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2010 shaping up to be promising year for Hollywood

Jan. 20, 2010

McClatchy News
Cynthia Nixon, from left, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis reprise thieir roles as four fabulos women living in New York City in "Sex and the City 2."

By Jessica Acklen
Entertainment Editor

2009 proved to be a year of record-breaking blockbusters, such as "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," James Cameron's visually breathtaking "Avatar," which is continuing its highly successful journey into 2010, and the top-grossing movie of the year, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

While expensive and popular franchise movies dominated the box office, there were a few surprise gems in the 2009 movie crown, including the highest grossing comedy of the year, "The Hangover," the Sandra Bullock drama, "The Blind Side" and the little-independent-film-that-could, "Paranormal Activity."

Although 2009 had many films to be commended, 2010 looks like it just might blow last year out of the water.

From the long-anticipated beginning of the end of the "Harry Potter" film series to a third installment in the wholesome and always fun "Toy Story" franchise, 2010 is shaping up to be a highly profitable year for Hollywood. Thus, mark your calendars, because here are five movies that can't be missed in 2010.

'Alice in Wonderland'

March 5 - Tim Burton tries this hand at the children's classic by Lewis Carroll. In what seems to be a part tailor-made for Johnny Depp's unique and eccentric acting style, he plays a very colorful and whimsical Mad Hatter in his seventh collaboration with Burton. Opposite Depp plays Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska, in the role of Alice. Anne Hathaway also stars as the White Queen in Burton's Wonderland and Burton's long-time finance Helena Bonham Carter portrays the Queen of Hearts.

'Sex and the City 2'

May 28 - Start saving your pennies for Manolos! Carrie and the girls reprise their roles in this sequel to the HBO television series, which debuted in 1998 and the feature film that was releases in 2008. Directed by Michael Patrick King, the director of the previous film and also the writer, producer and director of the TV series, the movie should maintain the essence of the hit show. Flirting, fashion and fun are sure to be present in this next chapter in the lives of four friends living fabulously in New York City.

'Toy Story 3'

June 18 - When the original "Toy Story" was released in 1995, it was an instant classic that was a huge leap into digital animation. Fifteen years later, this third installment in the "Toy Story" franchise takes the toys into the unknown, a day care. While their former owner, Andy, leaves for college, the toys are abandoned and taken to a day care. This most recent "Toy Story" will undoubtedly be a wholesome and humorous addition to the franchise.

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'

June 30 - Unless you live under a rock, you are most likely to have some knowledge of Stephanie Meyer's book-series-turned teenage phenomenon, "Twilight." In this third installment in the film adaptations, vampires and wolves combine to fight off a crazed vampire, with a grudge and an army of newborn bloodsuckers. While that description may appeal to a male audience, the prevalent theme of the movie continues to be love, including the thickening of a Jacob-Bella-Edward love triangle. Chris Weitz brilliantly directed the second installment, "New Moon" and yet does not reprise his role as director of this one. That position belongs to David Slade, the director of 2007's "30 Days of Night."

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1'

Nov. 19 - The first part of the final "Harry Potter" book is converted into what is sure to be a major hit. Harry and friends take the final steps towerd defeating Lord Voldemort. The final book, by the same name, was split into two movies, to preserve the story line and probably to get a bit more revenue. Regardless, audiences will join Harry in quest to defeat The Dark Lord.