Your 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 your way.

"The Producers"
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 dance scenes.

"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.

"King Kong"
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."

"Aeon Flux"
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," she said.

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.

"Brokeback Mountain"
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 sixties.

"'Brokeback Mountain' is being touted as a gay western," Dergarabedian said. "It's just a great film."

"Match Point"
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 hit theaters:

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 Dec. 21st

 

 

LINKS
T-Mobile
MORE TOP STORIES
NEWS ARCHIVES
All of "Extra" at a glance
NEWSLETTER
Get the early word on what’s coming up on Extra -- subscribe now!
ABOUT EXTRA
Behind-the-scenes at "Extra"
Extra in Your Area
When It's On