Movieline at the Midpoint: 9 Dates That Will Shape the Rest of 2010

Today and tomorrow mark the midpoint of 2010 -- and thus the midpoint of our year in movies and TV. Join Movieline in both taking stock and looking ahead.

Has it been six months already? Where has the time gone! Rather than looking back -- which we'll get to throughout the next two days -- here's a chance to peak ahead at what wonderful pop culture nuggets await in the next six months. Open your Google calendar and follow along as Movieline brings you the 9 dates that will shape the rest of 2010.

· July 16: Inception opens

As if Inception didn't have enough pressure on it -- being Christopher Nolan's follow-up to The Dark Knight and all -- it also seems like the one chance Hollywood has at giving audiences a good time this summer. You've seen -- or not seen -- the trailers, character posters and tried to guess the third act twist. But by July 17th, you'll know for sure what the hell this one is all about.

· July 25: Season Four of Mad Men premieres

If the Inception marketing campaign doesn't satiate your need for cloak and dagger, say hello to the return of Mad Men! The de facto "best show on television" returns with a new season of Don Draperisms, sexual harassment and at least one new hairdo. Plan accordingly.

· Aug. 13: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World opens

The true litmus test for the "geeks shall inherit the earth" posit. Fans of the graphic novel, Michael Cera and/or Edgar Wright have gone gaga for Scott Pilgrim thus far. But will it be another Internet-created meme that fails at the box office (think: Hot Tub Time Machine) or one that actually succeeds (think: Superbad)?

· Aug. 24: The final season of Lost is released on DVD

All Some A few of your questions will finally be answered when the final season of Lost is released on DVD and Blu-ray thanks to the inclusion of a specially produced epilogue that will show what happened when Hurley and Ben ran the Island. Also, expect Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to break their "radio silence" around this time as well.

· Sept. 9: Toronto International Film Festival begins

This unofficial kick-off to Oscar season gets underway, and while the long, full list of participating films won't be fully announced until late August, here are four that hopefully will make an appearance: Never Let Me Go, Somewhere, David O. Russell's The Fighter and the Coen Brothers' True Grit remake. Because you can't have an Oscar season without the Coen Brothers.

· Oct. 1: David Fincher's The Social Network opens

If the simple, elegant and totally imageless teaser trailer didn't get you over-the-moon excited for David Fincher's latest film, maybe the reminder that Aaron Sorkin wrote the script will?

· Nov. 8: Conan O'Brien returns to television on TBS

The date that will go down in infamy as the official moment when Conan Leno'd George Lopez -- or, if you're feeling magnanimous, as the return of Conan O'Brien to late night television. By the time his new show premieres, an entire book will have been written about the Great Late Night Wars of 2010, so perhaps Coco will just go back to telling jokes and not being bitter about NBC. Fingers crossed, at least.

· Nov. 19: Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part I opens

It's just a trailer, but: If Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows isn't the biggest movie of 2010, then Avatar got re-released. And for Warner Bros., it will be the gift that keeps on giving: Part II hits theaters in July 2011.

· Dec. 17: Tron Legacy opens

Speaking of Avatar...James Cameron's 3D opus was released on Dec. 18, 2009, and went on to gross a ka-billion dollars. Disney is probably hoping that Tron Legacy -- 3D, sequel, geek bait -- will gross a quarter of that if only because it would mean that Tron Legacy was still a ginormous hit.


  • The Winchester says:

    You need to recognize that Expendables also releases the same day as Scott Pilgrim, placing us Edgar Wright/Stallone fans in a conundrum over which movie to see first that day.

  • Trevor says:

    "As if Inception didn’t have enough pressure on it — being Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight and all — it also seems like the one chance Hollywood has at giving audiences a good time this summer."
    What, no love for "Toy Story 3?" It's gotten rave reviews across the board and scored huge at the box office.

  • bmcintire says:

    "But will it be another Internet-created meme that fails at the box office (think: Hot Tub Time Machine). . ."
    I'd say more like "another comic-book adaptation no one is demanding (think: The Losers, Kick-Ass, Jonah Hex, Youth In Revolt)."

  • Bryan says:

    Lol, you realize no one cares about the Expendables right? Just a bunch of washed up actors hoping to cash in on the nostalgia factor.

  • MonsterKilledThePilot says:

    You forgot my birthday!

  • Imaignox says:

    Hm, I don't know whether these are the only dates, but surely these are important dates. I am curious what will happen to Lost, as I saw the whole series and was a little disappointed in the end...

  • eyeh8twilight says:

    If Harry Potter doesn't beat Twilight in opening weekend at the box office, or even get MORE media hype than Twilight: Eclipse, then we should all kill ourselves. If Twilight is the new face of movies and what is going to be in the media for the next 10 years, then we should all kill ourselves.
    Or pray that they get hurt doing stunts on their movies.

  • Gracie says:

    haha my birthday is august 13th, they just didn't put it on there, but the date is there =D

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  • andy says:

    only one of those dates it even worth mentioning and thats harry potter 7 everything else is nothing compared to the EPICNESS that will be the finalie!!

  • becausebuffyrocksmysocks says:

    Harry Potter pnw Twilight. And all the Twitards know it, too.

  • teamlestat says:

    I know right? I'm only sorry Harry Potter will probably end before they release Breaking Dawn. What will save us then, I ask you?
    But then, Breaking Dawn will sink itself. Imagine the birth 3D...that'll put 13 year old girls off pregnancy for life, lol

  • April says:

    With a name like Buffyrocksmysocks, a love for HP, and a hate-on for Twilight, you, my friend, kick ass.
    I agree, HP 7, part one and two, will blow every other movie out of the water.

  • Juice says:

    Uh...Conan O'Brien returning? That, in and of itself, is amazing. Still not quite as good as Deathly Hallows will be, but then again, what on this list is?

  • Corina says:

    Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World was an AMAZING movie and definitely worth watching in the cinemas. I've already saw it so I do know what I'm talking about :) It was way better than what I expected it to be. It truly is amazingly epic :)

  • Nick says:

    What about Semptember 14th? Halo Reach!

  • Lauren says:

    OK, so when you wrote this, "Twilight: Eclipse" still hadn't premiered. What, is it not deserving of some love? And what about those of us that are a little old school and rejoice in the return of "The Chronicles of Narnia" to the silver screen? Don't you think that this might deserve a little love as well? I actually screamed when I saw the "Prince Caspian" preview @ the "Eclipse" premiere!

  • redruby says:

    stop leaving negative messages on here!!!!!! live and let live- be happy

  • Zephyair says:

    Harry Potter is the only thing on this list I'm dying to see. But I think the movie Vampires Suck should be on there. It'll be the best parody movie yet. Those of you who haven't seen the preview for it yet, go youtube it now. Your day will be garunteed to be made.

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