INDY RETURNS

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
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May 22
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Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett and Karen Allen
After a 19-year hiatus, Ford was ready to don the hat and bullwhip again for a fourth Indy film. "It felt great. Everything felt familiar," he tells PEOPLE. Well, maybe not everything: "I was a little rusty on the whip." And at 65, he can't believe he still makes women swoon as the dashing archaeologist. Says Ford: "It doesn't happen around my house!"

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT

SEX AND THE CITY
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May 30
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon
Four years after the HBO series ended, they're back ordering Cosmos and buying Manolos. Was it fun? "It was like a high school reunion," says Parker, "in some crazy world."

MADE OF HONOR
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May 2
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Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan
Channeling Julia Roberts in My Best Friend's Wedding, Dempsey falls for his just-engaged closest pal (Monaghan), who asks him to be her maid of honor in this romantic comedy. He agrees and tries to win her heart—not so hard, says costar Busy Phillips, for a guy with "the best hair ever!"

SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2
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Aug. 8
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America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn
College has scattered the girls, but their bond—and those jeans—keeps them tight. "We got back on set," says Ferrera, "and fell right into the friendship we had."

AND DON'T FORGET ABOUT
Meryl Streep sings ABBA in MAMMA MIA! (July 18), the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, while Abigail Breslin braves the Great Depression in the doll-inspired KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL (July 2).

READY FOR ACTION!

SPEED RACER
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May 9
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Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci
Hirsch (above) hits theaters as the cartoon hero. "I stepped into this wacky world," he says of the film, which echoes the late-'60s TV show's trippy visuals. And Ricci? "I do all the things the boys do," says the star, who plays Speed's pal Trixie.

WANTED
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June 27
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Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy Jolie comes out shooting as an assassin who joins forces with McAvoy, training him in the art of the kill.

HANCOCK
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July 2
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Will Smith
Smith stars as a slacker superhero who'd rather sleep in than save the world. That is, until he falls for a married Charlize Theron. "It's kind of a superhero love story," says director Peter Berg.

MORE SUMMER THRILLS
THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE (July 25) reunites David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (left) as Mulder and Scully. "It's a return to the horror genre X-Files started in," says Duchovny. In THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (May 16), the Narnia kids and Lion Messiah Aslan battle evil with help from handsome Ben Barnes (right) as the swashbuckling prince.

MASKED MEN

THE DARK KNIGHT
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July 18
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Christian Bale, Heath Ledger
It's not easy being the Caped Crusader: "You're wearing a 50-lb. suit. It's hot and difficult to breathe," says Bale, back as Batman. This time he squares off with the Joker, Ledger's last role before his death Jan. 22. The late actor's take on the baddie will be memorable, says Bale: "This is an anarchic kind of punk-rock version of the Joker."

IRON MAN
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May 2
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Robert Downey Jr.
As the latest superhero to leap from comics to film, Downey is an inventor who builds a high-tech suit to save the world. "It's a film about survival," he says.

COMIC RELIEF

SUMMER LAUGHS
Steve Carell teams up with Anne Hathaway for GET SMART (June 20), the big-screen version of the '60s hit series. Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. play actors stranded in the jungle while filming a war movie in TROPIC THUNDER (Aug. 15). And WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (May 9)? Hastily wed Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher battle over a $3 million Vegas jackpot.

  • Contributors:
  • With additional reporting by Carrie Bell,
  • Jed Dreben,
  • Mark Gray,
  • Scott Huver,
  • Kristin Luna,
  • Jenny Sundel,
  • Nicholas White.