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Lively Secrets and Lies

January 20, 2002

HIGH ANTICIPATION

Big Fat Liar. Frankie Muniz, star of the hit sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," counterattacks the smarmy Hollywood executive who stole his screenplay. (Universal) (Feb. 8)

Birthday Girl. Enigmatic Russian mail-order bride Nicole Kidman comes to banker Ben Chaplin with unadvertised extras in director and co-writer Jez Butterworth's dark romantic comedy. (Miramax) (Feb. 1)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Ashley Judd and Maggie Smith populate a Southern story about a group of lifelong friends. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise") makes her directing debut and wrote the screenplay, which was adapted by another Oscar winner, "As Good as It Gets'" Mark Andrus, from two Rebecca Wells novels. (Warner Bros.) (July 12)

Full Frontal. Steven Soderbergh directs David Duchovny, Catherine Keener, Julia Roberts and others in the unofficial sequel to "sex, lies, and videotape." (Miramax) (March 8)

The Importance of Being Earnest. The "Ideal Husband" team brings together Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O'Connor and Reese Witherspoon in a new version of Oscar Wilde's farce. (Miramax) (May 31)

I Spy. Owen Wilson and Eddie Murphy take over from Robert Culp and Bill Cosby, stars of the '60s TV series, as an agent and athlete who foil arms dealer Malcolm McDowell's plan for a stolen stealth fighter. Directed by Betty Thomas. (Columbia) (November)

Lucky Break. Director Peter Cattaneo ("The Full Monty") choreographs a caper about a prison musical that might be considered escapist fare. (Paramount) (April)

No Such Thing. Writer-director Hal Hartley satirizes superficial society with the story of a murderous monster (Robert John Burke) and a reporter (Sarah Polley) who befriends him. (United Artists) (March 29)

Paul Thomas Anderson Untitled. With Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman. (Columbia) (Release TBA)

Simone. Disillusioned producer Al Pacino creates a synthetic actress who becomes an overnight sensation. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. (New Line) (Fall)

Storytelling. In unrelated segments titled "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction," writer-director Todd Solondz scathingly observes hypocrisy and alienation in college, high school and suburban settings. (Fine Line) (Jan. 25)

Untitled Gary Ross Project. The writer-director ("Pleasantville") has Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman as a couple separated by her death--temporarily, it turns out. (Universal) (Release TBA)

Welcome to Collinwood. George Clooney co-produced and co-stars with Luis Guzman, William H. Macy and others in an action comedy about some nefarious Clevelanders. Written and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. (Warner Bros.) (Sept. 13)

CURIOSITY FACTOR

About a Boy. Hugh Grant in an adaptation of the wry novel by Nick Hornby ("High Fidelity") about a Londoner whose pursuit of women leads to an eventful relationship with an unusual lad. Directed by Paul and Chris Weitz. (Universal) (May 17)

Ali G Indahouse. U.K. comic sensation Ali G is a wannabe rapper involved in a political scandal. (Universal) (August)

All About the Benjamins. Co-writer and co-producer Ice Cube stars as a bounty hunter tangled up in a diamond heist. (New Line) (March 8)

Bad Company. CIA veteran Anthony Hopkins must transform streetwise Chris Rock into a sophisticated sleuth. (Touchstone) (June 7)

The Banger Sisters. They're Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon, reuniting decades after earning their nickname in the rock 'n' roll trenches. (Fox Searchlight) (August)

Barbershop. Ice Cube leads the ensemble cast through a day in a South Side Chicago barbershop. (MGM) (July 12)

Chambermaid. Jennifer Lopez as a Manhattan hotel worker who hooks up with a powerful politician. Directed by Wayne Wang. (Columbia) (Winter)

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Sam Rockwell stars as "Gong Show" host and avowed assassin Chuck Barris in George Clooney's directorial debut. With Drew Barrymore, Rutger Hauer, Julia Roberts and Clooney. (Miramax) (Nov. 22)

The Country Bears. Don Henley, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson are some of the real-life stars who contribute music to this ursine tale. (Walt Disney) (July 26)

The Crocodile Hunter. Steve Irwin saves another croc from poachers. Too bad he doesn't know about the satellite beacon the critter has swallowed. (MGM) (June 28)

Duplex. Danny DeVito directs Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller as a couple whose upstairs neighbor spoils their dream digs. (Miramax) (Aug. 16)

40 Days and 40 Nights. Josh Hartnett's Lenten sacrifice complicates his courtship of Shannyn Sossamon. Directed by Michael Lehmann. (Miramax) (March 1)

Frank McKlusky, C.I. A risk-averse insurance investigator is forced to give up his hyper-cautious ways when his partner is killed on the job. (Touchstone) (April 26)

A Guy Thing. Bachelor party blur spawns an escalating cycle of deceit leading up to the wedding day. With Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair. (MGM) (August)

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