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Fall Sneaks

Vying to Be Legends of the Fall

September 08, 2002

Friday

BARBERSHOP

Comedy MGM

With: Ice Cube, Sean Patrick Thomas, Troy Garity, Leonard Earl Howze, Cedric the Entertainer and rapper Eve.

The idea: Interesting characters congregate at Chicago clip joint.

Writers: Mark Brown and Don D. Scott and Marshall Todd; story by Brown.

Director: Tim Story.

So? Shear wit.

HOW I KILLED MY FATHER

Drama New Yorker Films

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday September 14, 2002 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 14 inches; 507 words Type of Material: Correction
Sneaks movies--The following movies were omitted from the Sept. 8 Fall Sneaks list in Sunday Calendar: the comedy "Who's Your Daddy?" opens Oct. 11; "Hansel & Gretel," a new version of the fairy tale starring Lynn Redgrave, opens Oct. 18; and "Pipe Dream," a romantic comedy starring Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker, also opens Oct. 18.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 15, 2002 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part F Page 2 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 135 words Type of Material: Correction
Photo credit--A photo for "The Banger Sisters" in the Sept. 8 Sneaks list should have been credited to Robert Zuckerman.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday September 15, 2002 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part F Page 2 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 135 words Type of Material: Correction
Sneaks movies--The following movies were omitted from the Sept. 8 Fall Sneaks: the comedy "Who's Your Daddy?" opens Oct. 11; "Hansel & Gretel," a new version of the fairy tale starring Lynn Redgrave, opens Oct. 18; and "Pipe Dream," a romantic comedy starring Martin Donovan and Mary-Louise Parker, also opens Oct. 18.

With: Michel Bouquet, Charles Berling, Natacha Regnier.

The idea: Long-estranged father's return shatters successful gerontologist's peaceful existence.

Writers: Jacques Fieschi, Anne Fontaine.

Director: Fontaine.

So? Fontaine and Berling teamed on the sexy 1997 drama "Dry Cleaning."

IGBY GOES DOWN

Black comedy United Artists

With: Kieran Culkin, Claire Danes, Jeff Goldblum, Jared Harris.

The idea: Teen from dysfunctional family seeks refuge among eccentric New Yorkers.

Writer-director: Burr Steers.

So? Steers, a nephew of Gore Vidal, co-starred in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco."

QUITTING

Drama Sony Pictures Classics

With: Jia Hongsheng, Jia Fengsen, Chai Xiurong, Wang Tong.

The idea: True story of Chinese movie star Jia Hongsheng and his plunge into drug-induced isolation.

Writers: Zhang Yang and Huo Xin.

Director: Zhang.

So? Reality bites. People involved play themselves.

STEALING HARVARD

Comedy Columbia

With: Tom Green, Jason Lee, Leslie Mann, Megan Mullally.

The idea: Underfinanced family must come up with big bucks when daughter is accepted by Harvard.

Writer: Peter Tolan; story by Martin Hynes and Tolan.

Director: Bruce McCulloch.

So? Can Kid in the Hall McCulloch revive fellow Canuck Green's career?

THE TRANSPORTER

Action Fox

With: Jason Statham, Shu Qi, Matt Schulze.

The idea: Expert courier gets involved in the kidnapping of a beautiful Chinese woman.

Writers: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen.

Director: Cory Yuen.

So? U.S. directing debut for martial arts choreographer and frequent Jet Li collaborator Yuen.

Sept. 20

APOLLO 13

THE IMAX EXPERIENCE

Drama Universal

With: Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris, Kathleen Quinlan.

The idea: Mishap imperils moon mission, triggers taut rescue effort.

Writers: William Broyles Jr. & Al Reinert; based on the book "Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.

Director: Ron Howard.

So? The 1995 hit is the first 35-millimeter live-action film to be digitally remastered into ultra-large Imax format.

BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER

Action Warner Bros.

With: Lucy Liu, Antonio Banderas, Gregg Henry, Ray Park.

The idea: Rivals vie for an advanced assassination device.

Writer: Alan McElroy.

Director: Kaos.

So? Kicks. Lots of them.

THE BANGER SISTERS

Comedy Fox Searchlight

With: Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush, Erika Christensen.

The idea: Two '60s-era rock groupies reunite in middle age. One has changed; the other hasn't.

Writer-director: Bob Dolman.

So? Funny parental perspective.

DAS EXPERIMENT

Dramatic thriller IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

With: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Berkel, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Mohring.

The idea: Psychological research turns into power struggle between role-playing "prisoners" and "guards."

Writers: Mario Giordano, Christoph Darnstadt, Don Bohlinger; based on Giordano's novel "Black Box."

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel.

So? Bleibtreu ran with Franka Potente in "Run Lola Run."

8 WOMEN

Musical-comedy-mystery Focus Features

With: Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Emmanuelle Beart, Fanny Ardant.

The idea: They're all suspects in the murder of a family patriarch and regularly break into song.

Writer-director: Francois Ozon.

So? Sort of a Douglas Sirk spoof.

THE FOUR FEATHERS

Adventure Paramount

With: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou.

The idea: Disgraced British officer in 1898 Sudan surreptitiously redeems his honor.

Writers: Michael Schiffer and Hossein Amini; based on the novel by A.E.W. Mason.

Director: Shekhar Kapur.

So? Colonialism and the colonized.

A GUY THING

Comedy MGM

With: Jason Lee, Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, James Brolin.

The idea: Groom-to-be tells a little lie, with consequences.

Writers: Greg Glienna & Pete Schwaba, Matt Tarses & Bill Wrubel; story by Glienna.

Director: Chris Koch.

So? Koch directed the 2000 sleeper hit "Snow Day."

INVINCIBLE

Drama Fine Line

With: Tim Roth, Jouko Ahola, Anna Gourari.

The idea: Jewish blacksmith riles Nazis by billing himself as the world's strongest man.

Writer-director: Werner Herzog.

So: Herzog is always an event for cineastes.

THE MESMERIST

Thriller 7th Arts

With: Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Capshaw, Jason Carter, Howard Hesseman.

The idea: Doctor hypnotizes dying man.

Writers: Ron Marasco and Michael Goorjian; based on the short story "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar" by Edgar Allan Poe.

Director: Gil Cates Jr.

So? Transcendent humor.

MIYAZAKI'S SPIRITED AWAY

Animated fantasy Disney

With: Voices of Daveigh Chase, Lauren Holly and Suzanne Pleshette.

The idea: Girl and her parents stumble into a parallel universe of magic and spirits.

Writer-director: Hayao Miyazaki.

So? "Toy Story's" John Lasseter guides English-language translation of Japanese master for U.S. audiences.

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