2006 should be mercifully free of Dukes of Hazzard: Reloaded (though consider yourself warned: Saw 3 looms on the horizon). But there will be TV remakes, as well as more men in tights, sequels galore and the long-awaited return of James Bond -- who seems to be hitting the peroxide bottle. So get your calendars out and read on to find out what will be holding your attention during the next 12 months.
Expect the My Chemical Romance fan in your life to be enamored with the deepening vampires vs. werewolves mythology in this sequel to the surprise 2003 hit. We just want to see hump-some vampires Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman get it on amid the flying garlic and silver bullets.
Release date: January 20
Global warming anyone? The original Ice Age became an unexpected blockbuster thanks to its winning computer animation and clever look at prehistory. Now the original trio of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary are back to confront life after the big thaw hits.
Release date: March 31
Using the same animation technique seen in those freaky Charles Schwab ads, director Richard Linklater bounces back from Bad News Bears with this Philip K. Dick sci-fi puzzler. Keanu Reeves (dude!) is an addicted cop investigating his f*cked-up self. Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson provide empathy.
Release date: March 31
Are we ready to relive 9/11 for the $10.75 cost of a ticket? The answer is in this retelling of the "let's roll" passengers who turned the tables on their hijackers by showing them the quickest route to Allah. As with his brilliant docudrama Bloody Sunday, director Paul Greengrass milks the tragic tension for all its worth.
Release date: April 28
Big stars, glitzy locales, ventilation shafts, icy chemistry, sh*t blowing up. Tom Cruise is back for another installment of the reliable theatre-rocking franchise. Now all he has to do is save the world (again) and try to prevent Capote's Philip Seymour Hoffman from stealing the movie from under him.
Release date: May 5
It's like Titanic, except ... Well, actually, this disaster movie about a swamped ocean liner is a lot like Titanic. Wolfgang Petersen's remake may be able to supersize the biggest movie all time, but can it make us forget Shelley Winters holding her breath in the campy 1972 original?
Release date: May 12
Westminster Abbey wouldn't let Ron Howard film there. A nun spent 12 hours praying for the souls of everyone involved. Get ready for the most controversial movie since The Last Temptation of Christ, as director Howard and star Tom Hanks unravel the mystery of that body in the Louvre and the Mona Lisa smile.
Release date: May 19
Fans recoiled at the news that fauxteur Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 ...) was helming the next chapter of the mutant saga. Then they saw the trailer and breathed a sigh of relief. Professor X's misfit crew faces off against the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, with Kelsey Grammer a new addition as The Beast.
Release date: May 26
Certain pitches are no brainers -- you just know Jack Black teaching kids how to play rock music will be a scream. This is why we're pretty certain Jack Black moonlighting as a masked Mexican wrestler in order to save an orphanage is going to be pretty damn hilarious as well.
Release date: June 2
Pixar follows The Incredibles with a new film from Toy Story creator John Lasseter. This time grown-up toys take center stage -- with a flashy stock car (voiced by Owen Wilson) discovering what really makes a motor run when he goes off the roadmap. Expect plenty of gags only your mechanic will understand.
Release date: June 9
Lauren Weisberger's debut novel became a runaway success with its indelible portrait of a fashion editrix loosely based on Vogue's Anna Wintour. It's a part that should give grand dame Meryl Streep plenty to chew on. Anne Hathaway cowers as the hapless assistant taking notes in-between the tantrums.
Release date: June 30
With over a thousand effects shots (that's at least 200 more than King Kong), you'll believe a man can fly again, as Brandon Routh steps into the tights made famous by Christopher Reeve to foil Lex Luthor's schemes. Director Bryan Singer hypes the messianic parallels. Are we ready for Passion of the Man of Steel?
Release date: June 30
Ahoy mates, Johnny Depp returns as Jack Sparrow -- arrgh. Of course he's up to his pierced earlobes in trouble, gallivanting through the islands and cracking wise with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Grab your bandanna and get ready for the salty swashbuckler's sequel.
Release date: July 7
"MTV cops," uttered a TV executive, and a phenomenon was born that resulted in albums from both Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. Now Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx are the cool dudes slipping into their penny loafers and busting drug dealers in the city that's been art directed to death.
Release date: July 28
The Irish mafia has a mole buried deep within the Boston police department. But the cops have their own man inside the mob. Director Martin Scorsese douses Beantown in testosterone as each (Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio) are assigned to sniff the other out, while crime boss Jack Nicholson lords it over all.
Release date: August 2006
America's most iconoclastic filmmaker is taking on the day the Twin Towers fell. Stone's version, filmed on a massive recreation of the WTC ruin, focuses on the two cops (Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena) who were the last to be pulled from the wreckage. Don't be surprised to find out Nixon was involved.
Release date: Autumn 2006
Beavis & Butthead mastermind Mike Judge's sole live action endeavor Office Space has become a cult sensation. So expectations are running high for this sci-fi spin, where Luke Wilson wakes up from a millennium of hibernation to discover the entire planet has been "dumbed-down."
Release date: October 2006
If all you knew is that she told her subjects to enjoy a slice of cake, then Lost in Translation creator Sofia Coppola's latest experiment should be a revelation. Kirsten Dunst plays the much-maligned queen as a naïf bewildered by the bitchy intrigues of Versailles.
Release date: October 13
They've already made one big mistake: James Bond wouldn't be caught dead playing something as gauche as Texas Hold 'Em. Blonde Daniel Craig makes a bow as the Aryan Bond, while the filmmakers try to get back to the Ian Fleming roots of the character. Just no scenes of Bond surfing again, please.
Release date: November 17
Imagine a barnyard populated by Julia Roberts, Steve Buscemi, Oprah Winfrey, and Andre 3000. They're among the stars providing the voices in E.B. White's irresistible tale of a girl (Dakota Fanning) and one helluva pig. Fans of the 1973 animated version will know to have their hankies ready for the final reel.
Release date: Dec. 20