The Early Report for June 10, 2003

The Early Report is a weekly digest concerning the upcoming four weeks of movie releases, including theatre specific information and links to official web sites when possible. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

Friday, June 13, 2003

Chalte Chalte

Logline: Two people from different sides of the tracks fall in love. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee

Director: Aziz Mirza

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 60 locations in major cities on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 172 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd

Logline: Follow the zany antics of those two loveable goofballs as they go through the turbulent world of high school

Featuring: Luis Guzmán, Eugene Levy, Eric Christian Olsen, Cheri Oteri, Derek Richardson, Mimi

RogersDirector: Troy Miller

Writers: Robert Brenner, Troy Miller

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2800 plus locations release on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Hard Word

Logline: Three brothers, all masters of armed robbery, are given the opportunity to stay out of jail forever, if they just pull off one very ambitious job

Featuring: Joel Edgerton, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Damien Richardson, Robert Taylor

Director: Scott Roberts

Writer: Scott Roberts

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on June 13

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language, sexuality and brief drug use

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Heart of Me

Logline: In 1940s England, a husband is torn between the love of his wife and the lust for her sister

Featuring: Paul Bettany, Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams

Director: Thaddeus O’Sullivan

Writer: Lucinda Coxen, based on the novel “The Echoing Grove” by Rosamond Lehmann

Distributor: THINKfilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Five locations in New York City and Los Angeles on June 13

MPAA Rating: R some sexuality

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hollywood Homicide

Logline: A veteran LAPD homicide detective, who moonlights as a real estate agent, must train a new detective, who moonlights as a yoga instructor, when they are assigned to investigate the onstage slaying of a popular rap group in a Hollywood nightclub

Featuring: Harrison Ford, Josh Hartnett, Isaiah Washington

Director: Ron Shelton

Writers: Ron Shelton, Robert Souza

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2700 plus locations release on June 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual situations and language

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Jet Lag

Logline: Two weary travellers, a beautician trying to escape a bad relationship and a businessman travelling to the funeral of his girlfriend, keep running into each other at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Juliette Binoche, Jean Reno

Director: Danièle Thompson

Writers: Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Paris Theatre in New York City on June 13

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexuality

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Manito

Logline: Two brothers are torn by the past of the Washington Heights community, once the crack cocaine capital of the world in the 1980s, and its future as a clean and vibrant community

Featuring: Manuel Cabral, Franky G., Julissa Lopez, Leo Minaya, Jessica Morales

Director: Eric Eason

Writer: Eric Eason

Distributor: Film Movement

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Wife

Logline: Documents the life of Edith Han, an outspoken young woman studying law in Vienna when the Gestapo forcedEdith and her mother into the Jewish ghetto. Escaping the ghetto, Han would find herself involved with Werner Vetter, a Nazi party member who fell in love with her. Despite her protests and eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity secret

Director: Liz Garbus

Distributor: Seventh Art

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and San Francisco on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono

No Turning Back

Logline: An illegal immigrant accidentally runs over a child and chooses to flee the scene, afraid he will be deported away from his young daughter

Featuring: Joe Estevez, Jesus Nebot, Chelsea Renden

Directors: Julia Montejo, Jesus Nebot

Writers: Julia Montejo and Jesus Nebot, from a story by Chris Sablan

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Five locations in Los Angeles on June 13

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Pistol Opera

Logline: Sequel to the 1967 Japanese cult film “Branded to Kill,” which features an assassin in a black kimono and high-heel boots who goes by the code name Stray Cat. Rated third in the Assassins Guild, she is given the chance to advance to the #1 position, currently held by the rogue killer Hundred Eyes, but Stray Cat must compete against other ambitious rivals including The Teacher (who neutralizes victims with a souped-up wheelchair), The Painless Surgeon (a bearded Westerner with a taste for Japanese women) and Dark Horse. In Japanese with subtitles

Featuring: Makiko Esumi, Kan Hanae, Masatoshi Nagase, Jan Woudstra, Sayoko Yamaguchi

Director: Seijun Suzuki

Writers: Kazunori Itoh, Takeo Kimura

Distributor: Media Blasters Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Rugrats Go Wild

Logline: Rugrat Tommy Pickles gets a chance to meet his real life hero Nigel Thornberry when the Rugrats’ vacation cruise ship crashes onto a deserted island

Featuring the voices of: Nancy Cartwright, Lacey Chabert, Tim Curry, E.G. Daily, Bruce Willis

Directors: John Eng, Norton Virgien

Writer: Kate Boutilier

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on June 13

MPAA Rating: PG for mild crude humor

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tycoon

Logline: After the fall of communism, a new breed of Russian gangsters is born

Featuring: Vladimir Mashkov, Mariya Mironova, Levani Outchaneichvili

Director: Pavel Lungin

Writers: Aleksandr Borodyansky, Yuli Dubov and Pavel Lungin, based in Dubov’s novel “Bolshaya

Paika”Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on June 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding This Week

Capturing The Friedmans: Opens in top ten markets

The Eye: Adds six screens in Boston, San Francisco and Seattle

Whale Rider: Opens in Portland OR and Toronto

Friday, June 20, 2003

Alex and Emma

Logline: A writer has thirty days to complete his book so he can pay off his outstanding gambling debts. He hires a stenographer to dictate the novel
as he thinks it up, and not only ends up finding an unlikely collaborator in the novel but an unlikely interest in

loveFeaturing: Kate Hudson, Sophie Marceau, David Paymer, Luke Wilson

Director: Rob Reiner

Writers: Jeremy Leven, Rob Reiner, Adam Scheinman, Andy Scheinman

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 locations release on June 20

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Bon Hoeffer

Logline: Documents the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian who became one of the first voices of resistance against Adolf Hitler.
In English and German with English subtitles

Featuring narration by: Klaus Maria Brandauer

Director: Martin Doblmeier

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on June 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono

From Justin to Kelly

Logline: The wholesome musical comedy adventures of a boy and a girl who meet during Spring Break in

MiamiFeaturing: Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini

Director: Robert Iscove

Writers: Kim Fuller

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on June 20

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, sensuality and brief language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Hulk

Logline: In the aftermath of a catastrophic experiment, Scientist Bruce Banner’s inner demons transform him into a hulking monster when he becomes consumed with uncontrollable anger

Featuring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, Nick Nolte

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: James Schamus

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on June 20

MPAA Rating: PG13 for sci-fi action violence, some disurbing images and brief partial nudity

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Legend of Suriyothai

Logline: In 16th Century Thailand, a beautiful young princess must choose between marrying her true love, a gallant young warrior, or follow her father’s wishes and wed the son of the “second king” in a marriage arranged by their two very powerful families. In Thai with English subtitles

Featuring: M.L. Piyapas Bhirombhakdi, Chatchai Plengpanich, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Sarunyoo Wongkrchang

Director: Chatri Chalerm Yukol

Writers: Sunait Chutintaranond, Chatri Chalerm Yukol

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on June 20

MPAA Rating: R for violence and some nudity

Running Time: 142 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

On-Line

Logline: Two guys on the rebound who start up an adult chat room site, who find the nature of the new business permiating into the daily lives

Featuring: Vanessa Ferlito, Isabel Gillies, Josh Hamilton, Harold Perrineau

Director: Jed Weintrob

Writers: Andrew Osborn, Jed Weintrob

Distributor: Indican

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City and the Harkins Cinemas in Phoenix on June 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding This Week

The Hard Word: Opens in Los Angeles

Whale Rider: Expands to select markets

Friday, June 27, 2003

Charlie’s Angels 2

Logline: The Angels go undercover to retrieve two missing silver bands that contain valuable encrypted information that can reveal the new identities of every person in the Federal Witness Protection Program

Featuring: Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore

Director: McG

Writers: John August, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley, from a story by John August, based on characters and situations created by Ben Roberts and Ivan Goff

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on June 27

MPAA Rating: PG13 for action violence, sensuality and language/innuendo

Running Time: 103 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Deewana Tere Naam Ka

Logline: Love and music and singing and dancing in modern day India

Featuring: Akshaye Khanna , Karishma Kapoor, Kader Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Satish Shah

Director: Rajat Rawail

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 60 locations in major markets on June 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 182 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Gasoline

Logline: Two women from opposite sides of the social spectrum find love when the accidental death of one of theirmothers sends them fleeing from the aw

Featuring: Regina Orioli, Maya Sansa, Mariella Valentini

Director: Monica Stambrini

Writers: Anne Riitta Ciccone, Monica Stambrini

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on June 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

28 Days Later

Logline: A virus accidentally released from a research facility has devastated the entire planet, leaving a handful of survivors to salvage a future from the apocalypse

Featuring: Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, Brendan Gleeson, Naomie Harris, Cillian Murphy

Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Alex Garland

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations release on June 27

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, language and nudity

Running Time: 113 Minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Legally Blonde 2

Logline: After being fired from her job for trying to stand up for animal rights, Elle Woods goes to Washington to take matters into her own well-manicured hands

Featuring: Sally Field, Regina King, Bob Newhart, Luke Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld

Writer: Kate Kondell, from a story by Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake and Kate Kondell, based on characters from the novel “Legally Blonde” by Amanda Brown

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on July 2

MPAA Rating: PG13 for some sex-related humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas

Logline: The most daring thief on the open seas must fight Eris, the goddess of chaos, to save his best friend

Featuring the voices of: Joseph Fiennes, Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfieffer, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Directors: Patrick Gilmore, Tim Johnson

Writer: John Logan

Distributor: Dreamworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on July 2

MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action, some mild sensuality and brief language

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Swimming Pool

Logline: Looking for inspiration for her latest novel, a British author accepts an invitation from her publisher to stay at his place in the South of France, only to find her world turned inside out by the arrival of the publisher’s reckles daughter

Featuring: Chalres Dance, Charlotte Rampling, Ludivine Sagnier

Director: François Ozon

Writers: Emmanuèle Bernheim, François Ozon

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on July 2

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language, some violence and drug use

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Terminator 3

Logline: A decade has passed since John Connor helped prevent Judgment Day and save mankind from mass destruction. Now 25, Connor lives “off the grid” – no home, no credit cards, no cell phone and no job. No record of his existence. No way he can be traced by Skynet – the highly developed network of machines that once tried to kill him and wage war on humanity. Until…out of the shadows of the future steps the T-X, Skynet’s most sophisticated cyborg killing machine yet. Sent back through time to complete the job left unfinished by her predecessor, the T-1000, this machine is as relentless as her humanguise is beautiful. Now Connor’s only hope for survival is the Terminator, his mysterious former assassin. Together, they must triumph over the technologically superior T-X and forestall the looming threat of Judgment Day…or face the apocalypse and the fall of civilization as we know it

Featuring: Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Writers: John Brancato, Michael Ferris and Tedi Sarafian, based on characters and situations created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd

Distributor: Warners

Opening Week Release Pattern: 7000 prints in 3500 plus locations on July 2

MPAA Rating: R for strong sci fi violence and action, language, brief nudity

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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