Photo from Walt Disney PicturesPlanning to spend a good chunk of your summer basking in the big-screen glow -- and air conditioning -- at your local theater? Me too. Here's the best of the 2010 summer movie line-up.
Orge eager? In the fourth and reportedly final installment of the Shrek series -- featuring newbie voicers Jane Lynch, Jon Hamm and even Ryan Seacrest -- Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) makes a deal with the evil Rumpelstiltskin (writer Walt Dohrn) and ends up in an alternate world where he and Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) have never met. Oh no! In 3D, naturally.
Saturday Night Live funnyman Will Forte brings his bumbling former secret agent to the big screen in this sure-to-be silly action-comedy, which also stars Val Kilmer (as the evil Dieter van Cunth) and Ryan Phillippe as MacGruber's second-in-command.
Sex And The City 2 (Warner Bros., May 29)
The girls are back! Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and the gang take on the mean streets and men of Manhattan -- and Abu Dhabi? -- once more. And word is that one of the girls -- could it be Samantha (Kim Catrall)? -- is preggers. Plus, Aidan (John Corbett), of course, is back, which means things between Carrie and Mr. Big (Chris Noth) are not copacetic. And then there are the guest turns by Miley Cyrus, Penelope Cruz -- and Liza Minnelli?
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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Walt Disney Pictures, May 29)
Jake Gyllenhaal and buzz-worthy newcomer Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of the Titans) star in this Jerry Bruckheimer blockbuster -- based on the video game -- about a prince who unsuspectingly releases a massive, disastrously destructive sand storm, then must pair up with a rival kingdom's princess to try and stop it using a time-stopping dagger. Ben Kingsley is deliciously devilish as the bad guy, as usual.
Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl pair up for this romantic action-comedy about a government assassin who quits his day job when he meets the girl of his dreams. That is, until his work comes back to haunt him -- in the form of an undercover hit, and the killer could be anyone they know.
Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson star in this remake of the '80s hit about a renegade bunch of war vets -- here they fought in Iraq -- who take action to clear their names when they're framed for a crime they didn't commit.
This repairing of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, who last shared the screen in Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, sounds like a Mr. & Mrs. Smith rehash of sorts, following a deadly duo on a globe-trekking journey of malice and mayhem in which they can trust no one -- especially not each other.
This all-star comedy -- starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider (and Salma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, Maya Rudolph, and Tim Meadows to boot) -- centers on a bunch of former high school basketball teammates who reunite over a fun and funny 4th of July weekend after their coach dies.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Summit Entertainment, June 30)
The third film in the hit Twilight Saga finds Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) -- still a bit torn between vampire love Edward (Rob Pattinson) and werewolf pal Jacob (Taylor Lautner) -- fighting off evil Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her newborn vampire minions.
Based on the Nickelodeon show, this is M. Night Shyamalan's take on the Peter Pan tale of a young boy who can master all the elements and must save the world from an apocalyptic war between four fighting nations. Starring the Twilight Saga: Eclipse hottie Jackson Rathbone and Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel.
A high-concept thriller -- you know, one of those movies with a unexpected twist -- about dream invasion by Memento and Dark Knight writer-director Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, and Marion Cotillard, this will no doubt be the one people are talking about the Monday after. A definitive must-see.
Paul Rudd is Tim, an exec who's got to find the perfect guest to bring to a dog fight party his boss is having -- who ever finds the biggest idiot wins. And naturally, Steve Carell is the biggest idiot. Comedy gold ensues. Can't wait for this one!
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The Other Guys (Columbia Pictures, August 6)
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star as an odd couple pair of doofy detectives, who spend most of their time stuck behind the desk. They wanna play tough guy -- and finally get the chance, under the tutelage of real deal New York City coppers Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson, but instead ham it up in this bumbling detective comedy.
Julia Roberts stars in this breath-taking true-life tale of Elizabeth Gilbert, a married woman who decides to divorce her husband and gallavant off on a journey of discovery that takes her from Italy to India to Indonesia -- and along the way she finds herself by feeding her body, mind and spirit.