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EW's Fall Movie Preview: November

Published August 14, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image from EW
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This is our third article in a series where we discuss some of the films highlighted in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Having done September and October, it is time to move on to November. Now, I know that I mentioned November was going to be so much more than October, but that is mainly because of a few huge releases. Some of the Thanksgiving films we can expect are V for Vendetta, Syriana, The New World, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

November Movie Preview Highlights


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

Jarhead

Even though I get a sense of Three Kings from the trailer of Jarhead, I do have to admit that this film seems to have it all, including a cast that features Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Jamie Foxx, and Chris Cooper. Jarhead is directed by Sam Mendes [American Beauty] and is based on the source material laid down by Anthony Swofford, a Marine sniper in the 1991 Gulf War. Though the film is most likely going to have political overtones, like Lord of War, the early reviews sent in claim that moviegoers should be able to enjoy the film no matter what side of the scale they sit on. Jarhead should help the month of November open strong for Hollywood.

Syriana

In a film that follows the same formula as Traffic, Syriana tells three separate stories of people caught up in either oil or the Middle East [the two are related]. We first have Matt Damon, who plays the son of an oil-industry analyst that dies while playing in an Arab client's swimming pool. Then we have Jeffrey Wright, a lawyer who also works in the oil-industry as he attempts to complete a giant merger. And finally we have George Clooney, who plays a CIA agent attempting to track down a known terrorist in the Middle East.

EW points out that Clooney had to drop the 'sexiest man alive' approach and put on a whopping 35 pounds in just 30 days for his role in Syriana.


Walk the Line

Even though I have never been a fan of biopics, the upcoming film starring Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash does seem to have promise. Based on the interesting life of Johnny Cash and his love for June Carter [Reese Witherspoon], Walk the Line was given the go even before the death of true-life singer Cash. In an attempt to get the approval of the film from Johnny Cash, Cash required that Walk the Line didn't hurt anybody... except him.

V for Vendetta

Though most know that James Purefoy was the original 'V' for the upcoming film V for Vendetta, I did not know that the number one reason for him leaving was his inability to act from behind the Guy Fawkes mask that 'V' never removes; I instead figured it was due to other obligations such as ROME. Hugo Weaving [Lord of the Rings, The Matrix] quickly stepped in to take Purefoy's place as the London terrorist looking to overthrow the totalitarian regime that England has become.

Even with the change of cast and the recent London bombings, the hardest aspect of the film was finding an actress willing to shave her head; unfortunately Demi Moore [GI Jane] was unavailable to comment. After finding that Natalie Portman was up for the job, the crew knew that you could only do a few takes of a woman getting the buzz cut. Luckily, Portman performed perfectly.



The New World

After watching the trailer for The New World I could only think about how much the film looked like The Thin Red Line, except for the fact that you have to take off a few hundred years. Starring Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale and Q'Orianka Kilcher, The New World tells the story of the relationship between Pocahontas and the English explorer John Smith. However, after watching the trailer, the film seems more like indians getting mad at explorers causing one giant throw-down. Colin Farrell has had a rough go with some of his recent films, hopefully The New World will be his step back in the right direction.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Let's fact it, when people think of November movies the number one film that comes to mind is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Ranked #1 in our Movie Database, Goblet of Fire has got a following comparable to that of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings [if not more]. Thanks to the release of the latest book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the fever for Potter couldn't be higher. It also helps that Warner Bros has recently confirmed that Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be the first Potter film rated PG-13; a rating that matches the book perfectly. Here is a little of what EW had to say on Goblet of Fire:

Practically double the size of any Potter tome before it, and certainly more action packed, Fire chronicles Harry's participation in a wizarding tournament-- while he's simultaneously unraveling a sinister conspiracy, discovering girls, and dodging creepy glances from a spooky new teacher named "Mad-Eye" Moody (Gleeson). It's so epic, the studio considered splitting the story between two films. But Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron, who took a more freewheeling adaptation approach, persuaded them to reconsider, even at the expense of cutting content.

Though cutting content is never something Potter fans want to hear, the early reports claim that every element that matters to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire still exists in the film. Also, if you noticed in the snippet above, it is Brendon Gleeson [Troy] who will play the role of Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody.

Chicken Little

One of Disney's first attempts at CG animated films since the loss of Pixar, Chicken Little features the voice of Zach Braff, Garry Marshall, Joan Cusack, Amy Sedaris and Steve Zahn. Though EW claims that Chicken Little follows a formula similar to that of Dreamworks Shrek and Shrek 2, I am going to have to see it to believe it. However, if Disney does pull this off, along with Valiant, they may not need Pixar after all.

Hopefully after reading the first three months of fall before December you can tell that we actually have a good slate of films still coming our way. And remember, we still have a few blockbusters coming our way in December too.

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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