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NOW the third Harry Potter has been released and the double whammy of Troy and The Day After Tomorrow have hit our screens you may be wondering what there is to look forward to in movie land.

Well wonder no more . . .

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - eta December

WITH children's books becoming all the rage for movie make-overs at the moment (Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to name just a few) it was only a matter of time before this hugely entertaining series of tales were snapped up.

And judging by pictures recently released of Jim Carrey in one of the main roles as the dastardly Count Olaf, it looks like it's going to be a real hoot.

The series of books tell of the adventures of the Baudelaire siblings who are tragically orphaned when their parents are killed in a house fire.

And their rotten uncle has his beady eyes on their inheritance . . .

So he declares: ''I will raise these orphans - all I ask is that you do anything that pops in to my head''.

Also lined up to star are Meryl Streep, Billy Connolly and Timothy Spall.

The trailer will certainly have you chuckling and, for once, Jim Carrey's gurning actually works.

Let's just hope the books' black humour can translate to the screen.

The Incredibles - eta December

LIKE all those avid bookworms who can't wait for the next Harry Potter tome to hit the bookshelves, the arrival of the latest Pixar feature has much the same effect on me.

With Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo (to name a few) in their arsenal, can these film-makers do any wrong?

If nothing else, the pitch sounds fab - and for those who got to see it, the simple teaser trailer was hilarious.

Mr Incredible is head of a family of superheroes who have been shoved in to a Witness Protection Programme. But, after building a new life, Mr Incredible is called back into action to save the world once again.

And if all that isn't enough for you, it features the voice talent of one Samuel L Jackson.

Write the date in your diary now - trust me, you'll be buying Incredible burgers/backpacks/slippers come Christmas time.

Ocean's 12 - eta Feb 2005

MOVIES didn't come much cooler than director Steven Soderberg's hit remake of the Rat Pack film of the same name.

With a cast list to die for - Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon - the film boasted a great heist caper story and an excellent soundtrack.

So hopes - and expectations - are sky high for this sequel which sees not only the originals return, but also the addition of Catherine Zeta Jones in to the fray.

This time around the thieves are in Europe, and the stakes have risen again. Terry Benedict still on their tail for robbing his casinos and the gang have to face off new rivals - a mysterious rival French cat-burglar called Dinner Jacket, and a policewoman on a mission.

What's It All About, Alfie - eta November

NO, thankfully it's not a film about our Cilla, but a remake of the 1966 film that made Michael Caine such a star.

The casting of Jude Law seems a pretty smart move, but whether he can portray the smooth-talking Cockney womaniser with as much pazazz remains to be seen.

Still, the production shots that have been whizzing around the internet look pretty stylish and Law seems to be at the top of his game at the moment.


X-Men 3 - May 2005

The second installment in the hugely popular superhero franchise managed the impossible task of improving on the original, but can they strike it third time lucky?

A release date of May 2005 has been tentatively pencilled in, but plot details are thin on the ground mainly because the script is still being tinkered with.

However it has been rumoured that comic regulars the Sentinals (huge mutant-hunting robots) will make an appearance, as will the superbeing Phoenix.

Mission: Impossible 3 - May 2005

Super spy Ethan Hunt is coming back for more daring deeds.

Kenneth Branagh has signed on, as has current starlet Scarlett Johansson and The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss, but details of their roles remain under wraps.

New director Joe Carnahan aims to bring yet more suspense, edge-of-your- seat chases and twists.

Star Wars: Episode III - May 2005

You don't have to do much guess work to figure out what's going to happen in the final chapter of George Lucas' space opus.

Amidala will most certainly become pregnant with twins, the Clone Wars will come to a close and young Anakin Skywalker will turn to the Dark Side.

Figure in that a number of lightsabre fights and huge special effects and you're pretty much there.

There is also a new villain of the piece in half robot, half alien General Grevious.

He's described as a "master strategist and the greatest hand-to-hand Jedi killer the galaxy has ever known", and is the military leader of the Separatist army.


HERO WORSHIP: More class comedy from the Pixar team with The Incredibles and (below) Jim Carrey stars in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
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