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THE HOUSE BUNNY. Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith penned Legally Blonde, and this indeed looks like a tepid blend of that Reese Witherspoon hit and last year's Amanda Bynes flop Sydney White, as a ditzy ex-Playboy bunny ends up tutoring a gang of college sorority outcasts. What might make this watchable, though, is the casting of Anna Faris, who bared her formidable comic chops in Lost in Translation and the Scary Movie franchise. (Aug. 22)

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• Those proper British kids (no, not Harry, Ron and Hermione) head back to the mystical world in THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN. (May 16)

• Helen Hunt directs and stars in THEN SHE FOUND ME, about an adopted woman who reconnects with her birth mother (Bette Midler). (May 16)

• Two kids try to film their own action yarn in the indie offering SON OF RAMBOW. (May 23)

• An injured man (Lee Pace) regales a little girl (Catinca Untaru) with a magical tale in THE FALL. (May 30)

• A Middle Eastern assassin (Adam Sandler) decides he'd rather work as an NYC hair stylist in YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN. (June 6)

• Academy Award-winning documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) examines the events surrounding the notorious photos that came out of Abu Ghraib in STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. (June 13)

• An Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film (the first such nod for Kazakhstan), MONGOL focuses on the early years in the life of Genghis Khan. (June 20)

• Shadowy operatives Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman teach mild-mannered James McAvoy (Atonement) how to be an assassin in WANTED. (June 27)

• A boozy superhero (Will Smith) inadvertently does more harm than good in the comedy HANCOCK. (July 2)

Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin stars in the first screen adaptation based on the American Girl brand name: KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL. (July 2)

• Ron Perlman returns as the cigar-chomping, wisecracking hero-demon in HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY. (July 11)

• Using Jules Verne's book of the same name as his guide, an explorer (Brendan Fraser) decides to JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH. (July 11)

• Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst directs Ice Cube and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) in THE LONGSHOTS, the true story of a young girl who attempted to become the first female to play in the Pop Warner football tournament. (July 25)

• It's been six years since the TV series ended and 10 years since the last theatrical release, but the FBI's paranormal investigators Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back on the case in THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE. (July 25)

• Evelyn Waugh's BRIDESHEAD REVISITED hasn't been revisited on film since the wildly popular miniseries back in 1981; here, director Julian Jarrold (Becoming Jane) gives it a shot, with Matthew Goode and Ben Whishaw as the British lads of different social standings and Emma Thompson on hand to add that touch of Brit-lit class. (Aug. 1)

• The controversial dating manual HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU has been transformed into a motion picture starring Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly and Ben Affleck. (Aug. 1)

• A photographer (Bradley Cooper) attempts to track down a killer who haunts New York's subway system in THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, based on a Clive Barker story. (Aug. 1)

THE ROCKER stars Rainn Wilson (The Office, Juno's "home skillet" clerk) as a drummer who, two decades after getting kicked out of an '80s hair band, lands a gig playing for a high school rock group. (Aug. 1)

• Three houseflies stow away on an Apollo mission in the animated tale FLY ME TO THE MOON. (Aug. 8)

• Having graduated from high school, Tibby (Amber Tamblyn), Carmen (America Ferrera), Lena (Alexis Bledel) and Bridget (Blake Lively) are now ready to experience college life in THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS 2. (Aug. 8)

HENRY POOLE IS HERE stars Luke Wilson as a lonely man who's perturbed when his neighbors believe that the water stain on the side of his house contains Christ's visage. (Aug. 15)

• George Lucas milks his franchise some more with the animated offering STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS. (Aug. 15)

• Three actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.) filming a war movie get involved in a real-life battle in the comedy TROPIC THUNDER. (Aug. 15)

• After a radio talk show host (Uma Thurman) ruins his life by telling his fiancée to call off the wedding, a fireman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) exacts his revenge in THE ACCIDENTAL WIFE. (Aug. 22)


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