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Fall 2006 Movie Preview: Action Flicks

August 15th, 2006 12:03pm EDT
Dead or Alive makes it to the big screenThe best-selling video game Dead or Alive has an interesting feature: you can stop the female characters’ breasts from bouncing if they are too distracting. On Sept. 8, legendary Hong Kong action director and choreographer Corey Yuen brings DOA: Dead or Alive to the big screen in a martial arts extravaganza. The female cast includes Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Jaime Pressly, and Holly Valance.

Gridiron Gang (Sept. 15) is an inspirational story about teenagers at a juvenile detention center who gain confidence by playing football. This real-life story has Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Xzibit in the roles of youth counselors.

Ashton Kutcher stars in The GuardianIn The Guardian (Sept. 15), Coast Guard rescue swimmer Ben Randall (Kevin Costner) winds up teaching for an elite training program after losing his crew in a fatal crash. He encounters a cocky swim champ (Ashton Kutcher), who is driven to be the best.

Martial arts fans are likely to take Jet Li’s Fearless (Sept. 22) much more seriously than "DOA: Dead or Alive." The action/adventure drama is based on the life of legendary martial artist Huo Yuanjia (1869-1910). In this life story, Jet Li plays Huo, the most prominent pugilist in turn of the 20th century China. After a long disappearance, Huo returns to reclaim his role as China's greatest warrior.

Flyboys (Sept. 29) centers on the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the United States entered World War I. These men became France's first fighter pilots. James Franco and Jean Reno star.

Paul Walker stars in Flags Of Our FathersBased on a book, Flags of Our Fathers (Oct. 20) centers on the six men who raised the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. The film stars Paul walker and Ryan Phillippe. Clint Eastwood directs.

In Killshot (Oct. 20), a married couple (Diane Lane and Thomas Jane) in the Federal Witness Protection program is targeted by an experienced hit man (Mickey Rourke) and a young upstart killer.

Finally, after all the buzz, Casino Royale hits theaters Nov. 17. The film is the 21st installment in the James Bond series and features Daniel Craig as the new superspy. In his maiden voyage, the new 007 is assigned the task of traveling to Madagascar to spy on a notorious terrorist. Bond boldly goes against M16 policy to launch an independent investigation in which he traverses the Bahamas in search of the notoriously elusive terror cell.