January movie guide
Although 2010 is not a Leap Year, January movies begin their arrival on the nation's movie screens with the Amy Adams starring in the romantic comedy Leap Year.
After Adams heads to Ireland to find love, SheKnows Entertainment's look at January movies continues with Bryce Dallas Howard in the "new" Tennessee Williams screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond and let's not forget Kristen Bell's Lost in Rome, Peter Jackson's cinematic version of the bestseller The Lovely Bones, Harrison Ford taking Extraordinary Measures and Jackie Chan and Dwayne Johnson becoming quite the family film stars in The Spy Next Door and The Tooth Fairy, respectively.
And we would be remiss not to mention the last pieces of film ever with Heath Ledger illustrating his timeless talent in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. January is jamming!
Starring: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott, John Lithgow
What it's about: Adams portrays Anna, a woman who has had it with her boyfriend's waffling over marriage after they've dated for the last four years! Upon hearing that on February 29 women can propose to men, Adams follows her boyfriend (Scott) to Ireland with the hopes of asking the question herself. Only, fate has other plans for Anna.
SheKnows fun fact: Don't miss our interview with Leap Year star Amy Adams January 6!
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans
What it's about: The great Tennessee Williams gets himself a premiere in 2010. Widely considered the most important American playwright of the post-WWII, era, Williams wrote the Teardrop Diamond screenplay at the height of his late-1950's heyday, amid such classic plays, (which themselves were adapted into classic films), as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly, Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth and Orpheus Descending. Set in the "Roaring Twenties" in the town of Memphis, the film tells the story of Fisher Willow (Howard) a headstrong young heiress who chafes under the constraints of proper Southern society, and who rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome son of her father's caretaker, Jimmy Dobyne (Evans), to escort her to the major social events of the season. The relationship is purely a business arrangement at the outset, with Fisher paying for Jimmy's time and attention, but when she discovers that she really loves him, she finds it impossible to re-write the rules and earn the affection she tried to buy.
SheKnows fun fact: Check out our exclusive video interview with Bryce Dallas Howard, premiering January 6.
Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus
SheKnows fun fact: Witnessing Law, Farrell and Depp step in for the late Ledger is a study in acting brilliance.
Wonderful World (NY/LA only)
Youth in Revolt
Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Justin Long
What it's about: Youth In Revolt is an outrageous and heartwarming tale of Nick Twisp (Cera) and his quest to win the heart of Sheeni (newcomer Doubleday) and hopefully lose his virginity along the way. Based on CD Payne's cult-hit novel of the same name, Youth In Revolt is directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) and features an all-star ensemble cast including: Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Long, Jean Smart, Ari Graynor, Fred Willard, Zach Galifianakis and Mary Kay Place.
SheKnows fun fact: We at SheKnows Entertainment are digging the 'stache on Cera!
The Lovely Bones
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, Saoirse Ronan
What it's about: Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Alice Sebold, and directed by Oscar winner Peter Jackson from a screenplay by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Jackson, The Lovely Bones centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family -- and her killer -- from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Oscar-nominee Mark Wahlberg and Oscar-winners Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon star along with Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli and Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan.
SheKnows fun fact: SheKnows has exclusive interviews with Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan premiering January 12.
The Book of Eli
Starring: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, Jennifer Beals
What it's about: In the not-too-distant future, some 30 years after the final war, a solitary man walks across the wasteland that was once America. Empty cities, broken highways, seared earth--all around him, the marks of catastrophic destruction. There is no civilization here, no law. The roads belong to gangs that would murder a man for his shoes, an ounce of water...or for nothing at all. But they're no match for this traveler. Eli (Washington) seeks only peace but, if challenged, will cut his attackers down before they realize their fatal mistake. Driven by this commitment and guided by his belief in something greater than himself, Eli does what he must to survive. Only one other man in this ruined world understands the power Eli holds, and is determined to make it his own: Carnegie (Oldman), the self-appointed despot of a makeshift town of thieves and gunmen. Meanwhile, Carnegie's adopted daughter Solara (Mila Kunis) is fascinated by Eli for another reason: the glimpse he offers of what may exist beyond her evil stepfather's domain.
SheKnows fun fact: The Book of Eli is from the filmmaking brothers Hughes. The Hughes Brothers are the minds behind the terrific Menace II Society and From Hell.
The Last Station
Starring: James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren
What it's about: After almost fifty years of marriage, the Countess Sofya (Mirren), Leo Tolstoy's (Plummer) devoted wife, passionate lover, muse and secretary-suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title, his property and even his family in favor of poverty, vegetarianism and celibacy. Even after she's born him thirteen children!
SheKnows fun fact: Christopher Plummer is looking to make 2010 his year. With his Oscar-buzzing performance in The Last Station as the legendary Tolstoy to his acting one-on-one with Heath Ledger in the astounding The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Plummer is as perfect as ever.
The Spy Next Door
Starring: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta and a trio of the cutest kids
What it's about: The Spy Next Door stars Chan as Bob Ho, an undercover CIA super-spy who decides to give up his
career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girlfriend, Gillian (Valletta). But Bob has one more mission to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her
three opinionated kids.
SheKnows fun fact: Chan has the perfect demeanor to become a next-generation family film action star. Want proof? Check out our exclusive clip!
Up next...Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser take Extraordinary Measures and Kristen Bell figures When in Rome!