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December Movie Preview

Published August 15, 2005 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image created by CanMag.Com
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This is our fourth article in a series where we discuss some of the films highlighted in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Having done September, October and November, it is time to move on to December. For a month that has got some hard-hitting blockbuster films, EW doesn't seem to want to give these the time of day.

November Movie Preview Highlights

Below is a list of some of the highly anticipated films mentioned by EW for December releases and highlights from each report. Though EW offers write-ups for the larger films for each month, December releases are left with only small conclusions. Let's add on shall we?

Aeon Flux

Starting the month off with a film based off of a cult animation from MTV may seem like the awkward way to go, but it can be even more awkward offering up this film about Charlize Theron attempting to assassinate a head government official right before Christmas. That's right, the sleek animated character Aeon Flux is finally heading to the big screen in a live-action thriller featuring Charlize Theron as the deadly, or should I say sexy, assassin.

The teaser trailer for Aeon Flux, just released last week, was enough to prove that Paramount Pictures is taking this adaptation seriously with a gracious budget and convincing special effects. Though we did not get to see too much of Charlize Theron throwing blows, uhh, punches, the cinematography was enough to at least keep me amped until the next trailer.

So far my only complaint for the film is the outfit designed for Aeon Flux [yes, you have probably heard this before]. In the animated series we encounter Aeon Flux as a woman who wears shoelace width leather that barely cover, well, just about anything. Charlize Theron has dropped the leather for a more concealing spandex outfit. As a concession, Karyn Kusama [director] does throw in a scene of Charlize Theron walking around in her underwear.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Based off the book by C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe can be Disney's Lord of the Rings. With Andrew Adamson at the helm backed by a whopping $150M budget, this film could turn out to be box office gold. So far we have been given a few behind the scenes for the film [similar to LOTR] plus an extended trailer that simply kicks my ass.

This first go at The Chronicles of Narnia is definitely one of the top anticipated films to come out for December. How can't this adaptation be number one? Well, check out some of the competition below.

Fun With Dick & Jane

Though there is still relatively little known about this upcoming crime - comedy, the fact that we have both Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni teaming up to make it is enough said. Fun With Dick & Jane tells the story of a married couple who must resort to robbery in order to maintain their upper - middle - class lifestyle. The first trailer released for the film is pretty humorous as it shows the couple knocking off a Starbucks establishment just to pick up some coffee as well as a chance encounter with a family friend.

Fun With Dick & Jane could be the 'fun' movie of December.

The Producers

Though this film is based off of the wonderful play featuring the same actors [NY version] and should expect an abnormally large following for this type of genre, The Producers has laid relative low. We have yet to receive a single movie still, trailer, movie clip or even movie poster for this film that is due out in December. Hopefully, we should get berraged with media soon. The Producers will star Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Uma Thurman in a story where producers attempt to create an act that is guaranteed to fail.

King Kong

King Kong is going to have to battle it out with The Chronicles of Narnia for number one blockbuster slugger of December. Featuring a cast that includes Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody, this latest re-telling of the giant ape has found all of its hype in one name-- Peter Jackson. With the latest success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy under his belt, Peter Jackson is nearly unstoppable.

The first trailer for King Kong showed off some impressive graphics and a montage to the stars of the film. So far everything looks great, but it is supposedly the ending of Jackson's King Kong that will allow us to see this version as the best of them.

After reading all four articles for highlighted films in the coming four months, you should now realize that summer is not the end of great films, and some may find the fall line-up to rival that of summer's.

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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