After a blizzard of terrible movies in January and February, Hollywood's starting to crank out some better films. Here's our look at the week ahead in entertainment.
"I am the Lorax, I speak for the trees." Yes, "The Lorax," Dr. Seuss's famed fable about protecting nature is coming to the big screen, and Fox's Lou Dobbs is already mad about it. Danny DeVito voices the crabby little creature, and Zac Efron and Taylor Swift also voice characters. Efron made a blunder at the movie's premiere when he dropped a condom onto the red carpet. We're betting Lou Dobbs isn't too happy about that, either. But the movie looks fun and colorful, and yes, it's in 3-D, for better or worse. (Opens March 2.)
"Project X" looks a little like "The Hangover" for teens. (Todd Phillips directed "Hangover" and produces "Project X.") It's about three high-school seniors who throw a wild house party that gets completely out of hand, as in ... the trailer shows their whole street apparently on fire, Dad's car ending up in the pool and a dwarf climbing out of the oven. It stars a cast of newcomers who were chosen through a nationwide talent search. (Opens March 2.)
"America's Next Top Model" will have a British accent this season. Despite the show's title, it will mix wannabe models from Britain with the usual slate of Yanks for a culture clash in couture. "Those Brits better watch their backs," snipes one contestant in the preview. Hey, Britain, we kicked you out once, and we can do it again. (Feb. 29, 9 p.m., The CW.)
In a world of Kardashians and "Jersey Shore" guidos and guidettes, there's a part of us that's still fascinated with those who resist the crazy spin of the world and keep things simple. We're forever intrigued by "The Amish," and PBS's "American Experience" has produced a two-hour movie about the insular religious community and its lifestyle. The executive producer notes that it took more than six months of trust-building before the Amish allowed the cameras into their homes and businesses, and the Amish themselves are still not seen on camera except from a distance. (Feb. 28, 8 p.m., PBS.)
Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated "Hugo"is a love letter to the early history of film, but even if the oldest film you know is "Star Wars," you might appreciate its dazzling story. Young Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz wander through a Parisian train station unwinding a secret left to young Hugo by his late father, and meeting up with a legend in cinematic history. (Feb. 28)
Parents of little girls, you've got your next birthday present. "My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The Friendship Express" will be as addictive as Pixy Stix for the pony-lover in your life. It includes five episodes of the animated show, plus several bonus features. We don't need to mention that this show has a large contingent of adult male fans, dubbed "Bronies," do we? It's certain they already know about this DVD. (Feb. 28)