Summer 2009 looks to be a promising one for restless movie, music, and book fans. June, July, August, and early September will welcome several new productions from familiar faces in popular entertainment such as Judd Apatow, Quentin Tarantino, Lil’ Wayne, The Jonas Brothers, Dan Brown, and Stephenie Meyer.
A slew of new movies will hit theaters in anticipation of enthusiastic summer audiences. Borat sensation Sacha Baron Cohen appears again on the big screen on July 10 in a new creation titled Bruno, which chronicles the misadventures of a gay Australian model.
On July 15, the highly-anticipated sixth installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, totaling a whopping two hours twenty minutes, will finally swoop into theaters.
Judd Apatow, best known for producing films such as Anchorman, Knocked Up, and Superbad, is releasing another comedy featuring his signature crew: the raucous Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, and Jonah Hill. Joining them for the first time will be Adam Sandler and Eric Bana. Apatow hopes Funny People is received as “a very serious movie that is twice as funny as [his] other movies.”
In August, director Quentin Tarantino is coming out with Inglorious Basterds, a war movie set in Nazi-occupied France, starring Brad Pitt.
The music industry is gearing up for new releases from several well-established artists. Rap sensation Lil’ Wayne is debuting his latest album, Rebirth, in June. The album, made in collaboration with rock group Fall Out Boy, will be his first to contain rock as well as rap songs.
The Jonas Brothers are releasing their new album, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, in the same month. In an interview, they told fans to expect more of their characteristic catchy pop songs, and that “it’s the same old Jonas brothers.”
The Black Eyed Peas are also releasing their new album, titled The E.N.D., in June. Band member Will.i.am said in interviews that the album will include a lot of electronic and melodic beats to which people will be able to dance. Daughtry and Dave Mathews fans are anticipating new albums over the summer as well.
A little later, in September, two of the country’s most popular novelists, Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer, will be releasing new books. The Lost Symbol, the long-awaited sequel to Brown’s wildly popular The Da Vinci Code, will hit shelves on September 15. The story takes place in Washington, D.C., over a 12-hour time span, and focuses on freemasonry.
Just one day later, Stephenie Meyer will release her guide to the Twilight series, the Twilight Saga Guide, which is sure to excite vampire-obsessed teens across the nation.
Whether at the cinema, surfing iTunes, or browsing the shelves of the local bookstore, everyone, everywhere, has something to look forward to this summer.