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EW's Fall Movie Preview: October

Published August 14, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from EW
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In our last article we reported on the highlights from the September movies featured in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. This article will cover October films, which are definitely not as exciting as the September or November lot, but do feature a couple hits including Doom, Legend of Zorro and a few more.

October Movie Preview Highlights


Below is a list of some of the highly anticipated films mentioned by EW for October releases and highlights from each report:

Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown is one of those films where I am still trying to figure out where all the hype is coming from. Even after viewing a trailer that reeks chick-flick all over it, our readers still seem to be excited about this movie. Orlando Bloom plays the character Drew, a workaholic who had just realized that his job was in the gutter and that his father died. On the way to his father's ceremony, Drew runs into Claire [Kristen Dunst], who creates an inspirational tape for Drew to listen to. With all the craziness in his life, Drew can then only think of Claire and her tape in his struggle to get past his father's death and failing career.

Though I don't see too much to this plot, the buzz for this film is strong enough to make me get an Elizabethtown Movie Page in the works.


Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Though I didn't think Chicken Run offered laugh - out - loud humor, I still can understand the excitement around Nick Park's and Steve Box's upcoming film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Nick Park exploded onto the scene with his claymation film Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers and has continued to make award winning films with these two characters. If you are into different mediums of animation, or just English humor, than Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit could be right up your alley.

Domino

The five main elements that make Domino an extremely interesting film are-- 1) The film is 'loosely' based on Domino Harvey, the model - turned - bounty hunter who died this last June. 2) Soon after her death, New Line Cinema pushed the release date forward to an August release. Then, in a quick 360, New Line announced that they were again pushing the release date for Domino back because of Domino Harvey's recent death; at least this is what they said. I think that New Line meant to push the film forward to catch some of the increased buzz due to the untimely death of the character the film is based on and were forced to push it back due to complaints from Tony Scott that the film would just not be ready by that time. 3) Tony Scott is directing the film. 4) The cast includes Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken and Lucy Liu. 5) Chicks with shotguns is usually a winning formula.

The Legend of Zorro

The movie trailers alone are enough to prove that The Legend of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, is a worthy sequel to The Mask of Zorro. The action is just as good or better than the original and there seems to be much more of it. The only issue that we've heard of is the fact that the first half of the film is relatively action-free while the last hour is all action. While it's great to have so much action, the pacing may become awkward without the action scenes dispersed a little better. Hopefully they will have this fixed by the final cut.

EW reports that we can also expect to see a lot of action sequences and sword duels featuring Zeta-Jones as Elena.



The Weather Man

What the hell ever happened to this film starring Nicolas Cage? After watching a trailer that has an extremely humorous montage featuring food smacking Cage in the face, the film then disappeared from the face of the Earth. The original release date scheduled for The Weather Man was April 1st, which is obviously long overdue. The film is about a divorced father of two who is not the most respected weatherman in town. Continuously facing the threat of airborne food, Dave Spritz finally faces a step-up in life when he is offered a new job opportunity. However, just to be safe, Dave Spritz gets turned on to archery by one of his daughters. Nobody messes with a guy carrying a bow.

Doom

Though Universal Pictures claims that Doom will be a faithful adaptation of the best - selling first - person - shooter, I still have some doubts considering that the number one marketing ploy for Doom is the fact that it is a hard 'R' and it will be gory. How is the dialogue? Is the plot for Doom good or cheesy? None of these questions have been answered, with the only response being that the film will feature a scene that looks like it was taken directly from the FPS game and mucho gore. Below is a not - so - reassuring statement that Karl Urban [Lord of the Rings] told EW about Doom:

This film is bloody as hell. It's not well-done -- it's rare.

Whatever the hell that means. Hopefully Universal has an official trailer on the way to really show what we can expect from Doom.

Stay

Considering that Ewan McGregor is still one of my favorite actors of the new generation, it was hard to pass up mentioning his latest psychological thriller Stay. With a feel that kind of reminds me of The Sixth Sense, Stay tells the story of a psychiatrist [McGregor] who must not only deal with a suicidal patient, but a formerly suicidal girlfriend. Some how the psychiatrist meets people who are already dead, something that probably results in a twist by the end of the film.

Waiting

Sure, Waiting is not a blockbuster film but rather a low-budget comedy. However, it does feature Ryan Reynolds, which goes a long way in our books. Waiting follows a group of servers as they wait tables and sabotage guests meals. Rob McKittrick [director] claims that Waiting is a look into the world of food service and what goes on behind the scenes. Having waited tables before, I can't say that we were allowed to pull off the pranks shown here, but do understand how a movie about servers can be extremely funny.

The Fog

Maggie Grace goes from being LOST on an island to lost in The Fog. Starring Tom Welling, Maggie Grace, and Selma Blair, The Fog is a remake of the 1980 classic by John Carpenter. What makes this horror remake different? Well, be sure to expect the exact same elements to the story, but Grace claims that this latest version will attempt to answer more of the unanswered questions from the original film.

Yeah, I know. Compared to September, October is counting on a few bit hits to keep the moviegoers happy. But don't worry, if Doom, The Legend of Zorro, Domino and Elizabethtown all perform as well as they claim, we could have a great month on our hands. If they don't, we always have November.

These are just a few of the films mentioned in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Be sure to head on out and purchase the current issue, featuring Reese Witherspoon on the cover, at your local newsstands right now.

Stay tuned for updates.


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