Coyote Ugly

  • Directors: David McNally
  • Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Chad Oman
  • Writers: Gina Wendkos
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, Maria Bello, Tyra Banks, Izabella Miko, Bridget Moynahan, Melanie Lynskey, John Goodman

Violet Sanford (Piper Perabo) leaves her hometown of South Amboy, New Jersey, her father Bill (John Goodman), and best friend Gloria (Melanie Lynskey) to pursue her dreams in nearby New York City. When leaving town to become a songwriter, she signs an autograph which is pinned on the wall of the pizza place where she worked. The wall has many other autographs signed by the rest of the employees in South Amboy that left town hoping to make it big.

Violet tries unsuccessfully, dozens of times, to get her demo tape noticed by the recording studios. With only a few dollars left in her pocket after her apartment was robbed, she goes to an all-night diner and notices some girls flaunting the hundreds of dollars in tips they earned. After inquiring, she finds out that they work at a trendy bar named Coyote Ugly. She finds her way to the bar and convinces the bar owner Lil (Maria Bello) to hire her. Lil hires her and explains she did so because Violet looks like a kindergarten teacher who the childish bar patrons will come to see. She is reluctantly nicknamed ‘Jersey’. After starting her job, she quickly discovers she must learn the ropes of singing, dancing, and performing wild acts before a rowdy crowd.

One night, she tries to get herself noticed by a music industry scout. The bartender jokingly points out Kevin O’Donnell (Adam Garcia), making her believe that he is the bar owner. When the joke is discovered, Violet feels that Kevin was making a fool out of her. This event eventually brings them closer together. Kevin tries to help her in overcoming her shyness on the stage and they finally become lovers, in spite of his attempt to hide his past and departure from Australia. She finally lands a deal with a record label after a successful performance at an open mic night at the Bowery Ballroom which was attended by all of the ‘Coyotes’ from the Coyote Ugly saloon.

Grown Ups

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Allen Covert, Steve Koren, Barry Bernardi
  • Writers: Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, Maya Rudolph

Five best friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade) and former teammates reunite years later to honor the passing of their childhood basketball coach. With their wives (Salma Hayek, Maria Bello, and Maya Rudolph) and kids in town, they spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend together at the lake house where they celebrated their championship years earlier. Picking up where they left off, they discover why growing older doesn’t always mean growing up.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

  • Directors: Rebecca Miller
  • Producers: Brad Pitt, Lemore Syvan
  • Writers: Rebecca Miller
  • Genres: Drama
  • Actors: Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Keanu Reeves, Monica Bellucci, Julianne Moore, Maria Bello, Blake Lively, Winona Ryder

As a teenager nearly driven mad by her complacent pastor father Des and bipolar mother Suky, whose neurotic behavior is precipitated by an addiction to amphetamines, Pippa Sarkissian runs away from her rural home and seeks refuge with her father’s sister Trish in New York City. She is startled to discover her aunt is a lesbian and living with Kit, a dominatrix who specializes in photographing sadomasochistic scenes. Falling under Kit’s influence, Pippa rapidly descends into an underworld of illegal drugs and promiscuous sex. She is rescued from her decadent lifestyle by Herb Lee, a charismatic publisher 30 years her senior. They wed, have two children, and live a very comfortable life until Herb’s multiple heart attacks force them to sell their Manhattan apartment and settle in a retirement community in suburban Connecticut, where Pippa develops a sleep disorder. By far the youngest of all the residents, she finds herself becoming bored and restless and beginning to unravel until she meets her neighbor’s emotionally damaged son Chris, who becomes an unlikely confidante and unexpected lover. Pippa’s unswerving devotion to her husband is tested when she discovers he is having a fling of his own with Sandra Dulles, an attractive woman — even younger than his trophy wife — who has a long list of neuroses of her own.

The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

  • Directors: Rob Cohen
  • Producers: Stephen Sommers, James Jack, Bob Ducsay, Sean Daniel
  • Writers: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria Bello, John Hannah, Luke Ford, Anthony Wong Chau Sang, Isabella Leong, Liam Cunningham, David Calder, Russell Wong, Michelle Yeoh

A warlord (Jet Li) in Ancient China conquers his enemies and becomes The First Emperor Of China, known as The Dragon Emperor Han or Emperor Han. As his first act as Emperor, he orders the construction of The Great Wall Of China, burying his former enemies beneath it and cursing them to hold it up for all eternity. The Emperor orders a witch, Zi Yuan (Michelle Yeoh), to search for the secret to immortality with the aid of The Emperor’s right-hand-man, General Ming Guo (Russell Wong). Zi Yuan and Ming fall in love, angering the Emperor who desired Zi Yuan for himself. After Zi Yuan supposedly casts the immortality spell on The Emperor in Sanskrit, a language he does not understand, he has Ming drawn and quartered and wounds Zi Yuan. She then reveals that she had foreseen this and has in fact cursed The Emperor and his army, who are encased in clay, becoming The Terracotta Army, permitting Zi Yuan to escape.

In 1946, 13 years after the events of The Mummy Returns, the now-Americanized Alex O’Connell (Ford), son to Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello), locates Emperor Han’s Tomb with the financial backing of Professor Roger Wilson (David Calder), an archaeology professor. Alex is attacked by an unknown woman, but succeeds in bringing The Emperor’s coffin to Shanghai. Meanwhile, the British government entrusts The O’Connells to take The Eye Of Shangri-La back to China as a good faith gesture to The Chinese. It is revealed that Wilson is in league with a Communist paramilitary group led by General Yang (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) and his second-in-command, Choi (Meng), who see The Emperor as the only one who can bring order and greatness back to China. The mysterious woman from the tomb attacks the mummified Emperor in his coffin, which turns out to be a decoy. By accident, the magical fluid within The Eye lands on the statue of The Emperor, which is revealed to be the actual Emperor’s body. He is quickly brought back to life, although he remains trapped in his Terracotta form. Han accepts the service of Choi and Yang but kills Wilson. The woman from the excavation site tries to kill The Emperor with a magical dagger, the only weapon that can kill him, but is unsuccessful in killing The Emperor.

The O’Connells return to Shanghai, where Alex and Lin fall in love. Jonathan decides to move to Peru with the Eye of Shangri-La, which he had stolen himself, as there are no mummies in Peru. However, an ending comment appears, explaining that shortly after his arrival, mummies were soon discovered in Peru.