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8A --The Michigan Daily - Monday, January 22, 2001

ARTS

2001 Movies: New releases, old ideas

By Emily Hebert
For the Daily
Although 2000 seemed promising,
many film critics were less than enthu-
siastit about Hollywood's releases last
year.:According to box-office num-
bers, which were low compared to pre-
vious years, movie consumerism was
lackluster as well. Whether it was due
to a less-than satisfactory crop of
movies, soaring ticket prices or the

growing popularity of DVDs, the exact
reasons are unknown. However, look-
ing at what is in store for 2001, it is
apparent that in response to low ticket
sales Hollywood is recycling previous-
ly successful ideas and genres. Many
of the films coming out in the next
couple of years either borrow from the
plots of former blockbusters or are
sequels to the original. The following
is a list of movies either in production
or set for release in 2001:

"Hannibal" (release date: Feb. 9)
There's been a lot of hype surround-
ing this sequel to "Silence of the
Lambs." MGM's latest publicity stunt
was to send over 500 cooking books out
to various media sources, with each
book signed "Bon Appetit" by Hanni-
bal Lector. Hannibal Lector, of course,
is the serial-killing cannibal character
made famous by actor Anthony Hop-
kins.
Although Hopkins will be reprising
his role as Lector for the sequel, Jodie
Foster chose not to return as FBI agent
Clarice Starling. Incidentally, actress
Julianne Moore will be playing Star-
ling. It has been reported that one of
Foster's reasons for not coming back is
due to her dislike for the book upon
which "Hannibal" is based.
The original director, Jonathan
Demme, has also bowed out of the pro-
ject because he believes the book to be
too violent. Instead, Ridley Scott
("Alien," "Gladiator") will be directing.
Although the movie ends differently
than the book, "H annibal" is said to fol-
low the novel quite closely, with the
plot involving Clarice Starling protect-
ing Lector from a vengeful victim
(Gary Oldman). Ray Liotta also stars.
"Pearl Harbor" (release date: May
25)
Starring Ben Aflieck and Josh Hart-
nett, "Pearl Harbor" can best be
described as a mix between "Titanic"
and "Saving Private Ryan." Affleck and
Hartnett each play aviators who fall in
love with the same woman. Based upon
the fateful bombing that occurred at the
Pearl Harbor naval base on December
7, 1941, the movie also covers the
events that followed, including the raid
on Tokyo.
Directed by Michael Bay ("The
Rock," ; Armageddon") and produced
by Jerry Bruckheimer, this movie
promises to be full of action, cool spe-
cial effects and pyrotechnics. In fact,

despite its whopping starting budget of
$145 million Ben Aflieck is only get-
ting $250,000, a petty paycheck com-
pared to the millions he's received for
past projects. The film also stars Alec
Baldwin, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Tom Size-
more ("Saving Private Ryan") and Jon
Voight.
"American Pie 2" (tentative release
date: Summer 2001)
Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vam-
pire Slayer"), who played the scene-
stealing "band camp" girl, is unsure
about coming back for this sequel.
However, most of the original cast
members are expected to return, in addi-
tion to actor Bill Paxton ("Twister"),
who is reportedly in talks to play Sti-
fler's dad. (We were only introduced to
Stifler's mom in the first movie.)
Also, Adam Hertz is again penning
the screenplay, although the plot of
"American Pie 2" has yet to be
announced. The two latest rumors,
though, involve the four boys either
going to Europe to find Nadia (Shannon
Elizabeth) or simply reuniting back
home after their first year at college.
"Jurassic Park 3" (release date: July
18)
With the last "Jurassic Park" install-
ment "The Lost World," grossing $229
million domestically, "Jurassic Park 3"
was inevitable. Instead of picking up
where "The Lost World" left off,
though, actor Sam Neill (Dr. Grant) has
told the Australia Morning Herald that
the movie is actually set in-between the
first two films.
Although plot details remain to be
confirmed, the premise of "Jurassic Park
3" is expected to revolve around a res-
cue attempt led by Dr. Grant, when an
airplane crashes on the island. Laura
Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), is returning to
do a cameo, but the rest of the cast is
new and includes such notables as Tea
Leoni ("The Family Man") and William
H. Macy ("Magnolia").

CoAurtesy of Unilversal ricture(5
A giant animatronic dinosaur head goes on the rampage in "Jurassic Park 3," which
is set in-between the first two films of the series and is slated for release on July 18.

Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures
Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett star as two corners of a WWII-era love triangle
in Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor."

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"Planet of the Apes " (release date:
July 27)
Say good-bye to Charlton Heston.
Not only are the rumors of a cameo
false, but this new version of Pierre
Boulle's 1963 novel will look nothing
like Heston's 1968 film. Although the
premise is the same - a pilot (Mark
Wahlberg) lands on a strange new plan-
et where human-like apes dominate -
this contemporary version will have a
decidedly modern-day slant.
Directed by Tim Burton ("Sleepy
Hollow"), 20th Century Fox has kept
many of the details under wraps. How-
ever, in regards to how the new film
will differ from the old, Fox has let on
that the 2001 version will mix the basic
plot of the original "with [Burton's]
unique personal vision and style,
breaking new ground in story, design,
makeup and visual effects."
Plot-wise, David Warner and Helena
Bonham Carter ("Fight Club") play
ape father and daughter who sympa-
thize with the humans, while Tim Roth
("Gridlock'd") and Michael Clarke
Duncan ("The Green Mile") play more
conservative members of the ape-ocra-
cy who view humans as animals meant
to be oppressed. The plot will also
involve a romance between Wahlberg
and Bonham Carter's characters,
although whether or not an ape-human
sex scene will occur is still up in the
air, due to studio executives' fear of a
negative audience reaction. Another
notable actor appearing in "Planet of
the Apes" will be George Clooney
(cameo), with a possible appearance by
Danny DeVito, who is currently still in
talks.

"Terminator 3 " (tentative release
date: sunmet; 2002)
Both Arnold Schwarzenegger an
Edward Furlong (John Connor in
"Terminator 2") will return for the
third installment in the series. Howev-
er, Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor)
has rejected the offer to return.
According to The Internet Movie
Database (imdb.com), she made her
decision based on the fact that she did
not want to be typecast again, as she
was after doing "Terminator 2."
In "Terminator 3," John Connor
the destined leader for the human ra9
- will lead a rebel force against the
Terminator robots who seek to destroy
mankind. There's plenty of talk about
who will play the evil terminator
going up against Ah-nuld. In the last
movie, it was the straight-faced, bad-
cop T-1000 who could mold into dif-
ferent people and objects. "Terminator
3" promises to feature an equally sin-
ister Terminator. Only this time, it wie
be a female.
On the nature of this new Termina-
tor, Schwarzenegger made the follow-
ing comment to the New York Post:
"She can 'disappear, she can mold into
someone else, and she is sometimes
just an energy." So far, the number
one choice for this role is actress
Famke Janssen ("X-Men," "Golden-
eye").
James Cameron, the director of the
first two "Terminator" movies, wiW
not be directing "Terminator 3."
Instead, John McTiernan ("The
Thomas Crown Affair," "Die Hard:
With a Vengeance") will direct. Film-
ing for T3 will begin this summer.

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