2005 Holiday Season Movie Preview
November 24, 2005
Charlize is waging war, King Kong is wreaking havoc
and Uma Thurman is bound for Broadway. Yes, ‘'tis
the season once again for holiday movies, and "Extra"
has your first look at the most talked-about films headed
Dancing its way into theaters on December 16th is "The
Producers," an d "Extra" found out some
big-screen secrets about star Uma Thurman's sexy dance
moves: she actually used a body double for some of her
"Uma Thurman brings the notoriety of a movie star
to this film," said box office expert Paul Dergarabedian.
Thurman is joined by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick
and Will Ferrell.
Peter Jackson's epic film hopes to blow away the competition
when it hits theaters on December 14th.
"'King Kong' is going to be one of those that really
has people excited," Dergarabedian insisted. "They
aren't going to want to stay home and wait for the DVD."
In fact, the big-budget remake is one of three films
expected to do gorilla business this winter. "The
combination of ‘'Harry Potter,' ‘'The Chronicles
of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and
‘'King Kong,' those are the films everyone is
relying on to boost the box office to get us out of
the box office doldrums."
If saving the box office is what you're after, look
no further than a sexy Charlize Theron in a skin-tight
black suit. The Oscar winner is fighting an evil regime
in her latest flick, but she almost went down for the
count doing some of her own stunts.
"I landed with all my bodyweight on my neck,"
she revealed. "And I herniated a disk in my neck
and it kind of got close to my spinal chord."
But eight weeks after the fall, Charlize was back to
work on the film. "I did realize I was very lucky,"
And "Extra" has learned a secret about her
passionate on-screen kiss: it's actually her real-life
boyfriend, Stuart Townsend, behind the black-eye makeup.
"Memoirs of a Geisha"
There's lots of Oscar buzz surrounding "Memoirs
of a Geisha," a love story about a tormented young
geisha. The film hits the big screen on December 23rd.
Get ready for some powerful performances from
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in this highly-anticipated
flick, which portrays a story of forbidden love in the
"'Brokeback Mountain' is being touted as a gay
western," Dergarabedian said. "It's just a
Woody Allen's peculiar point of view will be back on
the big screen in "Match Point." The dramatic
thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.
"Fun with Dick and Jane"
But if something light is what you're after,
make a date with Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni for
some madcap "Fun with Dick and Jane."
With so many movies to choose from, it's sure to be
a fun-filled holiday season. And just to be sure you
don't miss any of the big-screen hits, here's when they
The Producers –-- Limited Opening
Dec. 16th; Opens Nationwide January 13, 2006
King Kong –-- Opens Nationwide Dec. 14th
Aeon Flux –-- Opens Nationwide Dec. 2nd
Memoirs of a Geisha –-- Opens
Nationwide Dec. 9th
Breakback Mountain --Limited Release Dec. 9th
Matchpoint –-- Opens
in NYC/LA, Dec. 28th
Fun with Dick and Jane -- Opens Nationwide