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Posted at 1:19 PM ET, 01/ 3/2006

No Looking Back

By Jen Chaney

Happy new year, everyone. With the holidays behind us and an infinite number of bleak winter days ahead, it's easy to get depressed at this time of year, as this story makes clear.

But before you decide to hibernate for the next four months, we Gurus would like to remind you of all the great things happening in the coming months. Since we spent last week looking back at 2005, we're spending this one looking ahead to the 2006 events that most excite us.

Let's start with movies. Of course, there are the obvious blockbusters already being hyped -- your "Supermans" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels. But here are six other films that that I'm most eager to see in '06.

  • "Dave Chappelle's Block Party": It's a celebration ... for real! "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's" Michel Gondry directs this documentary about a Chappelle-hosted throwdown in Brooklyn. Kanye West, Jill Scott and others perform in this mix of music and comedy, slated for release March 3.
  • "American Dreamz": The trailer for this cultural satire -- which opens in April and takes pot shots at President Bush and "American Idol," among other things -- looks promising. The fact that it's directed by Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") makes it look even more promising.
  • "The Lady in the Water": M. Night Shyamalan didn't exactly win me over with "The Village." But I'm willing to give the "Sixth Sense" man one more chance with "Water," a so-called bedtime story starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard and the always sublime Jeffrey Wright. It's scheduled to arrive in theaters July 21.
  • "Miami Vice": The umpteenth attempt to bring an '80s TV show to the big screen might actually get it right. Why? Because instead of going for aren't-pastels-funny? campiness, the movie -- at least based on the trailer -- actually makes a serious attempt to update the stylishness of Crockett and Tubbs. The fact that the show's creator, Michael Mann, is directing also can't hurt. Coming this summer.
  • "The Departed": Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Matt Damon in a cops-and-criminals drama. Not surprisingly, this is set for a late '06 (just in time for Oscar consideration!) release.
  • "Fast Food Nation": The fact that Avril Lavigne is making her movie debut in an adaptation of Eric Schlosser's best-seller hasn't diminished my curiosity about the film, which also stars Catalina Sandino Moreno of "Maria Full of Grace." Richard Linklater, one of my favorites, directs from a screenplay he cowrote with Schlosser; so far, there's no official release date. But just thinking about this movie's potential may help kickstart your New Year's resolution to eat better.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | January 3, 2006; 1:19 PM ET
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Colin Farrell as Crockett? Come on, if you can get academy award winner Jamie Foxx as Tubbs, why not aim big and try to get Russell Crowe as Crockett.

Granted, Crowe may not have been available, but Farrell is too young to play Crockett.

Posted by: Calderone | January 3, 2006 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Jen, you made my day with the Dave Chappelle Block Party info... My husband and I were part of the lucky few that actually got into the show, and it was so incredible. We've been waiting for this DVD for a year!

Posted by: sixy | January 10, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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