Twentieth Century Fox's Fox Walden banner has set four films' release dates:

" The Dark Is Rising (Oct. 5), about a young man who learns he is the last in a line of mythical warriors. Stars Ian McShane, Frances Conroy, Christopher Eccleston and Jonathan Jackson.

" Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (Nov. 16), a family fantasy starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman.

" Nim's Island (April 25, 2008), featuring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin.

" City of Ember (Columbus Day '08), a sci-fi adventure helmed by Monster House's Gil Kenan.