JULIE & JULIA
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, Zoë Saldaña, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban
Opens May 8
Spock meets Spock!
He’s got a part in the new movie too, but Leonard Nimoy, 78, says Zachary Quinto, 31, is the logical choice to fill his shoes.
How did you first meet?
Nimoy In an elevator. I said to him, “Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?”
Quinto You told me about people who called your hotel room and left messages!
Is Spock a sex symbol?
Nimoy There’s a truth in that, yeah. Are you going to write that? My wife might get upset!
Quinto I’ve already [heard people] saying, “If you put on those ears …” It’s weird!
Zachary, what’s the hardest part about going Vulcan?
Quinto The eyebrows were the biggest challenge. To lose three quarters of them …
Did you have irreparable eyebrow damage?
Nimoy They grew back!
Quinto My eyebrows are a big part of my face. I was worried, trust me.
Then and Now: The Enterprise Crew
William Shatner/Chris Pine
What’s it like to be the starship stud? “It’s a great and wonderful thing!” says Pine.
DeForest Kelley/Karl Urban
“There are lots of nods to Trekkies,” says Urban, the new medic. “They’ll be happy.”
Nichelle Nichols/Zoë Saldaña
“She was a TV pioneer,” says Saldaña of Nichols. “I want to be just like her!”
James Doohan/Simon Pegg
Though he never met Doohan (who died in 2005), Pegg calls him “an absolute genius.”
Walter Koenig/Anton Yelchin
“I was really worried about meeting him,” says Yelchin of Koenig. “He was very kind.”
George Takei/John Cho
Cho sees Takei as a role model. As a kid, “I’d yell, ‘There’s an Asian guy on TV!'”
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
Starring Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria / Opens May 22
What happens when the sequel to last year’s blockbuster invades the Smithsonian Institution? Let’s just say it’s a long night for Stiller’s gallery guard. “Everything that can come to life pretty much does,” says Azaria, who plays an evil pharaoh who returns from the past to do battle with Stiller and a reanimated Amelia Earhart (Adams).
Angels & Demons
Starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor / Opens May 15
Hanks returns as The Da Vinci Code-breaker Robert Langdon, who tangles with a secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati. “It’s got a definite pulse to it,” Hanks says of the new movie based on Dan Brown’s bestseller. Best of all, that infamous mullet he sported in Da Vinci is no more: “I said, ‘Let’s go shorter!'”
Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington / Opens May 21
Think being Batman was tough? Bale saw serious action trying to destroy the killer cyborgs in the new Terminator movie. But will the original baddie in 1984—California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger—be back? “Wait and see,” says director McG. “Let’s just say the T-800 model Terminator is a very important character in the film, and we all know who made the T-800 famous.”
Also playing: Steve Zahn woos Jennifer Aniston in Management, opening May 15; the Wayans clan spoofs dance movies in Dance Flick, out May 22.
The Taking of Pelham 123
Starring John Travolta, Denzel Washington / Opens June 12
In a revamp of the classic 1974 thriller, Travolta pulls off one scary handlebar mustache as a twisted bad guy who hijacks a New York City subway train. “He wants to take revenge on the city,” says director Tony Scott. Who can save the day? A humble subway dispatcher played by Washington.
My Sister’s Keeper
Starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric / Opens June 26
Bring two boxes of tissues: Diaz plays a mother who must balance the needs of a daughter with cancer (newcomer Sofia Vassilieva) with those of her healthy child (Breslin). Diaz says the tearjerker, based on Jodi Picoult’s ’04 bestseller, explores the pain of a “family who is losing a member.”
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox
Opens June 24
Those evil Decepticons are back to destroy the world, and LaBeouf, Fox and good robots called Autobots are all that stand in their way. Cue explosions. “It was just wild!” says Tyrese Gibson, who plays a member of the Air Force who signs on to save humanity. In this sequel, heroes LaBeouf and Fox are still dating—but the bloom is off the rose. “There are no big love scenes,” says Fox. “You get into the couple bickering, that kind of thing!”
Also playing: Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and Anna Friel take on dinosaurs in Land of the Lost, out June 5; Year One, out June 19, pairs Jack Black and Michael Cera as lazy Stone Age hunter-gatherers.
Starring Sacha Baron Cohen
Opens July 10
Brit comic Cohen (the twisted genius behind Borat) sets out to prank gullible victims yet again, this time by masquerading as an outrageous Austrian fashion reporter who offends all comers by squeezing into shiny short shorts, asking outrageous questions and proclaiming he’s adopting a baby—because “Brangelina’s got one, Madonna‘s got one”—and naming him O.J.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson / Opens July 15
Secrets, sorcery and Quidditch—the Hogwarts gang reunites and this time, Harry (Radcliffe) and his magical pals find themselves contending with He Who Must Not Be Named: Cupid! This time out, Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint) wrestle with their feelings for one another while Harry goes on a perilous journey with Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) to uncover the truth about the evil Voldemort.
The Ugly Truth
Starring Gerard Butler, Katherine Heigl / Opens July 24
Heigl is a type-A morning-show producer who has everything but romance. Butler is an obnoxious relationship expert who bets he can help her land Mr. Right—if she follows his chauvinistic advice about what men really want. Will these two polar opposites wind up kissing by the time the credits roll? You know the truth.
Starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale / Opens July 1
Depp goes on the lam as notorious bank robber John Dillinger in this Depression-era thriller directed by Michael Mann. Hot on the gangster’s trail is FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Bale). “He was a fascinating character,” says Bale of Purvis, whose boss, J. Edgar Hoover, is played by Billy Crudup. “It’s just a great story.”
Also playing: An elite squad of guinea pigs saves the world in the 3D film G-Force, opening July 24; Judd Apatow directs Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen in the comedy Funny People, out July 31.
Starring Brad Pitt, Mike Myers, Diane Kruger, B.J. Novak / Opens Aug. 21
A special assassination squad of Jewish-American soldiers led by Pitt teams up with Kruger’s German movie star to take out Nazis in this Quentin Tarantino-directed film. “The movie is such a daring take on history,” says Kruger. “It’ll be a feast for the eyes. It’s so rich. There’s something for everybody.”
Julie & Julia
Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams / Opens Aug. 7
A young woman (Adams) looking for a purpose finds inspiration in the life and recipes of Julia Child (Streep) in this fusion of Julie Powell’s memoir with Child’s autobiography, directed by Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle). While Adams struggles to learn all 524 recipes in Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, flashbacks depict Streep as the iconic cook. “It is a classic Nora Ephron romantic comedy,” says Jane Lynch, who plays Child’s sister.
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana / Opens Aug. 14
Talk about long distance love issues: McAdams weds a time traveler (Bana) who keeps skipping backward and forward through their lives. “It explores how you carry on with love when you have this imposition,” says McAdams.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs / Voices of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah / Opens July 1
“There’s going to be babies in this movie!” says Latifah, who returns with Romano in this sequel to rescue Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo) from an underground world of creatures.
UP/Voices of Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer / Opens May 29
What happens when a cranky old guy floats away to South America? The next Disney-Pixar film features a 78-year-old former balloon salesman who embarks on a colorful adventure when he ties hundreds of balloons to the top of his house.
Also playing: Channing Tatum fights for his country in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, out Aug. 7; Anne Heche and Ashton Kutcher get sexy in the romantic comedy Spread, out Aug. 14.