The Early Report for January 19, 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, plus the latest MPAA ratings and release date changes. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

The latest release date changes and additions

Artemis Fowl (Miramax): The Robert DeNiro-produced family film has been removed from Miramax’s 2004 release schedule. No other information is available at this time

Beyond The Sea (Lions Gate): Kevin Spacey stars in and directs this bio-pic on the late Bobby Darin, which has been tentatively set for Christmas week release

Breakin’ All The Rules (Screen Gems): The Jamie Foxx romantic comedy, which has also been known as “The Break-Up Handbook” and “The Sexpert” will now open on March 26, five weeks earlier than previously scheduled

The Cookout (Lions Gate): Queen Latifah produces and cameos in this comedy, which is scheduled to open sometime in August

Dogville (Lions Gate): The Nicole Kidman drama gets shuffled around the release calendar once again, now opening in New York City and Los Angeles on March 26

Eulogy (Lions Gate): Once scheduled to open during the fall of 2003, the Ray Romano dark comedy is on the move again, and will now open on May 28

Final Cut (Lions Gate): Robin Williams and Jim Caviezel lead the cast in this sci-fi/thriller, which has been tentatively set to open this September

I Am David (Lions Gate): Jim Caviezel (again!) and Joan Plowright star in this post-World War II drama, which had been tentatively set for February release before its move to October

Mr. 3000 (Buena Vista): Bernie Mac’s baseball comedy, originally set to open on May 14, hopes to take advantage of pennant fever by opening on September 24

The Notebook (New Line): Nick Cassavetes’ World War II-themed love story will open on July 23, one week earlier than previously scheduled

A Slipping Down Life (Lions Gate): Toni Kalem’s adaptation of the Anne Tyler novel has been scheduled to open in limited release on May 14

Stage Beauty (Lions Gate): The Billy Crudup/Claire Danes drama has been scheduled to open Thanksgiving week

Welcome To Mooseport (Fox): The Gene Hackman/Ray Romano political comedy moves back to February 20, after briefly flirting with a February 13 release date

Wicker Park (MGM/UA): Josh Hartnett and Matthew Lillard lead this romantic thriller, which has been scheduled to open September 3

The latest MPAA ratings

America’s Heart And Soul (BV): PG for some mild thematic elements

Criminal (Warner Independent): R for language

The Dreamers (Fox Searchlight): NC-17 for explicit sexual content

Johnson Family Vacation (Fox Searchlight): PG-13 for some sexual references, crude humor and brief drug material

Miracle (Buena Vista): PG for language and some rough sports action

Mr. 3000 (BV): PG-13 for sexual content and language

Never Die Alone (Fox Searchlight): R for strong violence, drug use, sexuality and language

The Passion Of The Christ (Newmarket): R for scenes of graphic violence

Yossi And Jagger (Strand): R for language and some sexual content

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 and the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY 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 locations total)

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 1300+ 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: 2250 plus locations release on January 30

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

Running Time: 88 minutes

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 differentpoints 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: 1750 plus locations release on January 30

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

Running Time: 93 minutes

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: 1750 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

Expanding today

Girl With A Pearl Earring: Expands to 350+ locations

Made Up: Opens at the the University 6 in Irvine, the Arclight Theatre in Los Angeles, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and the Pacific Galleria in Sherman Oaks

Monster: Expands to 400+ locations

Master and Commander: Expands to 850+ locations

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: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Catch That Kid

Logline: When her father is taken ill, a young girl recruits two friends to rob the bank where her mother works

Featuring: Jennifer Beals, Corbin Bleu, Sam Robards, Kristen Stewart, Max Thieriot

Director: Bart Freundlich

Writers: Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, based on the 2001 film “Klatretøsen” by Nikolaj Arcel, Hans Fabian Wullenweber and Erlend Loe

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on February 6

MPAA Rating: PG for some language, thematic elements and rude humor

Running Time: 92 minutes

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 explicit sexual content

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Gypsy 83

Logline: Two misfit Goth kids from Ohio decide to take a trip to New York City, in order to compete in a Stevie Nicks impersonation contest

Featuring: Karen Black, John Doe, Sara Rue, Kett Turton

Director: Todd Stephens

Writer: Todd Stephens, based on a story by Tim Kaltenecker and Todd Stephens

Distributor: Velvet Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on February 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono

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: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre 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 unbeatableRussian 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

Friday, February 13, 2004

After The Life: Trilogy Three

Logline: The third of three films focusing on the same characters in the same situations, told from different points of view. In this final film, a disgraced cop seeks redemption by capturing a fugitive with a strange connection to officer’s heroin-addicted wife. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Lucas Belvaux, Dominique Blanc, Gilbert Melki

Director: Lucas Belvaux

Writer: Lucas Belvaux

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Code

Logline: After serving four years for honoring his “family’s” code of silence, a man is released from prison and finds himself torn between trying to provide for his wife and being drawn back into his life of crime. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Clotilde Courau, Marie Guillard, Samuel Le Bihan, Samy Naceri

Director: Manuel Boursinhac

Writers: Manuel Boursinhac and Bibi Naceri

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Union Square 14 in New York City on February 13

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, language and sexuality

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

50 First Dates

Logline: An animal doctor in Hawaii falls in love with a woman after a memorable encounter, only to find that she suffers from severe short-term memory loss and has no idea who he is, forcing him to get her to fall in love with him all over again every day

Featuring: Dan Aykroyd, Drew Barrymore, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider

Director: Peter Segal

Writers: George Wing

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on February 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual humor and drug references

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Monsieur Ibrahim

Logline: An elderly convenience store owner takes a young Jewish man under his wing, teaching him the mystic ways of Sufism.

Featuring: Pierre Boulanger, Omar Sharif

Director: Francois Dupeyron

Writer: Francois Dupeyron, based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Highwaymen

Logline: The lone survivor of a serial killer teams with the widowed husband of another victim, who has spent years hunting the madman, to stop the killer once and for all

Featuring: Jim Caviezel, Frankie Faison, Colm Feore, Rhona Mitra

Director: Robert Harmon

Writers: Craig Mitchell and Hans Bauer

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 plus locations regional release in the Southwest on February 13

MPAA Rating: R for violence, some gore and brief language

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Kitchen Stories

Logline: After thoroughly mapping the Swedish housewife’s behavior in the kitchen, scientists at the Home Research Institute in Sweden send a group of observers to the rural district of Landstad, Norway, with its surplus of bachelors, to study the kitchen routines of single men. In Norwegian and Swedish with English subtitles

Featuring: Reine Brynolfsson, Joachim Calmeyer, Bjørn Floberg, Tomas Norström

Director: Bent Hamer

Writers: Jörgen Bergmark, Bent Hamer

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City onFebruary 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Robot Stories

Logline: Four short films about man’s struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers

Featuring: Wai Ching Ho, Greg Pak, Sab Shimono, Tamlyn Tomita

Director: Greg Pak

Writer: Greg Pak

Distributor: Pak Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Seagull’s Laughter

Logline: A young woman who had gone to America as an officer’s bride, returns home to Iceland to begin a new life. In Icelandic with English subtitles

Featuring: Ugla Egilsdóttir, Heino Ferch, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Margrét Vilhjálmsdóttir

Director: Ágúst Guðmundsson

Writer: Ágúst Guðmundsson, based on the novel by Kristin Marja Baldursdóttir

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on February 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Dreamers: Expands into additional markets

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: Opens at Landmark’s Act I Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and the Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose

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