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Movie Preview Thursday...on Friday: Evan Almighty, You Kill Me + More

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Get this, there's another sequel coming out today. You're surprised, I know, I was too. Alas, in a summer of recycled story lines, the comedy genre takes center stage today with "Evan Almighty. With "The Office" on hiatus, I'm itching for some Steve Carell. He arrives, riding an ark, in time for your weekend.

Evan Almighty - It's the most expensive comedy ever (there are reports that Universal has been recruiting churches to try and boost their opening box office numbers to recoup some of the cost) and it all revolves around a spin-off character from the original "Bruce Almighty" with Jim Carey. I LOVE Steve Carell, "The Office" is one of the funniest shows on TV and his scene stealing in "Anchorman" is the stuff of legend, but I can't help but think this is just a payday for him. Regardless, Carell's character, Evan, is recruited by God (Morgan Freeman) to build an ark (just like Noah). Apparently, the beard and petting zoo come as part of the package. I hope this is good, really I do, but I can see it going horribly wrong. Normally, at least one mega-sequel crashes and burns each summer, and we haven't really had one yet. Could "Evan Almighty" be the one?

1408 - He's come a long way from "Say Anything" and now John Cusack is trying his hand at a Steven King adaptation. Cusack plays a reporter investigating a mysterious room which hotel manager Samuel L. Jackson (He's a bad mother...I'm just talkin' about Sam) claims is haunted and dangerous. Of course, Cusack spends the night anyway, enraging whatever demon/ghost/evil thing lives there. I don't know much more about this and I like it that way. Its been a while since I've had a good scare and I'm looking for "1408" to come through for me.

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