Part one of a two-part look at some upcoming movie releases.
The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships have just begun, it's raining and the average temperature here in the UK is on a par with that of Greenland. All of that means it must be summer!
New Movie Releases
The summer season is of course the traditional part of the year for the major film studios to release what they hope will become major box-office blockbusters. A number of major contenders for biggest blockbuster of 2011 have already stepped up to the plate; Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides, The Hangover II, X-Men First Class and The Green Lantern have all made their mark at the cinema box-office.
The first six months of 2011 have been pretty impressive in terms of quality of entertainment on the big screen, so let's take the opportunity to get a sneak peak at some of the new movie releases that still lie in wait for us during the remainder of the year...
Scheduled UK Release: November 2011
Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams
Directed by James Bobin
This should be a smash hit over the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. It has been twelve years since the last Muppet big screen outing, Muppets in Space, and I am looking forward to welcoming our furry friends back into the cinema, especially after those pretty dire TV movies of the last decade. The only downside could be the casting of the two human leads. Jason Segel and Amy Adams are both pretty bland and seem to have less charisma between them than a partially eaten digestive biscuit. Mind you, who cares when you've got Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy Bear (my personal favourite), Gonzo and the rest of the Muppet troop on hand? It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...
Mr Popper's Penguins
Scheduled UK Release: August 2011
Starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury
Directed by Mark Waters
Jim Carrey seems to be a man in need of another major movie as his box-office clout has weakened considerably over the last few years. Could this be the fortune reviver his film career needs? Probably not but Mr Popper's Penguins does look like an enjoyable family outing and it will probably do decent business. After all, who doesn't like penguins - they're cute, inquisitive and waddle when they walk. Looks like Jim is going to be outshone here!
Scheduled UK Release: July 2011
Starring Kevin James, Rosario Dawson
Directed by Frank Coraci
Kevin James is a highly likeable comic actor and he never fails to charm whatever the role. Here he plays another loveable loser in what looks like a good solid dose of enjoyable family entertainment. As with Mr Popper's Penguins, you just can't fail with animals and the voices of the zoo inhabitants are provided by an A-list cast including Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Cher, Adam Sandler and Don Rickles.
Scheduled UK Release: November 2011
Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright
Directed by Bennett Miller
Sports movies generally fall into one of two categories - Excellent (Rocky, Invictus, Jerry McGuire) or Piss Poor (Rocky V, Leatherheads). Hopefully, from the looks of the trailer, Moneyball will fall into the former category. Things should be helped by the fact that Aaron Sorkin is one of the screenwriters and, of course, the excellent Brad Pitt is the lead. Mind you, the excellent George Clooney was the lead in Leatherheads and that still sucked.
I would love to hear your thoughts on these movies and which, if any, you are going to see. You can leave comments below or on The Stu View fan page on Facebook.
Come back very soon for New Movie Trailers part two which will feature, amongst others, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Three Musketeers.