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PRINCE of PERSIA

THE SANDS OF TIME

JAKE GYLLENHAAL

May 28

GYLLENHAAL TALKS ABOUT ROCKING THE CASBAH IN THIS VIDEO GAME-INSPIRED ACTION EPIC, SHOT IN MOROCCO.

Any near-misses with the stunts?

There was a day on-set that I almost got my head chopped off by an ax. It was a rubber ax, but it was an ax nonetheless and it was this close to my neck.

You are ripped in this movie! How did you bulk up?

Lots of tagine [a traditional Moroccan stew], couscous and long runs in the desert.

How was the sixth-century get-up?

I loved my boots. They kept my ankles safe from injuries when I was doing parkour [gravity-defying jumps and wall-scaling].

You've got a beautiful costar!

Gemma [Arterton] is a force to be reckoned with, a straight shooter. She is a woman who says what's on her mind-a very attractive quality both on- and offscreen. I would say our chemistry is as hot as the Moroccan desert.

HOT COUPLES

KNIGHT and DAY

CAMERON DIAZ TOM CRUISE

June 25

The last time they shared the screen-in 2001's psychological thriller Vanilla Sky-Cruise and Diaz played tortured lovers. This time the stars get to ditch the heavy stuff and show off their respective comedy chops. "This was much different," Diaz says of playing the unsuspecting object of affection to Cruise's secret agent in this action romp. "We filmed around the world and were together for six months." Cruise did his own stunts-from a wild motorcycle chase in Seville to hanging on top of a speeding car driven by Diaz in Boston-during shooting last year. "Tom is so devoted to filmmaking," says Diaz. "I couldn't wish for a better partner."

ECLIPSE

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON

June 30

The third entry in the Twilight series finds Bella (Stewart) and Edward (Pattinson) battling vengeful vamps.

EAT PRAY LOVE

JULIA ROBERTS & JAVIER BARDEM

August 13

The book-club fave hits screens with Roberts falling for a dashing Bardem in gorgeous Bali.

SEX and THE CITY 2

SARAH JESSICA PARKER

KIM CATTRALL

KRISTIN DAVIS

CYNTHIA NIXON

May 27

Carrie (Parker) and the gals jet to Abu Dhabi-where they run into Carrie's ex Aidan (John Corbett). Could this mean trouble for Carrie and Big?

MEN OF ACTION

The A-TEAM

BRADLEY COOPER

LIAM NEESON

JESSICA BIEL

June 11

BRADLEY COOPER-A.K.A. "FACE"-TALKS ABOUT FRESHENING UP THE CAMPY '80S ACTION SERIES.

How is your Face different from Dirk Benedict's character in the TV series?

If you pop open Webster's and look for the definition of "handsome," you'll see Dirk Benedict's face. I'm not sure where you'll find mine!

But you did get action-star abs for the part ...

All it took was the complete box set of Richard Simmons' workout plan.

Face is the hot guy who can kick butt. So tell us: What are the keys to: (a) shooting an AK-47 like a natural; and (b) flirting like a pro?

(a) Never shot an AK-47, but as far as an M-4-which is Face's weapon in the movie-as long as you have [A-Team weapons specialist] Paul Maurice, you're set.

(b) I just copy everything Zach Galifianakis does!

The EXPENDABLES

SYLVESTER STALLONE

JET LI

August 13

STALLONE CHATS ABOUT DIRECTING HIS CAST OF ACTION ALL-STARS.

Is it true you're in a scene with Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger?

There were supposed to be two different scenes-Arnold's scene and Bruce's scene-then Bruce said, "Come on, life is short, let's do it all together in one scene." I thought, "Let's set it someplace we all know and love." So it's all set in a church.

How have you stayed in incredible shape?

A lot of ground and pound in the gym.

What's your key to longevity as a star?

If you give people what they want, they'll stay with you. If not, you'll be a lonely guy.

ROBIN HOOD

RUSSELL CROWE

CATE BLANCHETT

May 14

Crowe takes aim at the title role-minus the traditional tights-with Blanchett as Lady Marion in this revisiting of the classic tale, directed by Gladiator's Ridley Scott.

TOUGH GIRLS

SALT

ANGELINA JOLIE

LIEV SCHREIBER

July 23

SHE'S SEEN PLENTY OF ACTION-BUT JOLIE SAYS HER ROLE AS AN ACCUSED DOUBLE AGENT IS HER MOST "HARDCORE" YET.

You're famous for doing your own stunts. Which was your favorite?

The last kill in the film. I can't say very much, but I think it's bold and original. I wasn't too afraid, but I was very happy when the wire caught me and my arm didn't twist or break.

What's your favorite weaponry?

I love hand-to-hand combat.

Evelyn Salt is a woman of mystery. Any hints about who she is?

Salt is a hero to some, villain to others. Patriot to some, traitor to others. A killer. A wife. I can't really say any more without giving the game away!

How is she different from your previous tough-chick roles?

This character is the most based in reality-therefore, she is the most hardcore. And the hardest to play. She has more demons.

IRON MAN 2

ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON

May 7

Skintight, sexy and utterly unforgiving (hold the carbs!), catsuits aren't for the timid. Helping Downey tangle with a mad physicist (Mickey Rourke), Johansson joins a slinky A-list club.

Pretty KITTIES

MICHELLE PFEIFFER

'92's Batman Returns

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES

'99's Entrapment

UMA THURMAN

'98's The Avengers

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

MIKE MYERS

CAMERON DIAZ

EDDIE MURPHY

May 21

Evil Rumpelstiltskin sends Shrek to a twisted version of Far, Far Away in chapter No. 4.

"I wish my thighs and butt were a little smaller. But I was grateful she doesn't have facial hair!"

-JANE LYNCH ON HER LOOK AS AN OGRE NAMED GRETCHED

THE KARATE KID

JADEN SMITH & JACKIE CHAN

June 11

In this remake of the 1984 film, Smith is the new kid in a Chinese school who learns martial arts from a friendly janitor (Chan).

INCEPTION

LEONARDO DICAPRIO

July 16

DiCaprio plays a dream thief who can enter people's minds in a thriller from director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Memento).

GET HIM TO THE GREEK

RUSSELL BRAND & JONAH HILL

June 4

Hill plays a record executive who has 72 hours to get Brand's unruly rock star to the Greek Theatre in L.A.

Don't Miss

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