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Fall Sneaks

September 08, 2002

Friday

BARBERSHOP

Comedy MGM

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

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.

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

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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