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May 19, 2013


May 19--The Wolfpack is back. So is Superman. So are Captain Kirk and Spock.

And the former queen of daytime TV talk will be back ... this time on the screen.

Summer again will produce a plethora of sequels among the major releases, with "The Hangover III" and "Man of Steel" coming soon to local multiplexes and "Star Trek Into Darkness" already at theaters, having opened Wednesday at midnight.

Some sequels have roared into theaters, such as "Iron Man 3." Other sequels include "Despicable Me 2" (July 3), "Fast & Furious 6" (May 24) and the much, much, much-awaited "Grown Ups 2" (July 12). (Just kidding.)

"The Hangover III" returns the Wolfpack -- the main male characters in the first two movies -- to screen on May 23, and parts of the story are set in Las Vegas and Tijuana this time around. Let the high-jinks ensue.

While the crew of the Enterprise arrived in theaters is back on screen, the summer also furnishes other reunions of sorts, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who teamed up for the smash comedy "Wedding Crashers," starring in "The Internship," due June 7, in which they play characters who gets internships at Google.

Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, James Franco and Jason Segel -- among others -- star as themselves in the comedy "This is The End," opening June 12.

If you're a romantic, you might be in the mood for "Before Midnight," due May 24, the third in the Richard Linklater-directed romantic drama series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. Hawke and Delpy starred in "Before Sunrise" in 1995 and "Before Sunset" in 2004.

There will be action films aplenty, too. "White House Down," about a paramilitary group's invasion of the White House, opens June 28 and stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx.

Comedies don't end with "The Hangover III" and "This is the End." Kristen Wiig stars in "Girl Most Likely" with Annette Bening on July 19.

And if you're in the mood for a cop buddy comedy flick of the female variety, there's "The Heat," starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy is coming June 28.

Want classic adventure with a twist? There's

"The Lone Ranger," with Johnny Depp playing Tonto, due July 3. And Superman is back in "Man of Steel," starring Henry Cavill and coming June 14. Additional cast includes Kevin Costner, Amy Adams and Diane Lane.

How about classic literature? There's "The Great Gatsby," which opened last weekend and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.

Or you could try an epic adventure with "Epic," which opens May 24.

Ready for the end of the world? Hitting screens this summer will be "After Earth," opening May 31 and starring Will Smith and son Jaden Smith, and "World War Z," starring Brad Pitt and opening June 21. Later in the summer, the futuristic drama "Elysium," starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, opens on Aug. 9.

And if an action movie about the White House doesn't strike your fancy, mark your calendar for "The Butler," opening Aug. 16 and starring Forest Whitaker, who plays a White House butler who worked inside 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for more than 30 years (under eight presidents). The movie's cast includes Jane Fonda, John Cusack and, yes, Oprah Winfrey.



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