updated 11/21/2012 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/24/2012 AT 4:15 PM ET
Call it escapism or call it just plain fun, but a crop of upcoming big-screen experiences are full of fantasy for kids and adults alike.
FirstShowing reports that the 3-D film, based on William Joyce’s children’s book The Leaf Men will hit theaters Memorial weekend.
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Hugh Laurie, meanwhile, is out of the ER and onto the open sea. He will star as Blackbeard on NBC’s pirate drama Crossbones, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Crossbones, which takes place in 1715 on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas, is based off Colin Woodard’s book The Republic of Pirates.
Woody Allen is showing that at 76 he’s still got it. He’ll be playing a pimp in the movie Fading Gigolo, Zimbio reports.
Lenny Kravitz will pay homage to a Motown legend by playing Marvin Gaye, it’s been widely reported. The film will follow the last years of Gaye’s life, including his addiction problems and rescue by music promoter Freddy Cousaert.