2013 Preview: Upcoming movie trends of the new year
(Photos: Paramount Pictures/Summit Entertainment/Marvel Studios)
Geriatric men and young ladies prove their mettle, the undead romance the living, and the end of the world unfolds — at least four times. There aren't too many twists to 2013's big-screen trends, although there will definitely be many titles worth watching. Amidst the dramas — and comedies and end-of-days thrillers — Hollywood will be seeking a successor (or three) to the "Twilight" franchise and pushing out some long-gestating films (lessons from "John Carter" and "Battleship" learned?). Start planning for date night with these movies.
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'Warm Bodies,' 'Beautiful Creatures' (Photo: Summit Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures)
The New Twilights
Ah youth — or more importantly young adult. Now that the "Twilight" franchise has been sucked dry of its box-office life blood and "The Hunger Games" series is well underway, producers are voraciously scanning for the next big young-adult attraction. They've found at least three for 2013: "Warm Bodies" (Feb. 1) "Beautiful Creatures" (Feb. 15), and "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (Aug. 23), respectively, boy zombie meets girl, wizard girl meets boy, and angel warrior comes of age to rescue kidnapped mom. The Guardian places its cynical bets on Cassandra Clare's "Mortal" series, Moviefone thinks South Carolina goth will play better than "Twilight," and Entertainment Weekly appreciates the sight gags already evident in the undead-teen romantic comedy. And you can't count out "The Host" (March 29), which has a young woman whose mind gets invaded by an alien presence. That's based on the book by none other than Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the "Twilight" series.
Stallone in 'Bullet to the Head,' Schwarzenegger in 'The Last Stand' (Photo: Warner Bros./Lionsgate)
Old Guys in Action