May Boomer Stars: Who to Watch This Month

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  • Baby boomers are making a big splash in movie theaters this month. Find out which boomers are taking the big screen by storm in May.
  • Jodie Foster Oscar winner Jodie Foster does double duty in this month’s controversial film The Beaver. Foster directs her old friend Mel Gibson and his beaver puppet, while also holding her own as Gibson’s estranged wife. The quirky Oscar winner has taken a huge leap of faith in standing by Gibson through his potentially career-ending episodes of rage, but Foster has always done things her own way.
  • Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow is finally back! Johnny Depp is leading the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise this month, and we can’t wait to see it. Though some of the old favorites have dropped out, Keith Richards and Geoffrey Rush will be back for more. But of course, there’s nothing we’re looking forward to more than seeing Johnny Depp back in the old eyeliner and dreadlocks. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens on May 20.
  • Rene Russo After a six-year hiatus, Rene Russo will return to the big screen in a big way this month. Russo stars in Thor, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins. Russo will play Frigga, Thor’s mother and the wife of Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins. Russo may play a figure out of myths, but she says her character is just an average mother. “She is a mom just like any other mom,” Russo told Entertainment Weekly. “She understands her boys, the rivalry between them, and is trying to give her time and attention to both. She’s a peacemaker.” Thor opens May 6.
  • Brad Pitt Brad Pitt returns to the 1950s for his next film, the long-awaited Terrence Malick flick The Tree of Life. Pitt plays a tough, straight-laced Midwestern father in this film, which also features Sean Penn as Pitt’s son, all grown up. Pitt’s realist character is a departure for the actor, but we’re looking forward to seeing what he does with the role. The Tree of Life opens March 27.
  • Angela Bassett Angela Bassett has played Rosa Parks and several doctors, but now she’s playing the mother of the bride in this month’s Jumping the Broom. Bassett plays a wealthy mother hosting her daughter’s wedding to a man from a working-class family. Bassett is looking better than ever – certainly young enough to play her onscreen daughter Paula Patton’s sister. Jumping The Broom opens May 6.
  • Sean Penn Before Sean Penn set up camp in Port-au-Prince to help victims of Haiti’s major earthquake last year, he played Brad Pitt’s son in The Tree of Life. That film is finally ready for theaters, and we can’t wait to see it! Though many details of the film have been kept under wraps, we do know that Penn will play Pitt’s son as an adult, looking back on his childhood with a stern father and kind mother. See The Tree of Life in theaters on May 27.
  • Mel Gibson Mel Gibson has spent the past few years unraveling before our eyes. The one-time sex symbol’s star fell after his ex-girlfriend released audio tapes of Gibson harassing her and threatening her, using racial epithets in casual conversation. Gibson hopes his new film, The Beaver, will give him another chance to rebuild his career. In the film, Gibson plays a depressed man who decides to try to work through his demons with the help of a beaver hand puppet. Normally, we’d assume that Gibson’s career is over, but this particular role may help him revive his public image. Only time will tell. The Beaver opens on May 6.
  • Kathy Bates Kathy Bates has been one busy lady. Following stellar guest appearances on The Office and the launch of her own television show, Harry’s Law, Bates appears in Woody Allen’s highly-anticipated film, Midnight in Paris. Bates’ role in the film has been kept under wraps, but we’re looking forward to seeing her hanging out in Paris with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and even France’s first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. Midnight in Paris opens May 20.
  • Antonio Banderas Antonio Banderas has been working hard as Puss in Boots in the Shrek series for several years, but we haven’t seen his gorgeous face much lately. That’s about to change. This month, Banderas plays a private detective searching for a stripper who’s gone missing in The Big Bang. The film is a throwback to old noir films and features appearances by Snoop Dogg and James Van Der Beek. It looks like fun, but it could be hit or miss. The Big Bang opens May 13.
  • Mickey Rourke Mickey Rourke got a second chance at his career with The Wrestler a few years ago, and he won’t let a second of it go to waste. Rourke is following the success of Iron Man 2 and The Expendables with the lead in this month’s Passion Play, which also stars Megan Fox. Rourke plays a musician who falls for Fox’s character, a winged women who makes her living as a circus attraction. The independent film opens in select cities on May 6, and is expected to be released on DVD May 31.