# 1 - The Golden Age

The Golden Age (October 5)
Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Clive Owen star in the sequel to Elizabeth, one of my favorite movies ever. Also stars Samantha Morton and Shekhar Kapur once again directs. This gives the Oscars a chance to give Cate the award for a role she should have won for the first time around. I am peeing my pants with excitement over this one! Cate deserves spots in my number 1 and 2 movies.

# 2 - I'm Not There

I’m Not There (TBA)
Todd Haynes directs Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Julianne Moore, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere and Adrian Brody, each who play Bob Dylan. No joke. How cool is this project? Couldn't be a more amazing cast and a more amazing direct. This will either sink or soar, who knows which...

Oh, and this is Cate Blachett herself in this photo.

# 3 - Charlie Wilson's War

Charlie Wilson’s War (Dec 25)
Director Mike Nichols works with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymor Hoffman, Emily Blunt and Amy Adams in this true story about the congressman from Texas and his shady deals with Afghanistan.

# 4 - There Will be Blood (December)

There Will Be Blood (December)
PT Anderson directs Daniel Day-Lewis in the movie based on the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil. Also stars Paul Dano from Little Miss Sunshine. Believe it or not this, this is Daniel Day-Lewis on the set in this photo. I smell an Oscar nomination!

# 5 - Zodiac

Zodiac (March 2)
David Fincher returns with this scary crime drima ala Seven starring Jake Gyllenhall. It comes out this Friday and reviews have been pretty favorable so far.

# 6 - Spring Breakdown

Spring Breakdown (April 13)
Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and Parker Posey try to relive their college years when they go away on Spring Break. I love these three ladies so hard and am way excited about this one. I mean, just looking at this photo makes me giggle bunches.

# 7 - Reservation Road

Reservation Road (November 9)
Terry George who wrote/directed hotel Rwanda tells this story, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connoly, about two families whose lives becomes intertwined when the father from one kills the son of the other in a hit-and-run.

#8 - Lust, Caution

Lust, Caution (September 28)
Ang Lee’s next movie about espionage, set in World War Two Shanghai. That's really all I know about it, but looks like he is going back to the foreign language thing. Oh, and Joan Chen is in this, who I love from Twin Peaks days.


#9 - Lovely Bones

Lovely Bones (TBA, maybe pushed to 2008)
How can you not be excited about Peter Jackson taking on a more intimate story that still has a bit of a fantasy level to it. This is the story about a 14 year old girl working to solve her own murder.

#10 - My Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights (TBA)
Kar Wai Wong directs Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, David Straithairnn and Ed Harris in his first English language film. I love the potential for celebrated foreign directors who go all Hollywood, but that often backfires.

#11 - Rendition

Rendition (End of 2007)
Gavin Hood is another foreign guy crossing over into Hollywood after his Oscar for Tsotsi. Jake Gyllenhal, Reese Withespoon, Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin join the cast of this CIA story. This looks like an amazing cast and the potential for an amazing movie. Lots of Oscar bait!

#12 - Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd (End of 2007)
Tim Burton is so hit or miss these days, but his projects always sound super cool. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter star, shocker, is this adaptation of the musical. Could be really fun! Sacha Baron Cohen also joins the cast.

#13 Spiderman 3

Spider Man 3 (May 4)
I don’t need to say much about this. Just hope it rocks as much as 2 did.

#14 - Evening

Evening (June 15)
Written by Michael Cunningham and starring Meryl Streep as a dying woman and how it is impacting her daughts, Toni Colette and Clair Daines. Patrick Wilson co-stars.


#15 - The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner (November 2)
Marc Foster (Finding Neverland) takes this wildly popular novel about a man’s return to Afghanastan and turns it into what could be a hit or miss movie and give us a break-out star in Shaun Toab.

#16 - Eastern Promises

Eastern Promises (Fall 2007)
Viggo Mortenson, Naomi Watts in this David Cronenberg film about organized crime in London.

#17 - In the Valley of Elah

In the Valley of Elah (September 21)
Directed by Paul Haggis (who wrote/directed Crash and wrote Million Dollar Baby) Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco and Susan Sarandon. A career officer (Jones) investigates the disappearance of his son, an exemplary soldier who went AWOL after his recent return from Iraq. One of a bunch of Iraq wars stories coming up.

#18 - Beowulf

Beowulf (November 16)
Robert Zemekis directs a crazy long list of stars in this adaptation of the classic British story. Stars: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Robin Wright Penn, Alison Lohman, John Malkovich and Brendan Gleeson.

#19 - Goya's Ghost

Goya’s Ghost (Summer 2007)
Javier Bardem and Natalie Portman are in this movie that makes me nervous because it was pushed to 2007 last year. Milos Foreman directs, who I totally love.


#20 - Hounddog

Hounddog (2007)
Dakota Fanning gets raped in this movie. I love her.

#21 - No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men (TBA)
The Coen brothers direct Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson in this adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy book. A hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande, and that’s the setup for this one. I have always been a Woody Harrelson fan.

#22 - Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera (TBA)
Javier Bardem stars in this movie adaptation directed by Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter). Leiv Schreiber and John Leguizmo also star.

#23 - Across the Universe

Across the Universe (September 28)
Evan Rachel wood stars in this musical romance from director/choreographer Julie Taymor set in the 60’s and set to Beatles songs. I really love Evan Rachel Wood and am excited but skeptical about this movie. I am not a big fan of Taymor's other stuff.

#24 - American Gangster

American Gangster (November 7)
Ridley Scott directs Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in this 1970’s crime drama. Looks totally boring to me, but people are talking about it already.

#25 - Michael Clayton

Michael Clayton (September 14)
George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson and Tilda Swinton are featured in this crime drama about a NYC attorney. Tony Gilroy directs for the first time after writing the Bourne movies.

2007's Most Anticipated Movies

What you are going to see over the next week or so are my 25 most anticipated movies of 2007. And right after that, my year in advance Oscar picks!


Final Oscar Winner Predictions

Here it is...my final Oscar winner predictions. Last year I got all but three catagories right, pretty damn good. This year that very likely won't happen. It is a tricky year, which makes for a fun night!

Best Picture - The Departed

Achievement in Directing - Martin Scorsese The Departed

Best Original Screenplay - Little Miss Sunshine

Vote for Best Adapted Screenplay - The Departed

Best Actress - Helen Mirren The Queen

Achievement in Cinematography - Children of Men

Best Actor - Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland

Best Film Editing - Babel

Sound Editing - Letters From Iwo Jima

Best Foreign-Language Film - 'Pan's Labyrinth' - Mexico

Best Original Song - 'Listen' - Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler; Lyric by Anne Preven Dreamgirls

Achievement in Sound Mixing - Dreamgirls

Best Original Score - The Queen

Best Art Direction - Pan's Labyrinth

Best Documentary Feature - An Inconvenient Truth

Best Documentary Short - The Blood of Yingzhou District

Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls

Best Animated Feature Film - Cars

Achievement in Makeup - Pan's Labyrinth

Achievement in Costume Design - Dreamgirls

Animated Short Film - The Little Matchgirl

Best Live-Action Short Film - West Bank Story

Best Visual Effects - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Best Supporting Actor - Alan Arkin Little Miss Sunshine