The Early Report for August 1, 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 release date changes, MPAA ratings and newest title changes. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

Most Recent Release Date Changes and Additions

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera (Warner Brothers): The Joe Schumacher-directed screen adaptation of the long running musical show will follow the “Chicago” playbook, opening in limted release on Christmas Day before expanding through the early part of 2005

Cursed (Miramax): After being delayed a year for rewrites and reshoots, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s werewolf horror film has been moved once again, from October 1, 2004 to February 25, 2005

Flight Of The Phoenix (Fox): John Moore’s remake of the classic 1965 Jimmy Stewart war film will now open on November 24, two weeks later than previously scheduled

Persons Of Interest (First Run/Icarus): The Alison Maclean-directed documentary, about New Yorkers who were detained after September 11th because of their Arab and Muslum heritage, will open at the Cinema Village in New York City on August 27

Remember Me, My Love (IDP): The hit dramatic rom/com featuring Monica Bellucci will open in New York City on September 3

Saw (Lions Gate): The hot new horror film of the season opens on October 1, two weeks later than previously scheduled

Sin City (Miramax): Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s live action comic book will open in theatres on April 1, 2005. No joke

The Woods (MGM): Lucky McKee’s follow up to his cult hit “May” will open in theatres on September 2, 2005

Most Recent Title Changes

The Last First Kiss (Sony): The Will Smith/Eva Mendes romantic comedy is now titled Hitch

Cheer Up: (Sony): The Tommy Lee Jones cheerleader comedy is now titled Man Of The House

Most Recent MPAA Ratings

Back In The Day (DEJ Productions Inc): R for violence, language and some sexuality

Before I Say Goodbye (Ardustry Home Entertainment): PG-13 for violence

Bite Me! (EI Independent Cinema): R for sexuality, nudity, language and drug content

Boundin’ (Buena Vista Pictures): G

Cavedweller (Showtime Networks Inc): R for language

Cellular (New Line Cinema): PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references

The Courage To Love (Screen Media Ventures): PG-13 for some mature thematic elements

Evergreen (Evergreen Films): PG-13 on appeal for sexual content involving teens, and for language Previously rated R

Exorcist: The Beginning (Warner Brothers): R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment): PG for sci-fi action and some language

Grand Champion (American Family Movies): G

Hand Of Death (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): R for martial arts violence and brief sexuality

The Incredibles (Buena Vista Pictures): PG for action violence

Kejar Amerika (Train Wreck Pictures): PG-13 for brief violence, drug content and language

Legacy Of Rage (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): R for violence, some language and brief drug use

Lethal Dose (First Look Home Entertainment): R for violence, language and some drug use

Mail Order Wife (Dada Films): R for language and some disturbing sexual material

National Lampoon’s Thanksgiving Reunion (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and crude humor

Nature Unleashed: Earthquake (Lietuvos Kini Stuija, GFT Disaster Films, Inc): PG-13 for disaster peril

Puerto Vallarta Squeeze (Chambers PV LLC): R for strong violence, sexuality/nudity and language

Rick (Vitagraph Films): R for sexual content and language

The Saddest Music In The World (IFC Films): R for some sexuality and violent images

Sexual Life (Sexual Life, Inc): R for strong sexuality including dialogue, and for language

Soho Square (Sundance Channel Home Entertainment): R for violence, disturbing images, sexuality and nudity

Spooky Encounters (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): R for some violence

Surviving Christmas (Dreamworks Distribution): PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference

Wake Of Death (Blockbuster Inc): R for strong violence, language and sexuality

Winners And Sinners (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): PG-13 for martial arts violence and some nudity

Friday, August 6, 2004

Code 46

Logline: In an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints, an insurance investigator is sent to another city to solve a case of fake papelles (special travel insurance), falling for the woman who has been creating the forgeries

Featuring: Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Tim Robbins

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 6

MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality, including brief graphic nudity

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Collateral

Logline: A desperate hitman takes a cabbie hostage to help complete a series of missions over the course of a single evening

Featuring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Bruce McGill, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: Stuart Beattie

Distributor: Dreamworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on August 6

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Last Life in the Universe

Logline: A suicidal, obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian is forced to hide out with a pot-smoking Thai woman at her shabby beachside home. In English and in Thai and Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Tadanobu Asano, Sinitta Boonyasak, Laila Boonyasak, Yutaka Matsushige, Takashi Miike, Riki Takeuchi

Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang

Writers: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Prabda Yoon

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 6

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

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Little Black Book

Logline: When a young woman finds her fiance’s old little black book, she pretends to be a reporter to get to know some of his old girlfriends

Featuring: Kathy Bates, Holly Hunter, Ron Livingston, Brittany Murphy

Director: Nick Hurran

Writer: Elisa Bell

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on August 6

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Open Water

Logline: A workaholic couple with a strained relationship must work with each other to survive when they get stranded in shark-infested waters during a diving expedition

Featuring: Estelle Lau, Blanchard Ryan, Sual Stein, Daniel Travis

Director: Chris Kentis

Writers: Chris Kentis

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Shirlington 7 Theatres in Arlington VA, Landmark’s Midtown Cinema and Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta, the Landmark California Center in Berkeley, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda MD, the Boston Common Cinemas and Landmark’s Kendall Square in Boston, Landmark’s Crossroads Cinemas in Boulder, the River East 21 and Webster Place 11 in Chicago, the Cityplace 14 in Dallas, the Colorado Center 9 in Denver, the Uptown Birmingham 8 in Detroit, the Century Cine Arts 6 in Evanston IL, the Egyptian 24 in Hanover MD, Landmark’s River Oaks in Houston, the Spectrum 21 in Irvine CA, Landmark Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Arclight Cinemas, Century 14 and Grove Stadium 14 in the Los Angeles Metro area, the Paradise 24, South Beach 18 and Sunset 24 Theatres in Miami, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, the Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View CA, the Angelika Film Center, Empire 25 and Lincoln Square in New York City, the Block 30 in Orange CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz East in Philadelphia, the Cinemark 24 in Plano TX, the Pioneer Place Stadium 6 in Portland, the Mission Valley 20 in San Diego, the Saratoga 14 in San Jose, the Sony Metreon 15 and Van Ness 14 in San Francisco, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica, Landmark’s Neptune Theatre and the Pacific Place Theatre 11 in Seattle, and the Georgetown Theatre and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC (43 locations total) on August 6

MPAA Rating: R for language and some nudity

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism>

Logline: Documents the right-wing biases of Rupert Murdoch and his Fox News Channel

Director: Robert Greenwald

Distributor: Cinema Libre Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles, the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco and the Avalon in Washington DC on August 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (1.331)

Sound Format: Stereo

Stander

Logline: A white police officer in 1980s South Africa suffers a crisis of conscience due to his involvement in apartheid and becomes a notorious bank robber. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles

Featuring: Dexter Fletcher, Thomas Jane, David Patrick O’Hara, Ashley Taylor, Deborah Unger

Director: Brownen Hughes

Writers: Ken Friedman, Bima Stagg

Distributor: Newmarket

Opening Week Release Pattern: Five locations in New York City and Los Angeles on August 6

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

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Bukowski: Born Into This: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

Control Room: Opens at the the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville NC

Festival Express: Opens at the Brea West in Brea CA, Laemmle’s Town Center in Encino, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY, the University 6 in Irvine, the UA Marketplace in Long Beach CA, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel, the Plaza Del Oro in Palm Springs, Laemmle’s Playhouse in Pasadena, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Avenue 13 in Rolling Hills CA, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo and the Downtown Ventura 10 in Ventura

Garden State: Opens at the Shirlington Theatre in Arlington VA, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Copley Place, Embassy 6 and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Boston, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas, the Pipers Alley and River East 21 in Chicago, the Monmouth Mall Theatre in Eatontown NJ, the University Town Center in Irvine CA, the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz Five in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Bridge Cineas in San Francisco, the Fine Arts in Scarsdale NY, the Paramount Theatre at Festival Hall and Varsity Theatre in Toronto, the Ritz 16 Voorhees NJ and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC (20 additional locations total)

The Inheritance: Opens at the Visions Cinema in Washington DC

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Galleria 10 in Birmingham, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Starlight Stadium Cinemas in Charlotte, the Colmbiana Grande 14 in Columbia SC, the Concord Mills 24 in Concord Mills NC, the Gainesville 14 Cinemas in Gainesville, the Town Center 24 in Hampton VA, the Castleton Sqaure Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Downtown West Cinemas in Knoxville, the Pleasure Island 24 in Lake Buena Vista, the Baxter Avenue 8 in Louisville, the Westgate Cinemas in Madison WI, the Studio on the Square Cinemas in Memphis, the MacArthur Center 18 in Norfolk, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in North Falmouth MA, the Universal Studios 20 and Winter Park Vilalge 20 Theatres in Orlando, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Colony Twin Theatres in Raleigh, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Movies at Azalea Square in Summerville SC, the Tallahassee Mall 20 in Tallahassee, the Catalina Theatre in Tucson and the Lynnhaven 18 in Virginia Beach (26 additional theatres)

The Mudge Boy: Opens at the Gateway Cinema in Fort Lauderdale

Riding Giants: Opens at the Piper’s Alley Theatre in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Greenway Theatres in Houston and the Enzian Theatre in Maitland FL

Seducing Dr. Lewis: Opens at the Varsity Theatre in Des Moines, Landmark’s Canal Place in New Orleans and the Bijou Crossroads Cinemas in San Antonio

She Hate Me: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA

Twist: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Danny Deckchair

Logline: A cement truck driver finds a new lease on life when his experiment, tying a group of helium balloons to a deckchair, sends him hundreds of miles away from home

Featuring: Justine Clarke, Rhys Ifans, Mirando Otto

Director: Jeff Balsmeyer

Writer: Jeff Balsmeyer

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex related situations

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Princess Diaries 2

Logline: Just as she has gotten used to being the princess of a small European country, a young woman discovers she must soon marry so she can become Queen

Featuring: Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, John Rhys-Davies

Director: Gary Marshall

Writer: Shonda Rhimes, based on characters created by Meg Cabot

Distributor: Disney

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on August 11

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, August 13, 2004

Alien vs. Predator

Logline: Armies and nests of two alien creatures face off against each other on Earth, with the human race caught in the middle

Featuring: Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner, Lance Henriksen, Sanaa Lathan

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers: Paul W.S. Anderson, Shane Salerno

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on August 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, language, horror images, slime and gore

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Iron Ladies 2

Logline: A gay volleyball team, having split up after having troubles with their success and fame, reunite to play another day. In Thai with English subtitles

Featuring: Sujira Arunpipat, Kokkorn Benjathikoon, Anucha Chatkaew, Surapun Chawpaknam, Shiriohana Hongsopon

Director: Youngyooth Thongkonthun

Writer: Youngyooth Thongkonthun

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on August 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono sound

Merci Docteur Rey

Logline: An American opera star visits Paris to perform and dabble in some belated mothering of her son

Featuring: Jane Birkin, Simon Callow, Jerry Hall, Stanislas Merhar, Vanessa Redgrave, Dianne Wiest

Director: Andrew Litvack

Writer: Andrew Litvack

Distributor: Regent Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: PG for scary combat and monsters images

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Swimming Upstream

Logline: Fact-based drama based on the life of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton

Featuring: Judy Davis, Tim Draxl, Geoffrey Rush, Jesse Spencer

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Writer: Anthony Fingleton, based on the book by Anthony Fingleton and Diane Fingleton

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material and a scene of sensuality

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

We Don’t Live Here Anymore

Logline: Two couples in a New England college town become inextricably intertwined and turned upside-down in a tide of passion, heartbreak, humor and deceit

Featuring: Laura Dern, Peter Krause, Mark Ruffalo, Naomi Watts

Director: John Curran

Writer: Larry Gross

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: R for some violence

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Yu-Gi-Oh!

Logline: Underneath the sands of Egypt, Anubis, an ancient evil spirit, has awakened. It’s up to Yugi, who defeated Anubis centuries ago, to use his skill and determination to rid the world of evil once again

Featuring the voices of: Amy Birnbaum, Wayne Grayson, Dan Green, Eric Stuart

Director: Ryôsuke Takahashi

Writers: Unknown as of this writing

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on August 13

MPAA Rating: PG for scary combat and monsters images

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Corporation: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

Crimson Gold: Opens at the Manor Theatre in Charlotte

Divan: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Father and Son: Opens at the Wexner Center in Columbus OH and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Festival Express: Opens at the Globe Cinemas in Calgary, the Paseo Camarillo in Camarillo CA, the Cedar Lee in Cleveland, the Drexel 3 in Columbus OH, the CineArts6 in Evanston, the Cinema Arts Theatre in Fairfax VA, the Rtiz Theatres in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Ritz Theatres in Voorhees NJ and the Globe Cinemas in Winnipeg

The Five Obstructions: Opens at the Eastern Federal Manor Theatre in Charlotte

Garden State: Opens in 68 additional locations in major and secondary markets

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

The Hunting of the President: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

The Inheritance: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Ju-On: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at the Twin Peaks Cinemas in Colorado Springs, the New Neon Theatre in Dayton OH, the Bijou Cinemas in Worchester MA

Riding Giants: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in North Falmouth MA and the Bijou Theatre in Worchester MA

Seducing Dr. Lewis: Opens at Tower 3 Cinemas in Sacramento

She Hate Me: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Camera 7 in Campbell CA, the Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto, the Ritz 5 Theatres in Philadelphia, the Empire 3 and Landmark’s Embarcadero Square in San Francisco, the Century 25 in San Jose, the Marin 3 Theatres in Sausalito, Landmark’s Metro 10 Cinemas and the Meridian Theatre in Seattle and the Ritz 16 Cinemas in Voorhees NJ

This Old Cub: Opens at the Kendall 10 in Oswego IL

Time of the Wolf: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford

Twist: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Without a Paddle

Logline: Three friends go on a nature expedition, with unexpected results

Featuring: Abraham Benrubi, Seth Green, Matthew Lillard, Burt Reynolds, Dax Shepard, Ethan Suplee

Director: Steven Brill

Writers: Jay Leggett and Mitch Rouse, based on a story by Fred Wolf and Harris Goldberg & Tom Nursall

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on August 18

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

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Riding Giants: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Portsmouth NH

Friday, August 20, 2004

Benji: Off the Leash

Logline: A stray dog, lost and alone, works to help two young teens find a purpose in life

Featuring: Duane Stephens, Christy Summerhays, Nick Whitaker, Scott Wilkinson

Director: Joe Camp

Writers: Joe Camp

Distributor: Mulberry Square Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on August 20

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some mild language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Bright Young Things

Logline: After having his first novel confiscated by customs, a young writer must work as a gossip columnist in 1930s London, anonymously writing about his friends and lifestyle for a nation of anxious readers

Featuring: Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Stephen Campbell-Moore, Stockard Channing, Richard E. Grant, Sir John Mills, Emily Mortimer, Peter O’Toole, Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton, Fenella Woolgar

Director: Stephen Fry

Writer: Stephen Fry, based on the novel “Vile Bodies” by Evelyn Waugh

Distributor: THINKfilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for some drug use

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Exorcist: The Beginning

Logline: Traces the story of Father Merrin and his first encounter with the Devil during missionary work in Africa

Featuring: James D’Arcy, Izabella Scorupco, Stellan Skarsgard, Remy Sweeny, Julian Wadham

Director: Renny Harlin

Writer: Alexi Hawley, from a story by Caleb Carr and William Wisher, based on characters and situations created by William Peter Blatty

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mean Creek

Logline: A group of teenagers set out down a river to celebrate the birthday of the youngest of their group but soon find themselves at odds with one another

Featuring: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck, Carly Schroeder

Director: Jacob Aaron Estes

Writer: Jacob Aaron Estes

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Nicotina

Logline: A science geek tangles with a clutch of Russian gangsters after he delivers them the wrong computer disk. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Marta Belaustegui, Rosa María Bianchi, Lucas Crespi, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Rafael Inclán, Enoc Leaño, Diego Luna

Director: Hugo Rodríguez

Writer: Martín Salinas

Distributor: Arenas Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Diego on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Red Lights

Logline: A couple on a weekend holiday before picking their children up from camp split up after a fierce discussion, and have to each face great danger during the night. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Carole Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Vincent Deniard, Jean-Pierre Gos, Charline Paul

Director: Cédric Kahn

Writers: Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Cédric Kahn and Gilles Marchand, based on the novel by Georges Simenon

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on August 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Rosenstrasse

Logline: After the death of her father, a young woman travels from New York to Berlin to investigate a possible secret about her mother

Featuring: Martin Feifel, Jutta Lampe, Katja Riemann, Maria Schrader, Jürgen Vogel

Director: Margarethe von Trotta

Writers: Pamela Katz and Margarethe von Trotta

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Diego on August 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, some violence and brief drug content

Running Time: 136 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Baadasssss!: Opens at the Kentucky Theatres in Lexington

Blind Shaft: Opens at the Rialto Cinema in Boxeman MT

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Corporation: Opens at Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston

Father and Son: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Festival Express: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Cinema City Theatre in Hartford, the Downtown West Theatre in Knoxville, the Studio on the Square Cinemas in Memphis, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Angelika Film Center in Plano and the Fox Tower 10 in Portland

Garden State: Opens in 175 additional locations

The Inheritance: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and Laemmle’s Music Hall in Los Angeles

Ju-On: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Cinema 21 Theatre in Portland

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at the Century 7 Cinemas in Fargo, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis

Open Water: Opens in wide release

Riding Giants: Opens at the Siegen Village Theatre in Baton Rouge, the Carousel Grande Theatre in Greensborough NC, the Northridge Cinemas in Hilton Head Island, the Movies at Midway Theatres in Rehoboth Beach DE and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME

She Hate Me: Opens at the Shirlington Theatre in Arlington VA, the Tara Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Shadowood Square Theatre in Boca Raton, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landamrk’s Mayan Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Las Olas 23 Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatres in Houston, Landmark’s Village Theatre in La Jolla CA, the South Beach 18 in Miami Beach, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Fox 10 Theatres in Portland, the Red Bank Arts Cinema in Red Bank NJ, the Plaza Del Oro Theatre in Santa Barbara, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas and the Georgetown 16 Cinemas in Washington DC (19 additional locations)

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Bright Leaves

Logline: Documents the the social, economic, and psychological tobacco terrain of North Carolina, by a native Carolinian whose great-grandfather created the famous brand of tobacco known as “Bull Durham.”

Director: Ross McElwee

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, August 27, 2004

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Logline: A group of scientists set off on a dangerous journey, in search of an extremely rare black orchid that is rumored to be the source of a youth-preserving serum, unaware of a deadly predator who keeps the secret of the orchids safe and stops anyone who dares to enter its territory from leaving

Featuring: Morris Chestnut, Nicholas Gonzales, John Messner, Salli Richardson, Carl Yune

Director: Dwight Little

Writers: John Clafin and Dan Zelman

Distributor: Sony/Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on August 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for Action violence, scary images and some language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Brown Bunny

Logline: A professional bike racer gets involved in a passionate new relationship during a road trip from New Hampshire to California

Featuring: Vincent Gallo, Chloe Sevingy, Cheryl Tiegs

Director: Vincent Gallo

Writer: Vincent Gallo

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles and the University Town Center in Irvine on August 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Chooch

Logline: After blowing the big game, a Queens man and his cousin cash in their savings to spring for a vacation to Cancun, only to be abducted by a pair of thugs and left in the desert at the mercy of a trio of soldiers when they are confused with someone who carries similiar baggage

Featuring: Anthony Barile, Gino Cafarelli, Carmine Famiglietti, Joseph Summa

Directors: J.C. Bari and Rajeev Nirmalakhandan

Writer: Lucas Limone

Distributor: Artistic License

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Union Square Theatre in New York City, the Crown Majestic Theatre in Stamford CT and the Staten Island 16 in Staten Island on August 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Hero

Logline: A lone warrior tells to a powerful warlord his story how he defeated three assassins who sought to murder the warlord. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Zhang Ziyi

Director: Zhang Yimou

Writers: Feng Li, Bin Wang and Zhang Yimou

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 900 plus locations release on August 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Persons of Interest

Logline: Documents the testimonies from twelve New Yorkers of Arab and Muslum descent who were detained after the September 11th attacks

Directors: Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse

Distributor: First Run Features/Icarus Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 63 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono sound

Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

Logline: A group of talking toddlers must thwart a nefarious scheme led by a powerful media mogul to use a state-of-the-art satellite system to control the minds of the world’s population

Featuring: Vanessa Angel, Scott Baio, Thomas Kretschmann, Jon Voight

Director: Bob Clark

Writer: Gregory Poppen, based on a story by Steven Paul

Distributor: Triumph

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on August 27

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some rude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Suspect Zero

Logline: An FBI agent tracks a serial killer who has been killing other serial killers

Featuring: Aaron Eckhart, Ben Kingsley, Harry Lennix, Carrie-Anne Moss

Director: E. Elias Merhige

Writers: Zak Penn

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on August 27

MPAA Rating: R for violent content, language and some nudity

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Warriors of Heaven and Earth

Logline: A warrior and master swordsman, after decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the West to chase wanted criminals, with his only passport back to Japan to capture and execute a renegade soldier wanted for leading a violent mutiny when he refused orders to kill female and child prisoners. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Hasi Bagen, Kiichi Nakai, Wang Xueqi, Zhao Wei, Jiang Wen

Director: He Ping

Writers: He Ping and Zhang Rui

Distributor: Sony Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on August 27

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Expanding today

The Agronomist: Opens at the Rialto Theater in Bozeman MT

The Corporation: Opens at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Father and Son: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta

Festival Express: Opens at the Tara Theatres in Atlanta, the Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, the Chelsea Theatre in Chapel Hill, the Carolina Theatre in Durham, the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, the Suncoast 18 in Las Vegas, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Denis Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Colony Twin in Raleigh, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Garden State: Opens in 22 additional locations

The Inheritance: Opens at the Chelsea Cinema in Chapel Hill NC

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at the Isis Theatre in Aspen, the Colonial Keene Theatre in Keene NH, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Pleasant Street Theatres in Northampton MA, the Redstone 8 in Park Citythe Fair

Riding Giants: Opens at the Village Park Cinemas in Carmel IN

She Hate Me: Opens at the Century 14 in Albuquerque, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Delay 18 Cinemas in Delray Beach FL, the Green Hills Common 18 in Nashville, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in North Falmouth MA, the Cinema Palme D’Or in Palm Springs and the Squirrel Hill 6 in Pittsburgh

This Old Cub: Opens at the Portage 9 in Portage IN

Twentynine Palms: Opens at the Real Artways Cinemas in Hartford

Early Screen Counts for September releases

September 1

Vanity Fair (Focus): 800 plus locations

September 3

Paparazzi (Fox): 2000 plus locations

The Cookout (Lions Gate): 1250 plus locations

Wicker Park (MGM): 1000 plus locations

Yes Nurse, No Nurse (Regent): New York City and Los Angeles

Remember Me, My Love (IDP): New York City exclusive

Rockets Redglare (SML): New York City exclusive

Virgin (Artistic License): New York City exclusive

September 10

Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse (Sony): 2500 plus locations

Cellular (New Line): 2000 plus locations

Criminal (Warner Independent Pictures): Major markets

Reconstruction (Palm): New York City and Los Angeles

Testosterone (Strand): New York City and Los Angeles

When Will I Be Loved (IFC): New York City and Los Angeles

September 17

Sky Captain and the World Of Tomorrow (Paramount): 2500 plus locations

Wimbledon (Universal): 2000 plus locations

Enduring Love (Paramount Classics): Major markets

Ghost In The Shell II: Innocence (Go Fish): Major markets

The Last Shot (Buena Vista): Major markets

Silver City (Newmarket): Major markets

Head In The Clouds (Sony Pictures Classics): New York and Los Angeles

Brotherhood (IDP): New York and Los Angeles

Zelary (Sony Pictures Classics): New York and Los Angeles

September 24

The Forgotten (Sony): 2500 plus locations

First Daughter (Fox): 2000 plus locations

Mr. 3000 (Buena Vista): 2000 plus locations

Shaun Of The Dead (Focus): 500 plus locations

A Dirty Shame (Fine Line): Major markets

The Yes Men (MGM/UA): Major markets

The Motorcycle Diaries (Focus): New York and Los Angeles

The Raspberry Reich (Strand): New York exclusive

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