These are the movie new releases for this Friday: The Invention Lying, Toy Story 2 in 3-D, Zombieland and Whip It.
The Invention Lying
Synopsis: From Ricky Gervais, the award-winning creator and star of the original BBC series “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras,” comes the new romantic comedy “The Invention of Lying,” which takes place in an alternate reality where lying–even the concept of a lie–does not exist. Everyone–from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street–speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor; Directed by: Ricky Gervais, Matt Robinson
Toy Story 2 in 3-D
Synopsis: Originally released in 1999, “Toy Story 2″ went on to become one of the most popular animated features of all time. The film picks up as Andy is heading off to Cowboy Camp and the toys are left to their own devices. When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al’s Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody, and Woody learns that he’s a highly valued collectable from a 1950s TV show called “Woody’s Roundup,” the stage is set for a daring rescue attempt by the gang from Andy’s room. The film introduced such other memorable characters from “Woody’s Roundup” as Jessie the cowgirl, Bullseye the horse, and the Prospector.
Cast: Don Rickles, Tom Hanks, John Ratzenberger, Joan Cusack, Wayne Knight, Kelsey Grammer, Jim Varney, Tim Allen, Carly Schroeder; Directed by: John Lasseter
Synopsis: Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn’t have fears. If he did, he’d kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they’re about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, stars Ellen Page as Bliss, a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. Marcia Gay Harden plays Bliss’ disapproving mother, while Kristen Wiig and Juliette Lewis play roller-derby stars.
Cast: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern; Directed by: Drew Barrymore
Release date: Friday May 7, 2010 Genre: Action/Drama/Adventure Director: Jon Favreau Studio: Paramount Pictures Screenplay: Justin Theroux Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara Official Site:ironmanmovie.marvel.com Rating:Not Yet Rated Available film art: Iron Man 2 movie posters
Synopsis Now that Tony Stark has gone public with his alter-ego “Iron Man” – there is no telling what evil force will come forward to battle the invincible “Iron Man!”
Reports say that Rourke would play a tattooed Russian heavy named Ivan who becomes a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils. While another source adds that Rourke would play the Crimson Dynamo. “He’s considered to be an evil version of Iron Man because he battles the superhero in a nuclear-powered suit of armor.”
Rockwell would play Justin Hammer, a multibillionaire businessman and a rival of industrialist Tony Stark, AKA Iron Man, being played by a returning Robert Downey Jr.
Release date: Friday September 18, 2009 Genre: Drama Running time: 119 min. Director: Jane Campion Studio: TVA Films/Apparition Producer(s): Jane Campion, Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt Screenplay: Jane Campion Cast: Ben Whishaw, Abbie Cornish, Thomas Sangster, Paul Schneider, Kerry Fox, Samuel Roukin, Samuel Barnett Official Site: brightstar-movie.com Rating:PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking Available film art: Bright Star movie posters
Synopsis The tragic but intensely passionate love affair between Romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the radiant Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is detailed in this romantic period drama from critically acclaimed writer/director Jane Campion.
Release date: Friday October 16, 2009 Genre: Documentary/Comedy Running time: 95 min. Director: Jeff Stilson Studio: Kinosmith, Roadside Attractions Producer(s): Jeff Stilson, Kevin O’Donnell, Jenny Hunter Screenplay: Lance Crouther, Chris Rock, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson Official Site: goodhairmovie.net Rating:PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity Available film art: Good Hair movie posters
Synopsis An exposé of comic proportions that only Chris Rock could pull off, “Good Hair” visits beauty salons and hairstyling battles, scientific laboratories and Indian temples to explore the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community. Director Jeff Stilson follows Chris Rock on this raucous adventure prompted by Rock’s 5-year old daughter approaching him, asking, “Daddy, how come I don’t have good hair?” Celebrities such as Ice-T, Nia Long, Paul Mooney, Raven Symoné, Maya Angelou, Salt n Pepa, Eve and Reverend Al Sharpton all candidly offer their stories and observations to Rock while he struggles with the task of figuring out how to respond to his daughter’s question.
Release date: September 9th, 2009 Genre: Action/Drama/Sport Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes Director: Jimmy Nickerson Studio: Roadside Attractions Screenplay: Glen Hartford, Nicholas Siapkaris Cast: Steven Bauer, Kuno Becker, Bruce McGill, Alex Nesic, Danay Garcia Official Site:frommexicowithlove.com Rating:PG-13 for sports violence, language, brief sensuality and drug references Available film art: From Mexico With Love movie posters
Synopsis Hector Villa, physically tough, but emotionally self-destructive, is one of the millions of illegal migrant workers vying for a new life in the U.S., and will do everything he can to rise above picking fruit in the dirt. Hector dreams of being a boxer, like his father before him, but finds he has to fight just to survive the grim reality of living on a Texas Ranch. During the day Hector works long hours under the scorching sun. But at night, he trades his work gloves for boxing gloves, fighting in the surrounding bars and converted barns, where a five dollar entrance fee and a few rounds in a makeshift ring can score the winner more than a days pay in the sweltering fields.
Release date: Friday October 2, 2009 Genre: Comedy Running time: 99 min. Director: Ricky Gervais, Matt Robinson Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Screenplay: Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson Producer(s): Dan Lin, Oly Obst, Lynda Obst Cast: Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Rob Lowe, Jonah Hill, Jonah Hill, Louis C.K., Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor Official Site:the-invention-of-lying.warnerbros.com Rating:PG-13 language including some sexual material and a drug reference Available film art: The Invention of Lying movie posters
Synopsis From Ricky Gervais, the award-winning creator and star of the original BBC series “The Office” and HBO’s “Extras,” comes the new romantic comedy “The Invention of Lying,” which takes place in an alternate reality where lying–even the concept of a lie–does not exist. Everyone–from politicians to advertisers to the man and woman on the street–speaks the truth and nothing but the truth with no thought of the consequences. But when a down-on-his-luck loser named Mark suddenly develops the ability to lie, he finds that dishonesty has its rewards. In a world where every word is assumed to be the absolute truth, Mark easily lies his way to fame and fortune. But lies have a way of spreading, and Mark begins to realize that things are getting a little out of control when some of his tallest tales are being taken as, well, gospel. With the entire world now hanging on his every word, there is only one thing Mark has not been able to lie his way into: the heart of the woman he loves.
Release date: Friday December 11, 2009 Genre: Family/Animation/Musical Director: Ron Clements, John Musker Studio: Walt Disney Pictures Screenplay: Ron Clements, John Musker, Rob Edwards, Jason Oremland Producer(s): Peter Del Vecho Cast: Anika Noni Rose, Oprah Winfrey, Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, John Goodman, Terrence Howard, Jim Cummings Official Site:disney.go.com/disneypictures/princessandthefrog Rating:None Available film art: The Princess and the Frog movie posters
Synopsis Walt Disney Animation Studios presents the musical THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG, an animated comedy set in the great city of New Orleans. From the creators of “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named Tiana (ANIKA NONI ROSE), a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again, and a fateful kiss that leads them both on a hilarious adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana.
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG marks the return to hand-drawn animation from the revered team of John Musker and Ron Clements, with music by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman.