Stars of the Season
updated 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/13/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
STARRING: Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt
OPENS: Nov. 5
Will & Tina
The SNL alums reunite in the animated supervillain tale
How have you two changed since your SNL days?
TINA: Well, Will has had a lot of work done.
WILL: I'm not afraid to admit that. Mostly it's multiple butt and calf implants.
Which superpower would you most like?
TINA: I'd like to be able to wipe children's butts with just my eyes.
WILL: Zzzzzt! A laser baby wipe. Our house is full of wipes now.
There is this other guy in the film, Brad Pitt . . .
WILL: Yeah, he's huge in Latin America.
Looking forward to the premiere so you can hang with Brad and Angelina?
TINA: I try and move ahead in this business through playdates. "Ooooh, a script fell out of this snack bag. Brad, should I just read with you for a bit?"
STARRING: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis
OPENS: Nov. 5
Robert Downey Jr.
The witty star takes on a touching road-trip comedy
You play an expectant dad racing cross-country in this film. What were you like before the birth of your son Indio, 17?
Excited, uptight, supportive and horny-kind of.
Which character is most like you: Tony Stark, Sherlock Holmes or Due Date's Peter?
I'm nowhere near as complicated as Holmes, as cool as Tony or as angry as Peter.
Any favorite road trip films?
Midnight Run and Rain Man.
Who's the person you'd most like to go on a road trip with?
Susan [Levin], my wife. I'd teach her to drive stick.
Life As We Know It
STARRING: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel
OPENS: Oct. 8
After going on a disastrous first date, two singles (Heigl, Duhamel) end up caring for their goddaughter Sophie after tragedy strikes. Despite their mutual dislike, the pair must raise Sophie together.
STARRING: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Odette Yustman
OPENS: Sept. 24
High school wounds run deep in this wacky romp when PR exec Marni (Bell) finds out her brother is marrying her old nemesis (Yustman). The claws really come out when her mom (Curtis) faces off with the bride's aunt (Sigourney Weaver).
STARS ON THE RISE
STARRING: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes
OPENS: Sept. 17
She's earning big comedy buzz as a pretend-promiscuous teen
SHE'S NOT REALLY A REDHEAD.
"My hair is a sandy blonde," says Stone, 21. "I went into the Superbad camera test and [producer] Judd Apatow said, 'Make it red.' It's been red ever since."
SHE WASN'T A HIGH SCHOOL NERD . . . SHE THINKS.
"I didn't really go to high school [at 15, the Arizona native went to L.A. to act professionally], so I don't know what I would have been...a theater kid?"
SHE'S A JOHN HUGHES FAN.
Which is good, since Easy A is partly an homage to the '80s teen-comedy maestro. "Ferris Bueller is probably my favorite."
IN REAL LIFE, WEARING CORSETS TO SCHOOL WOULDN'T BE OKAY.
Though her onscreen parents don't seem to mind her lingerie-marked-with-a-scarlet-A getups, Stone says, "I think my parents would be a little stricter."
SINGING MAKES HER NERVOUS.
"Oh my God, it's borderline humiliating. But I ease into it."
Never Let Me Go
STARRING: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield
OPENS: Sept. 15
Based on an acclaimed novel, this drama teams breakout stars Mulligan (An Education) and Garfield, the next Spider-Man, with vet Knightley as friends who have a seemingly idyllic childhood, only to learn a chilling fate awaits them.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
STARRING: Freida Pinto, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin
OPENS: Sept. 22
This Woody Allen comedy follows the complicated love lives of two married couples (Watts and Brolin; Anthony Hopkins and Gemma Jones) and the strangers they meet, including Pinto (above) in her first film since Slumdog Millionaire.
STARRING: Diane Lane, John Malkovich
OPENS: Oct. 8
As breeder Penny Chenery, she's one tough southern belle
HER EQUINE EXPERIENCE
Not much. "As a kid [in New York City]," Lane says, "the most fun for me was to have my father take me to Queens to ride a horse in a circle for $6."
WHAT SHE LEARNED ABOUT HORSES
Three horses portray 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat, so "I got to know them pretty well," she says. "It taught me not to approach a horse so single-mindedly. Each horse has their own personality."
OFF TO THE RACES
Lane and Chenery, now 88, served as Grand Marshals at May's Kentucky Derby. "I had to keep pinching myself," says Lane. "It was very humbling."
STARRING: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell
OPENS: Oct. 15
Two-time Oscar winner Swank plays Betty Anne Waters, a real-life single mom who spent nearly 10 years battling to free her brother (Rockwell, who could also build Oscar buzz) after he was wrongfully convicted of murder.
STARRING: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn
OPENS: Nov. 5
Calling espionage junkies: Penn and Watts take on the true-life tale of CIA operative Valerie Plame, who was exposed by the Bush White House after her husband (Penn) publicly alleged the administration altered Iraqi intel.
STARRING: Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall
OPENS: Sept. 17
The Boston native headed home again to direct this heist thriller
You also shot Gone Baby Gone in Boston. Why is it so special?
It has something that sets it apart-architecture, the accents-but more than that, a world view. People are loyal and really have a fondness for [Boston], even if it's a tragic fondness. And that's really what this movie's about.
What was it like to shoot at Fenway Park?
It was a dream come true. We're actually going to premiere the movie at Fenway Park. I have never been this excited about a premiere in my entire life.
How do you feel when you hear a bad Boston accent?
It gives me fear, because I hope it's not me.
How do you get your cast to embody all that is Boston?
Hire really good actors! [Jeremy] Renner went to a prison and spent time with Teamsters working on his dialect, [Jon] Hamm met with the FBI, Rebecca [Hall] listened to tapes of people from Marblehead, Mass.
The Social Network
STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
OPENS: Oct. 1
In other hands the tale of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg might have been a dull computer drama. But give it a hip cast, a script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and the result is Oscar buzz.
STARRING: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cecile de France
OPENS: Oct. 22
Damon sees dead people. Two-time Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood reteams with his Invictus star for this drama, which follows three separate mortality-themed plotlines. Damon plays a reluctant psychic whose abilities ruin his relationships with the living.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
STARRING: Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Josh Brolin
OPENS: Sept. 24
The rising star goes toe-to-toe with Gordon Gekko in a new tale of greed and high finance
TAKING IT TO THE STREET
Before being cast as a banker in the sequel to the '87 classic, LaBeouf, 24, was already a fan of director Oliver Stone. "I was 11 when I saw Wall Street. Natural Born Killers is my favorite. I've seen it 70 times."
LaBeouf teams with wily insider trader Gordon Gekko (Douglas) to take down a sinister financier (Brolin). "I was definitely intimidated" by the Oscar-winning company, says LaBeouf. "But they made it a comfortable set from day one."
GREED IS GOOD FUN
Although it takes place during the recent financial meltdown, Stone says he didn't make a message film. "I don't know if you can call it a guilty pleasure," he says. "But it can be a lot of fun to see the sharks at play."
STARRING: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine
OPENS: Nov. 12
In his fifth film with director Tony Scott, two-time Oscar winner Washington plays an engineer trying to stop a runaway train. Captain Kirk himself-Star Trek heartthrob Pine-lends a hand in the thriller, inspired by a true story.
STARRING: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich
OPENS: Oct. 15
Dame Helen, armed and dangerous with a .50 caliber machine gun? Take cover. The Oscar winner joins a hard-boiled Willis and a loony Malkovich as a team of retired CIA agents who reunite when they come under attack.
ALSO PLAYING: ALPHA AND OMEGA Starring: Hayden Panettiere Opens: Sept. 17 • BURIED Starring: Ryan Reynolds Opens: Sept. 24
LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF THE GA'HOOLE Opens: Sept. 24 • LET ME IN Starring: Chloe Grace Moretz Opens: Oct. 1
STONE Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich Opens: Oct. 8 • NOWHERE BOY Starring: Aaron Johnson Opens: Oct. 8
JACKASS 3D Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera Opens: Oct. 15 • PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 Opens: Oct. 22 • SAW 3D Opens: Oct. 29
127 HOURS Starring: James Franco Opens: Nov. 5 • MORNING GLORY Starring: Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams Opens: Nov. 12