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June 6

The Eye

For the record:

12:00 AM, May. 04, 2003 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 04, 2003 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 0 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,” an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. Today’s Calendar Summer Sneaks list incorrectly has it as June 27.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday May 11, 2003 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 0 inches; 31 words Type of Material: Correction
Release date -- “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas,” an animated adventure from DreamWorks, will be released July 2. The Summer Sneaks list last Sunday incorrectly had it as June 27.

Thriller

Palm

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With: Lee Sin-je, Lawrence Chou, Chutcha Rujinanon, Candy Lo.

The idea: Corneal transplant has interesting side effects, including clairvoyance and foresight.

Writers: Oxide & Danny Pang, Jo Jo Hui Yuet Chun.

Directors: The Pangs.

So? Goose-bump city.

Prozac Nation

Drama

Miramax

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With: Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange.

The idea: Girl’s bright promise is crushed by depression.

Writers: Frank Deasy and Larry Gross; based on the book by Elizabeth Wurtzel; adaptation by Gail Neiderhoffer.

Director: Erik Skjoldbjaerg.

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So? Wasted.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Action

Universal

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With: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser.

The idea: Ex-cop, ex-con, undercover agent, fast cars.

Writers: Michael Brandt & Derek Haas; based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson.

Director: John Singleton.

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So? Accelerated Singleton.

Whale Rider

Drama

Newmarket Films

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With: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis.

The idea: Girl’s presence complicates matters as a Maori tribe searches for a new leader.

Writer-director: Niki Caro.

So? Magical import.

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June 13

Capturing the Friedmans

Documentary

HBO/Magnolia Pictures

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With: Arnold and Elaine Friedman and their three sons.

The idea: The disintegration of a Long Island family when the father is accused of trafficking in child pornography, and worse.

Director: Andrew Jarecki.

So? Compelling and very disturbing.

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Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Comedy

New Line

With: Eric Christian Olsen, Derek Richardson, Eugene Levy, Luis Guzman, Mimi Rogers.

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The idea: Prequel situates the brainless duo in high school.

Writers: Robert Brener and Tom Gammil & Will Gluck; story by Brener; based on characters created by Peter Farrelly & Bennett Yellin & Bobby Farrelly.

Director: Troy Miller.

So? Levy and Guzman lend comic credibility.

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From Justin to Kelly

Musical

Fox

With: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini.

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The idea: The “American Idol” stars go to a beach party.

Writer: Kim Fuller.

Director: Robert Iscove.

So? Reality snipes.

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The Heart of Me

Drama

ThinkFilm

With: Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, Paul Bettany, Eleanor Bron.

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The idea: Two sisters fall for the same man in the years before and after World War II.

Writer: Lucinda Coxon; based on the novel “The Echoing Grove” by Rosamond Lehmann.

Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

So? A tad dry.

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Jet Lag

Comedy

Miramax

With: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno, Sergi Lopez.

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The idea: Chance meeting at a Paris airport sets romance in motion.

Writers: Daniele Thompson, Christopher Thompson.

Director: Daniele Thompson.

So? Love on a layover?

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Love the Hard Way

Drama

Kino International

With: Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, August Diehl, Pam Grier.

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The idea: Sleazeball and saint plunge into a torrid affair, with unfortunate results.

Writers: Marie Noelle, Peter Sehr.

Director: Sehr.

So? Implausible.

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No Turning Back

Drama

Kino

With: Jesus Nebot, Lindsay Price, Chelsea Rendon.

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The idea: Widowed Honduran and his 6-year-old son try to start a new life in Southern California.

Writer-directors: Nebot, Julia Montejo.

So? Harrowing.

Rugrats Go Wild

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Animated adventure

Paramount

With: Voices of Nancy Cartwright, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, E.G. Daily, Flea.

The idea: The Pickleses meet the Thornberrys on a deserted island.

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Writer: Kate Boutilier.

Directors: Norton Virgien, John Eng.

So? Bruce Willis utters the first words from Spike the dog.

June 20

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Alex & Emma

Comedy

Warner Bros.

With: Luke Wilson, Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer.

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The idea: New stenographer complicates author’s effort to finish book -- which is literally a matter of life or death.

Writers: Jeremy Leven and Adam Scheinman & Andy Scheinman & Rob Reiner.

Director: Reiner.

So? Potential chemistry.

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Bollywood/Hollywood

Comedy-musical

Magnolia Pictures

With: Rahul Khanna, Lisa Ray, Moushumi Chatterjee, Dina Pathak.

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The idea: An Indian man pulls a ruse to meet his mother’s requirements for his bride.

Writer-director: Deepa Mehta.

So? Good credentials, but....

Friday Night

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Drama

Wellspring

With: Valerie Lemercier, Vincent Lindon.

The idea: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a young Parisian woman.

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Writers: Emmanuele Bernheim, Claire Denis; based on Bernheim’s novel.

Director: Denis.

So? Anxiety and sex.

The Good, the Bad

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and the Ugly (1966)

Western

MGM Classics

With: Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef.

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The idea: The Man With No Name, 37 years later.

Writers: Luciano Vicenzioni & Sergio Leone; story by Agenore Incrocci & Furio Scarpelli and Vicenzioni & Leone.

Director: Leone.

So? Third of the classic spaghetti westerns that made Eastwood a movie star.

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The Hulk

Action

Universal

With: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott, Josh Lucas, Nick Nolte.

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The idea: Green giant confronts three other super-mutants from the same experiment that created him.

Writer: James Schamus.

Director: Ang Lee.

So? Adventure with a pedigree.

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Langrishe, Go Down

Drama

Castle Hill

With: Jeremy Irons, Judi Dench, Annette Crosbie, Susan Williamson, Margaret Whiting, Harold Pinter.

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The idea: Fallen aristocrat embarks on passionate affair with unscrupulous academic.

Writer: Pinter, based on an Aidan Higgins novel.

Director: David Jones.

So? Unusual belated theatrical release for a 1978 British telefilm.

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The Legend of Suriyothai

Drama

Sony Pictures Classics

With: M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Sarunyoo Wongkrchang, Pongpat Wachirabunjong.

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The idea: Intrigue, coups, assassinations and invasions in the 16th century Siamese court.

Writers: Chatri Chalerm Yukol, Sunait Chutintaranond.

Director: Chatri Chalerm Yukol (recut by Francis Ford Coppola).

So? Impressively opulent.

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Wash Dry & Spin Out

Psychological drama

Running Entertainment

With: Tyler Lindsay, Randy Thomas and Jason Morck.

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The idea: A trio of psychos terrorizes patrons of an L.A. Laundromat.

Writer-director: Dan Patton.

So? And you thought laundry was dull.

June 27

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The Cuckoo

Drama

Sony Pictures Classics

With: Anni-Kristiina Jusso, Viktor Bychkov, Ville Haapasalo.

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The idea: World War II enemies -- a Finnish sniper and a Russian captain -- take refuge at a Lapp woman’s farm, and none of them speak the same language.

Writer-director: Alexander Rogozhkin.

So? Promising premise.

Dracula: Pages From a Virgin’s Diary

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Vampire ballet

Zeitgeist

With: Zhang Wei-Qian, Tara Birtwhistle, Dave Moroni.

The idea: Adaptation of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s interpretation of the Bram Stoker standby.

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Writer: Mark Godden (wrote ballet), based on “Dracula.”

Director: Guy Maddin.

So? Canadian filmmaker Maddin’s 2000 short, “The Heart of the World,” won numerous international awards.

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

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Animated adventure

DreamWorks

With: Voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Joseph Fiennes.

The idea: Swaggering seafarer faces off against the goddess of chaos.

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Writer: John Logan.

Directors: Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore.

So? High adventure.

28 Days Later

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Thriller

Fox Searchlight

With: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns.

The idea: Virus infects Brits with savagely homicidal rage and turns London into a ghost town.

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Writer: Alex Garland.

Director: Danny Boyle.

So? Uncannily topical. And scary.

Valentin

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Drama

Miramax

With: Carmen Maura, Rodriguo Nora, Julieta Cardinli, Mex Urtizberea.

The idea: An Argentine boy is the subject of this autobiographical coming-of-age tale.

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Writer-director: Alejandro Agresti.

So? Appealing.

June TBA

Camera Obscura

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Thriller

Fish Eye Films

With: Adam Trese, Ariadna Gil, Cully Fredricksen, VJ Foster.

The idea: LAPD crime-scene photographer confronts his fears by distorting reality.

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Writer-director: Hamlet Sarkissian.

So? More than 2 years old, but in an odd way, topical.


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