Hollywood gears up for fall releases

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) Highlights of Hollywood's fall film lineup (release times may change, and some films play in limited release):

September

ANYTHING ELSE: Woody Allen turns to youth comedy with a romance between a writer (Jason Biggs) and a flaky woman (Christina Ricci).

DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR: An ex-child star (David Spade) hires a family to experience ''normal'' childhood so he can revitalize his acting career.

DUPLEX: New Manhattan homeowners (Drew Barrymore and Ben Stiller) plot to eliminate their pesky rent-controlled elderly tenant. Danny DeVito directs.

THE FIGHTING TEMPTATIONS: An ad exec (Cuba Gooding Jr.) learns he must create a successful gospel choir to collect his inheritance. Beyonce Knowles co-stars.

THE HUMAN STAIN: A disgraced professor (Anthony Hopkins) has an affair with a young janitor (Nicole Kidman). From the novel by Philip Roth.

IN THIS WORLD: Two Afghan boys journey through Iran and Europe hoping for a better life in Britain. Michael Winterbottom (''Welcome to Sarajevo'') directs.

LUTHER: Joseph Fiennes is Martin Luther in a film biography of the church reformer. Peter Ustinov co-stars.

MAMBO ITALIANO: A big fat Italian comedy about Old World parents shocked by New World lifestyles when their son takes a male lover. With Paul Sorvino.

MATCHSTICK MEN: A jittery con man (Nicolas Cage) finds his latest score complicated by the arrival of his teenage daughter. Ridley Scott directs.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp in the final chapter of Robert Rodriguez's ''El Mariachi'' gunslinger trilogy.

SECONDHAND LIONS: Robert Duvall and Michael Caine are curmudgeon brothers who warm up and share tales of early adventures with their great-nephew (Haley Joel Osment).

UNDERWORLD: Kate Beckinsale vamps it up in a Romeo-and-Juliet story about forbidden love between a vampire and a werewolf.

October

ALIEN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: Ridley Scott revisits his sci-fi horror landmark, restoring footage to Sigourney Weaver's battle with an interstellar beastie.

BROTHER BEAR: Disney's latest animated adventure follows a boy turned into a bear, who's hunted by his human brother.

GOTHIKA: A horror tale with Halle Berry as a shrink accused of killing her husband, a crime she has no memory of. Penelope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr. co-star.

IN THE CUT: Meg Ryan stars in a thriller from director Jane Campion (''The Piano''), about a lonely New Yorker who becomes involved with a homicide cop.

OUT OF TIME: Denzel Washington as a small-town police chief whose secure world comes unglued during a murder investigation.

PREY FOR ROCK AND ROLL: Gina Gershon leads an all-girl punk band in this adaptation of Cheri Lovedog's autobiographical rock musical.

RUNAWAY JURY: John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz in a thriller about jury shenanigans in a major lawsuit. From the John Grisham novel.

SCARY MOVIE 3: The horror-spoof franchise lampoons ''The Matrix Reloaded,'' ''The Ring,'' ''Signs'' and other fright flicks. Directed by David Zucker (''The Naked Gun'').

SHATTERED GLASS: The tale of journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), whose career fell apart amid revelations he fabricated stories.

THE SINGING DETECTIVE: A bedridden writer (Robert Downey Jr.) lives a fantasy life of song, dance and intrigue in an adaptation of Dennis Potter's miniseries.

SYLVIA: Gwyneth Paltrow plays suicidal poet Sylvia Plath in an examination of her fiery relationship with poet hubby Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig).

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The mother of all slice-and-dice horror flicks gets an update in this tale of friends who fall in among a clan of cannibals.

November

BAD SANTA: A dark Christmas comedy with Billy Bob Thornton as a thief impersonating a mall Santa to carry out a robbery. Directed by Terry Zwigoff (''Ghost World'').

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS: Denys Arcand revisits characters from his ''The Decline of the American Empire'' for a moving portrait of a dying man's reunion with loved ones.

THE COOLER: William H. Macy as a Vegas loser so down on his luck he's hired to rub shoulders with hot gamblers to cool off their winning streaks.

DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT: Mike Myers is the cool cat with the big hat who livens things up for a couple of stuck-at-home children. Alec Baldwin co-stars.

LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION: Bugs and his cartoon buddies co-star in a comic adventure with Brendan Fraser and Steve Martin.

LOVE ACTUALLY: Love is in the air for a big fat ensemble of Londoners in this romantic comedy featuring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Laura Linney.

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD: Russell Crowe sails the high seas as a captain in a deadly battle with another ship. From Patrick O'Brian's novels.

THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS: Once more unto the breach as Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Laurence Fishburne have their final showdown with Earth's machine rulers.

RADIO: Cuba Gooding Jr. as a slowwitted man who finds a mentor in a high school football coach (Ed Harris).

21 GRAMS: Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts in a somber drama of grief, mortality and redemption.

December

CALENDAR GIRLS: ''The Full Monty'' for women. Helen Mirren and Julie Walters star in the tale of a women's group that puts out a nude calendar to raise money for charity.

CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN: Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt are blessed with 12 kids in an update of the 1950 tale about a big, big family.

COLD MOUNTAIN: Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and Jude Law in the adaptation of Charles Frazier's Civil War best seller. Anthony Minghella (''The English Patient'') directs.

THE LAST SAMURAI: Tom Cruise as a disenchanted U.S. soldier training Japanese troops in modern warfare in the 1870s.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: Frodo, Aragorn, Gandalf and the gang return for the climax of Peter Jackson's monumental adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy.

THE MISSING: Cate Blanchett is an Old West mom forced to team with her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) to rescue her daughter from kidnappers. Ron Howard directs.

MONA LISA SMILE: Julia Roberts plays a freethinking art history prof at a women's college. Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal co-star.

PAYCHECK: Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman in a sci-fi thriller about a corporate hired gun trying to piece together his erased memory. John Woo directs.

PETER PAN: The boy who won't grow up graduates to a live-action frolic in J.M. Barrie's fantasy classic. P.J. Hogan (''My Best Friend's Wedding'') directs.

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE: Jack Nicholson's an aging playboy with a taste for younger women who finally falls for someone in his own age bracket. Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves and Frances McDormand co-star.

STUCK ON YOU: Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear as conjoined twins trying to live separate lives in the Farrelly brothers' latest comedy.

THE YOUNG BLACK STALLION: This prequel to the 1979 family film centers on a girl and the magnificent horse that rescues her in the desert. Playing exclusively at IMAX theaters.



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