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The Films Of November

There's something for everyone at the box office as movie studios begin the release their holiday blockbusters. Russ Leatherman, better known to millions of Americans as "Mr. Moviefone," drops by The Saturday Early Show with a preview.

Here are a few of the movies he will discuss:

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," Warner Brothers, Nov. 15: This is the follow-up to last year's smash hit "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Daniel Radcliffe is back as the bespectacled hero Harry. Also making a return appearance is the late Richard Harris, who plays Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Joining the cast is veteran British actor Kenneth Branagh who is the Hogwart school's Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

"Die Another Day," MGM, Nov. 22: This is the 20th film in the James Bond series. Pierce Brosnan reprises his role as the master spy for the fourth time. He's joined by Halle Berry who plays (delete the) Jinx the gadget-toting spy. This is Berry's first film since winning the Oscar for last year's "Monster's Ball."

"Solaris," 20th Century Fox, Nov. 22: Steven Soderbergh, the man who brought us "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic," and "Ocean's Eleven," directs this sci-fi drama starring George Clooney. "Solaris" is based on the book by Stanislaw Lem. Another version of the film was released in 1972. A mini controversy erupted over the film's rating. The MPAA said it would have given the film an R unless scenes were removed that show Clooney's exposed rear end. The producers insisted the scenes should stay in and that the film deserved to be rated PG-13. On Wednesday, November 14, the MPAA backed down.

"Friday After Next," New Line Cinema, Nov. 22: This is the third installment in the "Friday" series and features Ice Cube and Michael Epps. Ice Cube just starred in "Barbershop" which was a big crossover hit. This new movie is expected to be popular, too. Most of the cast - minus Chris Tucker - returns.

"Treasure Planet," Walt Disney Pictures, Nov. 27: Disney's latest animated offering is an updated version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island." The setting is now in space and in a sign of the times the hero "Jim" comes from a broken home. Following in the steps of "Monsters Inc.," which put stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman in the same recording booth to create chemistry, Disney asked Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Murray to do the same thing. Then for the first time in the studio's history, the animators responsible for sketching the two main characters shared the same drafting table.