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Sequels Big In 2007 Entertainment Forecast

Matt Damon also stars in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Aug. 3) Matt Damon also stars in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (Aug. 3)

(CBS News) NEW YORK Nicole Kidman and Drew Barrymore are coming back to the movies, along with a few blockbuster sequels, and the world of pop music will see some major comebacks. That's the word from People magazine assistant managing editor Jess Cagle, who is also a contributor to The Early Show.

NICOLE KIDMAN: There was a lot of drama in her personal life in 2006, including her husband Keith Urban going into rehab. But things may be looking up this year. She's in two big movies. First, the sci-fi thriller "The Invasion" is set for release Aug. 17. It's a remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" that co-stars the new James Bond, Daniel Craig. Kidman also will appear in "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass" (Dec. 7). The buzz on this one is that it's the next "Lord of the Rings." It's a fantasy film based on the Philip Pullman novel and guess who it co-stars? Daniel Craig!

DREW BARRYMORE: She will be the sweetheart of the spring. She stars opposite Hugh Grant in the Valentine's Day release: "Music and Lyrics," a romantic comedy. Usually a romantic comedy does very well at that time of year and she had tremendous success in that slot in "50 First Dates" with Adam Sandler. A month after "Music and Lyrics," Barrymore stars in "Lucky You" (March 16), a drama cos-tarring Eric Bana, set in the world of poker. That's a much more serious movie.

JOHNNY DEPP: He stars in the third "Pirates of the Caribbean" film (May 25). The first two "Pirates" movies generated more than $1.5 billion around the globe, and this one is expected to be the best of the bunch. It's the final movie in the trilogy which they shot at the same time as part 2. The second film was kind of the middle of the story. The third movie is where everything comes together, and Cagle expect that it will be great.

Other big sequels coming up:

Tobey Maguire returns in "Spider-Man 3" (May 4): It could top the first two "Spider-Man" movies, but they were so incredibly successful, bringing in $1.6 billion worldwide. Already the trailer's getting all kinds of buzz, because Peter Parker becomes covered in black goo and goes to the dark sides.

George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon all team up for "Oceans 13" (June 8). Everyone's back. In "13" just as in the original, they go back to Vegas. It's much more about the relationships among these guys. Ellen Barkin and Al Pacino join the cast as well.

). Once again, he's Jason Bourne, the spy with partial amnesia. In the book, he goes after an old nemesis to protect his wife and family. However, the movies are very different from the books, so we'll see. But Cagle says these movies are always the most stylish, well-done spy thrillers that are out there.

Harry Potter. Harry will be 15 years old. It's the fifth movie based on the fifth book. The Order of the Phoenix is a coalition of wizards fighting the evil Lord Voldemort. The Ministry of Magic is stone-walling them and nobody knows why. But the big news is that Harry's much more adult than he was in the last movies.

Shrek III. Shrek becomes a father, but DreamWorks is keeping the babies a secret, so we don't have any promotional photos to show you.

"Hannibal Rising" will be the first sequel (really a prequel) to be released this year, on Feb. 9. The movie chronicles the early years of Hannibal Lecter. Newcomer Gaspard Ulliel, a young French actor, plays the future serial killer. The book is on sale right now.

MUSIC STARS MAKING COMEBACKS

George Michael will go on tour in the U.S. for the first time in 15 years. Though he's made more headlines in recent years for run-ins with the law, he just finished a European tour that was sold out and well received. He's also releasing a "greatest hits" album in the U.S. in 2007.

Whitney Houston is expected to release an album late in 2007.

Michael Jackson may have an album late 2007.

Britney Spears has been in the studio and is expected to have an album late 2007.

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