The Early Report for August 17, 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 most recent 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
Originally anticipated to be their summer tentpole release, Artisan has set the release date for “The Punisher,” the Thomas Jane/John Travolta adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, April 16, 2004

Columbia Pictures
Two moves this week: the Julianne Moore vampire drama “The Forgotten” and the comedy “White Chicks” switchdates. The former will now open on June 25, 2004, while the latter will hit on July 23, 2004

Fox Searchlight
The Dreamers,” Oscar winning director Bernardo Bertolucci’s latest, will slumber for a while longer. The October 3, 2003 release date has been postponed, and a March 19, 2004, replacement has been added.

Miramax
The Danny DeVito dark comedy “Duplex,” featuring Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore as a couple looking to off a sweet old lady to get her apartment, moves up one week, now opening on September 26

New Line
Despite the failure of “Dumb and Dumberer,” the company is going to try to franchise out their other 1994 Jim Carrey comedy. “Son of the Mask,” with Jamie Kennedy as an animator whose infant son finds the Mask, will open on October 8, 2004

Warner Brothers
One move and one remove. “The Aviator,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes, will now tentatively open in December of 2004, and not early 2005 as originally scheduled. “I’ll Be There,” the directorial debut of Craig Ferguson from “The Drew Carey Show,” which also features Anthony Head Stewart from “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” will unfortunately be skipping a theatrical release altogether, and debut on home video sometime in 2004.

The most recent MPAA ratings

Casa de los Babys (IFC): R for some language and brief drug use

The Company (Sony Picture Classics): R for brief strong language (Sony Classics is appealing)

La Mentale (Samuel Goldwyn Company): R for strong violence, language and sexuality

Looney Tunes: Back In Action (Warner Brothers): PG for some mild language and innuendo

Mona Lisa Smile (Columbia): PG13 for sexual content and thematic issues

The School Of Rock (Paramount): PG13 for some rude humor and drug references

Shattered Glass (Lions Gate): PG13 for language, sexual references and brief drug use

Tupac: Resurrection (Paramount): R for strong language and images of drugs, violence, sex

Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Catching Out

Logline: Documentary which follows contemporary train hoppers as they navigate between the constraints of society and the freedom of the road

Director: Sarah George

Distributor: Seven Arts Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 79 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono

Thirteen

Logline: A thirteen year old girl in Los Angeles finds her life falling apart all too quickly, leading to drug abuse and sex

Featuring: Holly Hunter, Kip Pardue, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Deborah Unger, Evan Rachel Wood

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Writers: Catherine Hardwicke, Nikki Reed

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the 62nd & Broadway and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for drug use, self-destructive violence, language and sexuality, all involving young teens

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, August 22, 2003
Autumn Spring

Logline: A merry old prankster refuses to accept he is about to die. In Czech with English

subtitlesFeaturing: Vlastimil Brodsky, Ondrej Vetchý, Stella Zázvorkova

Director: Vladimir Michálek

Writer: Jiri Hubac

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on August 22

MPAA Rating: PG13 for language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Battle of Shaker

HeightsLogline: The only enjoyment a seventeen year old gets out of life is re-enacting World War II battles in his Cleveland suburb

Featuring: Eldon Henson, Shia LaBeouf, Kathleen Quinlan, William Sadler, Amy Smart

Director: Efram Potelle, Kyle Rankin

Writers: Erica Beeney

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the AMC Empire, Loews Lincoln Square and UA Union Square in New York City, and AMC Santa Monica and Hollywood Arclight in Los Angeles on August 22

MPAA Rating: PG13 for brief language and a drug reference

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Don’t Tempt Me

Logline: Two angels, one from heaven and one from hell, come to earth to save the soul of a boxer. In English and French, Latin and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Victoria Abril, Fanny Ardant, Gael García Bernal, Demián Bichir, Penélope Cruz

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes

Writer: Agustín Díaz Yanes

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 22

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violence and sexual content

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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 22

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

Marci X

Logline: The pampered daughter of a record label owner, who has never set foot in the business world, takes over her father’s company when protest breaks out over one of his rapper’s new CD

Featuring: Christine Baranski, Richard Benjamin, Jane Krakowski, Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans

Director: Richard Benjamin

Writer: Paul Rudnick

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on August 22

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language

Running Time: 73 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Medallion

Logline: An indomitable Hong Kong cop, after a near-fatal accident involving a mysterious Medallion, is suddenlytransformed into a Highbinder, an immortal warrior with superhuman powers

Featuring: Jackie Chan, Lee Evans, Claire Forlani

Director: Gordon Chan

Writer: Gordon Chan, Bey Logan

Distributor: Sony Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on August 22

MPAA Rating: PG13 for action violence and some double entendre

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Boss’ Daughter

Logline: A young man sees his opportunity to woo his dream girl when her father (who happens to be his boss) asks him to housesit while the boss is out of town. Little does he know that her brother and others will also be around. Hilarity ensues.

Featuring: Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, Andy Richter, Terrence Stamp

Director: David Zucker

Writer: David Dorfman

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations release on August 22

MPAA Rating: PG13 for crude and sex-related humor, drug content and language

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Stoked

Logline: Documentary exploring the rise and fall of 80s skateboard legend Mark “Gator” Rogowski

Featuring: Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Mark Rogowski

Director: Helen Stickler

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Teknolust

Logline: Anxious to use artificial life to improve the world, a bio-geneticist creates a Recipe for Cyborgs and uses her own DNA in order to breed three Self Replicating Automatons

Featuring: Jeremy Davies, Tilda Swinton, James Urbaniak

Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Writer: Lynn Hershman Leeson

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, on August 22

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Venus Boyz

Logline: Documentary exploring the worlds of transgendered people

Director: Gabriel Baur

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on August 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Expanding Today

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen: Opens in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Durham, Edina, Evanston, Honolulu, Houston, Monterey, Nashville, New Haven, Palm Springs, Raleigh, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Antonio, Santa Cruz and St. Louis (26 additional locations)

American Splendor: Opens in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington DC (27 additional locations)

The Cuckoo: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Fellini: I’m a Born Liar: Opens at the Cleveland Cinemateque in Cleveland and the Crossroads in San Antonio

Friday Night: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Fine Arts in Beverly Hills and Landmark’s Rialto Theatre in Pasadena

Gasoline: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Holy Land: Opens at the Ritz in Philadelphia

I Capture The Castle: Opens at The Avon Theatre in Decateur, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Images Cinema in Williamstown MA and the Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton NH

Jet Lag: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans

Le Divorce: Opens in select markets

Levity: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

Madame Sata: Opens at Landmark’s Century Cinemas in Chicago, Edward’s University 6 in Irvine and Landmark’s NuArt in Los Angeles

The Magdalene Sisters: Opens in secondary markets

Man on the Train: Opens at the Towngate in Wheeling WV

Masked and Anonymous: Opens in Atlanta, Austin, Philadelphia, Voorhees NJ and Washington D.C. (9 additional locations)

Mondays in the Sun: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art in Detroit, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Northfork: Opens at twenty-seven locations in Baton Rouge, Bozeman MT, Bismark ND, Bonita Springs FL, Boynton Beach FL, Buffalo, Burlington VT, Champaign IL, Colorado Springs, Dayton, Decatur IL, Des Moines, Fargo, Fayetteville NC, Ft. Myers FL, Ithaca NY, Little Rock, Missoula, New Orleans, Pittsfileld, Richmond VA, Roanoke VA, Salt Lake City, Sarasota FL, St. Petersburg, Tucson and Tulsa OK

The Secret Lives of Dentists: Opens in Aspen, Atlanta, Charlottesville VA, Colorado Springs, Dennis MA, Denver, Falmouth MA, Kennewick WA, Palm Springs, Providence RI and Waterville ME (11 additional locations)

September 11 (11’09″01): Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham and the Belcourt Cinema in Nashville

Step Into Liquid: Opens in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Hawaii, Los Angeles,Miami, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Virginia Beach and Washington DC (18 additional locations)

Thirteen: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, and the Varsity Theatre in Toronto

Tycoon: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston

The Weather Underground: Opens at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge MA, the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington MA, the Parkway Theater in Oakland and the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville ME

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Suddenly

Logline: A pair of knowing punkette malcontents (who call themselves Mao and Lenin) kidnap a frumpy lovelorn lingerie salesgirl. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Carla Crespo, Veronica Hassan, Tatiana Saphir, Beatriz Thibaudin

Director: Diego Lerman

Writers: Diego Lerman and María Meira, based on the novel La Prueba by César Aira

Distributor: Empire Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Friday, August 29, 2003
Civil Brand

Logline: Women prisoners strike up a friendship with a young law student who works as a part-time prison guard

Featuring: Da Brat, Mos Def, LisaRaye, Lark Voorhies, N’Bushe Wright

Director: Neema Barnette

Writers: Joyce Lewis, Preston A. Whitmore II

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 29

MPAA Rating: R for violence including a rape, and for pervasive strong language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Jeepers Creepers 2

Logline: As its 23 horrifying days of flesh-eating come to an end, an ancient creature known as the Creeper embarkson a final voracious feeding frenzy, terrorizing a group of varsity basketball players, cheerleaders, and coaches stranded on a remote highway after their bus breaks down

Featuring: Jonathan Breck, Luke Edwards, Ray Wise

Director: Victor Salva

Writer: Victor Salva

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on August 29

MPAA Rating: R for horror violence and language

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Legend of Johnny Lingo

Logline: A romantic adventure tale set in the Polynesia cultures of the South Pacific.

Featuring: Daniel Logan, Temuera Morrison

Director: Steven Ramirez

Writer: Riwia Brown, from the short story by Patricia McGerr

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 locations in Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City on August 29

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dobly SR

Nola

Logline: An aspiring songwriter flees her trailer-trash existence and abusive stepfather in Kansas, to pursue her dreams in New York City, and find the father she never knew.

Featuring: Steven Bauer, Mary McDonnell, Emmy Rossum

Director: Alan Hruska

Writer: Alan Hruska

Distributor: Fireworks Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Nashville, Dallas, St. Louis and Phoenix on August 29

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Midlands

Logline: Years after leaving his wife and young daughter due to legal troubles, a Scotsman returns home after witnessing his wife be proposed to by another man on a talk show

Featuring: Robert Carlyle, Shirley Henderson, Rhys Ifans

Director: Shane Meadows

Writers: Paul Fraser, Shane Meadows

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 29

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Other Side of the Bed

Logline: The lives of two couples whose search for love leads to lies and heartache… and song and dance! In Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Ernesto Alterio, Guillermo Toledo, Paz Vega, Natalia Verbeke

Director: Emilio Martinez-Lazaro

Writer: David Serrano

Distributor: Sundance

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Loews White Marsh in Baltimore, the Loews Copley Place in Boston, the Loews Pipers Alley in Chicago, the Loews Cityplace in Dallas, the Star Theatres Great Lakes in Detroit, the Cineplex Odeon Beverly Center in Los Angeles, the Loews 34th Street in New York City, the Loews Metreon in San Francisco, the Cineplex Odeon Uptown Cinemas in Seattle and the Loews Georgetown in Washington D.C. on August 29 (10 locations total)

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Party Monster

Logline: In the late 1980s, a club party organizer finds his life spiraling out of control after he boasts on atelevision show that he killed his drug dealing roommate

Featuring: Macauley Culkin, Wilson Cruz, Seth Green, Dylan McDermott, Chloe Sevigny

Directors: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato

Writers: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, based on the book “Disco Bloodbath” by James St. James

Distributor: Strand

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on August 29

MPAA Rating: R for violent images, sexuality and language

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding Today

American Splendor: Opens in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Ft.Lauderdale, Houston, Kansas City, the Los Angeles Metro area, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York City Tri-State area, Portland OR, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay area, Scottsdale and Washington D.C. (44 additional locations)

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen: Opens in Albuquerque, Charlotte, Columbus, Dayton, Edmonton, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Madison, Milwaukee, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Providence, Richmond, Santa Rosa, Santa Fe, Seattle, Tallahasse, Tampa and Tucson (23 additional locations)

The Battle of Shaker Heights: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Theatre in Boston, the Webster Place in Chicago, the Shaker Square Theatre in Cleveland, the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Ritz 5 Theatre in Philadelphia, the AMC Van Ness in San Francisco, the Loews Meridian in Seattle and the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC (8 additional locations)

The Cremaster Cycle: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Friday Night: Opens at Landmark’s Fine Arts in Los Angeles

Gasoline: Opens at Landmark’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles

The Housekeeper: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta

I Capture The Castle: Opens at the Chelsea Cinema in Chapel Hill, the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, the Carolina Theatre in Durham and the Colony Twin in Raleigh

Km. 0: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art in Atlanta, the Regent Showcase and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, the New Art in Provincetown MA and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinema in San Diego

Lawless Heart: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Madame Sata: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston

The Magdalene Sisters: Expands into secondary markets

Masked and Anonymous: Opens in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Miami, San Antonio and Santa Cruz (7 additional locations)

Northfork: Opens at ten locations in Bellingham WA, Great Falls MT, Juneau, Reno, Toledo, Twin Falls ID, Wichita, Williamsburg VA, Worchester MA and Yakima WA

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during World War II: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore

The Secret Lives of Dentists: Opens in Albuquerque, Billings MT, Boynton Beach FL, Bozeman MT, Bridgeville PA,Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia SC, Columbus OH, Fayetteville NC, Fort Collins CO, Gainesville FL, Hartford, Hickory NC, Honolulu, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville KY, Milwaukee, Myrtle Beach SC, Nashville, Norman OK, Northampton MA, Oklahoma City, Overland Park, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Santa Fe, St. Louis, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tempe, Tulsa OK and Twin Falls ID (34 additional locations)

September 11 (11’09″01): Opens at the Detroit Institute Of Art in Detroit and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY

Step Into Liquid: Opens in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Portland OR, Sacramento, Scottsdale and St. Louis (10 additional locations)

Stoked: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, in Los Angeles and at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Thirteen: Opens in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham MI, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Edina MN, Hartford, the Los Angeles metro area, Philadelphia, Portland OR, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, St. Louis, Vancouver and Washington D.C.(53 additional locations)

The Weather Underground: Opens at the University Theater in Irvine and Landmark’s NuArt Theater in Los Angeles

Friday, September 5, 2003
Carnage

Logline: After being killed in the ring, the remains of a bull find their way around Europe, where the lives ofseveral different people are touched in different ways. In French and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Lio, Chiara Mastroianni, Ángela Molina, Lucia Sanchez

Director: Delphine Gleize

Writer: Delphine Gleize

Distributor: Wellspring Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on September 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dobly SR

Dickie Roberts

Logline: A former child star hires a family to adopt him so he can have a “normal” childhood, in order to land a role in a Rob Reiner movie

Featuring: Craig Bierko, Mary McCormack, Rob Reiner, David Spade

Director: Sam Weisman

Writers: David Spade, Fred Wolf

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on September 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor, language and drug references

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Homeroom

Logline: After a school shooting kills nine students, a detective is assigned the task of finding the responsibleparty, leading him to a troubled outsider who is considered by others as either the key witness or the prime suspect

Featuring: Erica Christensen, Victor Garber, Busy Phillips

Director: Paul F. Ryan

Writer: Paul F. Ryan

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Denver, Los Angeles and New York City on September 5

MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some violent images

Running Time: 132 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Order

Logline: A conflicted, rebellious priest travels to Rome to investigate the strange death of his

mentorFeaturing: Mark Addy, Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Weller

Director: Brian Helgeland

Writer: Brian Helgeland

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on September 5

MPAA Rating: R for violent images, sexuality and language

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Shaolin Soccer

Logline: A Shaolin expert believes he can chance the ways of the world, if he can only introduce his discipline to the masses. He teams up with a group of childhood friends to enter a worldwide soccer tournament to further his beliefs

Featuring: Stephen Chow, Mna Tat Ng, Vicki Zhao

Director: Stephen Chow

Writers: Stephen Chow, Kan-Cheung Tsang

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on September 5

MPAA Rating: PG for martial arts action and some thematic elements

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Formats: Dolby Digital

Taking Sides

Logline: A conductor stays in Germany during the Nazi era, continuing his career with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra while most of his colleagues flee the country. His “collaboration” provokes strong accusations after the

warFeaturing: Moritz Bleibtreu, R. Lee Ermey, Harvey Keitel, Stellan Skarsgård, Ulrich Tukur

Director: István Szabó

Writer: Ronald Harwood

Distributor: New Yorker

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on September 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi

Logline: Rerelease of Jacques Becker’s 1953 crime drama, where an aging gangster and his team stage a bank robbery, only to end up fighting amongst themselves and their grilfriends over the loot. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Renee Dary, Jean Gabin, Jeann Moreau

Director: Jacques Becker

Writers: Jacques Becker, Maurice Griffe and Albert Simonin, based on Simonin’s novel “Série

Noire”Distributor: Rialto

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City and Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles on September 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono

Expanding Today

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen: Opens in Boise, Ft. Worth, Kansas City, Little Rock, Scottsdale and Tulsa (6 additional locations)

Confusion of Genders: Opens at UA Galaxy Theater in San Francisco and the Oaks Twin in Berkeley

Friday Night: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Masked and Anonymous: Opens at the Spectrum Cinema in Albany, Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans

Northfork: Opens in Ashland OR, Bainbridge WA, Greensboro, Montgomery and Newburyport MA (5 additional locations)

Party Monster: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago, Laemmle`s Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Laemmle`s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, Angelika Film Center and Chelsea 9 Cinemas in New York, and the Towne Cinemas in San Jose

Secret Lives: Hidden Children and their Rescuers during World War II: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis

The Secret Lives of Dentists: Opens in Austin, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Boise, Columbus GA, Eugene OR, Huntsville, Keene NH, Roanoke, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and West Valley City UT (12 additional locations)

September 11 (11’09″01): Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the Avalon Theatre in Washington DC

Step Into Liquid: Opens in Ann Arbor, Arlington, Austin, Bexley OH, Boca Raton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Delray Beach, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Winter Park FL (11 additional locations)

The Weather Underground: Opens at the Charles Theater in Baltimore, the Raven Theater in Healdsberg CA, the OrpheumTheater in Madison, the Pasedena 6 Theater in Pasedena and the Ritz Cinemas in Philadelphia

Friday, September 12, 2003
Cabin Fever

Logline: Five college friends who head off into the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around come across a vagrant infected with a flesh-eating bacteria

Featuring: James DeBello, Joey Kern, Rider Strong, Cerina Vincent

Director: Eli Roth

Writers: Randy Pearlstein, Eli Roth

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on September 12

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

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Cold Creek Manor (site closed)

Logline: After the Tilson family buys and renovates an old rustic home in a rural area, they find they’ve made apowerful enemy: the former owner of Cold Creek Manor, a man whose cunning barely hides his murderous rage

Featuring: Stephen Dorff, Juliette Lewis, Christopher Plummer, Dennis Quaid, Sharon Stone

Director: Mike Figgis

Writer: Richard Jefferies

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on September 12

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lost In Translation

Logline: An aging American star, making a commercial in Japan, meets a very young and very bored wife of an American photographer, who end up spending a weekend hanging out and discovering something new about

themselves.Featuring: Scarlett Johanssen, Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Sofia Coppola

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on September 12

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Matchstick Men

Logline: A con artist and his protege find their plans for a major heist are interrupted by the unexpected appearance of the con artist’s previously unknown teenage daughter

Featuring: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell

Director: Ridley Scott

Writer: Nicholas Griffin and Ted Griffin, based on the novel by Eric Garcia

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 locations release on September 12

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Millennium Actress

Logline: As an old movie studio is being torn down, an investigative reporter interviews the studio’s most famous actress, who has been in self-imposed exile for many years

Featuring the voices of: Shouzou Iizuka, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa, Miyoko Shoji

Director: Satoshi Kon

Writer: Sadayuki Murai

Distributor: Go Fish Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco on September 12

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, violence and brief mild language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Perfect Husband

Logline: Inspired by the Shakespearean ideal of “The marriage of true minds” and heavily influenced by the American trend of finding your own mate, a young Indian woman rebels against tradition and family, setting out to find a man who truly loves and values her. In English and in Hindi and Punjabi with subtitles

Featuring: Ella Atai, Parvin Dabas, Neha Dubey, Amin Hajee, Jasmine, Jeneva Talwar

Director: Priya Ruth Paul

Writers: Priya Ruth Paul, Pramod Singh

Distributor: Lance Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 25 screens in major Indian-American markets on September 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Logline: Enlisted by a corrupt CIA agent, El Mariachi makes his way across a rugged landscape on the blood trail of acartel kingpin who is planning a coup d’etat against the president of Mexico

Featuring: Antonio Banderas, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on September 12

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

So Close

Logline: A pair of assassin sisters are tracked by an undercover female police officer

Featuring: Karen Mok, Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao

Director: Corey Yuen

Writer: Jeff Lau

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on September 12

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive violence and a sexual conversation

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding Today

American Splendor: Opens in Albany, Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Akron, Asheville NC, Atlanta, Austin, Bethel CT, Boise, Boulder, Boston, Calgary, Canton OH, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Columbus, Des Moines, Doylestown PA, Gainsville FL, Gaithersburg MD, Grandview OH, Hartford, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Lexington, Livonia MI, the Los Angeles Metro area, Louisville, Madison WI, Maitland FL, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul,Nashville, New Haven, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Portland OR, Princeton, Providence, Raleigh, Reno, Ridgewood NJ, Rochester NY, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay area, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Stamford CT, Tampa Bay, Toledo, Tucson, Tulsa OK and Victoria (77 additional locations)

And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen: Opens in Ann Arbor, Ashland, Eugene, Fayetteville, Gainsville, Pleasantville, Reno, Tacoma and Winnipeg (9 additional locations)

Derrida: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Fellini: I’m a Born Liar: Opens at the New Loft in Tuscon

Friday Night: Opens at the Cleveland Cinematheque in Cleveland

The Gatekeeper: Opens at the Madstone Parkside in Atlanta

The Holy Land: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark’s Embassy Cinema and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, the Starz Film Center in Denver, the Manor Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Fox in Portland OR, the Camelview inScottsdale and the Avalon in Washington D.C.

Madame Sata: Opens at the Gateway in Ft. Lauderdale, the Village Square in Las Vegas and the South Beach in Miami

Masked and Anonymous: Opens in Eugene, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Nashville, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Sarasota and St. Louis (10 additional locations)

Northfork: Opens in Eugene OR, Lakeland FL, Glasco MT and Lexington (4 additional locations)

The Secret Lives of Dentists: Opens at the Laguna Village 10 in Chandler AZ and the Fiesta 18 in San Antonio

September 11 (11’09″01): Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Theatre in Berkeley, the Towne Theatre 3 in San Jose and Landmark’s Lumiere 3 in San Francisco

Step Into Liquid: Opens in Albany, Hartford, Kansas City, Milwaukee, New Haven, Pittsburgh, Rochester and Williamsville NY (8 additional locations)

The Weather Underground: Opens at Landmark’s Inwood Theater in Dallas, Upstate Films in Rhinebeck NY and The Screen in Santa Fe

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