Julia Roberts and Clive Owen seemed pretty incendiary as passionate, destructive mates in Mike Nichols' "Closer." But they may be even hotter in the new psycho-political thriller from Tony Gilroy, of “Michael Clayton” fame. Read below about "Duplicity" and other new films starring Julia Roberts.


DUPLICITY: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson, Tom McCarthy, Oleg Stefan, Rick Worthy, Denise O’Hare, Kathleen Chalfant, Khan Baykal, Wayne Duvall (Written and directed by Tony Gilroy; Universal) Julia Roberts and Clive Owen, who sizzled memorably as an oversexed couple in Mike Nichols’ “Closer,” will turn up the heat again, this time in Tony Gilroy’s “Duplicity.” Gilroy, the classy screenwriter who made a smashing directorial debut with “Michael Clayton,” gives Roberts and Owen a chance to spar in the boardroom and snuggle in the bedroom as a pair of corporate competitors who are having a hot top-secret affair. Just wait till Paul Giamatti and Tom Wilkinson, the industrialists who’ve been paying them big bucks to make war, not love, find out. Opening date to be announced

FIREFLIES IN THE GARDEN: Julia Roberts, Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Ioan Gruffudd, Hayden Panettiere, Cayden Boyd, Shannon Lucio, George Newbern, (Written and directed by Dennis Lee; Senator International) Need proof that midwestern American families can be every bit as dysfunctional as the East Coast variety? You’re apt to find it in this semi-autobiographical drama by Dennis Lee, auteur of the well-received short, “Jesus Henry Christ.” The troubled, accident-prone Taylor clan--headed by dictatorial professor/wannabe writer Charles (Willem Dafoe) and relentlessly sacrificing mom Lisa (Julia Roberts)--suffer profusely, as do their kids, in the grim present, as well as in a string of painful incidents shown in flashback. Among the family’s favorite diversions: tormenting the titular fireflies in the garden and exploding fish on the Fourth of July. In charge of photographing all this tragic frivolity: Danny Moder, A.K.A. Julia Roberts’ husband. Click here to read the Variety review of "Fireflies in the Garden." Opening date to be announced

THE FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING CLUB: Julia Roberts (Written by Mike Binder; Universal) How many single mothers who manage colorful Manhattan knitting shops and look like Julia Roberts do you know? Probably none, and probably the mom played by Julia Roberts in this adaptation of a soon-to-be-published novel by Kate Jacobs is truly one-of-a-kind. To lessen the pressure of her fabulous but demanding job, mother Julia meets with her favorite customers every Friday evening for the purpose of sharing the details of their various careers and indulging in what used to be called girl talk or just plain gossip. Then tragedy strikes and their knitting club becomes much more than a frivolous diversion. We only hope that tragedy does not involve Julia’s high-spirited teenage daughter (a role not yet cast). Opening date to be announced

EAT, PRAY, LOVE: Julia Roberts (Written and directed by Ryan Murphy; Paramount) Depressed, nearly suicidal, Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the memoir upon which this film is based) decides to take a year off from her successful literary career in an attempt to get over her divorce from a seemingly ideal husband and her stressful love affair with a man who was definitely not ideal. Her plan is to flee Manhattan and spend one third of the year seeking pleasure in Italy, another third searching for spiritual serenity in India, and the final third striking a balance between the two extremes in Indonesia. And, yes, Elizabeth, played by Julia Roberts, will not say no if a suitable bachelor pops up somewhere along the way and pops the right question.
Opening date to be announced