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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

Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac star as former backup singers reunited by the funeral of their famous former bandleader after not speaking to each other for 20 years. Directed by Malcolm Lee. Written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone. MGM/the Weinstein Co., Oct. 10.

South of the Border

The misadventures of a Beverly Hills Chihuahua (voiced by Drew Barrymore) inadvertently left on her own in Mexico. With Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona and Jamie Lee Curtis, and the voices of Andy Garcia, Placido Domingo, George Lopez, Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin and Piolin. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Written by Jeff Bushell and AnaLisa LaBianco. Walt Disney Pictures, fall.

Starship Dave

Eddie Murphy stars in this fish-out-of-water tale about a band of aliens who visit Earth in a craft designed to look like an ordinary man. With Elizabeth Banks and Gabrielle Union. Written by Rob Greenberg and Bill Corbett. Directed by Brian Robbins. 20th Century Fox, May 30.

Step Brothers

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play chronic slackers whose mother and father, respectively, marry, creating an unwieldy family unit and making for a very crowded couch. With Richard Jenkins, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn. Directed by Adam McKay. Screenplay by Ferrell and McKay. Story by Ferrell, McKay and Reilly. Columbia Pictures, July 25.

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.

Strange Wilderness

In a desperate bid to boost sagging ratings, the host of a wildlife TV show goes in search of Bigfoot. Steve Zahn, Allen Covert, Jonah Hill, Ashley Scott, Peter Dante, Harry Hamlin, Robert Patrick, Joe Don Baker, Justin Long, Jeff Garlin and Ernest Borgnine. Written by Peter Gaulke and Fred Wolf. Directed by Wolf. Paramount Pictures, Feb. 1.

Superhero!

In the spirit of "Airplane," a spoof of the men in tights genre. With Sara Paxton, Leslie Nielsen, Drake Bell, Christopher McDonald, Kevin Hart, Marion Ross, Ryan Hansen, Jeffrey Tambor and Brent Spiner. Written and directed by Craig Mazin. MGM/the Weinstein Co., March 28.

Swing Vote

Due to the machinations of his precocious daughter, a beer-swilling underachiever finds that an election comes down to his vote. With Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, Judge Reinhold, George Lopez, Willie Nelson, Mare Winningham, Richard Petty and Madeline Carroll. Screenplay by Joshua Michael Stern and Jason Richman. Directed by Stern. Touchstone Pictures, summer.

Teeth

A high school chastity advocate discovers her vagina is dentally endowed. With Jess Weixler, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Hale Appleman and Ashley Springer. Written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. Roadside Attractions, Friday.

Then She Found Me

Helen Hunt makes her feature-directing debut and stars as an overwhelmed schoolteacher struggling with the separation from her husband, the death of her adoptive mother, the apparent appearance of her birth mother and an affair with the father of a student. With Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler and Colin Firth. ThinkFilm, April 25.

Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller directs and stars as an action movie star whose role in a war film shot in Southeast Asia turns into reality for him and his costars. Screenplay by Stiller, Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen; story by Stiller and Theroux. DreamWorks, distributed by Paramount Pictures, July 11.

27 Dresses

"Knocked Up's" Katherine Heigl stars as Jane, who reevaluates her easygoing, perennial bridesmaid status when her little sister wins the heart of the man Jane has had a secret crush on -- her boss -- in this romantic comedy. With James Marsden, Edward Burns and Malin Akerman. Written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Directed by Anne Fletcher. 20th Century Fox, Friday.

Untitled Ice Cube Family Comedy

The Cube stars as a Pop Warner football coach whose team is led by its unlikely quarterback, his niece Jasmine. Written by Nick Santora, Doug Atchison. Directed by Fred Durst (yes, that Fred Durst!). MGM/the Weinstein Co., July 25.

Untitled Mentor Project

Two salesmen are sentenced to act as mentors rather than go to jail after wrecking a company truck on an energy-drink-fueled bender. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star. Directed by David Wain. Written by Timothy Dowling, Ken Marino, Rudd and Wain. Universal Pictures, TBA.

The Visitor

Richard Jenkins stars as an economics professor transformed by a friendship with a Syrian immigrant in New York City. With Hiam Abbass, Haaz Sleiman and Danai Gurira. Written and directed by Tom McCarthy. Overture Films, April 11.

Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins

Martin Lawrence stars as a hugely successful self-help guru who, upon returning to his small hometown in Georgia, is forced to face the shallowness of it all. With Margaret Avery, Joy Bryant, Louis C.K., Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker; with Cedric the Entertainer and James Earl Jones. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee. Universal Pictures, Feb. 8.

What Happens in Vegas

Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star as strangers who awaken to discover they are bound by a quickie marriage and a large jackpot. With Rob Corddry, Treat Williams and Dennis Farina. Written by Dana Fox. Directed by Tom Vaughan. 20th Century Fox, May 16.

Wild Child

A spoiled 16-year-old from L.A. gets shipped off to a strict boarding school in England for some attitude adjustment. With Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Shirley Henderson and Aidan Quinn. Directed by Nick Moore. Written by Lucy Dahl, Kate Kondell and Daisy Donovan. Universal Pictures, April 4.

Witless Protection

Larry the Cable Guy stars as a small town sheriff who inadvertently "saves" a high profile FBI witness and involves himself in solving the case. With Ivana Milicevic, Yaphet Kotto, Peter Stormare, Eric Roberts, Joe Mantegna and Jenny McCarthy. Written and directed by Charles Robert Carner. Lionsgate, Feb. 22.

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