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84 Reasons to Take the Fall

September 10, 2000

SEPT. 13

Almost Famous

Drama DreamWorks

With: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Anna Paquin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Fairuza Balk, Patrick Fugit.

The idea: High school journalist lands dream assignment of covering a rock band on tour in the '70s.

Director: Cameron Crowe, reliving his pre-Hollywood past.

So?: Sweetly entertaining, sidesteps sleazier side of the music business.

SEPT. 15


Action Warner Bros.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday September 15, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
Company name--The distributor of the film "Cleopatra's Second Husband" is Indican Pictures. The company's name was misspelled in the Sept. 10 Fall Sneaks issue of Sunday Calendar.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 17, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Page 2 Calendar Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Company name--The distributor of the film "Cleopatra's Second Husband" is Indican Pictures. The company's name was misspelled in the Sept. 10 Fall Sneaks issue.

With: Jamie Foxx, David Morse, Doug Hutchison, Kimberly Elise.

The idea: Freed convict Foxx is the title character the Feds use to bring a criminal to justice.

Director: Antoine Fuqua.

So?: Foxx gets to carry the ball after impressive work in "Any Given Sunday."'

Crime and Punishment in Suburbia

Drama United Artists

With: Ellen Barkin, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Ironside, Monica Keena, Vincent Kartheiser.

The idea: Suburban angst, Dostoevsky-style.

Director: Rob Schmidt.

So?: "American Beauty" it probably isn't, but the cast is worth watching.


Comedy Hollywood/Disney

With: Gwyneth Paltrow, Andre Braugher, Maria Bellow, Paul Giamatti, Huey Lewis, Scott Speedman.

The idea: Singer with big dreams hits the road to a karaoke competition in Omaha.

Director: Bruce Paltrow, father of Gwyneth.

So?: Karaoke? Omaha?

Goya in Bordeaux

Drama Sony Pictures Classics

With: Francisco Rabal, Jose Coronado, Daphne Fernandez, Maribel Verdu.

The idea: Eventful life and revolutionary times of the pivotal Spanish painter.

Director: Carlos Saura, who also wrote.

So?: Saura usually does well by historical figures.

Into the Arms of Strangers

Documentary Warner Bros.

The idea: Survivors describe the transportation of thousands of children out of Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Britain before World War II, most of whom never saw their parents again.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris.

So?: Poignant stories recorded by an Oscar-winning documentarian.

Human Resources (drama, Shooting Gallery) Business school grad goes to work at factory, gets father and others laid off, braces for confrontation. Co-written and directed by Laurent Cantet. . . . The Wind Will Carry Us (drama, New Yorker Films) An engineer and his crew travel into Iranian Kurdistan to record a ritual ceremony, but their stay is extended by unforeseen circumstances.

SEPT. 22

Blow Dry

Comedy Miramax

With: Rachael Leigh Cook, Natasha Richardson, Alan Rickman, Hugh Bonneville, Rachel Griffiths, Josh Hartnet.

The idea: Skullduggery at a national hairdressing contest inspires a retired champion (Rickman) to form an alliance with his estranged wife (Richardson) and her new partner (Griffiths).

Director: Paddy Breathnach.

So?: Interesting cast might discover surprises in familiar territory

The Exorcist

Horror Warner Bros.

With: Linda Blair, Max Von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Lee J. Cobb.

The idea: A child is possessed by Satan in the mother of modern exorcism movies.

Director: William Friedken.

So?: Made split-pea soup famous and scared scores silly in 1973.

The Fantasticks

Musical United Artists

With: Joel Grey, Teller (no Penn) and others.

The idea: The film version of the very long-running off-Broadway musical.

Director: Michael Ritchie directs, with editing by Francis Ford Coppola.

So?: Try to remember a September when it hasn't been in the works.

Under Suspicion

Drama Lions Gate

With: Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Monica Bellucci, Thomas Jane.

The idea: Remake of French film "Garde a Vue," a psychological battle of wills between Caribbean police captain and murder suspect.

Director: Stephen Hopkins.

So?: Old pros don't disappoint.

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Thriller Columbia

With: Jennifer Morrison, Matthew Davis, Joey Lawrence, Loretta Devine, Hart Bochner.

The idea: Film student struggles to complete thesis movie about urban legend as mysterious assailant slashes and bashes participants.

Director: John Ottman.

So?: A slasher movie set in a film school--now there's a twist.

Woman on Top

Comedy Fox Searchlight

With: Penelope Cruz, Murilo Benicio, Mark Feuerstein, Harrold Perrineau Jr., John De Lancie.

The idea: Culinarily gifted and irresistible Cruz flees unappreciative, cheating Brazilian husband and winds up with her own TV cooking show in San Francisco.

Director: Fina Torres.

So?: It'll be hard to take your eyes off the attractive leads.

The Specials (comedy, Regent Entertainment) Rob Lowe is the Weevil, part of a team of sad-sack superheroes whose ample downtime is given over to petty squabbles and dysfunctional affairs.

SEPT. 27

Best in Show

Satire Warner Bros.

With: Christopher Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy, Michael McKean.

The idea: Mockumentary zeros in on fancy canine capers and the people who perpetrate them.

Director: Christopher Guest.

So?: Guest displayed quite a knack for skewering stereotypes in "Waiting for Guffman."

SEPT. 29


Drama Destination

With: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Kathleen Turner.

The idea: Determined pageant hopeful learns along the way there's more to beauty than meets the eye.

Director: Sally Field, her first theatrical feature.

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