The Early Report for January 12, 2004

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, January 16, 2004

Along Came Polly

Logline: After the painful breakup of his marriage during his honeymoon, a neurotic thirtysomething takes a chance on life when he has an unexpected encounter with the girl of his dreams during his high school days

Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Hank Azaria, Alec Baldwin, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Debra Messing, Ben Stiller

Director: John Hamburg

Writers: John Hamburg

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2984 locations release on January 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language, crude humor and some drug references

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Child I Never Was

Logline: Fictionalized account of Jürgen Bartsch, a German teen who became notorious in the 1960’s after his conviction for the serial killings and sexual molestation of a number of young German boys. In German with English subtitles

Featuring: Ulrike Bliefert, Walter Gontermann, Tobias Schenke, Sebastian Urzendowsky

Director: Kai S. Pieck

Writer: Kai S. Pieck, based on the book “Jürgen Bartsch: Opfer und Täter” by Paul Moor

Distributor: Wellspring Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Crimson Gold

Logline: A sickly veteran of the Iraq/Iran war, stuck in a dead end job as a pizza deliveryman, commits a desperate act of violence in an attempt to improve his lifestyle. In Farsi with English subtitles

Featuring: Hossain Emadeddin, Pourang Nakhael, Azita Rayeji, Kamyar Sheisi, Shahram Vaziri

Director: Jafar Panahi

Writer: Abbas Kiarostami

Distributor: Wellspring Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Quad Cinemas in New York City on January 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Teachers Pet

Logline: A dog who can talk and read poses as a human to go to school with his master

Featuring the voices of: Kelsey Grammer, Megan Mullally, Nathan Lane, Paul Reubens, Debra Jo Rupp, David Ogden Stiers, Jerry Stiller

Director: Timothy Björklund

Writers: Bill Steinkellner and Cherie Steinkellner

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2027 locations release on January 16

MPAA Rating: PG for some mildly crude humor

Running Time: 74 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tokyo Godfathers

Logline: Three homeless people in Tokyo find an abandoned baby on Christmas Eve. In Japanese with Englishsubtitles

Director: Satoshi Kon

Writers: Satoshi Kong and Keiko Nobumoto, based on a story by Kon

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Eight locations in Berkeley, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco and St. Louis on January 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, violent images, language and some sexual materials

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Torque

Logline: A biker returns to his hometown to reunite with his girlfriend, but finds himself framed for a murder he didn’t commit, targeted for revenge by the victim’s brother and pursued by the FBI as he tries to clear his name and outrace his enemies

Featuring: Ice Cube, Martin Henderson, William Yun Lee, Monet Mazur, Jaime Pressly, Matt Schulze, Adam Scott

Director: Joseph Kahn

Writers: J.P. Donahue, Matt Johnson, Kevin Polay

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2463 locations release on January 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexuality, language and drug references

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Tracker

Logline: In 1922 Australia, an Aborigine tracker leads three lawmen on a search for one of his own, suspected ofmurdering a white woman

Featuring: Damon Gameau, David Gulpilil, Grant Page, Gary Sweet, Noel Wilton

Director: Rolf de Heer

Writer: Rolf de Heer

Distributor: ArtMattan Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on January 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Tom Dowd and the Language of Music

Logline: Documentary about legendary producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd, whose personal history reflects the evolution of modern music and recording technology

Director: Mark Moorman

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on January 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Bubba Ho-Tep: Opens at the State Theatre in Modesto, Landmark’s Canal Place Theatre in New Orleans and theSturgeon Bay Cinema 6 in Sturgeon Bay WI

The Cooler: Expands to 396 locations

Carnage: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Bill Cosford Cinema in Miami

Cold Mountain: Adds an additional 500 locations (2802 locations total)

Girls Will Be Girls: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Hilldale Theatre in Madison WI and the Colony Twin in Raleigh NC

Japanese Story: Opens in the Angelika Film Center in New York City and other major markets

Monster: Expands to 214 locations

One From The Heart: Opens at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Theatre in Washington DC

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion: Opens at the Real Art Ways Theatre in Hartford CT, the Gold Town Nickelodeon in Juneau AK and the Cinema 21 in Portland OR

To Be and To Have: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Friday, January 23, 2004

The Butterfly Effect

Logline: After the death of his girlfriend, a young man discovers he has the ability to go back in time, changes the outcome not only of their lives but for others around him

Featuring: Elden Henson, Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, Melora Walters

Directors: J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress

Writers: J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2400 plus locations release on January 23

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

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Dirt

Logline: Two simple-hearted brothers search to find a replacement Mom when their mother passes away

Featuring: Michael Covert, Trace Fraim, Luke Perry, Jennifer Tilly, Patrick Warburton

Directors: Michael Covert, Trace Fraim

Writer: Michael Covert

Distributor: Mac Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on January 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Khakee

Logline: A police officer, on the eve of his daughter’s wedding, is assigned to escort a dangerous terrorist to his new prison. In Hindi with English subtitles

Featuring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Aishwarya Rai

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Writer: Shridhar Raghavan, Rajkumar Santoshi

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Made Up

Logline: A wife and mother has a crisis of conscience when her husband leaves for a younger woman

Featuring: Brooke Adams, Eva Amurri, Tony Shalhoub, Gary Sinise

Director: Tony Shalhoub

Writer: Lynne Adams

Distributor: Sister Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on January 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minues

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Mindhunters

Originally scheduled to open January 23rd, film has been removed from the schedule. No new release date has been set.

Touching The Void

Logline: Documentary, with reenactments, recounting the 1985 climb and disasterous descent of the two mountain climbers who were the first to scale the west face of the Siula Grande peak in the Peruvian Andes

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and Seattle on January 23 (five locationstotal)

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Win A Date With Tad Hamilton

Logline: A young woman in West Virginia wins a dream date with the hottest young actor in Hollywood, much to the detriment of the boy back home who has always loved her

Featuring: Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Gennifer Goodwin, Topher Grace, Sean Hayes, Nathan Lane

Director: Robert Luketic

Writer: Victor Levin

Distributor: Dreamworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on January 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, some drug references and language

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Wooly Boys

Logline: A sheep rancher’s visit to the big city triggers a mischevious adventure with his teenage computer-whiz grandson.

Featuring: Keith Carradine, Peter Fonda, Kris Kristofferson, Joseph Mazzello

Director: Leszek Burzynski

Writers: Max Enscoe & Annie deYoung and Buck Flower & Ed Hanson & Glen Stephens

Distributor: MAC Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in four North Dakota markets (Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Bismarck) on January 23

MPAA Rating: PG for language, brief violence and thematic material

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Mystic River: Returns to 750+ theatres, in support of expected Oscar nominations

Friday, January 30, 2004

The Big Bounce

Logline: A drifter con-man who has been recently hired to help a judge in Hawaii finds himself falling for the lover of a local real estate tycoon

Featuring: Sara Foster, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Sheen, Gary Sinese, Owen Wilson

Director: George Armitage

Writer: George Armitage and Sebastian Gutierrez, based on the novle by Elmore Leonard

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on January 30

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Eat This, New York

Logline: Documents the struggles two friends trying to open a new restaurant, in a city where 80% of the eateries close within five years

Directors: Andrew Rossi and Kate Novack

Distributor: Fern Berman Communications

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Latter Days

Logline: A hunky West Hollywood party boy gets more that he bargains for when he tries to seduce a sexually confused teenage Mormon missionary who moves into his apartment complex

Featuring: Amber Benson, Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Erik Palladino, Mary Kay Place, Wesley A. Ramsey, Steve Sandvosss

Director: C. Jay Cox

Writer: C. Jay Cox

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the University 6 in Irvine, the Quad Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Madstone Theatres in Salt Lake City and the Regent Showcase Cinema in West Hollywood on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 68 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

On The Run: Trilogy One

Logline: The first of three films focusing on the same characters in the same situations, told from different points of view. In this first film, the focus in on an leftist revolutionary who is looking to settle some old scores after escapeing from prison. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Lucas Belvaux, Dominique Blanc, Ornella Muti

Director: Lucas Belvaux

Writer: Lucas Belvaux

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on January 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Osama

Logline: After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, women were forbidden to leave their homes without being accompanied by a male. One Afghani family, who has no living males in their household, disguise the younger girl in the home as a boy named Osama, so she can escort her mother as she leaves the house, looking for work. Based on a true story. In Afghan with English subtitles

Featuring: Marina Golbahari, Mohamad Nader Khajeh, Zobeydeh Sahar, Mohamad Aref Harat

Director: Siddiq Barmak

Writer: Siddiq Barmak

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Monaural

The Perfect Score

Logline: A group of high school seniors decide to steal the answers to their upcoming SAT test, in order to schieve perfect scores

Featuring: Erica Christensen, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Darius Miles, Leonardo Nam

Director: Brian Robbins

Writer: Mark Schwann, Marc Hyman and Jon Zack, based on a story by Hyman and Zack

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

You Got Served

Logline: In order to achieve their dream of opening a recording studio, two friends must first win their city’s dance contest, a fierce competition that pits them against a group of tough street dancers

Featuring: Jennifer Freeman, Steve Harvey, J-Boog, Lil’ Kim, Omarion

Director: Chris Stokes

Writer: Chris Stokes

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on January 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and sexual references

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, February 6, 2004

An Amazing Couple: Trilogy Two

Logline: The second of three films focusing on the same characters in the same situations, told from different points of view. In this second film, the focus in on a teacher who mistakes her husband’s silence about his illness as a sign of his having an affair. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Lucas Belvaux, Dominique Blanc, François Morel, Ornella Muti

Director: Lucas Belvaux

Writer: Lucas Belvaux

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Barbershop 2

Logline: Another day in the life of a Chicago barbershop, now fighting against urban developers looking to replace “mom & pop” establishments with name-brand chains

Featuring: Garcelle Beauvais, Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Queen Latifah, Sean Patrick Thomas, Kenan Thompson

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Writers: Don D. Scott, Kevin Rodney Sullivan and Norman Vance Jr., based on characters created by Mark Brown

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual material and brief drug references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Dreamers

Logline: Three young cineastes are drawn together through their passion for film, during the political uprisings in Paris in 1968. In English and French with English subtitles

Featuring: Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Michael Pitt

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer: Gilbert Adair

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on February 6

MPAA Rating: NC-17 for graphic sexual content and full frontal nudity

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

Logline: Spoof of 1950s grade-Z horror movies, as a scientist searching for a rare element, Atmosphereum, must fight off an evil genius bent on resurrecting the lost skeleton of Cadavra for his own evil ways

Featuring: Jennifer Blaire, Larry Blamire, Fay Masterson, Brian Howe

Director: Larry Blamire

Writer: Larry Blamire

Distributor: Tri-Star Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language

Running Time: 90 minutes, plus six minute Ub Iwerks cartoon “Skeleton Frolics”

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Miracle

Logline: The story of the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, whose decisive victory against a seemingly unbeatable Russian team was one of the greatest upsets in sports history

Featuring: Eddie Cahill, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Kurt Russell

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Writer: Eric Guggenheim

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for language and some rough sports action

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Return

Logline: In contemporary Russia, two young brothers must deal with their abssent father’s return home after a twelve year absense. In Russian with English subtitles

Featuring: Ivan Dobronravov, Vladimir Garin, Konstantin Lavronenko, Natalia Vdovina

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writers: Vladimir Moiseenko and Alexander Novototsky

Distributor: Kino

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatres and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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