Screen en­coun­ters of the third kind

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Con­tin­ued from pre­vi­ous page JULY 20 FIRE­HOUSE DOG A pam­pered pooch, Hol­ly­wood’s top ca­nine star, gets lost and is adopted by the staff at a run­down fire sta­tion where he be­friends a 12-year-old boy (Josh Hutch­er­son) and his dad (Bruce Green­wood). HAIR­SPRAY The movie of the hit Broad­way mu­si­cal of the de­light­ful 1988 John Wa­ters movie fea­tures John Tra­volta – in drag and fat suit – in Divine’s orig­i­nal role as Edna Turn­blad, whose plump teen daugh­ter (Ni­cole Blon­sky) lands a place on a TV dance con­test. With James Mard­sen, Michelle Pfi­ef­fer, Christo­pher Walken, Queen Latifah and Al­li­son Jan­ney. Di­rected by Adam Shankman. PRIVATE FEARS IN PUB­LIC PLACES/COEURS The in­de­fati­ga­ble Alain Res­nais, who turns 85 next month, di­rects this trans­po­si­tion of an Alan Ay­ck­bourn play to Paris where six char­ac­ters are look­ing for love. With Lam­bert Wil­son, Laura Mo­rante and Sabine Azema. JULY 27 SHER­RY­BABY Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal im­pres­sively im­merses her­self in the role of a volatile ex-con­vict des­per­ately try­ing to re­con­nect with her young daugh­ter and to stay off drugs. Lau­rie Col­lyer di­rects. THE SIMP­SONS MOVIE Af­ter 18 years on the air, the an­i­mated TV com­edy fi­nally comes to the big screen, as Homer has to save the world, no less, from a catas­tro­phe of his own cre­ation. Se­ries cre­ator Matt Groen­ing leads the team of screen­writ­ers, with David Sil­ver­man (who co-di­rected Mon­sters, Inc) at the helm. TRANS­FORM­ERS Hav­ing tasted com­mer­cial fail­ure with The Is­land, di­rec­tor Michael Bay is aiming for a come­back with the lav­ish live-ac­tion movie based on the ro­bot toys in­tro­duced in the 1980s.The cast in­cludes Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Me­gan Fox, Tyrese Gib­son and Jon Voight. AU­GUST 3 EVAN ALMIGHTY The se­quel to Bruce Almighty, which starred Jim Car­rey, shifts the spot­light on to the char­ac­ter of ri­val news­caster Evan Bax­ter (Steve Carell), who has been elected to congress when God (Morgan Free­man) com­mands him to build an ark. NANCY DREW Emma Roberts (daugh­ter of Eric and niece of Ju­lia) plays the teen de­tec­tive who, on a visit to Los An­ge­les with her fa­ther (Tate Dono­van), un­cov­ers clues to a mur­der mys­tery in­volv­ing a movie star. Andrew Flem­ing di­rects. *PRICELESS/HORS DE PRIX Amélie star Au­drey Tautou plays a gold-dig­ger in Pierre Sal­vadori’s French com­edy, with Gad El­maleh as the young man she mis­takes for a mil­lion­aire and then drops when she dis­cov­ers he’s a waiter. *SERAPHIM FALLS Set in the af­ter­math of the Amer­i­can Civil War, David Von Ancken’s hand­somely pho­tographed west­ern takes the form of an ex­tended chase in­volv­ing two men who fought on op­po­site sides in the war, with Pierce Bros­nan as the prey and Liam Nee­son his dogged pur­suer. AU­GUST 10 * THE DIV­ING BELL AND THE BUT­TER­FLY/LE SCAPHAN­DRE ET LE PA­PIL­LON US artist-turned-film­maker Ju­lian Schn­abel, who made Basquiat and Be­fore Night Falls, di­rects the movie based on the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Elle ed­i­tor Jean-Do­minique Bauby (played by Mathieu Amal­ric) who in 1995, at the age of 43, suf­fered a stroke that paral­ysed his en­tire body, apart from his left eye – which he blinked to dic­tate the con­tents of his book. RUSH HOUR 3 Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker re­turn as the mis­matched cops for an ac­tion com­edy set in Paris where they in­ad­ver­tently get in­volved with a Triad gang. The truly eclec­tic sup­port­ing cast in­cludes Vin­nie Jones, Max von Sy­dow and Ro­man Polan­ski. SURF’S UP Pre­sum­ably work­ing from the the­ory that cute pen­guins as­sure box of­fice suc­cess (as Happy Feet and March of the Pen­guins proved), this an­i­mated fea­ture fol­lows the progress of a teen pen­guin from Shiver­pool, Antarc­tica as he com­petes in a surf­ing con­test. Shia LaBeouf, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges, James Woods and Zooey Deschanel head the voice cast. *TRAN­SYL­VA­NIA The new film from Exils di­rec­tor Tony Gatlif stars Asia Ar­gento as a French­woman trav­el­ling to Ro­ma­nia in search of the mu­si­cian who has left her preg­nant. AU­GUST 17 ARC­TIC TALE This doc­u­men­tary il­lus­trates the harsh re­al­i­ties of liv­ing in the Arc­tic through the ex­pe­ri­ences of a wal­rus and her calf and a po­lar bear and her cubs. THE BOURNE UL­TI­MA­TUM In Matt Da­mon’s third out­ing as the am­ne­siac agent, Ja­son Bourne is lured out of hid­ing by a jour­nal­ist (Paddy Con­si­dine) who is fol­low­ing his story. With David Strathairn, Joan Allen, Ju­lia Stiles and Chris Cooper. It bodes well that Paul Green­grass, who di­rected The Bourne Supremacy and United 93, is back at the helm. HOT ROD An ama­teur stunt­man (Andy Sam­berg) plans to clear 15 buses to fund a heart op­er­a­tion for his abu­sive step­fa­ther (Ian McShane). With Sissy Spacek. LI­CENCE TO WED This com­edy stars Robin Wil­liams as a cleric putting an en­gaged cou­ple (Mandy Moore and John Krasin­ski) through a gru­elling pre-mar­riage course. * THE SINGER/QUAND J’ÉTAIS CHANTEUR Ger­ard Depar­dieu does all his own singing as an age­ing, di­vorced dance hall per­former who falls for an es­tate agent (Ce­cile de France) less than half his age. AU­GUST 24 1408 The ti­tle of this Stephen King adap­ta­tion refers to the num­ber of a New York ho­tel room with a che­quered his­tory. John Cu­sack plays an au­thor who spe­cialises in de­bunk­ing su­per­nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena and checks into the room de­spite the warn­ings of the ho­tel man­ager (Samuel L Jack­son). Di­rected by Mikael Haf­strom.

* GAR­DENS IN AU­TUMN/JARDINS EN AU­TOMNE The new film from Paris-based Ge­or­gian di­rec­tor Otar Ios­seliani fea­tures Sev­erin Blanchet as a French gov­ern­ment min­is­ter who re­signs af­ter a scan­dal and set­tles into a new laid-back ex­is­tence. In the most overt ex­am­ple of the movie’s off­beat hu­mour, vet­eran Michel Pic­coli dons drag to play his dowdy mother.

KNOCKED UP (see panel) AU­GUST 31 HAL­LAM FOE Jamie Bell plays the epony­mous dis­turbed teen be­sot­ted with an Ed­in­burgh ho­tel man­ager (Sylvia Myles) who closely re­sem­bles his re­cently de­ceased mother. David Macken­zie, who made Young Adam and Asy­lum, di­rects. LADY CHAT­TER­LEY Pas­cal Fer­ran’s new treat­ment of the for­merly con­tro­ver­sial DH Lawrence novel col­lected five prizes at this year’s French cin­ema awards, the Ce­sars, in­clud­ing best pic­ture and best ac­tress for Ma­rina Hinds in the ti­tle role. With Hip­polyte Gi­rar­dot as her paral­ysed hus­band and Jean-Louis Coul­loc’h as the game­keeper who pro­vides her with sex­ual re­lief. Re­lease dates are sub­ject to change. * in­di­cates that the re­lease date is to be con­firmed

Poach­ing the game­keeper: Ma­rina Hands as Lady Chat­ter­ley

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