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Introduction


Another year has passed, and it's time for me to display some of Hollywood's latest films coming out for next year. For those of you that aren't familiar with my hub previews, this is how it works. I basically give you a plot summary, cast listing, writing and director credit. Some of these previews will have trailers, while most don't. This is largely due to the fact that many of these films are currently filming, or in post production, as we speak. Another thing worth noting here is that this isn't a complete list of all the movies coming out next year, but I feel confident that this hub covers most of them that are being released, within the U.S.A.

Take in mind, some of these release dates are subject change, so be sure to check your local listings for any changes. I also didn't exactly have time to put all these in chronological order, but every movie listed here (or most of them anyway) has a release date listed.

Also, be sure to check out my other hubs based on upcoming films in 2011, as this is only the third chapter in a four part series. Therefore, if you don't find the 2011 movie your looking for on here, then chances are it might be on one of the other three hubs on film previews for next year. Anyways, I hope you all enjoy my list of films that I researched you.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2

Release Date: July 15, 2011

Director: David Yates

Writer(s): J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon

Synopsis: The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemorts final horcruxes, but when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

Footloose

Release DateOctober 14, 2011

Director:  Craig Brewer

Writer(s):  Craig Brewer, Jon Hartmere

Cast Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid

Synopsis:  A musical story of a city kid forced to move to a conservative town where his love of rock music disrupts his high school and sends the local preacher into a frenzy.

Oh great.  Just what need.  Another crappy remake in Hollywood these days. 

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Release Date: TBA 2011

Director: Troy Nixey

Writer(s): Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins, Nigel McKeand

Cast: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison

Synopsis: Yet another remake for next year, as this one is based off the film of the same name in 1973. A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Straw Dogs

Release Date: September 16, 2011

Director: Rod Lurie

Writer(s): Rod Lurie, David Zelag Goodman, Sam Peckinpah, Gordon Williams

Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, James Woods, Laz Alonso

Synopsis: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Why? Why is this movie even being made? Seriously, the original starring Dustin Hoffman was perfect the way it was, and still paints a detailed and thought provoking picture about humanities' darkness. Therefore, why do we even need this remake? Oh well. Anything for a quick buck these days in Hollywood.

Drive Angry 3-D

Drive Angry 3-D

Release Date: February 25, 2011

Director: Patrick Lussier

Writer(s): Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Katy Mixon

Synopsis: A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter. Oh, it's also in mind blowing 3-D. Now instead of just seeing Nicolas Cage try to act like another rebel bad a**, like he did in "Gone in 60 seconds", you'll get to see him do it and blow s*** up in mind blowing "3-D!" Oh boy!

I guess if you can't come up with an original concept or story, it pays to make a movie where people just blow crap up and get hot girls in 3-D.

Take Me Home Tonight

Take Me Home Tonight

Release Date: March 4, 2011

Director: Michael Dowse

Writer(s): Jackie Filgo, Jeff Filgo, Topher Grace, Gordon Kaywin

Cast: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Michael Biehn

Synopsis: The movie follows an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.

Bad Teacher

Release DateApril 1, 2011

Director:  Jake Kasdan

Writer(s):  Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg

CastCameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Eric Stonestreet, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake

Synopsis:  A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague -- a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.

Happy Feet 2

Release Date: November 18, 2011

Director: George Miller

Writer(s): George Miller

Cast: Elijah Wood, Pink, Elizabeth Daily, Robin Williams, Sofia Vergara, Brad Pitt, Hank Azaria, Magda Szubanski, Matt Damon

Synopsis: George Miller-directed sequel to the 2006 CGI hit about Emperor Penguins, deep in Antarctica, where you're nobody unless you can sing—which is unfortunate for Mumble (Elijah Wood), who is the worst singer in the world. He is born dancing to his own tune... tap dancing.

As of right now, there's no official word on what this new movie is about yet. Although it promises pretty much more of the same stuff that fans enjoyed from the last movie. More singing. More penguins, and more dancing....only this time it's all in 3-D!

Puss In Boots

Puss in Boots

Release Date: November 4, 2011

Director: Chris Miller

Writer(s): Brian Lynch, David H. Steinberg, Tom Wheeler, Jon Zack

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Walt Dohrn, Zeus Mendoza

Synopsis: After the successful franchise, "Shrek", has finally come to an end, what could be next for Dreamworks now? A prequel? Spin-off? Or what? Well, it seems Dreamworks has just that in mind, as they're prepared to release next year, "Puss in Boots."

For those wondering if this will be based off the classical children story, the short answer is yes and no. The story will be faithful to "Puss in Boots" humble beginnings but take in mind, that this film is more of a prequel spin-off to the "Shrek" franchise. Chronicling Puss' life leading up to the events where he meets Shrek and Donkey, for the first time, in "Shrek 2."

The Muppets

Release DateDecember 25, 2011

Director:  James Bobin

Writer(s):  Jim Henson, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

CastZach Galifianakis, Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Brian Henson, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, John Kennedy

Synopsis: THEY'RE BAAAAACK!  Just when you thought they were gone, the Muppets seem to be making their big screen return next year.  Kermit the Frog and his muppet pals put on a show to save their old theater.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

Release Date: March 25, 2011

Director: David Bowers

Writer(s): Jeff Judah, Jeff Kinney, Gabe Sachs

Cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn, Peyton List, Ben Hollingsworth, Grayson Russell, Laine MacNeil, Owen Fielding, Karan Brar

Synopsis: Although Chloe Moretz won't be returning in this sequel, I'm still looking forward to this movie, as I'm such a huge fan of the books. The second movie is based off Jeff Kinney's second novel, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules", about the ongoing misadventures of Greg Heffley, as he continues to struggle in school with peer pressure, friends, girls, and his family. Oh and for those of you who never read the book, the second story focuses a bit more on Greg's relationship with his older brother Rodrick, whom has made it a habit to pick on his little brother whenever he sees fit.

Unknown

Unknown

Release Date: February 18, 2011

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Writer(s): Oliver Butcher, Stephen Cornwell, Dider Van Cauwelaert

Cast: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Frank Langella

Synopsis: A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Previously labeled "Unknown White Male", it seems the production company decided to change the name to simply, "Unknown."

Limitless

Release Date: March 18, 2011

Director: Neil Burger

Writer(s): Leslie Dixon, Alan Glynn

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Anna Friel, Abbie Cornish, Robert DeNiro

Synopsis: A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. As his usage begins to change his life, he begins to consider the drug's shadowy origins; meanwhile, a group of killers trails his every move.

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Release DateJuly 15, 2011

Directors:  Stephen J. Anderson, Don Hall

Writer(s):  A.A. Milne

CastJim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, Tom Kenny, Wayne Knight, Bud Luckey, Gilbert Gottfried

Synopsis:  Walt Disney Animation Studios returns to the Hundred Acre Wood with "Winnie the Pooh," the first big-screen Pooh adventure from Disney animation in more than 35 years. Owl sends the whole gang -- Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, and Eeyore -- on a wild quest to save Christopher Robin from an imaginary culprit. It turns out to be a very busy day for a bear who simply set out to find some hunny.

Super

Super

Release Date: April 1, 2011

Director: James Gunn

Writer(s): James Gunn

Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Nathan Fillion, 

Synopsis:  After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage

Release Date: January 1, 2011

Director: Shahin Sean Solimon

Writer(s): Ev Gabai, Sean Solimon

Cast: Patrick Stewart, Lorna Raver, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Shahin Sean Solimon

Synopsis: When the Sultan's first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her.


African Cats

Disney Signatures' African Cats

Release DateApril 22, 2011

Director:  Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill

Producer:  Alix Tidmarsh

Synopsis:  A nature documentary centered on two cat families and how they teach their cubs the ways of the wild.

Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?

Release Date: TBA 2011

Director: Bill Condon

Writer(s): Bill Condon

Cast: Marlon Wayans

Synopsis: Focuses on the life and career of groundbreaking comedian Richard Pryor, who found unprecedented success on the stage and screen, but also suffered from drug addiction and personal problems.

Now

Release Date: September 30, 2011

Director: Andrew Niccol

Writer(s): Andrew Niccol

Cast: Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Galecki, Cillian Murphy, Justin Timberlake

Synopsis: In the not-too-distant future the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. A poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as 'time keepers'.

Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Release Date: April 15, 2011

Director: Paul Johansson

Writer(s): Ayn Rand, John Aglialoro, Brian Patrick O'Toole

Cast: Taylor Schilling, Edi Gathegi, Paul Johansson, Michael Lerner, Jon Polito, Michael O' Keefe, Matthew Marsden, Grant Bowler, Geoff Pierson, Jsu Garcia, Patrick Fischler, Christina Pickles, Rebecca Wisocky, Ethan Cohn, Graham Beckel

Synopsis: A powerful railroad executive, Dagny Taggart, struggles to keep her business alive while society is crumbling around her.

Based on the 1957 novel by Ayn Rand.

Hanna

Release DateApril 8, 2011

Director:  Joe Wright

Writer(s):  David Farr, Seth Lochhead, Joe Penhall, Joe Wright

CastSaoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana

Synopsis:  Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a solider; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.

Mary Mother of Christ

Release Date: TBA 2011

Director: James Foley

Writer(s): Benedict Fitzgerald, Barbara Nicolosi

Cast: Al Pacino, Camilla Belle, Peter O'Toole, Diogo Morgado

Synopsis: Right now, there's very little if anything about this film's synopsis that's been officially announced.  However, it's said to be a dramatic biography based on Mary, the alleged mother of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, one can only presume that this film is more than likely a movie based on her entire life story, and how she went onto become the mother of perhaps one of the most controversial figures of all time, Jesus Christ.

The Chaperone

The Chaperone

Release Date: TBA 2011

Director: Stephen Herek

Writer(s): S.J. Roth

Cast: Paul Levesque, Kevin Corrigan, Jose Zuniga

Synopsis: Ray Bradstone (Levesque) is the best wheel man in the business, but he is determined to go straight and be the best parent he can be to his daughter, Sally (Winter), and make amends with his ex-wife, Lynne (Gish). As Ray struggles to find honest work, his old bank-robbing crew, led by Phillip Larue (Corrigan), offers him one last job. He agrees at first, but changes his mind at the last second leaving the crew without a driver. Ray decides instead to serve as a chaperone for Sally's school field trip. When the robbery goes awry, Larue blames Ray and chases the school bus all the way to the Museum of Natural History in New Orleans. Ray must deal with Larue, while supervising Sally's class on what becomes one of the craziest school trips ever.

Wow, just when you thought Hollywood was over trying to convert wrestlers to actors, they come and pull out a film like this. Don't you just love capitalism?

Shark Night 3-D

Release Date: September 14, 2011

Director: David R. Ellis

Writer(s): Will Hayes, Jesse Studenberg

Cast: Sara Paxton, Alyssa Diaz, Dustin Milligan, Chris Carmack, Katharine McPhee, Sinqua Walls, Joel Moore, Chris Zylka, Christine Quinn, Damon Lipari

Synopsis: A weekend at a lake house in the Louisiana Gulf turns into a nightmare for seven vacationers as they are subjected to fresh-water shark attacks. Why do I have the sudden feeling this movie is going be EXACTLY like "Paranha 3-D?"

Cars 2

Cars 2

Release Date: June 24, 2011

Directors: John Lassetter, Brad Lewis

Writer(s): Scott Morse

Cast: Owen Wilson, John Ratzenberger, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Larry the Cable Guy

Synopsis: "Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in Cars 2 when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors."

Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3-D

Release DateTBA 2011

Director:  Zebediah De Soto

Writer(s):  Zebediah De Soto

CastDanielle Harris, Tom Sizemore, Alona Tal, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Joseph Pilato, Jesse Corti, Cornell Womack, Anastasia Roark

Synopsis:  Now, here's a little piece for all you zombie lovers out there.  New York City has been overrun with hordes of the walking dead. Ben and Barbara find themselves trapped in a brownstone with a group of strangers, fighting to escape the army of undead that walks the streets.

The Beaver

The Beaver

Release Date: March 23, 2011 (limited) and everywhere on April 8, 2011

Director: Jodie Foster

Producers:  Dianne Dreyer, Steve Golin, Keith Redmon

Writer(s): Kyle Killen

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Zachary Booth, Riley Thomas Stewart, Michelle Ang, Paul Hodge, Jeff Corbett, Lorna Pruce, Kris Arnold, John Bernhardt, Ernest E. Brown

Synopsis: A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communicating.

Red State

Release Date: October 19, 2011

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer(s): Kevin Smith

Cast: Kyle Gallner, John Goodman, Michael Angarano, Melissa Leo

Synopsis: For those of you wondering what Kevin Smith's next film is about, then look no further than this section. As it seems, Kevin Smith is stepping away from his usual forte of comedies and dramas for a moment, and he's trying his hand at the horror thriller genre now with his film, "Red State."

A horror film in which a group of misfits encounter fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America.

One for the Money

Release Date: July 8, 2011

Director: Julie Ann Robinson

Writer(s): Liz Brixius, Janet Evanovich, Karen McCullah Lutz, Kirsten Smith

Cast: Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, John Leguizamo, Debbie Reynolds, Sherri Sheperd, Patrick Fischler, Leonardo Nam, Brenna Roth, Nate Mooney, Gavin-Keith Umeh, Ana Reeder, Adam Paul, Jack Erdie, Jeffrey Jones

Synopsis: Unemployed and newly-divorced Stephanie Plum lands a job at her cousin's bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.

Based on the novel of the same name.

Monte Carlo

Release Date: February 11, 2011

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Writer(s): Thomas Bezucha, April Blair, Maria Maggenti, Kelly Bowe, Jules Bass

Cast: Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy, Andie MacDowell

Synopsis:  Three young women vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress.

Rio

Rio

Release Date: April 8, 2011

Director: Carlos Saldanha

Writer(s): Don Rhymer

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann

Synopsis:  From the same studio that brought you the "Ice Age" films, comes another animated adventure for the entire family to enjoy, and what do you know it's in 3-D too.  Hooray!  Not really, as this is starting to become a bit ridiculous with the amount of 3-D animated movies coming out these days.  However, this does star Jesse Eisenberg, one of Hollywood's most under rated actors out there, so I guess we should give this a shot.  The story of the film is as follows:

When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams.

Halloween 3-D

Release Date: October 31, 2011

Director: Patrick Lussier

Writer(s): John Carpenter, Todd Farmer, Rob Zombie

Cast: Brad Dourif, Scout Taylor-Compton

Synopsis: For those that read my review of "Saw 3-D", then you should remember a statement on there that states horror movies only claim to be the final chapter within their franchises, in order to generate money, and that they only end up making more sequels, reboots and remakes in the long run. Well...such is the case with "Halloween." For those of you that remember Rob Zombie claiming that "Halloween II" was going to be his final film within the franchise, then you heard right. It was his final film within the franchise. Sadly, the studio didn't feel the same way... Now, we have "Halloween III" aka "Halloween 3-D."

To make matters worse, Rob Zombie, the inventive genius that revitalize the franchise a few years ago, isn't coming back to be a part of this new film. Sure, I have him listed as one of the writers for this movie, but that was only because he created some of the characters that are going to be used in the sequel.

Therefore, we'll have to wait and see how this new chapter turns out, as very little information is given out at this time; regarding the movie's official plot. Although I'm sure it probably involves the legendary serial killer, Mike Myers (no, not the comedian from SNL), going around and killing a bunch of innocent teenagers. Yeah...won't that be fun to watch in 3-D kiddies?

Machine Gun Preacher

Release DateSeptember 2011

Director:  Marc Forster

Writer(s):  Jason Keller

Cast Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon

Synopsis:  The story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers.

Hobo With A Shotgun (Warning: Video Contains Graphic Images, Violence and Adult Situations. Parental Discretion is Advised)

Hobo with a Shotgun

Release Date: January 21, 2011 (Sundance Film Festival)

Director: Jason Eisener

Writer(s): Jason Eisener, John Davies, Rob Cotterill

Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Robb Wells

Synopsis: A vigilante homeless man pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in urban chaos, a city where crime rules and where the city's crime boss reigns. Seeing an urban landscape filled with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused prostitutes and even a pedophile Santa, the Hobo goes about bringing justice to the city the best way he knows how - with a 20-gauge shotgun. Mayhem ensues when he tries to make things better for the future generation. Street justice will indeed prevail.

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