Why It's Going to Rock: Guillermo del Toro has a passion for this project and it shows in the craftsmanship of this flick. In his own words: "The thing that is incredible about the comic, the thing that I was trying to be very faithful [to], is the concept of the character is so astoundingly unique. You have almost a seven-foot-tall demon with a stone hand that was ripped from a Nazi ritual in 1944 that worked as a paranormal investigator for the FBI. And yet, he's a regular guy that just likes beer and watching TV." Nice!

Hellboy hits theaters on April 2nd, 2004.

The Incredibles

Voice Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, John Ratzenberger
Director: Brad Bird
Writer: Brad Bird
Studio: Disney/Pixar

The Pitch: The Incredibles is Pixar's next animated project. We don't know a whole lot about the story at this point except to say that it's been billed as an action comedy that follows a family of superheroes, struggling to live a quiet, suburban life, who are forced into saving the world. John Lasseter, Pixar's creative head, is producing the film. And Oscar-winning composer John Barry (Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa) is providing the musical score for the film.

Why It's Going to Rock: This is the first film created by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) after hooking up with Pixar. And, c'mon, it's Pixar! Every film they've made has debuted at number one.

The Incredibles is due in theaters on November 5th.

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Writer: Quentin Tarantino
Studio: Miramax

The Pitch: After dispensing with former colleagues O-Ren Ishii and Vernita Green in Kill Bill Vol. 1, the Bride (Thurman) resumes her quest for justice in the series' second installment, Kill Bill Vol. 2. With those two down, the Bride has two remaining foes on her 'Death List' to pursue – Budd (Michael Madsen) and Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah) – before moving on to her ultimate goal... to kill Bill (David Carradine).

Why It's Going to Rock: It's said that Vol. 1 was QT's love letter to Asian grindhouse movies and that Vol. 2 will be more of an homage to the Italian "spaghetti Western" genre. We'll get to see The Bride take on Madsen and Hannah's characters and finally see her attempt to "kill Bill."

Kill Bill Vol. 2 is currently set to release on April 16th. (It was originally scheduled for February 20, but recently got pushed back.)

The Ladykillers

Cast: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, Ryan Hurst, Tzi Ma, Stephen Root, J.K. Simmons, George Wallace, Jason Weaver
Director: Joel Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Studio: Touchstone

The Pitch: The plot of an eccentric professor-turned-criminal-mastermind (Tom Hanks) to commit the massive heist of a New Orleans riverboat casino appears to be thwarted by the actions of Mrs. Munson, the seemingly-innocent little old landlady of the house that he and his three accomplices are staying in, and which is integral to their scheme (they want to dig a tunnel from it to where the casino's money is kept). So they decide that they need to remove her from the equation, but doing so might prove to be more difficult than they expect.

Why It's Going to Rock: Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?... the Coen Brothers have their own unique style and sense of humor and it looks like everything's there in spades for The Ladykillers. It's a remake of the 1955 movie of the same name, starring Sir Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers. The trailer shows Tom Hanks making Guiness's professor role all his own.

Ladykillers will release on March 26th.

Ocean's Twelve

Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Writer: George Nolfi
Studio: Warner Brothers

The Pitch: Danny Ocean (Clooney) reunites his band of thieves and con men for heists in three places – Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Terry Benedict (Andy Garcia) is hot on their tail, looking for revenge.

Why It's Going to Rock: Ocean's Eleven was one of the few remakes that took an okay original movie and made a really fun one. With a great cast and an always solid director, this sequel has a lot of potential.

Ocean's 12 is scheduled for release on July 9th.

The Passion of the Christ

Cast: James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern
Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Mel Gibson, Ben Fitzgerald
Studio: Newmarket Films

The Pitch: The Passion of the Christ is a film about the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The film opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. The story follows Jesus through betrayal, trial, graphically violent torture and crucifixion, up to the moment of death, when nature itself is overturned.

Why It's Going to Rock: No matter your ideology, this should be a powerful story told by someone with a real passion for the material (pardon the pun). Gibson recently told Relevant magazine, "I want to make this story real and not portray it as a fairy tale." Those who have deemed the film as anti-Semitic (and given it a ton of free publicity) should note Gibson's own cameo in the picture... in a highly symbolic gesture, his hand appears onscreen for a few brief moments, holding the first spike that is driven into the palm of The Christ.

The Passion arrives in theaters on February 25th.

Resident Evil: Apocalypse

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Oded Fehr, Jared Harris, Mike Epps, Zack Ward
Director: Alexander Witt
Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Studio: Sony Pictures

The Pitch: The game-based survival-horror sequel picks up right after the events of the first film and tells what happens when a deadly virus is unleashed on Raccoon City. Alice (Milla Jovovich) is one of only two survivors. Alongside Alice are Jill Valentine (Sienna Guillory) a recently demoted member of Umbrella's Special Tactics and Rescue Services team, Terri Morales (Sandrine Holt), Carlos Oliviera (Oded Fehr), L.J. (Mike Epps), and Nicholai (Zack Ward). In their fight for survival, the group must battle a city full of undead as well as the terrifying forces of Umbrella, the most deadly of which is the bioengineered killer, Nemesis.

Why It's Going to Rock: Well, the first film in the RE series didn't exactly knock our socks off, but it was pretty good. We're hoping that the sequel packs a little more storytelling in with the action and gore. Milla is always pretty to look at and newcomer Sienna Guillory should be a treat for fans as Jill Valentine. Oded Fehr, from The Mummy films, is also way cool.

The picture was originally expected to be released in March '04, but it was recently pushed back to September 24, 2004.

Shrek 2

Voice Cast: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese
Director: Andrew Adamson
Writer: Joe Stillman
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures

The Pitch: The sequel reunites fans with their favorite big, green ogre, Shrek; his new bride, Princess Fiona; and their sidekick Donkey. Shrek and Fiona are back from their honeymoon. Fiona's parents have learned of their daughter's recent nuptials and they invite her and her true love to visit their kingdom, a land called Far Far Away. Shrek and Fiona arrive and her parents are shocked to see a big green ogre instead of Prince Charming. DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg says, "It's a little bit of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner meets Shrek."

Why It's Going to Rock: Antonio Banderas voices the sure-to-be favorite, Puss 'N' Boots. Looks hilarious! PDI's CG animation is always tops. Let's hope the sequel has the charm of the first film and more.

Shrek 2 is set for a May 21, 2004 release.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Cast: Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi
Director: Kerry Conran
Writer: Kerry Conran
Studio: Paramount Pictures

The Pitch: Set in late-1930s New York City, the film is totally stylized with a retro-future Machine Age motif. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Polly Perkins, a crack reporter working on a story about numerous world-famous scientists who have gone missing. Around this time, strange flying machines threaten Manhattan, and gigantic walking robots trample city blocks. To get to the bottom of it all, Polly joins forces with her old flame and sometime adversary Capt. Joseph Sullivan (Jude Law), known as Sky Captain. He commands the Flying Legion, battling bad guys in his Warhawk P-40. Sky and Polly fly to a remote part of Nepal (think Shangri-La) to track down the crazed mastermind Dr. Totenkopf, who wants to destroy the world.

Why It's Going to Rock: Well, the film comes from newbie director Kerry Conran, fresh out of CalArts. Conran filmed the entire project against bluescreen and wrote his own software to make the film. He says, "The whole movie is a special effect, even a scene with two people sitting in a room. Really, it's a live-action cartoon." Conran is an unknown quantity, but we've sure got high hopes for this one.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow swoops in to save the day on June 11th.

Spider-Man 2

Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Rosemary Harris
Director: Sam Raimi
Writer: Michael Chabon
Studio: Columbia Pictures

The Pitch: Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man (Maguire) deals with his love life (or lack thereof) with Mary Jane Watson (Dunst) while a new villain, Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. Dr. Octopus (Molina), begins terrorizing New York.

Why It's Going to Rock: The first Spidey flick had a few rough spots and cheesy moments, but with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon (Wonder Boys, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) behind the screenplay this time, we could get a sequel that surpasses the original.

Spider-Man 2 will spin its web on July 2th.

The Village

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrian Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

The Pitch: The Village, set in 1897, tells the story of a close-knit community that lives with the frightening knowledge that a mythical race of creatures resides in the woods around them. Joaquin Phoenix plays a young man who falls for the daughter of one of the town's elders and begins questioning their policy of confining the inhabitants to the village boundaries.

Why It's Going to Rock: M. Night has made some really great flicks. Will this one continue his tradition of cool movies with surprising twists, or will he cheese out?

The Village is set for an August 2004 release.
 

Klubmasta Will

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^^^ all that came from filmforce. :)

the most exciting news on that entire list is that MICHAEL CHABON (author of 'the wonder boys' and 'the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay') wrote the script for SPIDER-MAN 2.

i had no idea.

thanks to coleridge and DIWC, i read 'kavalier and clay' (loved it from start to finish) and i cannot wait to see what he does with a spidey script.
 
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Vote Quimby

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I think we should relook at this thread at the end of the summer to see how well these movies actually did. Or more likely didn't do.
 

Klubmasta Will

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Originally posted by Vote Quimby
Who decided that these movies are the most anticipated? I see some pretty shitty movies on this list.
filmforce did.

some of the movies on the list are sequels to movies that were not very good. you have to read their reasons to see why they included those films.

deep - yeah, i couldn't believe they didn't include TROY or I, ROBOT.
 

Tonedeff

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
^^^ all that came from filmforce. :)

the most exciting news on that entire list is that MICHAEL CHABON (author of 'the wonder boys' and 'the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay') wrote the script for SPIDER-MAN 2.

i had no idea.

thanks to coleridge and DIWC, i read 'kavalier and clay' (loved it from start to finish) and i cannot wait to see what he does with a spidey script.
he actually wrote, unsolicited, a script for X-Men that was turned down...I''ve read parts of the script, and it was, in my opinion, better than the one they used.

he's a pretty fantastic writer, I also recommend his first novel, the Mysteries of Pittsburgh, if you liked his others
 

kmac

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What about The Dirt? The story of Motley Crüe? That's about all I'm waiting for. I'll see the rest of them on TMN.
 

kuba

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will
^^^ all that came from filmforce. :)

the most exciting news on that entire list is that MICHAEL CHABON (author of 'the wonder boys' and 'the amazing adventures of kavalier and clay') wrote the script for SPIDER-MAN 2.

i had no idea.

thanks to coleridge and DIWC, i read 'kavalier and clay' (loved it from start to finish) and i cannot wait to see what he does with a spidey script.
I am very excited to see SM2, but I HATED sm1. Hopefully it'll be better.
 
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Klubmasta Will

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Originally posted by defazman
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
-worst name since Attack of the Clones
that movie actually sounds really interesting from the description.

it could be a massive failure, though, like FINAL FANTASY was.

Originally posted by Tonedeff
he actually wrote, unsolicited, a script for X-Men that was turned down...I''ve read parts of the script, and it was, in my opinion, better than the one they used.
wow, i had no idea. did you find his x-men script online?
 

Tonedeff

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Originally posted by kmac
What about The Dirt? The story of Motley Crüe? That's about all I'm waiting for. I'll see the rest of them on TMN.
haha, this is basically my attitude towards film for the past couple of years...so many of them are disappointing or downright suck that I probably only see four or five movies a year in the theater

thanks for the heads-up on the Crue movie, and I was impressed you got the umlaut :)
 

Tonedeff

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Originally posted by Klubmasta Will


wow, i had no idea. did you find his x-men script online?
I read part of it that was excerpted in Harper's a couple of years ago, and then got another chunk from a friend of mine who is in the biz...you might be able to find it somewhere online.
 

Klubmasta Will

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fanboys apparently filled the filmforce mailbag demanding answers as to why they did not include:

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR
THE PUNISHER
TROY
VAN HELSING
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
 
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Funzo

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The only one I'd actually pay to see would be Kill Bill vol. 2, the rest I haven't heard of

What's with all the damn sequels though?
 

kmac

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Originally posted by Tonedeff

thanks for the heads-up on the Crue movie, and I was impressed you got the umlaut :)
It took me 5 minutes though. Yeah, I have no idea when the movie's coming out but I heard Johnny Knoxville is in it.
 

B(.)(.)bytrap

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The passion of Jesus Christ, Troy. I'm indifferent to Kill Bill....I'm looking forward to the action scenes but the story line is mediocre.
 
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