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05 January 2009 @ 12:47 am
Anticipated Films of 2009 (Part II)  
1. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Release Date: TBD

"A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting."

Unfinished business of the great Heath Ledger. No worries! Johnny Depp, Colin Farell and Jude Law finished the role for him...AND they didn't take their earnings; instead, they gave it to Heath's daughter Matilda (who was not included in Heath's last will because he wasn't able to renew it after meeting Michelle Williams.)

Directed by: Terry Gilliam
DOP: Nicola Pecorini
PD: Anastasia Masaro
Art D: Dan Hermansen
          Denis Schnegg
Set Decorator: Caroline Smith
                      Shane Vieau
Costume Designer: Monique Pruhomme
Film Editing by: Mick Audsley
Original Music by: Jeff Danna
                           Mychael Danna

Starring: Heath Ledger (Tony), Johnny Depp (Tony), Jude Law (Tony), Colin Farell (Tony), Christopher Plummer (Dr. Parnassus), Tom Waits (Mr. Nick), Verne Troyer (Percy), Lily Cole (Valentina), etc.

2. Avatar
Release Date: Dec 18, 2009

A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.
*(3-D science fiction film)

Directed by: James Cameron
DOP: Mauro Fiore
PD: Rick Carter
       Robert Stromberg
Art D: Nick Basset
          Robert Bavin
          Todd Cherniawsky
          Stefan Dechant
          Seth Engstrom
          Sean Haworth
          Andrew Jones
          Andy McLaren
          Andrew Menzies
          Ben Procter
          Kevin Ishioka (supervising art director)
          Kim Sinclair (supervising art director)
Set Decorator: ?
Costume Designer: Mayes C. Rubeo
Film Editing by: John Rofoua
                        Stephen Rivkin
Original Music by: James Horner

Starring: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Sigourney Weaver (Grace), Lola Herrera (Veronica Walsh), Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman), CCH Pounder (Moha), Peter Mensah (Akwey), Laz Alonso (Tsu'Tey), Wes Studi, Stephen Lang (Col. Quaritch), etc.

3. Inglorious Basterds
Release Date: Aug 28, 2009

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
DOP: Robert Richardson
PD: David Wasco
Art D: Marco Bittner Rosser
         Stephan Gessler
         David Scheunemann
         Steve Summersgill
         Sebastian Krawinkel (supervising art director)
Set Decorator: ?
Costume Designer: Anna Sheppard
Film Editing by: Sally Menke

Starring: Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark), Melanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus), Cristoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa), Daniel Bruhl (Frederick Zoller), Elli Roth (Sgt. Donnie Donowitz), Til Schweiger (Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz), B.J. Novak (PFC Utivich), Samm Levine (PFC Hirschberg), etc.

4. Up
Release Date: May 29, 2009

By tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America.
(3-D animated film produced by Pixar and to be distributed by Disney)

Directed by: Pete Docter
                  Bob Peterson (co-director)

Starring: Edward Asner (Carl Fredricksen's voice), Jordan Nagai (Rusell's voice), etc.

5. Jennifer's Body
Release Date: TBD

After "Juno", Diablo Cody returns with "Jennifer's Body"--teenage cannibalism.

A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Directed by: Karyn Kusama
DOP: M. David Mullen
PD: Arvinder Grewal
Art D: Paolo Venturi
Set Decorator: Joanne Leblanc
Costume Designer: Katia Stano
Film Editing by: Plummy Tucker
Original Music by: Theodore Shapiro

Starring: Megan Fox (Jennifer Check), Amanda Seyfried (Needy Lesnicky), Johnny Simmons (Chip Dove), Adam Brody (Nikolai Wolf), J.K. Simmons (Mr. Wroblewski), Amy Sedaris (Tony Lesnicky), etc.

6. Shutter Island
Release Date: Oct 2, 2009

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite again.

Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.

Directed by: Martin Scorsese
DOP: Robert Richardson
PD: Dante Ferretti
Art D: Max Biscoe
          Robert Guerra
          Christina Ann Wilson
Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Costume Designer: Sandy Powell
Film Editing by: Thelma Schoonmaker

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels), Mark Ruffalo (Chuck Aule), Ben Kingsley (Dr. John Cawley), Emily Mortimer (Rachel Solando), Michelle Williams (Dolores Chanal), Max von Sydow (Dr. Jeremiah Naerhing), Jackie Earle Haley (George Noyce), etc.

7. Monsters vs. Aliens
Release Date: March 27, 2009

"Oooze gonna save us?"

Directed by: Rob Letterman
                  Conrad Vernon
Film Editing by: Joyce Arrastia
                        Eric Dapkewicz
Original Music by: Henry Jackman

Starring: Reese Witherspoon (Susan Murphy/Ginormica's voice), Seth Rogen (B.O.B.'s voice), Hugh Laurie (Dr. Cockroach Ph.D's voice), Paul Rudd (Derek's voice), Kiefer Sutherland (Gen. W.R. Monger's voice), Rainn Wilson (Gallaxhar's voice), Will Arnett (The Missing Link's voice), Stephen Colbert (The President of the U.S.A.'s voice)

8. Nottingham
Release Date: Nov 2009

A love triangle forms between the legendary do-gooder Robin Hood, his Maid Marian and the archer's arch nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Directed by: Ridley Scott
DOP: ?
PD: Arthur Max
Art D: Ray Chan (senior art director)
         Karen Wakefiled (senior art director)
         John King (supervising art director)
         Marc Homes
         Matthew Robinson
         Mike Stallion
Set Decorator: Sonja Klaus
Costume Designer: ?

Starring: Russell Crowe (Robin Hood/Sheriff of Nottingham), Sienna Miller (Maid Marion), etc.

9. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Release Date: July 1, 2009

Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Original Music by: John Powell

Starring: John Leguizamo (Sid's voice), Denis Leary (Diego's voice), Ray Romano (Manny's voice), Queen Latifah (Ellie's voice), Chris Wedge (Scat's voice)

10. Sherlock Holmes
Release Date: Nov 20, 2009

Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Directed by: Guy Ritchie
DOP: Philippe Rousselot
PD: Sarah Greenwood
Art D: Niall Moroney (supervising art director)
         James Foster
         Matthew Gray
Set Decorator: Katie Spencer
Costume Designer: Jenny Beavan
Film Editing by: James Herbert

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes), Jude Law (Dr. Watson), Rachel McAdams (Irene Adler), Mark Strong (Lord Blackwood), Kelly Reilly (Mary Morstan), James Fox (Sir Thomas), etc.

11. Amelia
Release Date: Oct 23, 2009

A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
Directed by: Mira Nair
DOP: Stuart Dryburgh
PD: Stephanie Carroll
Art D: Nigel Churcher
         Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson
Set Decorator: Gordon Sim
Costume Designer: Kasia Walicka-Maimone
Film Editing by: Allyson Johnson

Starring: Hilary Swank (Amelia Earhart), Richard Gere (George Putnam), Ewan McGregor (Gene Vidal), Mia Wasikowska (Elinor Smith), Joe Anderson (Bill Stultz), etc

12. Nine      
Release Date: Dec 11, 2009

Film adaptation of the stage hit and inspired by Fellini's autobiographical "8 1/2" (Otto Mezzo).

Famous film director Guido Contini struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Directed by: Rob Marshall
DOP: Dion Beebe
PD: ?
Art D: Peter Findley
         Phil Harvey
         Simon Lamont (supervising art director)
Set Decorator: Gordon Sim
Costume Designer: ?
Original Music by: Maury Yeston

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis (Guido Contini), Marion Cotillard (Marion Contini), Nicole Kidman (Claudia Nardi), Penelope Cruz (Carla Albanese), Judi Dench (Liliane La Fleur), Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson (Saraghina), Kate Hudson (Stephanie Necrophuros), Sophia Loren (Mamma), etc.

13. A Serious Man
Release Date: TBD

A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother (Kind) won't move out of the house.

Directed by: Ethan Coen
                  Joel Coen
DOP: Roger Deakins
PD: Jess Gonchor
Art D: Deborah Jensen
Set Decorator: Nancy Haigh
Costume Designer: Mary Zophres
Film Editing by: Ethan and Joel Coen (as Roderyck Jaynes)
Original Music by: Carter Burwell

Starring: Michael Stuhlbarg (Larry Gopnik), Sari Lennick (Judith Gopnik), Fred Melamed (Sy Ableman),  Richard Kind (Uncle Arthur), Aaron Wolf (Danny Gopnik), Jessica McManus (Sarah Gopnik), etc.

14. Julie & Julia
Release Date: Aug 7, 2009

Based on Julie Powell's book about the late famous American chef, Julia Child.

Directed by: Nora Ephron
DOP: Stephen Goldblatt
PD: Mark Ricker
Art D: Bettina von den Steinen
Set Decorator: Susan Bode
Costume Designer: ?
Film Editing by: Richard Marks
Original Music by: Alexandre Desplat

Starring: Meryl Streep (Julia Child), Amy Adams (Julie Powell), Stanley Tucci (Paul Child), Jane Lynch (Dorothy McWilliams), Vanessa Ferlito (Cassie), etc.

15. The Soloist
Release Date: April 24, 2009

"Life has a mind of its own"

A Los Angeles Journalist, befriends a homeless Julliard trained musician, while looking for a new article for the paper.

Directed by: Joe Wright
DOP: Seamus McGarvey
PD: Sarah Greenwood
Art D: Gregg Berry (supervising art director)
          Suzan Wexler
Set Decorator: Julie Smith
                      Katie Spencer
Film Editing by: Paul Tothill
Original Music by: Dario Marianelli

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. (Steve Lopez), Jamie Foxx (Nathaniel Ayers), etc.

(Source: en.wikipedia.org, www.imdb.com, www.film.com)