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  1. #1
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    Disney Pictures 2003 Movie Preview

    geez.. nobody else posts movie news here?.... just questions and questions and inquiries... i stopped for a while and was hoping somebody else would also post movie related news...

    well here are just some

    The Young Black Stallion
    Release Date: Fall 2003 Exclusively in IMAX® Theatres and Large Format Cinemas Worldwide
    Director: Simon Wincer
    In Disney’s first dramatic feature made specifically for the giant screen, Walt Disney Pictures is proud to present the continuation of a family favorite and a story that has enthralled generations of readers. “The Young Black Stallion,” a prequel to the 1979 classic, presents the horse’s adventures with a young girl named Neera, who has been separated from her father in Arabia by WWII. Left alone in the desert, she befriends the wild colt, whom she names Shetan. Once reunited with her father, however, Neera remains haunted by images of the “lost horse of the desert” – one of a few stallions of legend, rumored to be “born of the sands, sired by the night sky, drinkers of the wind.” The original writer and producer of “The Black Stallion” have returned for this production, which will bring giant screen audiences the wonder, excitement, and magic of Walter Farley’s equine hero as they have never seen it before.

    Release Date: Fall/Holiday 2003
    Cast: Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly, Wallace Shawn
    Director: Rob Minkoff
    Frightfully funny Eddie Murphy leads an all-scare cast of ghosts and ghouls in Disney’s spookiest comedy ever, “The Haunted Mansion.” Workaholic real-estate agent Jim Evers (Murphy) drags his family up to the big, creepy Gracey mansion in hopes of rebuilding it into a lavish new condo development. When they get there, however, the family quickly finds that they’re not alone… not when 999 grim, grinning ghosts come out to socialize! With all these happy haunts that won’t leave until their unfinished business has been completed, it’s up to Jim to break the curse – and rediscover a family that needs him – before the clock strikes 13.

    Piglet's Big Movie
    Release Date: April 11, 2003
    Voice Talent: Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, Nikita Hopkins, Kath Soucie, Peter Cullen, Andre Stojka, Tom Wheatley
    Director: Francis Glebas
    “Piglet’s Big Movie” brings “the little pink guy” to center stage for a story of friendship and appreciation as the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood learns that it doesn’t take somebody big to do big things. Piglet gets that inferior feeling when his friends begin a “honey harvest” and he is told that he’s too small to help. When Piglet disappears, the others use his scrapbook as a map to find him - and in the process discover that this “Very Small Animal” has been a big hero in a lot of ways. After an eventful search and a dramatic climax, Piglet once again demonstrates how large an influence he has been on his pals. The film features several new songs written and performed by Carly Simon, including “If I Wasn’t So Small” (The Piglet Song), the heartfelt “Mother’s Intuition” and the enchanting “With a Few Good Friends.”

    The Lizzie McGuire Movie
    Release Date: May 2, 2003
    Cast: Hilary Duff, Adam Lamberg, Robert Carradine, Hallie Todd, Jake Thomas, Yani Gellman, Alex Borstein, Clayton Snyder, Ashlie Brillault, Brendan Kelly, Carly Schroeder.
    Director: Jim Fall
    Disney’s “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” serves up the comic foibles of lovable Lizzie McGuire and her pals Gordo, Kate, and Ethan, who all pack their bags and plan to live la dolce vita while on a class trip to Italy. Once there, Lizzie is mistaken for Isabella (who is part of an Italian pop duo) and begins to fall for Paolo (Isabella's handsome Italian pop star former boyfriend). When Lizzie’s mom, dad, and annoying brother Matt get wind of this, they all jet their way to the boot country. In the meantime, Lizzie is transformed from a gawky teen to a beautiful pop star, Gordo struggles to understand his true feelings for her, and a whirlwind of surprising events force Lizzie to find the true meaning of friendship. Disney’s “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” brings a new kick to the old world in this hilarious comedy.

    The Jungle Book 2
    Release Date: : Feb 14, 2003
    DIRECTOR: Steve Trenbirth
    VOICE TALENT: John Goodman, Haley Joel Osment, Mae Whitman, Tony Jay, Bob Joles, John Rhys-Davies, Phil Collins, Connor Funk, Jim Cummings, Jess Harnell, Jeff Bennett
    Disney’s “The Jungle Book 2” adds an all-new animated chapter to one of the best-loved animated classics of all time. Mowgli now lives in the man village, and he loves his new family and friends, especially his feisty little step-brother Ranjan and his best pal Shanti, the girl who initially wooed Mowgli from the jungle. But Mowgli misses his buddy Baloo, who likewise pines for his little man-cub. Baloo isn’t the only one hoping to see Mowgli again soon - Shere Khan impatiently awaits his revenge. When Mowgli sneaks away to the jungle, the chase is on to see who will find Mowgli first-his old pals, his new family, or the man-eating tiger. It’s an adventure packed with thrills, songs and fun for the whole family. The film gets a musical boost from both a reprise of “The Bare Necessities” and Smash Mouth’s rousing rendition of “I Wan’na Be Like You” as well as new tunes like the show-stopping “W-I-L-D” and the swinging beat of “Jungle Rhythm.”

    Release Date: April 18, 2003
    Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson, and Shia LaBeouf
    Director: Andrew Davis
    Based on the award-winning book by Louis Sachar, “Holes” is a funny and poignant coming-of-age adventure. It tells the story of Stanley Yelnats (SHIA LaBEOUF) - an unusual young hero, dogged by bad luck stemmingfrom an ancient family curse. Perpetually in the wrong place at the wrong time, Stanley is unfairly sentenced to months of detention at Camp Green Lake for a crime he didn’t commit. There, he and his campmates – Squid, Armpit, ZigZag, Magnet, X-Ray, and Zero – are forced by the menacing warden (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) and her right-hand men Mr. Sir (JON VOIGHT) and Mr. Pendanski (TIM BLAKE NELSON) to dig holes in order to build character. Nobody knows the real reason they’re digging all these holes, but Stanley soon begins to question why the Warden is so interested in anything “special” the boys find. Stanley and his campmates must stick together and keep one step ahead of the Warden and her henchmen as they plot a daring escape from the camp to solve the mystery and break the Yelnats family curse.

    Release Date: Spring 2003
    Cast: Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard, Said Taghmaoui
    Director: Joe Johnston
    Based on the true story of the greatest long-distance horse race ever run, “Hidalgo” is an epic action-adventure and one man’s journey of personal redemption. Held yearly for centuries, the Ocean of Fire—a 3,000 mile survival race across the Arabian Desert—was a challenge restricted to the finest Arabian horses ever bred, the purest and noblest lines, owned by the greatest royal families. In 1890, a wealthy Sheik invited an American and his horse to enter the race for the first time. Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) was a cowboy and dispatch rider for the US cavalry who had once been billed as the greatest rider the West had ever known. The Sheik (Omar Sharif) would put this claim to the test, pitting the American cowboy and his mustang, Hidalgo, against the world’s greatest Arabian horses and Bedouin riders—some of whom were determined to prevent the foreigner from finishing the race. For Frank, the Ocean of Fire becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a race for his very survival as he and his horse, Hidalgo, attempt the impossible.

    Freaky Friday
    Release Date: Summer 2003
    Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Harold Gould, Chad Michael Murray, Christina Vidal, and Mark Harmon
    Director: Mark Waters
    Dr. Tess Coleman (JAMIE LEE CURTIS) and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Anna (LINDSAY LOHAN), are not getting along. They don’t see eye-to-eye on clothes, hair, music, and certainly not in each other’s taste in men. One Thursday evening, their disagreements reach a fever pitch -- Anna is incensed that her mother doesn’t support her musical aspirations and Tess, a widow about to remarry, can’t see why Anna won’t give her fiancé (MARK HARMON) a break. Everything soon changes when two identical Chinese Fortune Cookies cause a little mystic mayhem. On the next morning, their Friday gets freaky when Tess and Anna find themselves inside the other’s body. As they literally walk a mile in each other’s shoes, they gain a little newfound respect for the other’s point of view. But with Tess’s wedding coming on Saturday, the two have to find a way to switch back (and fast). Mary Rodgers’ classic novel gets a new spin in this big-screen adaptation.

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    Kn'thrak .. dont whine about double posting.... theres a 10 picture limit.. so i have no choice....

    Finding Nemo
    Release Date: May, 30 2003
    Voice Talent: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Geoffrey Rush, Allison Janney, Barry Humphries, Brad Garrett, Austin Pendleton, Stephen Root, Vicki Lewis, Joe Ranft, John Ratzenberger, Alexander Gould
    Writer/Director: Andrew Stanton
    The Academy Award®-winning creators of “Toy Story,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Monsters, Inc.” dive into a whole new world of computer-animated fun, fantasy, and heartfelt emotion with this splashy underwater adventure. The film follows the comedic and eventful journeys of two fish – Marlin and his son Nemo – who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken from home and thrust into a fish tank in a dentist’s office overlooking Sydney Harbor. Buoyed by the companionship of a friendly-but-forgetful fish named Dory, the overly cautious father embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic journey to rescue his son - who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. Written and directed by Oscar® nominee Andrew Stanton, who co-directed the 1998 Disney/Pixar hit “A Bug’s Life” and is credited as co-screenwriter on all four of the previous Disney/Pixar features, “Finding Nemo” sets a new “high water mark” for the art and technology of computer animation with its incredible underwater world populated with memorable characters.

    Veronica Guerin
    Release Date: Spring 2003
    Cast: Cate Blanchett, Gerard McSorley, Ciaran Hinds, and Brenda Fricker
    Director: Joel Schumacher
    In the mid-1990s, Dublin was nothing short of a war zone, with a few powerful drug lords battling for control. Their most fearsome opponent was not the police but the courageous journalist Veronica Guerin (CATE BLANCHETT), who covered the crime beat with unmatched intensity. As she investigated and exposed the “pushers,” balancing her home and family against her responsibility to her readers and her country, she became a national folk heroine to the people of Ireland; each attempt on her life only galvanized her legend. Her brutal murder in 1996 forced a dramatic revision of Ireland’s laws and led to the arrests of the nation’s top criminals. Based on a true story, this powerful, emotional film from producer Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down,” and director Joel Schumacher (“Bad Company,” “A Time to Kill,” “Falling Down,” “Tigerland”), gives unique insight into a fascinating and complex aspect of the Irish conflict and a poignant portrayal of a journalist who risked her life in search of the truth.

    Under the Tuscan Sun
    Release Date: Fall 2003
    Cast: Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan
    Director: Audrey Wells
    Based on the book Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
    Frances Mayes (DIANE LANE) is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer’s block and extremely depressed, and her best friend, Patti (SANDRA OH), is beginning to think she might never recover. “Dr. Patti’s” Rx: 10 days in Tuscany. And it’s there that, on a whim, Frances purchases a villa named Bramasole – literally, “something that yearns for the sun.” The home needs much restoration, but what better place for a new beginning than the home of the Renaissance? As she flings herself into her new life at the villa in the lush and beautiful Italian countryside, Frances makes new friends among her neighbors, but in the quiet moments, she is fearful that her ambitions for her new life – and a new family – may not be realized… until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms of an intriguing Portobello antiquities dealer named Marcello (RAOUL BOVA). Can this be what she dreamed of? Can love last with Marcello? Will her new life flower under the Tuscan sun?

    Open Range
    Release Date: Summer 2003
    Cast: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening, Michael Gambon, Abraham Benrubi, Diego Luna
    Director: Kevin Costner
    Screenplay by: Craig Storper
    Based on the novel The Open Range Men by Lauran Paine
    Academy-Awardâ winning director Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves”) helms this traditional Western tale of a way of life that is quickly disappearing. Boss Spearman (ROBERT DUVALL), Charley Waite (KEVIN COSTNER), Mose Harrison (ABRAHAM BENRUBI) and “Button” (DIEGO LUNA) freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt Sheriff (JAMES RUSSO) and kingpin rancher (MICHAEL GAMBON) who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards the inevitable showdown as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing. Amidst this turmoil, life suddenly takes an unexpected turn for loner Charley when he meets the beautiful and warm-spirited Sue Barlow
    (ANNETTE BENING), a woman who embraces both his heart and his soul. As these courageous men prepare for the decisive battle that looms, they are also forced to confront and conquer their own internal demons.

    Hope Springs
    Release Date: Spring 2003
    Cast: Colin Firth, Heather Graham, Minnie Driver, Oliver Platt, and Mary Steenburgen
    Director: Mark Herman
    Screenplay by: Mark Herman
    Based on the novel New Cardiff by Charles Webb
    In this charming romantic comedy, British artist Colin Ware (COLIN FIRTH) discovers that his fiancée, Vera (MINNIE DRIVER), the love of his life, is going to marry another man. Distraught and despondent, he gets on a plane for America and ends up in the tiny town of Hope in New England. At first, Colin is depressed, but he soon finds more than a shoulder to cry on when his innkeepers introduce him to Mandy (HEATHER GRAHAM), a beautiful nurse. All's going well and Colin has almost forgotten his old flame… until Vera suddenly shows up with a surprise of her own. “Hope Springs” is about finding happiness where you least expect it.

    Cold Creek Manor
    Release Date: Fall 2003
    Director: Mike Figgis
    Starring: Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone, Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Christopher Plummer,
    Finally putting an end to their days as slaves to the hustle-bustle city life, Gothamites Cooper Tilson (DENNIS QUAID) and his wife, Leah (SHARON STONE), pack up their kids and all their possessions and move into a recently repossessed mansion in the sticks of New York State. Once a grand and elegant manor, the house at Cold Creek is now a shambles, but Cooper and Leah have unlimited time to show the house the TLC that it desperately needs. All’s well until Dale Massie (STEPHEN DORFF), the house’s former owner, gets out of prison, looking to reclaim his birthright by any means necessary. There are two kinds of people in Cold Creek – those who come there, and those who are born there – and Dale quickly shows that one kind always comes out on top, particularly when the house hides a dark secret.

    Bringing Down the House
    Release Date: March 7, 2003
    Director: Adam Shankman
    Starring: Steve Martin, Queen Latifah, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Missi Pyle, Jean Smart, Betty White, Kimberly J. Brown, Michael Ensign, Aengus James, Angus T. Jones, Matt Lutz, Victor Webster
    Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a divorced, straight-laced, uptight attorney who still loves his ex-wife [Jean Smart] and can't figure out what he did wrong to make her leave him. However, Peter's trying to move on, and he's smitten with a brainy, bombshell barrister he's been chatting with online. However, when she comes to his house for their first face to face, she isn't refined, isn't Ivy League, and isn't even a lawyer. Instead, it's Charlene [Queen Latifah], a prison escapee who's proclaiming her innocence and wants Peter to clear her name. But Peter wants nothing to do with her, prompting the loud and shocking Charlene to turn Peter's perfectly ordered life upside down, jeopardizing his effort to get back with his wife and woo a billion dollar client [Joan Plowright]. In the end, our unlikely pair has the chance to put each other's lives on higher ground...if they don't end up bringing the house down.

    Open Range .... now thats a genre I want to see again...

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    I expected that Disney will make all the same crap again, but in 2003 it'll release a couple of films which I'm really looking for :butt:

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    You forgot one

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    Wow! Nice post, lot's of good info. Thanks!

    Some of my thoughts:

    Hidalgo sounds like a great movie, full of adventure and excitement. I'm adding it to my list of things to see.

    The Young Black Stallion might be great to see if the cinimatography lends itself well to IMAX.

    Open Range...ugh...another Kevin Costner directed movie. We'll see what the reviews say.

    Hope Springs - probably gonna see this one with my girlfriend

    Under the Tuscan Sun - I like the shots of Tuscany, might be interesting, probably a date movie

    Finding Nemo - I love the Trailers, gonna be in line opening day for this movie
    Our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us. - Matthew Mcconaughey - Interstellar

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    I really can't wait to see Finding Nemo, but I also want to see Freaky Friday. Wonder if this one can compare to the ones from 1976 and 1995.
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