Release date: Friday October 3, 2008 Genre: Drama Director: Gary Fleder Studio: Universal Pictures Producer(s): John Davis Screenplay: Scott Williams, Jeffrey Lieber, Charles Leavitt, John Lee Hancock Cast: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Nelsan Ellis Official Site:theexpressmovie.com Rating:PG-13 thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and brief sensuality Available film art:The Express movie posters
Synopsis Based on an incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. Following his draft by the NFL, tragedy struck the star athlete and he was never able to take the professional field. But his tale would forever change the face of professional sports.
Raised in poverty in Pennsylvania coal-mining country, Davis overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become an unstoppable running back for the Syracuse Orangemen. Under the guidance of coach Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid)—a hard-nosed surrogate father with an obsession for winning a national championship–Davis would develop from an impressive high-school athlete into a legend.
While everyone agreed Ernie Davis was a miracle player, few thought this quiet young man would become an icon for the burgeoning civil rights movement dividing America in the early 1960s. Refusing to play by the unspoken racist rules of the day, Davis broke through one barrier after another to alter the way fans looked at men of his color.
Though leukemia struck the player a terrible blow in the prime of his life, his spirit soared when most would crumble. Forcing his bull-headed coach to re-examine a life lived in color-based privilege, Davis would join the ranks of black pioneers who inspired a movement that smashed barriers on and off the playing field.
Release date: August 8th, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Michael Salomon Studio: Roadside Attractions Producer(s): Toby Keith, T.K. Kimbrell, Leslie Belzberg, Donald Zuckerman Screenplay: Rodney Carrington, Toby Keith Cast: Toby Keith, Rodney Carrington, Ted Nugent, Brit Morgan, Greg Serano, Barry Corbin, Claire Forlani, Tom Skerritt, Willie Nelson Official Site: beerformyhorsesthemovie.com Rating:PG-13 for some violence, sexual humor and dialogue, language, drug content and brief nudity Available film art:Beer For My Horses movie posters
Synopsis “Beer for My Horses” tells the story of two best friends, Rack(Toby Keith) and Lonnie(Rodney Carrington), that work together as deputies in a small town. The two defy the Sheriff and head off on an outrageous road trip to save the protagonists girlfriend from drug lord kidnappers.
Release date: Friday August 22, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Fred Wolf Studio: Columbia Pictures Producer(s): Adam Sandler, Allen Covert, Heather Parry, Jack Giarraputo Screenplay: Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith Cast: Anna Faris, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Dana Goodman, Katharine McPhee, Rumer Willis, Christopher McDonald, Beverly D’Angelo Official Site:thehousebunny.com Rating:PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language Available film art: The House Bunny movie posters
Synopsis “House Bunny” centers on a Playboy bunny (Faris) who gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and becomes the house mother to the lamest sorority on campus.
McPhee plays a pregnant hippy, while Stone is president of the sorority. Willis plays an insecure young woman who wears a backbrace even though she could have had it removed years ago. Dennings portrays a pierced women’s studies feminist, and Goodman plays the sister who keeps switching majors and should have graduated years ago. Wright is a conniving young woman from the popular sorority.
Universal Wanted a sequel so they’re getting one. Director Timur Bekmambetov, scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, and producer Marc Platt are all reprising their respective duties for the now in-development Wanted 2.
According to Variety, “The creative team is still working on the challenge of continuing the story after most of the principal characters — including Angelina Jolie — ended the original in no position for an encore.”
Platt informed the trade, “The writers are at work already, and those creative discussions are taking place.” The filmmakers also reportedly want to bring back James McAvoy as office drone-turned-superassassin Wesley Gibson.
Wanted has so far grossed $192.6 million worldwide.
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Release date: Friday September 26, 2008 Genre: Thriller Director: D.J. Caruso Studio: DreamWorks Pictures Producer(s): Alex Kurtzman, Patrick Crowley, Robert Orci Screenplay: Dan McDermott, John Glenn, Travis Wright, Hillary Seitz Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie, Billy Bob Thornton Official Site:eagleeyemovie.com Rating: None None Available film art:Eagle Eye movie posters
Synopsis In the fast-paced race-against-time-thriller “Eagle Eye” Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan are two strangers who become the pawns of a mysterious woman they have never met, but who seems to know their every move. Realizing they are being used to further her diabolical plot, they must work together to outwit the woman before she has them killed.
Release date: Friday October 3, 2008 Genre: Comedy/Romance Director: Peter Sollett Studio: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) Producer(s): Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz, Kerry Kohansky, Paul Weitz Screenplay: Lorene Scafaria Cast: Michael Cera, Dana Goodman Official Site: Not Available Rating: None Available film art: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist movie posters
Synopsis Based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, the story revolves around two bridge-and-tunnel teenagers, nursing broken hearts, who fall in love during one sleepless night in New York while searching for their favorite band’s unannounced show.
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Release date: Wednesday August 6, 2008 (Limited) Genre: Drama Running time: 106 min. Director: Randall Miller Studio: Alliance Films/Freestyle Releasing Producer(s): Brenda Lhormer, J. Todd Harris, Jody Savin, Marc Lhormer, Marc Toberoff, Randall Miller Screenplay: Jody Savin Cast: Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodriguez, Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Miguel Sandoval Official Site:bottleshockthemovie.com Rating:PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use Available film art:Bottle Shock movie posters
Synopsis The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as “Judgment of Paris”.
Release date: Friday July 25, 2008 Genre: Comedy Director: Adam McKay Studio: Columbia Pictures/Apatow Productions Producer(s): Jimmy Miller, Judd Apatow Screenplay: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Andrea Savage, Kathryn Hahn Official Site:stepbrothers-movie.com Rating:R for for crude and sexual content, and pervasive language Available film art: Step Brothers movie posters
Synopsis Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly will play coddled guys who live with their respective single parents. Their folks fall in love and marry, making the guys stepbrothers. From the team that brought you “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”