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SNEAKS 2008 : Comedy

Looking ahead, categorically

Laughs, chills, animation, musicals. There's plenty of action, high adventure, romance. Let the previews begin.

January 13, 2008


Jesse Eisenberg plays a college graduate in 1987 who cannot afford the grand European tour he had planned and must spend the summer working at an amusement park. With Kristen Stewart, Martin Starr, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader and Ryan Reynolds. Written and directed by Greg Mottola. Miramax Films, summer.

American Zombie

L.A. filmmakers document the struggle for acceptance of high-functioning zombies in an unforgiving society. With Austin Basis, Suzy Nakamura, Al Vicente and Jane Edith Wilson. Written by Grace Lee and Rebecca Sonnenshine. Directed by Lee. Cinema Libre Studio, March 28.

Assassination of a High School President

This noir satire set in a Catholic high school features a nerdy school newspaper reporter investigating the theft of SAT exams. With Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris and Melonie Diaz. Written by Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski. Directed by Brett Simon. Yari Film Group Releasing, August.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, January 13, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction
"Jack and Jill Vs. the World": In the movie Sneaks list in today's Calendar section, stars Freddie Prinze Jr. and Taryn Manning were omitted from an item about the upcoming comedy "Jack and Jill Vs. the World."
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 2 inches; 64 words Type of Material: Correction
2008 movie preview: The Sneaks listing of this year's movies in Sunday's Calendar section omitted this entry: "Fool's Gold" -- Matthew McConaughey stars as a charismatic treasure hunter seeking the long-lost 18th century Queen's Dowry. With Kate Hudson and Donald Sutherland. Screenplay by John Claflin and Daniel Zelman, and Andy Tennant; story by Claflin and Zelman. Directed by Tennant. Warner Bros., opening Feb. 8.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
'Jack and Jill vs. the World': The movies list in Sunday's Calendar section said that "Jack and Jill vs. the World" was scheduled to open Friday. The film has been pulled, with no new release date announced yet.

Baby Mama

When a precise, single businesswoman (Tina Fey) hires a surrogate (Amy Poehler) from South Philly to have her baby, she didn't count on the free-spirited, working-class woman moving into her apartment. With Greg Kinnear, Dax Shepard, Romany Malco, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor and Sigourney Weaver. Written and directed by Michael McCullers. Universal Pictures, April 18.

The Band's Visit

An Egyptian police orchestra's trip to Israel yields unexpected cultural exchanges when they are mistakenly directed to a small village where they must spend a night. With Sasson Gabai, Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Avraham, Khalifa Natour and Rubi Moscovich. Written and directed by Eran Kolirin. In Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics, Feb. 8.

Be Kind Rewind

After accidentally erasing all the tapes in his friend's video store, a loser (Jack Black) sets out to reshoot famous movies and, amazingly, renters love his versions. Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow also star. Written and directed by Michel Gondry. New Line Cinema, Feb. 22.

Bedtime Stories

Adam Sandler stars as a man who tells his nephews outlandish versions of the titular tales -- which unexpectedly begin coming true. With Keri Russell. Directed by Adam Shankman. Written by Matt Lopez. Walt Disney Pictures, Dec. 25.

Big Man Japan

A middle-aged slacker, who happens to double as a giant superhero entrusted with defending his country from monsters, must deal with an ungrateful public, sponsorship opportunties and an Alzheimer's-stricken grandfather. Co-written, directed and starring Hitoshi Matsumoto. Co-written by Mitsuyoshi Takasu. Magnet Releasing, TBA.

Big Stan

Rob Schneider stars and makes his directorial debut as a white-collar con man who hires a martial arts master (David Carradine) to teach him self-protection after he's sentenced to prison. With Jennifer Morrison. Written by Josh Lieb. Yari Film Group Releasing, April 25.

Burn After Reading

Two gym employees stumble upon the memoir of an ousted CIA official and attempt to exploit their find. With George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton. Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Focus Features, TBA.


Five Beirut women meet regularly in a beauty salon and discuss men, sex and motherhood. Starring Nadine Labaki, Yasmine Elmasri, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisele Aouad, Siham Haddad, Aziza Semaan, Adel Karam, Ismail Antar and Fadia Stella. Written by Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Rodney Al Haddad. Directed by Labaki. In Arabic and French with English subtitles. Roadside Attractions, Feb. 1.

Charlie Bartlett

Anton Yelchin stars as a habitually expelled high school student who finds his niche doling out therapy and pharmaceuticals to his classmates. With Hope Davis, Kat Dennings and Robert Downey Jr. Written by Gustin Nash. Directed by Jon Poll. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Feb. 22.


Stephen Chow wrote, directed and stars in this sc-fi tale about a father whose son receives an otherworldly toy. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Sony Pictures Classics, spring.


Dumped by his girlfriend, a university freshman accompanied by his two buddies plunges head first into fraternity life. With Drake Bell, Andrew Caldwell, Kevin Covais, Nick Zano, Gary Owen, Zach Cregger, Haley Bennett, Camille Mana and Nathalie Walker. Written by Dan Callahan, Adam Ellison. Directed by Deb Hagan. Lionsgate, April 4.

College Road Trip

Martin Lawrence plays an overprotective father who crashes his daughter's (Raven-Symone) tour of prospective schools. With Donny Osmond. Directed by Roger Kumble. Written by Emi Mochizuki and Carrie Evans, and Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Walt Disney Pictures, March 7.

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Isla Fisher stars as an intrepid New Yorker whose love life and nascent career as an advice columnist are threatened by the mountain of debt she has accumulated. Written by Tim Firth and Tracey Jackson, based on the novel by Sophie Kinsella. Directed by P.J. Hogan. Touchstone Pictures, fall.

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