Highlights of Hollywood's fall and holiday schedule

Highlights of the fall film slate (release dates are subject to change, and some films will play in limited release):

Late August-September:

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: Beatles tunes are the backdrop for a musical romance between young lovers (Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess). Julie Taymor directs.

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD: Brad Pitt is the Old West outlaw, with Casey Affleck the man who'll eventually gun him down.

BALLS OF FURY: The world of extreme pingpong is the setting for an action comedy featuring Christopher Walken and George Lopez.

THE BRAVE ONE: A woman (Jodie Foster) goes on a vigilante rampage after her boyfriend is killed in an attack. Neil Jordan directs, Terrence Howard co-stars.

THE BROTHERS SOLOMON: Socially bumbling siblings (Will Arnett and Will Forte) try to fulfill their dying father's wish to have a grandchild.

THE DARJEELING LIMITED: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman star as brothers stranded on a spiritual journey across India.

DECEMBER BOYS: Daniel Radcliffe sets aside his Harry Potter persona in a drama of four orphaned teens on a summer seaside trip in 1960s Australia.

EASTERN PROMISES: A Russian mob driver (Viggo Mortensen) meets a midwife (Naomi Watts) seeking the truth about an orphaned newborn. David Cronenberg directs.

FEAST OF LOVE: Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear and Radha Mitchell lead the cast in director Robert Benton's ensemble romance.

FIERCE PEOPLE: A drug addict (Diane Lane) tries to repair life with her teenage son. With Donald Sutherland.

THE GAME PLAN: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a football quarterback suddenly forced to care for a young daughter he never knew he had.

GOOD LUCK CHUCK: A cursed dentist (Dane Cook) learns that women find true love with the next man they date after him. Jessica Alba co-stars.

GREAT WORLD OF SOUND: Two talent scouts for a small record label gradually learn it's a con game preying on singers' dreams of stardom.

HALLOWEEN: Rob Zombie retells the story of John Carpenter's serial killer Michael Myers. With Malcolm McDowell.

THE HUNTING PARTY: A ruined TV journalist (Richard Gere) leads a former colleague (Terrence Howard) on the trail of a Bosnian war criminal.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON: Apollo astronauts share recollections in a documentary about the NASA moon landings.

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH: Parents seek their missing son, who has just come home from Iraq. With Tommy Lee Jones, Susan Sarandon and Charlize Theron. Paul Haggis directs.

INTO THE WILD: Sean Penn directs a story about a young man (Emile Hirsch) who leaves behind his life for the Alaska wilderness.

IRA & ABBY: A mismatched couple (Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Messina) takes a stab at romance. With Jason Alexander, Frances Conroy and Fred Willard.

I WANT SOMEONE TO EAT CHEESE WITH: Jeff Garlin directs and stars with Sarah Silverman in a romantic comedy about a comedian still living with his mother.

THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB: Six modern people's lives parallel Austen's classic tales. With Maria Bello, Jimmy Smits and Amy Brenneman.

THE KINGDOM: Jamie Foxx is a fed tracking a friend's killer in Saudi Arabia. With Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper.

KING OF CALIFORNIA: A precocious teen (Evan Rachel Wood) aids her loopy dad (Michael Douglas) in a search for buried treasure.

LUST, CAUTION: Director Ang Lee follows "Brokeback Mountain" with a World War II spy thriller set in Shanghai.

MR. WOODCOCK: A man (Seann William Scott) learns his mother (Susan Sarandon) has fallen for his tyrannical high school gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton).

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION: Milla Jovovich fights zombies in the third flick based on the video game.

ROMANCE & CIGARETTES: John Turturro directs and co-stars in a working-class musical fantasy. With James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet.

SHOOT 'EM UP: A loner (Clive Owen) races to protect an infant from a criminal (Paul Giamatti).

SILK: A merchant has a forbidden affair with a woman in 19th century Japan. With Keira Knightley and Michael Pitt.

SYDNEY WHITE: A college freshman (Amanda Bynes) leads a bunch of frat-house dorks in a fight against campus snobs.

3:10 TO YUMA: Russell Crowe and Christian Bale star in a Western about a captured outlaw whose gang aims to free him.

TRADE: A Texas cop (Kevin Kline) joins a Mexican teen to pursue the youth's sister, who has been abducted by sex traffickers.


BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD: Brothers (Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke) plot a robbery. With Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei.

THE COMEBACKS: A loser coach who gathers misfits for a college football team.

CONTROL: Sam Riley and Samantha Morton star in the dark story of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis.

DARFUR NOW: Don Cheadle narrates a documentary examining genocide in Sudan.

DAN IN REAL LIFE: A widower (Steve Carell) falls for the girlfriend (Juliette Binoche) of his brother (Dane Cook).

ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE: Cate Blanchett reteams with co-star Geoffrey Rush and director Shekhar Kapur for more in the saga of Queen Elizabeth I.

FEEL THE NOISE: A Harlem rapper (Omarion Grandberry) finds a new beat in Reggaeton, a mix of hip-hop, reggae and Latin sounds.

FINISHING THE GAME: The hunt is on in a comic tale about the search for the new Bruce Lee to complete the martial-arts hero's unfinished film.

FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO: A documentary examines how the Christian faithful deal with having a gay member in the family.

FUNNY GAMES: Two men take a family hostage in director Michael Haneke's English-language remake of his 1997 thriller. With Naomi Watts and Tim Roth.

GONE BABY GONE: Ben Affleck directs brother Casey Affleck in the tale of private eyes searching for an abducted girl.

THE GOOD NIGHT: A musician in a failing relationship meets the perfect woman - in his dreams. With Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz and Martin Freeman.

GRACE IS GONE: A father (John Cusack) takes his daughters on a road trip to postpone telling them their mother has been killed in Iraq.

THE HEARTBREAK KID: Ben Stiller rejoins the Farrelly brothers in the tale of a new hubby who meets his soul mate on his honeymoon.

HITMAN: Timothy Olyphant stars in a video-game adaptation about a genetically engineered assassin.

LAKE OF FIRE: A documentary examines the history and continuing conflicts of the abortion debate.

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL: A shy man (Ryan Gosling) finally meets the woman of his dreams - a life-size doll.

MARTIAN CHILD: A widowed sci-fi writer (John Cusack) adopts a boy claiming to come from Mars. With Amanda Peet and Joan Cusack.

MICHAEL CLAYTON: George Clooney is an attorney handling dirty work for a corporate firm embroiled in a major class-action suit.

MUSIC WITHIN: A soldier (Ron Livingston) who loses his hearing in Vietnam becomes an activist for the disabled.

RAILS & TIES: Tragedy brings together a train conductor, his ailing wife and an orphaned boy. With Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden.

RENDITION: A woman (Reese Witherspoon) races to find her Egyptian-born husband after he disappears on a flight to Washington. With Jake Gyllenhaal and Meryl Streep.

RESERVATION ROAD: A grieving father (Joaquin Phoenix) tracks the hit-and-run driver (Mark Ruffalo) who killed his son. With Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.

RUN, FAT BOY, RUN: A man (Simon Pegg) enters a marathon to help win back the fiance he abandoned. David Schwimmer directs.

THE SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING: A fantasy tale follows the exploits of a time-traveling warrior battling the forces of darkness.

SAW IV: The horror franchise is resurrected with another tale of killer Jigsaw's grisly plots.

SLEUTH: Michael Caine remakes his 1972 romp, playing a writer in a contest of mind games with his wife's lover (Jude Law). Kenneth Branagh directs.

SLIPSTREAM: Anthony Hopkins directs and stars in a surreal tale of a screenwriter whose characters manifest themselves in his real life.

THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE: A widow (Halle Berry) finds solace in one of her husband's friends (Benicio Del Toro). David Duchovny co-stars.

TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED: Perry adapts his stage play about infidelity among married friends. Janet Jackson co-stars.

30 DAYS OF NIGHT: An Alaska sheriff (Josh Hartnett) fights vampires who show up to feed during the monthlong night.

WEIRDSVILLE: Drug abusers end up on the run from a dealer and a satanic cult. With Wes Bentley, Scott Speedman and Taryn Manning.

WE OWN THE NIGHT: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Robert Duvall star in a crime thriller set against New York's 1980s drug trade.

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY: People who've killed themselves find hope in an afterlife of dreary jobs. With Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon and Tom Waits.


AMERICAN GANGSTER: Denzel Washington's a Harlem drug lord and Russell Crowe's a cop out to take him down. Ridley Scott directs.

AUGUST RUSH: An orphaned musical prodigy (Freddie Highmore) tries to track down his parents. With Robin Williams.

BEE MOVIE: Jerry Seinfeld co-writes and leads the voice cast in the animated tale of a bee who sues humanity for stealing honey. With Renee Zellweger.

BEOWULF: Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone star in the Norse legend of the warrior who battles Grendel and his mother. Robert Zemeckis directs.

CASSANDRA'S DREAM: Woody Allen's latest features Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell as brothers at odds in London.

CROSSING OVER: An immigrant drama in Los Angeles features an ensemble including Harrison Ford, Sean Penn and Ashley Judd.

ENCHANTED: A fairy-tale princess (Amy Adams) is banished by a wicked queen (Susan Sarandon) from her magical realm to modern Manhattan.

FLAWLESS: Demi Moore and Michael Caine star in a thriller about a diamond company exec and a janitor who team for a jewel heist.

FRED CLAUS: Vince Vaughn is Santa's jailbird brother, who's bailed out by St. Nick (Paul Giamatti) and forced to work off his debt at the North Pole.

I'M NOT THERE: A Bob Dylan portrait features six actors, among them Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett and Heath Ledger, taking on his persona at various stages of his life.

THE KITE RUNNER: Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland") directs a drama set against turbulence in Afghanistan.

LIONS FOR LAMBS: Robert Redford directs himself, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in a drama that plays out against the war on terrorism.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA: Lovers wait half a century to reunite in the adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel.

MARGOT AT THE WEDDING: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black and John Turturro star in a comic drama about family nuptials.

MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM: Dustin Hoffman plays the mysterious proprietor of a magic toy shop. With Natalie Portman.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN: The Coen brothers' latest stars Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin in a Texas crime drama.

PATHOLOGY: An elite team of medical interns engage in a twisted game to see who can conceive of the perfect murder.

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING: A reclusive novelist (Frank Langella) lets a young admirer (Lauren Ambrose) into his life. With Lili Taylor.

STEPHEN KING'S THE MIST: Director Frank Darabont's third King adaptation centers on small-town survivors battling creatures that emerge from a mysterious mist.

THIS CHRISTMAS: Delroy Lindo, Regina King and Mekhi Phifer are among the cast in a family-reunion holiday tale.

THOMAS KINKADE'S THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE: The work of painter Thomas Kinkade is the basis for the story of a town rallying to save a family's home.

WAR/DANCE: Three children living amid strife in Uganda find hope at a music and dance festival.


ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: A combination of live action and computer animation bring the cartoon critters to life. With Jason Lee.

ATONEMENT: Lives are shattered after a teen falsely accuses her sister's lover of a crime. With Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

ALIENS VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM: Sci-fi beasties square off again in a sequel to "Alien Vs. Predator."

THE BUCKET LIST: A billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a mechanic (Morgan Freeman), both dying, take a road trip. Directed by Rob Reiner.

CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman plot American strategy against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Mike Nichols directs.

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY: A paralyzing stroke leaves the editor (Mathieu Amalric) of French Elle struggling to write a memoir of his affliction.

THE GOLDEN COMPASS: Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig are featured in a fantasy about a girl trying to save her friend in an alternate reality.

THE GREAT DEBATERS: Denzel Washington directs and stars as a coach who forges a champion debate team at a Southern black college. With Forest Whitaker.

HONEYDRIPPER: An Alabama man tries to save his juke joint by hiring a star electric guitar player. Danny Glover stars, John Sayles directs.

I AM LEGEND: The remake of "The Omega Man" stars Will Smith as a human survivor of a plague that has turned people into ravenous night creatures.

JUNO: A pregnant teen (Ellen Page) goes on a quest to find the ideal couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman) to adopt her baby.

LEATHERHEADS: George Clooney directs and stars with Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski in a love triangle set in the world of 1920s football.

NANKING: A documentary chronicles efforts by Westerners to shield the locals from the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in World War II.

NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS: Nicolas Cage returns as the treasure hunter, out to prove an ancestor's innocence in Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

THE ORPHANAGE: A woman's plan to reopen an orphanage takes dark twists after her son takes up with an "invisible friend" living there.

PERSEPOLIS: An Iranian girl comes of age during the Islamic revolution. With Catherine Deneuve.

P.S. I LOVE YOU: Hilary Swank stars in a drama about a widow whose husband left behind tasks to help her get over her grief.

REDACTED: Tragedy follows amid the persecution of an Iraqi girl and her family by U.S. troops. Brian De Palma directs.

THE SAVAGES: Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney are siblings forced to care for their ailing estranged father.

SWEENEY TODD: Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter star in Tim Burton's adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical about a murderous barber.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD: Daniel Day-Lewis leads the cast in a drama set in the early days of California's oil boom.

THE WALKER: Woody Harrelson is a Washington socialite who must clear his name of scandal. With Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe and Lauren Bacall.

WALK HARD: THE DEWEY COX STORY: John C. Reilly is the king of womanizing, hedonistic rock 'n rollers.

THE WATER HORSE: LEGEND OF THE DEEP: A boy who finds an enchanted egg is hurtled into a fantastical adventure. With Emily Watson.

YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH: Francis Ford Coppola directs Tim Roth as a professor-turned-fugitive as World war II approaches.