Movie power rankings: 'Star Wars' tops 'Transformers 4' and 'Skyfall'
With news and rumors arriving each and every day, movie fans can be forgiven for spending an exorbitant amount of time thinking about the upcoming new "Star Wars" trilogy. George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy revealed that writer Michael Arndt ("Little Miss Sunshine," "Toy Story 3") has penned a treatment for the trilogy, and buzz continues about the potential involvement of Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. Then there's the fact that Frank Marshall claims that the search for a director is winding down. Once all the pieces are finally in place, then the real guessing game can begin. What will the new films be about?
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As for the rest of this week's list... November 17, 2012.
1. "Star Wars" (Last week: No. 1)
Can you believe how fast this is all happening?
2. "Skyfall" (Last week: No. 2)
Biggest. Bond. Ever.
3. "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II" (Last week: No. 8)
Edward and Bella's final adventure is off to a smashing start overseas, and it's finally open in the U.S. How many times are you planning to see it this weekend?
4. "Transformers 4" (Last week: Not ranked)
Mark Wahlberg is officially in. Who else will be drawn into the mayhem of Michael Bay?
5. "Lincoln" (Last week: Not ranked)
Steven Spielberg's acclaimed historical drama is winning the box office battle in limited release. It opens wide this weekend, and seems to be a lock for a best picture nomination.
6. "Expendables 3" (Last week: No. 6)
Is Nicolas Cage making a mistake by passing on Sylvester Stallone's testosterone-fueled threequel?
7. "Top Gun 2" (Last week: Not ranked)
Tom Cruise is reportedly cooling the sequel's jets after the untimely death of the 1986 original's director Tony Scott.
8. "Django Unchained" (Last week: Not ranked)
What sort of Oscar chances does the new Quentino Tarantino film have? Will Leonardo DiCaprio compete against Samuel L. Jackson? Will Jamie Foxx face Christoph Waltz?
9. "World War Z" (Last week: Not ranked)
The brand new trailer pits Brad Pitt against hordes of CG zombies in the adaptation of the excellent Max Brooks book.
10. "Tarzan" (Last week: Not ranked)
"Harry Potter" director David Yates has announced he'll resurrect the Edgar Rice Burroughs pulp hero for the big screen once again. Rumor has it that the normally beefy Tom Hardy ("Dark Knight Rises") could be swinging to a theater near you.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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