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This fall, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and DreamWorks Animation are releasing five new films. These films are jam-packed with stars, such as Ben Stiller, Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro, Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The films cover many genres, including romantic-comedy, drama, comedy and adventure.

The first film is a romantic comedy The Heartbreak Kid (DreamWorks Pictures, 2007), which opens Oct. 5 and stars Ben Stiller. This film tells the story of Eddie (Stiller) who has a problem with commitment, yet fears he will end up alone. Eddie begins dating Lila (Malin Akerman), who he thinks is his last chance at love and happiness. With pressure from his dad (Jerry Stiller) and best friend (Rob Corddry), he takes the plunge and marries Lila.

While traveling to Mexico for their honeymoon, Lila begins to show her true colors, and Eddie questions his decision to marry her. In Mexico, Eddie meets a beautiful woman named Miranda (Michelle Monaghan), whom Eddie thinks may have been his soul mate. Eddie must choose whether he wants to be with Lila, despite her problems with her, or Miranda, the woman of his dreams.

Things We Lost in the Fire (DreamWorks Pictures, 2007) opens Oct. 26 and stars Halle Berry, Benicio Del Toro and David Duchovny. This drama is about two people brought together by fate. Academy Award winner Halle Berry plays Audrey Burke, a widow who lost her husband very suddenly. She turns to her late husband’s life-long friend, Jerry Sunborne (Del Toro) who is on a serious downward spiral. Together, the two of them work together to deal with their loss.

Bee Movie (DreamWorks Animation, 2007) opens Nov. 2, and its cast includes Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman and Chris Rock. The movie is about a bee, Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), a recent college graduate who wants to explore life before he begins work in New Hive City making honey like everyone else in the town. He decides to travel outside of the hive and comes upon a very strange world. Barry meets quirky florist Vanessa (Zellweger) and breaks the cardinal rule of bees by talking to her. From their conversations, he is shocked to discover how honey is produced only to be sold on grocery store shelves, and realizes his true calling-stopping this injustice and suing the human race.

Beowulf (Paramount Pictures, 2007) opens Nov. 16 and stars Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn and Angelina Jolie. This film tells the story of Beowulf from the much beloved British work of literature. Beowulf is an ancient English warrior who, on a quest, puts his faith in the hands of a higher power. He faces many obstacles along the way, including facing the corrupt King Hrothgar (Hopkins).

The last film is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (DreamWorks Pictures, 2007), and it opens Dec. 21 and stars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Depp plays Sweeney Todd, who was unjustly sent to prison. He takes a vow of revenge against those who sent him to jail (which resulted in consequences affecting his wife and daughter). Todd then opens a barbershop where he becomes the demon barber of Fleet Street. All those who seek his barbershop skills mysteriously vanish, never to be heard from again. Todd’s partner in crime is Mrs. Lovett (Carter), who makes diabolical meat pies. Together, the two form an unstoppable reign of terror.