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SNEAKS 2007 | Action

In this year's cast ...

A sentient meatball. Santa's brother. Sacco, Vanzetti, Jane Austen. Pirates and priests. You get the idea.

January 14, 2007

Alien vs. Predator 2 Round one went to the Predators. Who will win this rematch in a small Colorado town? With Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, John Ortiz, Shareeka Epps, Johnny Lewis and Sam Trammell. Written by Shane Salerno. Directed by the Brothers Strause. 20th Century Fox, Dec. 21

Beowulf Director Robert Zemeckis uses the performance capture technology from "The Polar Express" for a more adult tale adapted from the epic poem about the warrior Beowulf's battles against the creature named Grendel and its mother. With Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie. Screenplay by Neil Gaiman & Roger Avary. Paramount Pictures, Nov. 16

The Bourne Ultimatum Hyper-efficient killing machine Matthew Bourne (Matt Damon) goes on the run again when the people who trained him attempt to bump him off. With Julia Stiles, Joan Allen and David Strathairn. Screenplay by Tony Gilroy, Tom Stoppard, Scott Burns and Paul Attanasio. Directed by Paul Greengrass. Universal, Aug. 3

The Condemned Reality TV takes a violent turn when a man imprisoned in a Central American prison ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin) is purchased by a television producer to fight nine other killers on a live Internet broadcast. With Vinnie Jones, Robert Mammone and Victoria Mussett. Directed by Scott Wiper. Lionsgate, April 27

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 21, 2007 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 3 inches; 121 words Type of Material: Correction
Movie Sneaks: In last Sunday's movie Sneaks listings, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie "TMNT" was included under Action. The CGI film should have been under Animation. Also, the names of writer-director Bruce A. Evans and writer Raynold Gideon for the film "Mr. Brooks" were omitted from the list. Also, the comedy "Good Luck Chuck" was omitted. In it, Dane Cook stars as a dentist who discovers that a curse placed on his love life by a rejected Goth girl a quarter century earlier is having an unforeseen effect on his romantic prospects. Jessica Alba and Dan Fogler also star. The movie, written by Josh Stolberg and directed by Mark Helfrich, is scheduled to be released by Lionsgate on Aug. 24.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday January 21, 2007 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Movie Sneaks: The Jan. 14 Calendar Movie Sneaks listings included errors and omissions. The correct information is on Page E2 of today's Calendar.

Exiled Two groups of hit men converge on the Portuguese colony of Macau on the eve of takeover by China. One group seeks to kill a former member. The other group wants to protect him. With Anthony Wong, Frances Ng, Simon Yam and Lam Suet. Directed by Johnnie To. Magnolia Pictures, June TBD

Ghost Rider Another Marvel Comics superhero makes the leap to the big screen. Nicolas Cage plays a stunt motorcycle driver who sold his soul to the devil and now becomes the flaming-skulled Ghost Rider whenever he's in the presence of evil. With Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliott, Donal Logue and Peter Fonda. Screenplay by Mark Steven Johnson. Directed by Johnson. Columbia, Feb. 16

Grindhouse Co-writers-directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez pay homage to their B-movie inspirations in a "double-bill." Tarantino's "Death Proof" is a slasher flick with Kurt Russell, while Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" concerns aliens on a rampage. With Rosario Dawson, Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodriguez, Naveen Andrews, Josh Brolin and Zoe Bell. Dimension Films, April 6.

I Am Legend Will Smith is "the last man on earth," a scientist searching for a cure to a disease that's turned the world's population into nocturnal, cannibalistic monsters. With Alice Braga, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Willow Smith and Charlie Tahan. Screenplay by Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman, based on the novel by Richard Matheson. Directed by Francis Lawrence. Warner Bros., Dec. 14.

Live Free or Die Hard Bruce Willis is back as rogue cop John McClane, trying to stop a hacker from shutting down the U.S. computer infrastructure. Luckily, he's teamed with Justin Long (the Mac dude from the Apple commercials). With Maggie Q and Timothy Olyphant. Directed by Len Wiseman. 20th Century Fox, June 29

Nomad A historical epic set in 18th century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country's three warring tribes. With Kuno Becker, Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, Doskhan Zholzhaxynov, Ayanat Yesmagambetova, Mark Dacascos. Directed by Sergei Bodrov and Ivan Passer. Weinstein Co., Jan. 26

Paprika Scientist by day, superhero of the dream world by night, the warrior codenamed "Paprika" is out to save the world by entering people's dreams. Screenplay by Satoshi Kon and Seishi Minakami. Directed by Kon. Sony Pictures Classics, TBD

Pathfinder A young Norse boy is orphaned on American shores and raised by Indians. When the Vikings return 25 years later, the boy has become a warrior (Karl Urban) ready to defend his adopted homeland. With Moon Bloodgood, Russell Means and Clancy Brown. Screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis. Directed by Marcus Nispel. 20th Century Fox, April 27

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Chow Yun-Fat joins the third outing, as Capt. Jack Sparrow's friends (and an enemy) rush to spring him from a trap. With Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Geoffrey Rush. Written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio. Directed by Gore Verbinski. Walt Disney Pictures, May 25

Resident Evil: Extinction In the concluding chapter of the trilogy, genetically altered warrior Alice (Milla Jovovich) comes out of hiding (again) to battle a virus that threatens to turn all humans into zombies. With Oded Fehr, Ali Larter, Iain Glen, Ashanti, Chris Egan, Spencer Locke and Mike Epps. Written by Paul W.S. Anderson. Directed by Russell Mulcahy. Screen Gems, Sept. TBD

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