A star-filled weekend opens with a romantic comedy adventure and a sci-fi action thriller as top draws, March 19, while a popular kid's book and pop/rock biopic offer alternative fare at the US box office.
Jude Law stars in this sci-fi thriller about a man who repossesses artiforgs (expensive mechanical organs) from people who can't pay for them. When he suffers a heart attack, he receives one but is hunted by The Union, the company that produces them. Also features Forest Whitaker, Liev Schreiber and Alice Braga. A website (http://www.theunioncares.com), shows their wares. Hits Russia and the UK in April and Europe over the summer.
The Bounty Hunter
Gerard Butler ( RocknRolla, 300) stars as a bounty hunter hired to hunt down and capture his ex-wife, a journalist played by Jennifer Aniston, who is wanted by the law - and the lawless. Directed by Andy Tennant ( Hitch with Will Smith). http://www.thepursuitbegins.com/
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Adapted from the best-selling illustrated novel by Jeff Kinney, this family comedy depicts the adventures of a wise-cracking schoolboy and his "moronic" schoolmates. The first in the book series, drawn with simple stick figures, sold 24 million copies. The film is shot in live action with actors. Heads to the Pacific Rim in April.
Twilight's Kristen Stewart plays rocker Joan Jett with Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, members of the 1970s teen all-girl rock act, The Runaways. Based on Currie's recently updated memoir Neon Angel, the film chronicles the band's brief meteoric rise and collapse. It is directed and written by Floria Sigismondi, music video director for David Bowie, Marilyn Manson, and Christina Aguilera. Michael Shannon ( Revolutionary Road) portrays the band's manager, rock impresario Kim Fowley.