20TH CENTURY FOX SETS SAIL FOR 2012 LINEUP
20th Century Fox anchors in 2012 with big screen adaptation of classic favorites from television and books, phenomenal movie franchises and a novelty of ideas captured in unparalleled 3D technology employed by the Fox lot.
The returning cast of “Alvin and the Chipmunks” strikes a third in “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” where Dave (Jason Lee) is on board a luxury cruise liner with the gang for a well-deserved break. Incidentally, they find themselves in a deserted island after going overboard during the trip. Thinking that they have found a tropical paradise, they soon found out that they are not alone.
From the life-affirming bestselling memoir “We Bought A Zoo” by Benjamin Mee, director Cameron Crowe translates Mee’s inspiring journey on screen with much poignancy. Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannson, Elle Fanning and Thomas Haden Church, the movie is a story of triumph over adversity to save Dartmoor Zoo in order to save the lives of the exotic animals that were destined to be put down.
Infused with electrifying 3D effects, “Darkest Hour” director Chris Gorak whose unforgettable art direction includes “Fight Club” and “Minority Report” gives the audience anew a movie experience like never before. Starring Emile Hirsch, Max Minghella and Olivia Thirlby, the group is in Moscow when they were suddenly trapped in an alien attack catching all off guard. It soon becomes apparent that the aliens have an impenetrable defense and the humans are left helpless.
Supervised by George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, “Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace” undergoes meticulous technological and artistic conversion for its long-awaited 3D movie release. Navigating within a galaxy far, far away, the movie conversion is set to deliver most of the Saga’s amazing scenes from the peaceful planet of Naboo to nearby ally and warring galaxies.
Tom Hardy and Chris Pine face a kind of war that’s hard to admit defeat when they both find out that they are battling for Reese Witherspoon’s undivided attention in “This Means War.”Inseparable since they were kids, both became the best CIA operatives (Pine and Hardy) who now turned against each other and start utilizing their technical skills to defeat one another.
“Chronicle” asks what are you capable of? Directed by Josh Trank, the movie is reminiscent of hit thrillers shot in real time documentary-style such as “The Blairwitch Project” and “Cloverfield.” Three high school kids unwittingly took matters into their own hands when they suddenly acquire special powers after being exposed to a mysterious substance from the woods and their darker sides soon begin to take over.
Coinciding with Titanic’s centennial year since sailing, James Cameron’s “Titanic” will be re-released in 3D which starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Rose DeWitt Bukater (Winslet) is a 17-year-old, upper-class American who falls for a free-spirited young passenger named Jack Dawson (DiCaprio). Once he opens her eyes to the world that lies outside her gilded cage, Rose and Jack's forbidden love begins a powerful mystery that ultimately echoes across the years into the present and not even the sinking of Titanic can come between them.
From television’s classic black & white tubes, “The Three Stooges’” hilarious slapstick goes all color on the big screen brought about by the dynamic filmmaking duo Farrelly Brothers. Starring Will Sasso, Sean Hayes and Chris Diamantopoulos, this is the story of three orphans named Larry, Joe and Moe remotely raised by nuns. But time came when they have go out into the world to save the orphanage from being shut down. Hilarity ensues when the world collides with these three nitwits as they raise money for the orphanage the only way they know how.
Known for his visceral presentation of the future from his movies “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” Ridley Scott’s latest 3D vision of the future will soon be revealed in “Prometheus (3D).” Starring Michael Fassbender (“X-Men: First Class”) and Charlize Theron (“Aeon Flux”), the film introduces a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest and most dangerous corners of the universe. Testing their physical and mental limits, they soon discover that they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
From the pages of Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” stars Benjamin Walker directed by Timur Bekmambetov. Like the pop-novel mash-up on which the movie is based, the movie follows Lincoln from his boyhood on the frontier through his assassination by John Wilkes Booth and beyond. Young Lincoln, having learned that his grandfather and mother were killed by vampires, vows to kill every last blood-sucker in a country that is crawling with them.
From the hugely successful “Ice Age” franchise, the endearing fun troupe of Manny and Ellie the mammoths along with Diego the saber-toothed tiger, Sid the sloth, Scrat, possums Crash and Eddie are back. In “Ice Age: Continental Drift (3D),” Scrat’s nutty pursuit of the cursed acorn, which he’s been after since the dawn of time, has world-changing consequences -- a continental cataclysm that triggers the greatest adventure of all.
Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn reunite in “Neighborhood Watch” about a man who moves from the big city to the suburbs, and worries that his life will be boring now he’s away from the excitement of the metropolis. But after signing up for the local neighborhood watch patrol, he’s soon thrust into uncovering a massive conspiracy.
Based on the best-selling kid-friendly book by Jeff Kinney of the same title, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw” finds Greg Heffley in a dilemma over his wimpy ways. Having realized that hard habits are hard to break, Greg couldn’t just make his father understand that he will never change being wimpy despite efforts to make his son toughen up.
A follow up on Luc Besson’s 2008 surprise hard-core action film “Taken,” Liam Neeson’s character Bryan Mills shares more of the action with Maggie Grace’s Kim in “Taken 2.” Mills, having been captured by a nemesis whose son was killed exacts revenge and lays the burden on Kim to save her parents.