Autumn Tale

What Movies Look Like This Fall

Will Smith in <i>Ali</i>
Will Smith in Ali

Yeah, But Can You Dance to It?

Pop stars in film: They can sing, but can they act? It might not matter as long as the soundtrack rocks. First up, Mariah Carey stars in Glitter (her first feature film) as an R&B singer who shoots to stardom during the 1980s club scene with the aid of a powerful DJ (Max Beesley). Though not intended to be autobiographical, the parallels to Carey's career are obvious, minus the health problems that have kept Carey missing in action to promote the movie. Vondie Curtis Hall directs. (Sept. 21)... Swap club scene for suds and high-octane hijinks in The Wash. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg star as an odd couple working at a mob-owned car wash managed by George Wallace (the comedian). Eminem cameos in this comedy directed by DJ Pooh (3 Strikes). (Oct. 3)... Eric Bross (Stranger Than Fiction) directs boy band heartthrobs Lance Bass and Joey Fatone of 'N Sync, 'N a movie set 'N Chicago, On the Line. Bass plays a Windy City date-deprived guy who hunts down a woman (Emmanuelle Chriqui) he met on the L. Bandmate Fatone assists in the hunt with no doubt comical results. (Oct. 19)... Will Smith (The Legend of Bagger Vance) doesn't sing, but dances like a butterfly and stings like a bee in the big-budget biopic Ali. Industry buzz says Smith's knockout performance as a young Muhammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) may be Oscar-worthy. Jon Voight co-stars as Ali's verbal sparring partner, Howard Cosell. Michael Mann directs. (Dec. 7)

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