The Early Report for July 13, 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, plus the latest release date changes and MPAA ratings. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

The most recent release date changes, by distributor:

Artisan Entertainment

Madison,” the Jim Cavaziel power boat racing movie rescued from the defunct Premiere Group, finds himself removed from the competition once again. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2001, has no replacement date set.

Empire Pictures

The company not run by Charles Band, that is. Their planned release of the Brazilian revenge drama “The Three Marias” has been removed from their release schedule. There is no new date at this time.

Eros Entertainment

The top distributor of Bollywood films in the States, set release dates for four titles: “Darna Mana Hai” on July 25, “Chota Jadugar” in 3-D on August 8, “Kuch Naa Kaho” on August 22 and “Perfect Husband” on September 12.

First Look

Autumn Spring, the final film from Czech actor Vlastimil Brodský, mostly known in North America for his leading role in the original “Jacob the Liar,” finds its release moved back two weeks. The comedy/drama about a merry old prankster who refuses to believe he is about to die will now open on August 22.

Fox Films

Two more films for next year find themselves scheduled: the adaptation of Kate DiCamillo’s “Because of Winn-Dixie,” with the truncated title “Winn-Dixie,” will open August 13, 2004, while the remake of Robert Aldrich’s 1965 Saharan war drama “The Flight of the Phoenix” is set for November 12, 2004.

Magnolia Films

Lucas Belvaux’s “Trilogy” series (“On The Run,” “An Amazing Couple” and “After The Life”), which were originally set to open over the coming month starting this Friday, have been reset for an October 2003 release. The three films tell three separate but intertwined stories, where the leads in one film are the supporting players in the other two films.

Miramax Films

Two moves this week: the re-release of George Clooney’s directorial debut “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” moves back two weeks, from August 1 to August 15. The Project Greenlight 2 movie, “The Battle of Shaker Heights,” originally set for August 15, will now open on August 22.

Palm Pictures

Olivier Assayas, best known for his 1996 Maggie Cheung-starrer “Irma Vep,” finds his latest, “demonlover,” moved back one week, The Connie Nielsen/Chloe Sevingy techno-thriller will now unspool beginning September 19.

Pathfinder Films

The indie distributor made three movies this week: the Laura Elena Harring-starrer “Loco Love” opens on August 22, while the remake of “The Story of O” finds itself sitting in 2003 To Be Determined limbo. The Russian dramedy “Luna Papa” has been completely removed from the release schedule.

Rialto Pictures

A re-release of Robert Bresson’s 1966 film “Au Hasard Balthazar” is tentatively scheduled for November.

RS Entertainment

The new distributor sets release dates for its first two films. The Daniel Baldwin crime drama “Irish Eyes,” set in Boston, will naturally have a test release in Northern California on August 27. Meanwhile, the Martin Luther bio-pic “Luther,” featuring Joseph Fiennes as the 16th Century monk whose religious reforms spearheaded a new movement in Christian Theology, will open on September 26

The most recent MPAA ratings

Anything But Love (Samuel Goldwyn): PG-13 for some language and innuendo

I Love You Baby (Strand): R for some language and sexual content

Love Relations (Artisan): R for language, sexual content, brief violence and drug use

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Expanding Today

Capturing the Friedmans: Opens in East Northport NY, Ocean Beach NY and Sayville, NY

Friday, July 18, 2003

The Anarchist’s Cookbook

Logline: A twentysomething slacker starts his own arachist group in East Dallas

Featuring: Devon Gummersall, John Savage, Johnny Whitworth

Director: Jordan Susman

Writer: Jordan Susman

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City and Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles on July 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Bad Boys 2

Logline: Two Miami narcotics cops try to stop the flow of ecstasy into their city

Featuring: Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Will Smith, Gabrielle Union

Director: Michael Bay

Writers: John Lee Hancock, Ron Shelton and Jerry Stahl, based on characters created by George

GalloDistributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on July 18

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and action, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content

Running Time: 147 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Dirty Pretty Things

Logline: An illegal Nigerian immigrant, working as a night porter at a posh London hotel, teams with a Turkish chambermaid and a Chinese prostitute to solve a murder of a famous surgeon at their place of work

Featuring: Chewitil Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez, Audrey Tatou

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: Steven Knight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Four screens in New York City and Los Angeles on July 18

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, disturbing images and language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Enbalmer

Logline: A good-looking waiter is offered a great job by a taxidermist and embalmer, finding himself as the over-paid employee/companion to a free-spending boss with possible connections to the Mafia. In Italian with

subtitlesFeaturing: Valerio Foglia Manzillo, Ernesto Mahieux

Director: Matteo Garrone

Writers: Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on July 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Garage Days

Logline: An Australian garage band is willing to do just about anything to make it to the top

Featuring: Kick Gurry, Pia Miranda, Chris Sadrinna, Maya Stange, Brett Stiller

Director: Alex Proyas

Writers: Dave Warner, Alex Proyas, Michael Udesky

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 23 screens in major markets on July 18

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

How to Deal

Logline: A high school student, disillusioned with love after seeing the many dysfunctional relationships around her, realizes the possibility of true love can sometimes lie in the most unconventional of places

Featuring: Trent Ford, Peter Gallagher, Alison Janney, Mandy Moore

Director: Clare Kilner

Writer: Heidi Ferrer, based on the novels “Someone Like You” and “That Summer” by Sarah Dessen

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on July 18

MPAA Rating: PG13 for sexual content, drug material, language and some thematic elements

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Johnny English

Logline: An office-bound junior intelligence worker is suddenly thrust into the spotlight when the Crown Jewels are stolen from the Tower of London and all other agents have been incapacitated

Featuring: Rowan Atkinson, Natalie Imbruglia, John Malkovich

Director: Peter Howitt

Writers: William Davies, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2100 plus screens on July 18

MPAA Rating: PG for comic nudity, some crude humor and language

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Sea is Watching

Logline: In a small Japanese town in the 1860s, a young woman finds herself falling in love with a samurai that fate has brought to her brothel. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Masatoshi Nagase, Misa Shimizu, Nagiko Tono, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Director: Kei Kumai

Writer: Akira Kurosawa

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Seven locations in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle on July 18

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

This Thing Of Ours

Logline: Using the Internet and global satellites, a group of gangsters pull off the biggest bank heist in the Mafia’s history

Featuring: James Caan, Vincent Pastore, Danny Provenzano, Frank Vincent, Chuck Zito

Director: Danny Provenzano

Writers: Ted A. Bohus, Danny Provenzano

Distributor: Small Planet Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the AMC Empire 25 and Village East Cinemas in New York City on July

18MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding Today (July 18)

11’09”01 – September 11: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City

The Bread, My Sweet: Opens at Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle

Capturing the Friedmans: Opens in Ann Arbor, Boulder, Chapel Hill, Denver, Durham NC, Louisville, Provincetown MA, Raleigh, Rochester NY and Winter Park FL

Le Cercle Rouge: Opens at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI

The Cuckoo: Opens in select markets

The Eye: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas

Fellini: I’m A Born Liar: Opens at the Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Heart of Me: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis

The Holy Land: Opens at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY and the Malverne Cinemas in Malverne, NY

Horns and Halos: Openbs at Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles

I Capture The Castle: Opens at nine locations in Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Voorhees NJ

Jet Lag: Opens in additional markets

Km. 0: Opens at four locations in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area

The Legend of Suriyothai: Opens in Denver and Milwaukee

Lilya 4-Ever: Opens at the Parkside in Atlanta and the Cary in Cary NC

Northfork: Opens at seven locations in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC

Only The Strong Survive: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis

Rivers and Tides: Opens at four locations in Ann Arbor, Monterey, San Rafael and Tulsa

Swimming Pool: Expands into additional markets

The Trip: Opens at three locations in Dallas, Denver and San Diego

Thursday, July 24, 2003

Masked and Anonymous

Logline: In a fictional America caught up in a civil war that is tearing the nation apart, a benefit concert is being organized to bring peace to a country that is entrenched by chaos, lawlessness and pandemonium

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson

Director: Larry Charles

Writers: Rene Fontaine, Sergei Petrov

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the AMC Empire 25 and Angelika Film Center in New York City on July

24MPAA Rating: PG13 for some language and brief violence

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, July 25, 2003

Balseros

Logline: Documentary about a group of Cubans risking the crossing between their homeland and the United States. In Spanish with English subtitles

Directors: Carles Bosch, José María Doménech

Distributor: Seventh Art

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on July 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Buffalo Soldiers

Logline: Just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, an Army specialist stationed in West Germany finds his black market deals begin to crumble with the arrival of a new base commander

Featuring: Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Anna Paquin, Joaquin Phoenix

Director: Gregor Jordan

Writers: Mora MacCoby and Eric Alex Weiss, based upon the novel by Robert O’Connor

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on July 25

MPAA Rating: R for violence, drug content, strong language and some sexuality

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Camp

Logline: After failing as a Broadway lyricist, a songwriter goes to work at a summer camp for the musically gifted, finding the inspiration to give his career another chance

Featuring: Joanna Chilcoat, Robin de Jesus, Don Dixon

Director: Todd Graff

Writer: Todd Graff

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on July 25

MPAA Rating: PG13 for mature thematic elements regarding teen sexual issues, and some language

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hotel

Logline: Another split screen experiment from the director of “Timecode,” this time following four stories through a hotel in Venice, Italy

Featuring: Salma Hayek, Jason Isaacs, Lucy Liu, John Malkovich, Burt Reynolds, David Schwimmer

Director: Mike Figgis

Writer: Mike Figgis, partially based on the play “The Duchess of Malfi” by John Webster

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City and the ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles on July 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Logline: A thrill seeking adventurer fights a Chinese crime syndicate as she searches for an infamous site known as “The Cradle of Life”

Featuring: Gerald Butler, Djimon Hounsou, Angelina Jolie, Til Schweiger, Noah Taylor

Director: Jan DeBont

Writer: Dean Georgaris, based on a story by Lloyd Levin and Kirk M. Petruccelli

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on July 25

MPAA Rating: PG13 for action violence and some sensuality

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lucia Lucia

Logline: After he husband mysteriously disappears, a woman discovers was not what it seems. In Spanish with Englishsubtitles

Featuring: Carlos Alvarez-Novoa, Kuno Becker, Cecilia Roth

Director: Antonio Serrano

Writer: Antonio Serrano

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago on July 25

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

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Mondays In The Sun

Logline: A group of Spanish dockworkers must deal with unemployment when their port is closed to erect a group of luxury highrise apartments. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Javier Bardem, Nieve de Medina, Luis Tosar

Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Writers: Fernando Leon de Aranoa, Ignacio Del Moral

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on July 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Seabiscuit

Logline: During the Great Depression, the imagination of the nation is captured by the Triple Crown bid of an unlikely champion

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Tobey Maguire

Director: Gary Ross

Writer: Gary Ross, based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 locations release on July 25

MPAA Rating: PG13 for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

Logline: The Spy Kids team up to fight The Toymaker, who has trapped a group of children in a virtual

realityFeaturing: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Daryl Sabara, Sylvester Stallone, Alexa Vega

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on July 25

MPAA Rating: PG for action sequences and peril

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding Today (July 25)

11’09”01 – September 11: Opens at the Moving Image Arts in Santa Fe

Le Cercle Rouge: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in

MinneapolisCharlotte Sometimes: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Madstone Theatre in San Diego

Chaos: Opens at Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

The Cuckoo: Opens in additional locations

Dirty Pretty Things: Opens in select cities

Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary: Opens at the Starz Theatre in Denver and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Fellini: I’m A Born Liar: Opens at the Angleika Film Center in Dallas and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Heart of Me: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

The Holy Land: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago

The Housekeeper: Opens in select markets

I Capture The Castle: Opens at four locations in Denver, Minneapolis, Pittsfield MA and Santa Cruz

Km. 0: Opens at Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

Masked and Anonymous: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

The Legend of Suriyothai: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis

Lilya 4-Ever: Opens at the San Mateo in Albuquerque

Northfork: Opens at seventeen locations in Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver

On_Line: Opens at three locations in Boston, Honolulu and Phoenix

Respiro: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Rivers and Tides: Opens at three locations in Atlanta, Dallas and Phoenix

The Sea Is Watching: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston

The Trip: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Weather Underground: Opens at five locations in Huntington NY, Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Gigli

Logline: A low-life thug is ordered to kidnap the psychologically challenged younger brother of a powerful federal prosecutor. But when plans go awry, the boss sends in a gorgeous, free-spirited female gangster who has her own set of orders to assist with the kidnapping

Featuring: Ben Affleck, Lanaie Kazan, Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Christopher Walken

Director: Martin Brest

Writer: Martin Brest

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 screens on July 30

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, pervasive language and brief strong violence

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, August 1, 2003

American Wedding

Logline: With East Great Falls High now a memory, the kids have grown into young adults ready to wreak havoc with anew rite of passage: the wedding of Jim and Michelle

Featuring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, January Jones, Eugene Levy, Seann William Scott, Eddie Kaye

ThomasDirector: Jesse Dylan

Writer: Adam Herz

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on August 1

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and crude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen

Logline: A beautiful jazz singer and a British jewel thief are brought together by their mutual desire to forget the past

Featuring: Claudia Cardinale, Jeremy Irons, Patricia Kaas, Thierry Lhermitte

Director: Claude Lelouch

Writer: Claude Lelouch

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at three locations in New York City and Los Angeles on August 1

MPAA Rating: PG13 for momentary language

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Boys Life 4: Four Play

Logline: Fourth in a series of gay short film compilations

Featuring: Michael Booth, Craig Chester, Jay Gillepsie, Cole Williams

Directors: Phillip J. Bartell, Alan Brown, Eric Mueller, Brian Sloan

Writers: Phillip J. Bartell, Alan Brown, Andrew Petersen, Brian Sloan

Distributor: Strand

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on August 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Magdalene Sisters

Logline: Three young girls are released to the Magdalene convent in Britian during the 1960s, who become slave laborers at the hand of the convent sisters. Allegedly based on true stories, “Sisters” caused much debate after its Venice Film Festival screening and has been villified by the Vatican

Featuring: Anne-Marie Duff, Dorothy Duffy, Geraldine McEwan, Nora-Jane Noone

Director: Peter Mullan

Writer: Peter Mullan

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles on August 1

MPAA Rating: R for violence/cruelity, nudity, sexual content and language

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Secret Lives Of Dentists

Logline: After spying what he believes was an intimate moment between his wife and another man, a dentist relies on one of his patients to help put his life back together

Featuring: Hope Davis, Denis Leary, Campbell Scott

Director: Alan Rudolph

Writer: Craig Lucas, based on the novel “The Age of Grief” by Jane Smiley

Distributor: Manhattan Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 1

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding Today (August 1)

Garage Days: Expands into select markets

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

The Holy Land: Opens at five locations in the Los Angeles metro area

I Capture The Castle: Opens at seven locations in Baltimore, Boca Raton, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Portland OR and St Louis

Km. 0: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis

Lilya 4-Ever: Opens at the Reel Artways in Hartford

Northfork: Opens at 25 locations in Atlanta, Calgary, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus OH, Delray Beach FL, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, Montreal, Miami, New Haven, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Portland OR, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, St. Louis and Victoria BC

Rivers and Tides: Opens at five locations in Boise, Chapel Hill, Fort Worth, Hartford and Raleigh

The Trip: Opens at six locations in Boston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando, Provincetown MA and San Antonio

The Weather Underground: Opens at the Music Box Theater in Chicago and the Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY

Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Freaky Friday

Logline: Remake of the 1976 Jodie Foster movie that started the whole body switching movie genre. When a know-it-all adolescent psychologist mother and her 15 year old angst-ridden daughter magically switch places, they get to not only swap bodies for a day, but they also get the chance to experience each others lives first-hand with hilarious and meaningful consequences

Featuring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon, Lindsey Lohan

Director: Mark S. Waters

Writers: Leslie Dixon and Heather Hach, based on the screenplay by Mary Rodgers, adapted by the author from herbook

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on August 6

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Seaside

Logline: A woman with a gambling problem finds herself stuck in a once fashionable coastal resort town in Northern France. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Ludmila Mikaël, Bulle Ogier, Liliane Rovère, Jonathan Zaccaï

Director: Julie Lopes-Curval

Writers: François Favrat, Julie Lopes-Curval

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Friday, August 8, 2003

Autumn Spring

Logline: An elderly Czech prankster refuses to accept death will soon be upon him. In Czech with

subtitlesFeaturing: Vlastimil Brodský, Ondrej Vetchý, Stella Zázvorková, Stanislav Zindulka

Director: Vladimír Michálek

Writer: Jirí Hubac

Distributor: First Look

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Sound Format: Stereo

Le Divorce

Logline: Two American sisters come face to face with the complicated social mores of French society. Pregnant andjilted by her scoundrel husband, Roxy is headed for “Le Divorce,” while Isabel leaps into l’amour with a married French diplomat who happens to be the uncle of Roxy’s soon-to-be-ex

Featuring: Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, Stephen Fry, Matthew Modine, Bebe Neuwirth, Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts

Director: James Ivory

Writers: James Ivory and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, based on the novel by Diane Johnson

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Top ten market exclusives on on August 8

MPAA Rating: PG13 for mature thematic elements and sexual content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Dust

Logline: A Balkan Western set across three different time periods and locations: the American Midwest at the turn of the 20th century, the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1913, and modern-day New York

Featuring: Anne Brochet, Joseph Fiennes, Adrian Lester, David Wenham

Director: Milcho Manchevski

Writer: Milcho Manchevski

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 8

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong violence, sexual content and language

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Politics of Fur

Logline: A mover and shaker in the LA music biz falls in love with her nihilistic, punkish, spiky haired-James Dean meets Sid Vicious-vixen of a birthday gift

Featuring: Brynn Horrocks, Katy Selverstone, T. Jerram Young

Director: Laura Nix

Writer: Laura Nix, inspired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film “The Bitter Tears of Petra von

Kant”Distributor: Nixpix

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 76 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Step Into Liquid

Logline: Documentary covering the broad spectrum of surfing’s cultural wavelength, from the acrobatic free surfing of the world’s top professionals, to the brave tow-in crews conquering 60 feet waves in the middle of the ocean, to some crazy cats who surf the wakes of supertankers off the coast of Texas

Featuring: Robert August, Layne Beachley, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Gerry Lopez

Director: Dana Brown

Distributor: Artisan Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Six screens in New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Maui on August 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

SWAT

Logline: The Special Weapons And Tactics team of the Los Angeles Police must prevent the escape plans of a brazen criminal who has offered $100 million to anyone who can help him to freedom

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Rodriguez, James Todd Smith (LL Cool J)

Director: Clark Johnson

Writers: David Ayer, Jim McClain and Ron Mita, from a story by George Huang, based on the 1970s TV series created by Robert Hamner and Lee Stnaley

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 locations release on August 8

MPAA Rating: PG13 for violence, language and sexual references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding Today (August 8)

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen: Opens at nine locations in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Toronto, Voorhees NJ and Washington DC

The Bread, My Sweet: Opens in Detroit

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns: Opens at the Bijou Theare in San Antonio and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

The Holy Land: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs

I Capture The Castle: Opens at four locations in Austin, Dennis MA, Northampton MA and

SacramentoNorthfork: Opens at 18 locations in Ann Arbor, Austin, Boise, Boulder, Durham, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Monterey, Phoenix, Raleigh, Richmond, Rochester NY, San Antonio and Santa

FeOn_Line: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Philadelphia

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During World War II: Opens at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque and the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

The Weather Underground: Opens at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck NY and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

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