The Early Report for April 4, 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.

Most Recent Release Date Changes

Batman Begins (Warner Brothers): Christopher Nolan’s new take on the origins of the Caped Crusader opens nationwide on June 17, 2005

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Warner Brothers): Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team for the fourth time on this revision of the famed Roald Dahl novel, about an eccentric candy maker who decides to give away his factory to one lucky child, which will open on July 15, 2005

The Clearing (Fox Searchlight: The directorial debut of “The Insider” producer Pieter Jan Brugge, featuring Robert Redford as an executive held captive by former employee Willem Dafoe, has moved from its intended May 21 opening date to July 2

Control Room (Magnolia Pictures): “Startup.com” director Jehane Noujaim’s newest documentary takes a look at how the media on both sides of the cultural clash between Western and Arab worlds operate, through the prism of satellite television’s impact on how viewers receive information worldwide. The film will open in New York City on May 21 before opening across the country in June

The Green Butchers: Anders Thomas Jensen’s Danish comedy/drama, about two young butchers who find success after an unfortunate accident with a large shipment of beef, will open in the US this August

The Intended (IFC Films): Danish filmmaker Kristian Levring’s Maylasian-themed drama, about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family, will open one week later than first expected, on June 25

Miss Congeniality 2 (Warner Brothers): The sequel to the hit 2000 Sandra Bullock film will open on March 18, 2005

P.S. (Newmarket): Laura Linney and Topher Grace topline the latest from “Roger Dodger” filmmaker Dylan Kidd, which opens in New York City on October 15

Seeing Other People (Lantern Lane Entertainment): Former “Simpsons” writer/producer Wallace Wolodarsky takes a look at the lives of a couple who, two months before their wedding day, allow themselves to have one last fling with other people. The comedy, featuring Lauren Graham and Jay Mohr, will open in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas on May 7

Sex is Comedy (IFC Films): French filmmaker Catherine Breillat’s latest, featuring “La Femme Nikita” star Anne Parillaud, will open in New York City on October 20

Silver City (Newmarket): John Sayles’s latest, a political thriller about the discovery of a corpse which threatens to unravel a local politician’s campaign for governor of Colorado, will open in major markets on September 17

Stander (Newmarket): The latest from “Forces of Nature” director Brownen Hughes, featuring Thomas Jane as the real life South African police officer who became a folk hero bank robber during the final days of Apartheid, will open in select markets on June 11

The Woodman (Newmarket): Kevin Bacon stars as a pedophile who returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life, in Nicole Kassell’s second feature, which will open in major markets on December 24

X-Men 3 (Fox): May 5, 2006 is the release date scheduled for Bryan Singer’s third foray into the mutant superhero world

Most Recent MPAA Ratings

Big Time (First Look Home Entertainment): R for some language

Blast (Film Afrika Worldwide): R for violence and some language

Blood Sisters: Vamps 2 (EI Independent Cinema): R for strong sexuality/nudity, vampire violence and some language

Cookers (Santa Barbara Filmed Entertainment): R for pervasive drug content and language, some violent and disturbing images

House Of D (House Of D Productions): PG-13 for sexual and drug references, thematic elements and language

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Paramount Classics): R for language, a rape scene, violent images and brief drug use

Natural Disaster Avalanche (Euroimage Eood Studio Eight): PG-13 for brief language

Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Buena Vista Home Entertainment): PG for violence

Nightmare Boulevard (Velocity Home Entertainment): R for violence, sexuality and language

Thrill (SNP Inc): PG for violence/peril and language

Uncle Nino (Uncle Nino Productions): PG for language and some teen smoking

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Johnson Family Vacation

Logline: The comic misadventures of a man taking his estranged wife and his children halfway cross-country, to an annual family reunion

Featuring: Bow Wow, Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams, Shannon Elizabeth, Steve Harvey, Solange Knowles, Gabby Soleil

Director: Christopher Erskin

Writers: Earl Richey Jones and Todd R. Jones

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on April 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references, crude humor and brief drug material

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, April 9, 2004

The Alamo

Logline: A small band of Texans defend a mission turned fort against a vastly more powerful Mexican army.

Featuring: Jason Patric, Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writers: Stephen Gaghan, John Lee Hancock, John Sayles

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on April 9

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sustained intense battle sequences

Running Time: 137 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ella Enchanted

Logline: In a bid to regain control of her life, a young woman who lives in a fanciful and magical world where all children are given a “gift” from a fairy Godmother at the moment of their birth, goes on a quest to free herself from hers, the gift of obedience

Featuring: Minnie Driver, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, Anne Hathaway, Eric Idle

Director: Tommy O’Haver

Writers: Laurie Cragi and Karen McCullugh Lutz & Kristen Smith and Jennifer Heath & Michelle Wolff, based on the novel by Gail Carson Levine

Distributors: Fox Searchlight/Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on April 9

MPAA Rating: PG for some crude humor and language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Girl Next Door

Logline: A straight-arrow high-school senior falls in love with the perfect ‘girl-next-door’, only to discover she is a former porn star

Featuring: Elisha Cuthbert, Emile Hirsch

Director: Luke Greenfield

Writers: Stuart Blumberg, Luke Greenfield and Chris McKenna

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on April 9

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

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

I’m Not Scared

Logline: While on vacation with his parents in a remote southern Italian village, a ten year old boy makes a chance discovery which leads to a shocking revelation that his parents may be behind what’s quickly becoming the country’s most nefarious crime. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Giuseppe Cristiano, Mattia DiPierro, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

Director: Gabriele Salvatore

Writers: Niccolo Ammaniti and Francesca Marciano

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 10 locations in major markets on April 9

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing images and language

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Shade

Logline: A group of card sharks team together to sting a major player

Featuring: Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Foxx, Melanie Griffith, Hal Holbrook, Thandie Newton, Sylvester Stallone

Director: Damian Nieman

Writer: Damian Nieman

Distributor: RKO Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Los Angeles on April 9

MPAA Rating: R for language, violence and sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Twentynine Palms

Logline: A French photographer and his girlfriend have a series of adventures while scouting the Joshua Tree area for a photo shoot

Featuring: Katia Golubeva, David Wissak

Director: Bruno Dumont

Writer: Bruno Dumont

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City and Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles on April 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Whole Ten Yards

Logline: A former hit man who faked his own death in order to retire to Mexico must come out of retirement who help a friend save his wife from the Hungarian mob

Featuring: Natasha Henstridge, Amanda Peet, Matthew Perry, Kevin Pollak, Bruce Willis

Director: Howard Deutch

Writers: George Gallo, based on characters created by Mitchell Kapner

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations release on April 9

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

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Battle of Algiers: Opens at the Madstone San Mateo Cinemas in Albuquerque

Crimson Gold: Opens at Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas and the Madstone Old Hyde Park in Tampa

Dogville: Expands into top ten markets

Games People Play: New York: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington DC

Greendale: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Intermission: Opens at the Spectrum Theatre in Albany NY, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark’s Crossroads Cinemas in Boulder, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Castleton Square 3 in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Nickelodeon Cinema 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland ME, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, the Broadways Centre Theatre in Salt Lake City, the Riviera Theatre in Santa Barbara, the De Vargas Center in Santa Fe, Avon Twin Theatre in Stamford CT, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac in St. Louis and the Railroad Square Theatre in Waterville ME

Kitchen Stories: Opens at the Madstone Theatre in Cary NC, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert, the Manor Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, the Nickelodeon Theatres in Santa Cruz and the Catalina Theatre in Tucson

The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: Opens at the Neon Movies in Dayton and the Royal Theatre in Stockton

The Mayor of Sunset Strip: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berekley, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere 3 in San Francisco, the Camera 3 in San Jose and the Cine Arts 3 in Sausalito

My Architect: Opens at the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA, the Pablo 9 Theatre in Jacksonville and the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI

Nói Albinói: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre in Los Angeles and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

The Reckoning: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Robot Stories: Opens at the Harris Theatre in Pittsburgh

The Same River Twice: Opens at the Madstone Theatres in Cary NC and the Village Square Theatre in Las Vegas

Secret Things: Opens at the Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Trilogy Two: An Amazing Couple: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

The United States of Leland: Opens in additional markets

Friday, April 16, 2004

Connie and Carla

Logline: Two struggling dinner theatre performers in Chicago accidentally witness a mafia hit, fleeing to Los Angeles to hide out… as drag queens!

Featuring: Toni Collette, David Duchovny, Nia Vardalos

Director: Michael Lembeck

Writer: Nia Vardalos

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on April 16

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

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Kill Bill Volume 2

Logline: After dispensing with two former colleagues, the Bride resumes her quest for justice, focusing on the two remaining foes on her ‘Death List,’ before moving on to her ultimate goal… to kill Bill!

Featuring: David Carradine, Vivica A. Fox, Daryl Hannah, Gordon Liu, Lucy Liu, Michael Madsen, Uma Thurman

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer: Quentin Tarantino

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3050 plus locations release on April 16

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

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Klezmer on Fish Street

Logline: A group of young Jewish-Americans klezmer musicians, traveling to Poland on a “goodwill tour,” explore their roots with the help of the singer’s grandmother, who lost her family during World War II and searches her childhood neighborhood for any remaining vestiges of Jewish life. In Yiddish and Polish with English subtitles.

Director: Yale Strom

Distributor: Castle Hill Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Morlang

Logline: When his wife confesses to having a brief affair with an up and coming artist, a famous artist retreats into the arms of a young admirer

Featuring: Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch

Director: Tjebbo Penning

Writer: Tjebbo Penning

Distributor: Film Movement

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and New Orleans on April 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Paper Clips

Logline: An eighth grade class in rural Tennessee chooses paper clips to symbolize each of the 6,000,000 Jews exterminated in the Holocaust, and set out to collect 6,000,000 to demonstrate the vast number of human souls lost to humanity through acts of intolerance and hate. In English and in German with English subtitles

Directors: Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 16

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Punisher

Logline: After his wife and family are killed, a man takes it upon himself to rid America of crime by acting as judge, jury and executioner

Featuring: Ben Foster, Laura Harring, Thomas Jane, Samantha Mathis, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, John Travolta

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Writers: Michael France and Jonathan Hensleigh, based on the Marvel comic series created by Garth Ennis

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on April 16

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Young Adam

Logline:

Featuring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Mortimer, Peter Mullan, Tilda Swinton

Director: David MacKenzie

Writer: David MacKenzie

Distributor: Sony Classics

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

MPAA Rating: NC-17 for some explicit sexual content

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Battle of Algiers: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Cinema in Austin, the Cinestudio in Hartford CT, the Madstone Trolley Square in Salt Lake City and the Madstone Old Hyde Park Theatre in Tampa

Crimson Gold: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Games People Play: New York: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

Greendale: Opens at the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, the Bijou Cinema in Eugene OR and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

I Vitelloni Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Intermission: Opens at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor, the Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, the Flicks in Boise, the Manor Theatre in Charlotte OH, the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, the New Neon Movies in Dayton, the Delray Beach 18 in Delray Beach FL, the Fleur Cinemas in Des Moines, the Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale, the Royal Park Stadium 16 in Gainesville FL, the Triplex Cinemas in Great Barrington MA, the Tivoli at Manor Square in Kansas City, the Downtown West Cinema 8 in Knoxville TN, the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, the Baxter Avenue 8 in Louisville, the South Beach 18 in Miami Beach, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Pleasant Street Theatre in Northampton MA, the Rio Theatre in Overland Park KS, the Squirrel Hill Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Colony Twin in Raleigh, the Miracle Theatre in Tallahassee, the Channelside Cinemas Stadium 9 in Tampa, the Images Cinemas in Williamstown MA and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL

Kitchen Stories: Opens at the Madstone Theatres in Chandler AZ, the Drexel 3 Theatre in Columbus OH, the Tivoli at Manor Square in Kansas City, Landmark’s Downer Cinema in Milwaukee, the Madstone at Trolley Square Cinemas in Salt Lake City and the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa

Lana’s Rain: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles

Latter Days Opens at the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis

The Same River Twice: Opens at the the Rijou Cinemas in Eugene OR and the Village Park Cinemas in Indianapolis

A Thousand Clouds of Peace: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 Theatre in Los Angeles, the Quad Cinemas in New York City and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

Trilogy Three: After The Life: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

This So-Called Disaster

Logline: Documents the creation and inspiration of Sam Shepard’s play “The Late Henry Moss,” and the actors who perform in its world premiere

Featuring: Woody Harrelson, Cheech Marin, Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Sam Shepard

Director: Michael Almereyda

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on April 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Sacred Planet

Logline: Travelogue visiting some of the most wonderous natural locations of Earth

Narrator: Robert Redford

Director: Jon Long

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at IMAX and other large format screen locations on April 22

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 45 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, April 23, 2004

The Agronomist

Logline: The true story of Jean Dominique, a Haitian radio journalist and human rights activist

Director: Jonathan Demme

Distributor: THINKfilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York exclusive on April 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and brief nudity

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Close Your Eyes

Logline: A hypnotherapist with the ability to see flashes into the minds of others teams with a detective in pursuit of a serial killer

Featuring: Paddy Considine, Miranda Otto, Corin Redgrave, Goran Visnjic

Director: Nick Willing

Writers: William Brookfield and Nick Willing, based on the novel by Madison Smartt Bell

Distributor: First Look Features

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

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Man on Fire

Logline: When an ex-Marine fails his job protecting the young daughter of a wealthy family from kidnappers, he sets out on a revenge mission of his own.

Featuring: Marc Anthony, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken, Denzel Washington

Director: Tony Scott

Writer: Brian Helgeland, based on the novel by A.J. Quinnell

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on April 23

MPAA Rating: R for language and strong violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

MC5: A True Testimonial

Logline: Profiles the famed Detroit band of the 1960s

Director: David C. Thomas

Distributor: Avatar

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on April 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

13 Going On 30

Logline: After a humiliating game of “Seven Minutes In Heaven” at her 13th birthday party, a young girl discovers her wish of being an adult has come true

Featuring: Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Mark Ruffalo, Andy Serkis

Director: Gary Winnick

Writers: Cathy Yuspa & Josh Goldsmith and Niels Mueller, based on a story by Yuspa & Goldsmith

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on April 23

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Clifford’s Really Big Movie: Opens on 450+ screens

Friday, April 30, 2004

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

Logline: The life of the Depression-era pro golfer

Featuring: James Caviezel, Claire Forlani, Malcolm McDowell, Jeremy Northam

Director: Rowdy Harrington

Writers: Rowdy Harrington, Bill Pryor

Distributor: Film Foundry

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG for language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Bulgarian Lovers

Logline: A middle-aged Spanish man who falls in love with a straight Bulgarian hunk with a mysterious income source. In English and in Bulgarian and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Dritan Biba, Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Pepón Nieto, Roger Pera

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia

Writers: Fernando Guillén Cuervo, Antonio Hens and Eloy de la Iglesia, based on the novel by Eduardo Mendicutti

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Envy

Logline: Two best friends, Nick and Tim, find their relationship threatened when one of Nick’s unlikely inventions takes off and makes him a millionaire

Featuring: Jack Black, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Christopher Walken, Rachel Weisz

Director: Barry Levinson

Writer: Steve Adams

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual/crude humor

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Godsend

Logline: After the death of their eight year old son, a couple receives help from the wife’s former teacher, a man on the forefront of genetics research, in creating a clone of the late child

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

Director: Nick Hamm

Writer: Mark Bomback

Distributor: Lions Gate

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, including frightening images, a scene of sexuality and some thematic material

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Laws of Attraction

Logline: Two New York divorce lawyers find love with each other. Hilarity ensues.

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Nora Dunn, Frances Fisher, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey

Director: Peter Howitt

Writers: Aline Brosh McKenna, Robert Harling, Peter Howitt, Karey Kirkpatrick and Douglas McFerran, based on a story by David T. Friendly

Distributor: New Line

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mean Girls

Logline: The new girl in school finds herself becoming her new school’s Public Enemy #1 when she starts to date the ex-boyfriend of the school’s most popular girl

Featuring: Lacey Chabert, Lindsey Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler

Director: Mark S. Waters

Writers: Tina Fey, based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on April 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language and some teen partying

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Saddest Music in the World

Logline: During the Great Depression, a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world, offering a $25,000 first place prize

Featuring: Maria de Medeiros, Mark McKinney, Ross McMillan, Isabella Rossellini

Director: Guy Maddin

Writers: Kazuo Ishiguro, Guy Maddin and George Toles

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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