Thanksgiving Weekend Movies: 'Breaking Dawn' vs 'The Muppets'
Along with the box office hit "Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," here's a preview of what's opening this Thanksgiving weekend, including the triumphant return of Kermit, Miss Piggy and all "The Muppets"; the children's book adaptation "Hugo," directed by Martin Scorsese; and the animated "Arthur Christmas."
In Theaters Now (November)
'The Muppets' (Nov. 23)
Who: Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper — and all your Muppet favorites!What: With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon.
'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1' (Nov. 18)
Who: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner; directed by Bill CondonWhat: In the second-to-last "Twilight" installment, Bella and Edward finally tie the knot and consummate their long-simmering passion. But an unexpected pregnancy results and causes a rift between the Cullens and the wolf pack — as well as threatening Bella's life.
'Hugo' (Nov. 23)
Who: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee; directed by Martin ScorseseWhat: Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
'Arthur Christmas' (Nov. 23)
Vocal talents: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy; directed by Sarah SmithWhat: On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission.
'Happy Feet Two' (Nov. 18)
Vocal Talent: Elijah Wood, Pink, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Sofia Vergara; directed by George MillerWhat: Mumble's son, Erik, is struggling to realize his talents in the Emperor Penguin world. Meanwhile, Mumble and his family and friends discover a new threat their home — one that will take everyone working together to save them.
'The Descendants' (Nov. 18)
Who: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Judy Greer; directed by Alexander Payne.What: A land baron living in Hawaii tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.
'Immortals' (Nov. 11)
Who: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans, Frieda Pinto, Stephen Dorff; directed by Tarsem SinghWhat: Theseus (Cavill) is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke), who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.
'J. Edgar' (Nov. 9)
Who: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Judi Dench, Naomi Watts; directed by Clint EastwoodWhat: As the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.
'Jack & Jill' (Nov. 11)
Who: Adam Sandler, Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Nick Swardson; directed by Dennis DuganWhat: Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave.
'Melancholia' (Nov. 11)
Who: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard, Kiefer Sutherland; directed by Lars von TrierWhat: Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide into the Earth.
'Tower Heist' (Nov. 4)
Who: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Pena, Tea Leoni; directed by Brett RatnerWhat: When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.
'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' (Nov. 4)
Who: Kal Penn, John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, Tom Lennon; directed by Todd Strauss-SchulsonWhat: Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.