The Early Report for December 14, 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 MPAA ratings. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

The most recent MPAA ratings

Along Came Polly (Universal): PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references

Asterix And Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (Miramax): PG for language, sensuality and mild violence

Dogville (Lions Gate): R for violence and sexual content

Ladder 49 (Buena Vista): PG-13 for intense fire and rescue situations, and for language

Shaun Of The Dead (Universal): R for zombie violence/gore and language

The Touch (Miramax): PG-13 for violence

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Return of the King

Logline: The final part of the adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s saga.

Featuring: Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortensen, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Phillipa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 8000 plus prints in 3650 plus locations on December 17

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images

Running Time: 201 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, December 19, 2003

The Butterfly

Logline: An eight-year-old girl and her mom move in next to an ornery old entomologist with a lavish butterfly collection in his apartment. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu, Michel Serrault

Director: Philippe Muyl

Writer: Philippe Muyl

Distributor: First Run

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital/DTS

Calendar Girls

Logline: The members of an English women’s club pose nude for a calendar to raise money to help one of their own in need.

Featuring: Helen Mirren, Julie Walters, Penelope Wilton

Director: Nigel Cole

Writers: Tim Firth, Juliette Towhidi

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 24 locations in major markets on December 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for nudity, some language and drug-related material

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Fog of War

Logline: Feature-length interview with Robert S. McNamara, former secretary of defense for presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and the policy maker in Vietnam

Director: Errol Morris

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York, and at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre in Los Angeles, on December 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for images and thematic issues of war and destruction

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Hebrew Hammer

Logline: A Jewish superhero saves Hannukah from an evil Santa Claus imposter

Featuring: Peter Coyote, Andy Dick, Adam Goldberg, Judy Greer, Mario Van Peebles

Director: Jonathan Kesselman

Writer: Jonathan Kesselman

Distributor: Strand

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in eight locations: the Angelika Film Center and Sutton Twin in New York City, Laemmle`s Pasadena Playhouse 7 and Laemmle`s Sunset 5 Los Angeles, the Intracoastal Mall 8 in Miami, the Sunrise Cinemas in Ft. Lauderdale and the Sunrise Cinemas at Mziner Park in Boca Raton on December 19

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The House of Sand and Fog

Logline: A former Iranian general, living in exile in America, sees his chance at achieving the American dream when he buys a house at auction, only to find the former owner still has a valid claim on the property.

Featuring: Jennifer Connelly, Ron Eldard, Ben Kingsley

Director: Vadim Perelman

Writers: Vadim Perelman, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Square Theatre in New York City and the AMC Century 14 in Los Angeles on December 19

MPAA Rating: R for some violence/disturbing images, language and a scene of sexuality

Running Time: 126 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Line of Control

Logline: True story of the 1999 Indian standoff against Pakistani intruders in Kashmir. In Hindi with Englishsubtitles

Featuring: Abhishek Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Suneil Shetty

Director: J.P. Dutta

Writers: J.P. Dutta, O.P. Dutta

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on December 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 186 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Mona Lisa Smile

Logline: A freethinker is hired to teach art appreciation at Wellesley in the 1950’s.

Featuring: Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Roberts, Julia Stiles

Director: Mike Newell

Writers: Lawrence Konner and Mark Rosenthal

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2677 locations on December 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and thematic issues

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Barbarian Invasions: Expands into top twenty markets

Carnage: Opens at the Broadway Theatre in Salt Lake City

The Cooler: Expands into major markets

Eyes Without a Face: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

The Fog of War: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Theatre and the Visions Theatre in Washington D.C.

Girls Will Be Girls: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

House of Sand and Fog: Opens nationwide

In America: Adds an additional 85 locations in major and secondary markets

In My Skin: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Starz Film Center in Denver

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Cinema in Detroit

What Alice Found: Opens at the Edwards University 6 in Irvine, Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Children of Love

Logline: Documentary about three Belgian children who are affected by the divorce of their parents. In French with English subtitles.

Director: Geoffrey Enthoven

Distributor: Cine-International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Monster

Logline: Based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute who became the first woman executed in the state after she killed seven of her clients in the 1980s

Featuring: Bruce Dern, Christina Ricci, Charlize Theron, Scott Wilson

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Patty Jenkins

Distributor: Newmarket

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements in New York City on December 24

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, nudity, language and some disturbing images

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dobly Digital

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Cheaper By The Dozen

Logline: A college football coach must uproot his large family when he accepts a new job in a new city.

Featuring: Hilary Duff, Bonnie Hunt, Steve Martin, Piper Perabo, Tom Welling

Director: Shawn Levy

Writers: Sam Harper, Craig Titley

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3200 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG for language and some thematic elements

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Cold Mountain

Logline: A wounded Confederate soldier makes the long journey home to North Carolina, where his sweetheart is waiting for him.

Featuring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Donald Sutherland, Renee Zellweger

Director: Anthony Minghella

Writers: Anthony Minghella based on the novel by Charles Frazier

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200-1500 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: R for violence and sexuality

Running Time: 154 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Company

Logline: The work habits and relationships within a Chicago-based ballet company.

Featuring: Neve Campbell, James Franco, Malcolm McDowell

Director: Robert Altman

Writers: Barbara Turner, from a story by Neve Campbell

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements in New York City and Los Angeles on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some nudity, sexual content

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format:Dolby Digital

Paycheck

Logline: An engineer, discovering he’s been screwed out of his rightful reward, tries to piece his missing memories together after his employer has them erased

Featuring: Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giammati, Michael C. Hall, Uma Thurman

Director: John Woo

Writers: Dean Gregoris based on the story by Philip K. Dick

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense action violence and brief language

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Peter Pan

Logline: A retelling of the famed story, utilizing the most advanced computer graphics technology to bring the story to life as never seen before

Featuring: Jason Isaacs, Lynn Redgrave, Ludivine Sagnier, Jeremy Sumpter, Olivia Williams

Director: P.J. Hogan

Writers: Michael Goldenberg and P.J. Hogan, based on the book by J.M. Barrie

Distributor: Universal and Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG for adventure action sequences and peril

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Young Black Stallion

Logline: Prequel to the 1979 film classic which shows the horse had a previous owner, a young girl abandoned in the desert during World War 2

Featuring: Patrick Elyas, Biama Tamimi

Director: Simon Wincer

Writer: Jeanne Rosenberg, based upon the books by Steven Farley and Walter Farley

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release in IMAX and other large format theatres on December 25

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 50 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, IMAX Digital Stereo, SDDS

Expanding today

Big Fish: Expands to major markets

In America: Expands to 400 playdates

Friday, December 26, 2003

Expanding today

The Animation Show: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tuscon

The Barbarian Invasions: Second expansion into major markets

The Butterfly: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

The Cooler: Second expansion into major markets

Eyes Without a Face: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Girl With a Pearl Earring: Opens in Chicago and San Francisco

House of Sand and Fog: Wide expansion (500+ locations)

In My Skin: Opens at the Kentucky Theatre in Louisville

Monster: Adds exclusive engagements in Los Angeles and San Francisco

One From The Heart: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theater in Los Angeles and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion: Opens at the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis

21 Grams: Wide expansion (500+ locations total)

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Millennium Mambo

Logline: A hostess at one of Taiwan’s trendy Yao-tou bars enjoys a narcissistic lifestyle of nightclubs and Ecstasy pills, finding her romantic attention divided between her live-in boyfriend and an enterprising gangster with a personal stake in the bar where she works. In Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring: Yi-Hsuan Chen, Jack Kao, Qi Shu, Chun-hao Tuan

Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien

Writer: T’ien-wen Chu

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on December 31

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Thursday, January 1, 2004

Expanding today

Calendar Girls: Wide expansion (750+ locations)

Friday, January 2, 2004

Secret Things

Logline: Two penniless but shapely young women set out to better their social station by manipulating men. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Fabrice Deville, Roger Mirmont, Coralie Revel, Sabrina Seyvecou

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Writer: Jean-Claude Brisseau

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on January 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today
Monster: Opens at Landmark’s Aquarius and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley

Friday, January 9, 2004

Chasing Liberty

Logline: When the President’s daughter goes on a trip to Europe, she ditches her Secret Service agents in order to have a natural, normal experience

Featuring: Matthew Goode, Mark Harmon, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Piven, Annabella Sciorra

Director: Andy Cardiff

Writers: Derek Guiley and David Scheiderman

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on January 9

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and brief nudity

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Distance

Logline: Six years after a mass suicide committed by an extreme Japanese sect, various relatives of the victims begin to turn up at the group’s woodland cabin headquarters, on the banks of a huge and unsettlingly tranquil lake, looking for redemption or insight or closure. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Arata, Tadanobu Asano, Yusuke Iseya, Yui Natsukawa, Susumu Terajima

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on January 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 132 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

My Baby’s Daddy

Logline: Three life-long buddies find themselves in unfamiliar territory when their respective girlfriends all get pregnant at the same time

Featuring: Anthony Anderson, Eddie Griffin, Michael Imperioli, Method Man

Director: Cheryl Dune

Writers: Damon Daniels and Eddit Griffin

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on January 9

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Big Fish: Expands to 1750 plus locations

Girl With A Pearl Earring: Expands to additional markets

Monster: Opens at 21 additional locations: the Shirlington Theatre in Arlington, the Copley Place and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Century Center and the Esquire Cinema in Chicago, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Kew Gardens Theatres in Kew Gardens NY, Manhattan Village Cinemas in Manhattan Beach CA,the Rancho Niguel Theatre in Laguna Niguel CA, the Malverne Cinemas in Malverne NY, the Garden Theatre in Norwalk CT, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz 5 Theatre in Philadelphia, the Regal Fox Tower Theatre in Portland OR, the Montgomery Center in Rocky Hill NJ, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Galleria Stadium 16 in Sherman Oaks, the Uptown Theatre in Seattle, the Ritz 16 Theatre in Voorhees PA and Landmark’s E Street Cinema and the Georgetown Theatre in Washington DC

21 Grams: Expands to additional markets

Friday, January 16, 2004

Japanese Story

Logline: An Australian geologist teams with a surly Japanese man to explore one of the Earth’s last remaning uncharted areas

Featuring: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima

Director: Sue Brooks

Writer: Alison Tilson

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on January 16

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality and language

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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