The Early Report for August 8, 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 and MPAA ratings. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

Most Recent Release Date Changes and Additions

The Amityville Horror (MGM): The Michael Bay-produced revision of the 1979 horror classic will open in theatres on April 15, 2005, three months later than previously scheduled

Annapolis (Buena Vista): Justin Franco stars in this Naval themed drama, which will open in 2005

Be Cool (MGM): The sequel to 1995’s “Get Shorty,” with John Travolta returning as Chili Palmer, will open in theatres on March 4, 2005, three weeks later than previously scheduled

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Buena Vista): The big screen adaptation of the classic novel has been set for release on December 9, 2005

A Day With Wilbur Robinson (Buena Vista): A CG animated adaptation of William Joyce’s 1990 book, about a boy genius who creates a time machine, which will open in 2005

Fever Pitch (Fox): Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon star in this American revision of Nick Hornby’s 1992 novel, which opens in theatres on October 7, 2005

The Final Cut (Lions Gate): The Robin Williams-led sci-fi thriller will open in New York City and Los Angeles on September 24

Glory Road (Buena Vista): With Josh Lucas replacing Ben Affleck, this fact-based drama about the 1966 Texas Western college basketball team, the first all-black squad to make the NCAA national championship, will open in theatres in 2005

Hair Show: The Movie (Urban Works Entertainment/Innovation Film Group): The Vivica A. Fox led beauty shop comedy has been scheduled for an October 1 release in select markets, before expanding into additional markets on October 15 and October 22

Hide And Seek (Fox): Robert DeNiro stars in this thriller as a widower trying to piece together his life in the wake of his wife’s suicide, when he discovers his daughter (Dakota Fanning) finds solace in her imaginary friend. The film opens in theatres on April 8, 2005, one week later than previously scheduled

I Heart Huckabees (Fox Searchlight): David O. Russell’s follow up to “Three Kings” will open in limited release on October 1, two weeks earlier than previously scheduled

Ice Age 2 (Fox): The sequel to the surprise 2002 hit film will open in theatres on March 31, 2006

Infernal Affairs (Miramax): The exceptional Hong Kong actioner will arrives in American theatres on September 17

Ladder 49 (Buena Vista): The ensemble fireman drama, toplining Joaquin Phoenix and John Travolta, will now open on October 1, one week earlier than previously scheduled

Mr. 3000 (Buena Vista): Bernie Mac’s baseball comedy will now open on September 17, one week earlier than previously scheduled

Mr. And Mrs. Smith (Fox): The Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie spy thriller will open in theatres on June 10, 2005

Paperclips (Miramax): Previously set to open in May, this documentary about an eighth grade class in rural Tennessee chooses paper clips to symbolize each of the 6,000,000 Jews exterminated in the Holocaust will now open in New York City and Los Angeles on September 8

The Ring 2 (DreamWorks): Previously set to open in late November, the Naomi Watts-led sequel will now open on March 24, 2005. Yes, that is a Thursday opening

The Shaggy Dog (Buena Vista): Tim Allen will star in this revision of Disney’s 1959 Fred MacMurray comedy, which will open in 2006

Shopgirl (Buena Vista): Steve Martin’s adaptation of his novel, also featuring Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, will open sometime in 2005

Swimming Upstream (MGM): The Australian drama featuring Geoffrey Rush will open in February 2005, and not this Friday as previously scheduled

The Untitled Bernie Mac/Ashton Kutcher Comedy (Sony): It’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” in reverse, and will open in theatres on June 3, 2005, one week sooner than previously scheduled

The Untitled Mike Judge Project (Fox): The sci-fi comedy featuring Luke Wilson as an average military man who is accidentally left in hiberation for a thousand years, will open in theatres on August 5, 2005

Valiant (Buena Vista): Disney’s 2006 CG animated film will have a British feel, as it follows the comic misadventures of a misfit pigeon (voiced by Ewan McGregor) through boot camp at the Royal Pigeon Service during World War II

Without A Paddle (Paramount): The Seth Green/Matthew Lillard nature comedy will open on August 20, two days later than previously scheduled

Most Recent MPAA Ratings

Alien vs. Predator (Twentieth Century Fox): PG-13 for violence, language, horror images, slime and gore

American Girl (MGM Home Entertainment): R for sexual content, language, teen suicidal behavior, and brief drug use

Are We There Yet? (Columbia Pictures): PG for language and rude humor

Blessed (DEJ Productions): R for language, brief sexuality and violent images

Dead End (Lions Gate Entertainment): R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use

Frostbite (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment): R for sexual content including nudity and dialogue, language, crude humor and some drug use

Godzilla vs. Gigan (Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment): PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language

The Hillz (Image Entertainment): R for strong violent content, sexuality, language and drug use

Jack (Showtime Networks): PG-13 for mature thematic material

Johnny Nitrate (Trinity Home Entertainment): R for language, sexual content and some violence

Man of the House (Columbia Pictures): PG-13 for violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference

Michelangelo Eye To Eye (Warner Brothers): G

Renegade (SNP Inc): R for violence, sexuality, nudity and drug content

Vera Drake (Fine Line Features): R for depiction of strong thematic material

Verdict In Blood (MTI Home Video): R for drug use

We’ll Meet Again (Ardustry Home Entertainment): PG-13 for violence

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: 101 minutes

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

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 81 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

The Life and Times of Allen Ginsberg

Logline: Documents the life of the poet, writer and activist who inspired the Beat Generation

Director: Jerry Aronson

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

Logline: Documents the life and times of one of punk rock’s premiere bands, The Ramones, from their humble beginnings in Queens in 1974 to the death of their lead singer Joey Ramone in 2001

Directors: Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on August 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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. IN Elnglish and German with English subtitles

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

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 20

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

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 211 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

Bush’s Brain

Logline:

Directors: Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob

Distributor: Tartan Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Open at the Cinema Village in New York City, and in Los Angeles, on August 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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

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

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere 3 in San Francisco

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 33 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

Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Vanity Fair

Logline: The orphaned daughter of a starving English artist and a French chorus girl yearns for a more glamorous life than her birthright promises, resolving to conquer English society by any means possible

Featuring: Reese Witherspoon

Director: Mira Nair

Writers: Matthew Faulk & Mark Skeet and Julian Fellowes, based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on September 1

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality/partial nudity and a brief violent image

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Friday, September 3, 2004

The Cookout

Logline: A basketball star throws a celebratory cookout in his new home in an exclusive neighborhood after signing a big contract, only to find a culture clash between his freinds and family and his new neighbors

Featuring:

Director: Lance Rivera

Writers: Ramsey Gbelawoe, Jeffrey Brian Holmes and Laurie B. Turner, based on a story by Shakim Compere, Darryl French and Queen Latifah

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on September 3

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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 September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 63 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono sound

Paparazzi

Logline: An action film star fights back when he and his family are harrassed by a pack of photographers

Featuring: Daniel Baldwin, Dennis Farina, Cole Hauser, Tom Sizemore, Robin Tunney

Director: Paul Abascal

Writers: Forrest Smith

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on September 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent sequences, sexual content and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Remember Me, My Love

Logline: A father meets his lost but still beautiful high school sweetheart, while his daughter wants to become a television star. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Monica Bellucci, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Laura Morante, Silvio Muccino, Nicoletta Romanoff

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Writers: Gabriele Muccino and Heidrun Schleef

Distributor: Roadside Attractions/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Rockets Redglare!

Logline: Documents the life of the New York City underground artist, comic and musician

Director: Luis Fernandez de la Reguera

Distributor: Small Planet Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Unlikely Heroes

Logline: Documents previously unknown stories of the Jewish resistance who worked against the Nazi regime across Europe during World War II. In English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Director: Richard Trank

Distributor: Seventh Art

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Virgin

Logline: When a teenager finds herself pregnant, with no memory of having had sex, she determines that she is carrying the child of God

Featuring: Peter Gerety, Elisabeth Moss, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Dolly Williams, Robin Wright Penn

Director: Deborah Kampmeier

Writer: Deborah Kampmeier

Distributor: Artistic License

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Wicker Park

Logline: A man, caught in an obsessive search for a woman he fell deeply in love with who vanished without a trace two years before, catches a fleeting glimpse of her in a local bar and begins a twisting search to find her and discover what really happened

Featuring: Rose Byrne, Josh Hartnett, Diane Kruger, Matthew Lillars

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writer: Brandon Boyce

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations release on September 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Yes Nurse, No Nurse

Logline: The residents of Nurse Klivia’s Rest Home as they combat the efforts of their nasty landlord and neighbor to have them evicted. In Dutch with English subtitles

Featuring: Paul de Leeuw, Paul Kooij, Loes Luca, Tjitske Reidinga, Waldemar Torenstra

Director: Pieter Kramer

Writers: Harry Bannink, Frank Houtappels and Pieter Kramer, based on a story by Annie M.G. Schmidt

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on September 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Festival Express: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Castelton Arts Theatre in Indianapolis, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City, the Baxter Theatre in Louisville, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinema in New Orleans, the Avon Theatre in Providence, the Little Theatre in Rochester, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, the Island Theatre in Vashon Island WA and the Yakima 10 in Yakima WA

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at the Grand Six Theatres in Bismark ND, the Campus 3 Cinemas in Iowa City, the Orphuem Theatre in Sioux City, the Mountain Movie Theatre in Steamboat Springs

She Hate Me: Opens at the Dimond Center in Anchorage, the Arbor Cinemas Great Hills Theatre and Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Bonita Springs 12 in Bonita Springs FL, the Boynton Beach 9 Movies in Boynton Beach FL, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene OR, the Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers FL, the Varsity Twin in Honolulu, the Downtown West Theatre in Knoxville, the Village Ssquare 18 in Las Vegas, the Baxter Avenue Cinemas in Louisville, the Osio Plaza Theatre in Monterey, the Riverside 12 in Reno NV, the Little Cinema in Rochester NY, the Fiesta 16 Cinemas in San Antonio, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz, the Angelika Film Center in Sacramento, the Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa, the Hollywood Theatre in Sarasota, the Camelview Plaza Cinemas in Scottsdale, the Channelside Cinemas in Tampa, the Elcon 20 Cinemas in Tucson, the City Center Cinemas in Vancouver and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL (24 additional location)

Early Screen Counts for September and October releases

September 8

Paperclips (Miramax): New York and Los Angeles

September 10

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

Cellular (New Line): 2000 plus locations

Criminal (Warner Independent Pictures): Major markets

THX-1138 (Warner Brothers): Limited release

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

Mr. 3000 (Buena Vista): 2000 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

Brotherhood (IDP): New York City and Los Angeles

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

Infernal Affairs (Miramax): New York City and Los Angeles

Merci Docteur Rey (Regent): New York City and Los Angeles

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

National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers (Delfino Entertainment): Release threatened, screen count unknown

September 24

The Forgotten (Sony): 2500 plus locations

First Daughter (Fox): 2000 plus locations

Shaun Of The Dead (Focus): 500 plus locations

A Dirty Shame (Fine Line): Major markets

The Shawshank Redemption (Warner Brothers): Major markets

The Yes Men (MGM/UA): Major markets

The Final Cut (Lions Gate): New York City and Los Angeles

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

The Raspberry Reich (Strand): New York City exclusive

October 1

Shark Tale (DreamWorks): 2750 plus locations

Ladder 49 (Buena Vista): 2000 plus locations

Saw (Lions Gate): 1000 plus locations

Around The Bend (Warner Independent Pictures): Major markets

I Heart Huckabees (Fox Searchlight): Major markets

Hair Show (Innovation Film): Select markets

Dear Frankie (Miramax): New York City and Los Angeles

DiG! (Palm Pictures): New York City and Los Angeles

October 8

A Sound of Thunder (Warner Brothers): 2500 plus locations

Taxi (Fox): 2000 plus locations

Raise Your Voice: 1250 plus locations

The Dust Factory (MGM): Limited release

I Am David: Limited release

Primer (THINKFilm): New York City and Los Angeles

Stage Beauty (Lions Gate): New York City and Los Angeles

October 10

Vera Drake (Fine Line): New York City and Los Angeles

October 15

Friday Night Lights (Universal): 2250 plus locations

Shall We Dance? (Miramax): 1500 plus locations

Team America: World Police (Paramount): 1500 plus locations

Fascination (MGM): Select Markets

Being Julia (Sony Pictures Classics): New York City and Los Angeles

Lightning in a Bottle (Sony Pictures Classics): New York City and Los Angeles

The Machinist (Paramount Classics): New York City and Los Angeles

P.S. (Newmarket): New York City and Los Angeles

October 20

Sex is Comedy (IFC): New York City and Los Angeles

Sideways (Fox Searchlight): New York City and Los Angeles

October 22

Flight of the Phoenix: 2000 plus locations

The Grudge (Sony Pictures): 2000 plus locations

What’s It All About, Alfie? (Paramount): 2000 plus locations

Finding Neverland (Miramax): 1000 plus locations

October 29

Unchain My Heart (Universal): 1500 plus locations

Asylum (Paramount Classics): New York City and Los Angeles

Undertow (MGM): New York City and Los Angeles

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