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Sneaks `05

Projecting the year at the movies

For A Fresh Slate Of Films, The Axiom Holds True: Most Everything Sounds Promising In January.

January 16, 2005|Capsules compiled by Kevin Crust and Kinsey Lowe

Casanova. Heath Ledger plays the legendary lover who faces his most daunting adversary -- a woman who refuses him. Sienna Miller and Jeremy Irons also star. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Touchstone Pictures, Dec. 25.

CSA: The Confederate States of America. Kevin Willmott's straight-faced mockumentary presents an alternative history based on a victory by the South in the Civil War that includes slavery in all 50 states and an ongoing cold war with Canada. IFC Films, July/August.

D.E.B.S. Sara Foster, Jordana Brewster (above), Meagan Good and Devon Aoki star in director Angela Robinson's satire about a group of sexy, crime-fighting, secret-agent teens. IDP/Destination Films/Samuel Goldwyn Films, March 25.

Death of a Dynasty. Damon Dash's mockumentary goes behind the scenes at hip-hop mecca Roc-a-Fella Records and features appearances by Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Flavor Flav. TLA Releasing, March.

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. Rob Schneider, as Bigalow, is forced back to work on the Continent to clear the name of his ex-pimp, played by Eddie Griffin. Directed by Mike Bigelow. Columbia Pictures, Aug. 12.

Dorian Blues. A high school outcast awkwardly comes out to his family, a priest and a social worker, then embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery while attending NYU. Michael McMillan stars. Directed by Tennyson Bardwell. TLA Releasing, June.

The Dukes of Hazzard. Updated version of the TV series stars Seann William Scott as Bo and Johnny Knoxville as Luke Duke with Jessica Simpson as their cousin Daisy and Burt Reynolds as Boss Hogg. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar ("Super Troopers"). Warner Bros., summer.

The Edukators. A trio of young Germans' habit of breaking into expensive homes and rearranging the furniture as an act of political rebellion turns dangerous. Daniel Bruhl ("Good Bye Lenin!") stars. Directed by Hans Weingartner. IFC Films, May 27.

Elizabethtown. Writer-director Cameron Crowe's latest take on romance stars Orlando Bloom as a down-in-the-dumps industrial designer and Kirsten Dunst as the sharp flight attendant who helps him through his father's memorial in Kentucky. Paramount Pictures, July 29.

Fever Pitch. An obsessive Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon) must choose between the team he loves and a woman (Drew Barrymore). Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel translated Nick Hornby's novel from soccer to baseball. Directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly. Fox, Oct. 7.

Formula 17. A gay 17-year-old journeys to Taipei, locks eyes with a notorious playboy and attempts to win his heart. Strand Releasing, June.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin. "The Daily Show's" Steve Carell stars as a middle-aged electronics store employee whose friends decide it's time for him to go all the way. Catherine Keener co-stars. Directed by Judd Apatow ("Freaks and Geeks"). Universal Pictures, Aug. 19.

Fun With Dick and Jane. Knocked down and almost out by a corporate scandal, a couple (Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni, above) turn to crime to regain what was theirs in this update of the 1977 George Segal-Jane Fonda romp. Directed by Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest"). Columbia Pictures, June 24.

A Good Woman. Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan" is the basis for this confluence of misunderstandings and betrayals reset on the Italian Riviera of the 1930s. Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Wilkinson star. Directed by Mike Barker ("Best Laid Plans"). Lions Gate Films, TBA.

Le Grand Role. A journeyman actor's talents are tested when he must conceal from his seriously ill wife that he did not land a role in a famous American director's film. Directed by Steven Suissa. Stephane Freiss, Berenice Bejo and Peter Coyote star. First Run Features, TBA.

Guess Who. In a comedic spin on "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," a father (Bernie Mac) is a little uneasy about the man who's marrying his daughter -- Ashton Kutcher. Zoe Saldana co-stars. Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan ("How Stella Got Her Groove Back"). Columbia Pictures, March 25.

Happy Endings. Don Roos ("The Opposite of Sex") explores the diversity and complexity of modern life through a multiplicity of stories involving adoption, sperm donors and pansexual couplings. Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tom Arnold star. Lions Gate, July 15.

Herbie: Fully Loaded. The lovable Volkswagen bug is back as he takes his new owner (Lindsay Lohan) for an unlikely ride on the NASCAR circuit. Angela Robinson ("D.E.B.S.") directed. Walt Disney Pictures, June 24.

The Honeymooners. Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps step into the roles of bus driver Ralph Kramden and sewer worker Ed Norton in this movie version of the Jackie Gleason-Art Carney TV series. Directed by John Schultz ("Like Mike"). Paramount Pictures, March 11.

The Ice Harvest. John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton play a pair of Wichita, Kansans who set out to embezzle $2 million on a chilly Christmas Eve. Directed by Harold Ramis. Focus Features, Nov. 4.

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