By KOLBY PAXTON
Fall has arrived, and as the September equinox passes and the leaves begin to drop, so will a slew of movies, video games, music albums and DVDs, providing an indoor escape well into the winter months.
For those in search of a scare, October is an opportune time to hit up a movie theater nearby. “Sinister,” in theaters Friday, Oct. 5, stars Ethan Hawke as a crime novelist who moves into a new home with his family, only to discover it’s haunted by a soul-consuming pagan deity.
Just in time for Halloween, the “Paranormal Activity” series returns with its fourth installment, Friday, Oct. 19. The latest repetition of the found-footage films will follow a similar path to bone chills as its predecessors, complete with franchise veteran Katie Featherston.
“My boyfriend refuses to watch the Paranormal films,” said Tahlequah resident Brittany Kiser. “Every year, around Halloween, we rent the latest one and plug it in. And every time, he ends up leaving the room, while I finish the movie alone.”
Elsewhere, the lineup is impressive, with equal parts anticipated titles and star-studded casts.
Clint Eastwood is back to conversing with actual human beings in “Trouble With the Curve,” starring alongside Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a young Bruce Willis in “Looper,” while Kevin James, along with Salma Hayek, headline the sports family comedy, “Here Comes the Boom.”
Also noteworthy, despite a lack of hype-induced momentum, is the Oct. 5 release of “The Paperboy,” starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Then there’s the Nov. 9 release of “Lincoln,” starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tommy Lee Jones.
A quintet of animated motion pictures that includes, “Finding Nemo (in 3D),” “Frankenweenie,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” will hit the silver screen before the end of the year, capped by “Rise of the Guardians,” a film that unites Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
On the other side of Thanksgiving, Brad Pitt stars in “Killing Them Softly.” Also set to debut are “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” and “Jack Reacher,” a Paramount thriller based on the mystery book series by Lee Child, starring Tom Cruise.
“If you’ve never read Lee Child, you’re really missing out,” said Muskogee resident Nick Lovelace. “They’re awesome. ‘One Shot,’ ‘Tripwire,’ and ‘61 Hours’ are my favorites. I really hope Paramount does a good job with this film. My guess is, with Cruise involved, they will.”
Finally, on Christmas Day, “Django Unchained,” the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino Western starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, will debut. Sharing the spotlight, “Les Miserables,” an adaptation of the musical, will feature an all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
Undoubtedly, though, the headliner of the season – at least, in the minds of many teenage girls who populate the box office – is the final installment of “The Twilight Saga” – “Breaking Dawn: Part Two,” starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
“I hate to admit it, but I am completely addicted to ‘Twilight’ at this point,” said NSU student Samantha Dawes. “I didn’t even really like the first part of ‘Breaking Dawn’ that much, but I am committed at this point. I will be there for part two.”
Green Country Cinema will show movies in three time slots during the week: 4, 7, and 9 p.m. During the weekend, the theater will open with show times at 2, 4, 7, and 9 p.m.
For those looking to add to the DVD collection, Reasor’s Video Manager Shane Perry has a few selections in mind.
“There’s so much coming out,” said Perry. “’Prometheus’ is coming out and its going to be one of the biggest ones. ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ is coming out right before Halloween. I watched it in theaters and it was awesome. They kept enough historical facts in there with the Gettysburg Address and all of the things he actually did. This is his skill on the side that he only uses when he needs to.”
“The Raven,” starring John Cusack, hits shelves in November. In it, Cusack plays Edgar Allen Poe, as he tries to catch a serial killer whom he has inspired with his stories.
“We just got ‘The Avengers’ last week, and we can’t keep it on the shelves,” said Perry. “It goes right back out as soon as we get it in. Everyone is going insane for anything that has superheroes in it. ‘Brave’ comes out Nov. 13. Most of those types of movies are geared toward boys and girls, but this is for everyone. I have adults who have come in and loved it, kind of like ‘Tangled’ a couple of years ago. It’s the same thing. It’s not specific to one sex or age group. It’s geared toward everyone.”
As seemingly every commercial break refuses to allow viewers to forget, “World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria,” leads the video game front, headlining a gamer’s utopia of releases that includes, “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II,” and “Far Cry 3.”
For those in need of a sports fix, “FIFA ‘13,” “NBA 2K13” and “NASCAR The Game: Inside Line” are headed for store shelves, too.
“I love FIFA,” said NSU student Casey Bell. “My friends and I have been playing it since the PS2 days. It’s probably safe to say that it is my favorite game, and I’ve never even played soccer before.”
The summer music lineup, what with album releases by Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz, Linkin Park and Usher, set the bar near the hard-to-reach shelf heading into the fall and winter months. Still, the cool season appears up to the task, with an impressive list of headliners in its own right.
During October, Ellie Goulding will kick-start the barrage with the anxiously awaited release of “Halcyon,” and The Script will drop its third studio album, appropriately titled, “#3.” Meanwhile, Jason Aldean attempts to follow up double-platinum sensation, “My Kinda Party,” with “Night Train,” and fellow-country mega-star Taylor Swift will release “Red.”
Aerosmith is back again, leading off November with, “Music From Another Dimension.” One Republic returns with an untitled album, and Alicia Keys releases “Girl On Fire.” A sneak peak of Keys’ album-titled track is featured in an oft-run Citi Private Pass commercial.
Ke$ha and Bruno Mars will each release albums in December, but the highlight of the holiday season will be a collection of Christmas albums led by Blake Shelton, Colbie Caillat and Cee-Lo Green.
“I expect that Cee-Lo’s album will be a little different than the Christmas albums we’re used to,” said NSU student Hailey Meek. “But I seriously cannot wait for Colbie Caillat’s. Her voice is perfect for Christmas carols.”
From scarecrows to Jingle Bells, residents of Cherokee County should have no trouble finding indoor entertainment as 2012 draws to a close.
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