20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2013: Page 4 of 6

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10. Warm Bodies

Release Date: February 1
Director: Jonathan Levine
Screenwriter: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco and John Malkovich

Zombie-ism cured by obtaining true love?  Sounds like fodder for another mindless Stephenie Meyer novel, but in the steady hands of Jonathan Levine (50/50), the relationship that blooms between teenage zombie R (Nicholas Hoult of X-Men: First Class, U.K. Skins) and human survivor Julie (Teresa Palmer) looks to play more like Romeo & Juliet than Edward & Bella.  R saves his darling from a pack of cannibals and slowly begins regaining his ability to speak.  Unfortunately, Julie's father, a military / loose cannon type played with tenacity by John Malkovich, looks to eradicate the undead army before their love can vanquish the sickness.  Although Warm Bodies carries a PG-13 and takes liberties with zombie mythology, it's undoubtedly a new spin on a rotten old genre.


9. John Dies At the End

Release Date: January 25
Director: Don Coscarelli
Screenwriter: Don Coscarelli
Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones, Angus Scrimm and Paul Giamatti

From 1979 to 1998, director Don Coscarelli released four installments of his cult favorite Phantasm series, creating one of the most thoroughly enjoyable horror franchises ever dreamt onto the big screen.  Coscarelli looks to recapture that goofy yet creepy atmosphere once more with John Dies At the End, a supernatural horror comedy based on David Wong's novel of the same name.  A hit with fans and critics alike at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the movie follows slackers Dave (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes) as they trip out on a new street drug known as "soy sauce," allowing them to see into dimensions of being beyond our own plane of existence.  Darkness soon comes for the bums and it's up to them to put their ghastly tormentors to rest.


8. Movie 43

Release Date: January 25
Directors: Elizabeth Banks, Steve Carr, Peter Farrelly, James Gunn, Brett Ratner & more
Screenwriters: Jacob Fleisher, Will Graham, James Gunn, Bill O’Malley, Rocky Russo & more
Starring: Emma Stone, Jason Sudeikis, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gerard Butler and Kate Winslet

11 directors.  15 writers.  12 separate story lines.  All of the actors above, as well as Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Leslie Bibb, Kate Bosworth, Kieran Culkin, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Hugh Jackman, Johnny Knoxville, Justin Long, Aasif Mandvi, Jack McBrayer, Chris Pratt, Liev Schreiber, Sean William Scott, Tony Shalhoub, Uma Thurman, Naomi Watts... breath... and we're back.  With one of the biggest all-star casts ever gathered, Movie 43 promises to break the bounds of good taste, this fast-paced comedic experiment filmed over a four-year period in order to allow each member of its massive roster to shine.  Movie 43 could end up being a train wreck, but it'll be a train wreck that you just can't look away from.


7. This Is the End

Release Date: June 14
Directors: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Screenwriters: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride

Mankind took a collective deep breath as December 21, 2012 came and went without much consequence.  Now that we've evaded the Mayan apocalypse, we can focus on the next earth-shattering catastrophe; whether it be Yellowstone finally popping or next winter's "Comet Of the Century," the end will indeed come one day.  And what better way to spend one's final moments than doing bong hits with Hollywood's most prevalent stoners, Seth Rogen and his merry band of troublemakers?  Based on the short Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse, This Is the End follows Rogen and Co. as fictional versions of themselves clinging to life as the world begins to crumble around them.  Look for cameos by Jason Segel, Emma Watson and Michael Cera.

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6. Anchorman: The Legend Continues

Release Date: December 20
Director: Adam McKay
Screenwriters: Will Ferrell & Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Fred Willard and Steve Carrell

We've been waiting for this sequel for almost 10 years, and in no way is that depressing.  At last, Anchorman: The Legend Continues has an official release date right in time for the 2013 Christmas season.  The much talked-about follow-up to the 2004 instant classic will see the return of Ron (Will Ferrell) and his Channel 4 news team -- Champ Kind (David Koechner), sports; Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell), weather; and the reporter in the field, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) -- along with the sultry Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate).  No plot details have been publicly released by director Adam McKay and producer Judd Apatow, but who cares when you have many leather-bound books and your apartment smells of rich mahogany... that's stupid...


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