The Early Report for August 15, 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

Curious George (Universal): The CG animated film version of the beloved children’s book series, featuring Will Ferrell as the voice of the Man in the Yellow Hat, will open on February 10, 2006

The Dust Factory (MGM): The teen drama starring Hayden Panettiere (“Raising Helen”) will open in New York City and Los Angeles on October 15, one week later than previously scheduled

Flushed Away (DreamWorks): Aardman Animation’s third feature, after “Chicken Run” and “Wallace and Gromit: The Great Vegetable Plot,” features the adventures of a pampered rat that loses his privileged life in London when he is flushed into a gutter, and will open in theatres on June 23, 2006

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (THINKfilm): Documentary about the Presidental candidate, his Naval tour of duty in Vietnam, contributions to the peace movement that followed and how his like would ultimately shape of his future political career, which opens in select markets on October 1

Incantato (Artistic License): The Italian comedy starring Giancarlo Giannini will open in New York City on September 24

Jarhead (Universal): Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this Gulf War drama from Oscar winning director Sam Mendes, which will open on September 30, 2005

The Last Shot (Buena Vista): The Alec Baldwin/Matthew Broderick moviemaking comedy will now open on September 24, one week later than previously scheduled

The Onion Movie (Fox Searchlight): The sketch comedy movie from the creators of the popular satirical newspaper and website will open in 2005 and not December 17 as originally scheduled

Over The Hedge (DreamWorks): Jim Carrey and Gary Shandling topline this CG animated comedy about a mischievous racoon and his turtle pal who try to resist the evils and temptations of encroaching suburbia, will open in theatres on May 19, 2006

Surviving Christmas (DreamWorks): Ben Affleck’s holiday comedy opens on October 22, three weeks earlier than previously scheduled

Warriors Of Heaven And Earth (Sony Classics): The Chinese drama opens in New York City and Los Angeles on September 3, one week later than previously scheduled

Most Recent MPAA Ratings

666: The Demon Child (SNP Inc): R for some violent content

Assistant To Oliver Stone: Controlled Chaos (Lovestreaks Productions): R for language including sexual references, and drug content

Bionicle 2: Legends Of Metru Nui (Buena Vista Home Entertainment): PG for action violence and scary images

Bush’s Brain (Tartan USA): PG-13 for brief strong language

Cursed (Miramax Films): R for horror violence and language

Enduring Love (Paramount Classics): R for language, some violence and a disturbing image

God Is On The Air (Ventura Entertainment): R for language, some violent images and brief nudity

Living Hell (Bedford Entertainment): R for violence, torture and brief language

The Machinist (Paramount Classics): R for violence and disturbing images, sexuality and language

Ring Of Darkness (DEJ Productions Inc): R for some violent and sexual content

Tattoo, A Love Story (Ardustry Home Entertainment): R for language, drug material and some sexual content

When Will I Be Loved? (IFC Films): R for strong sexuality, nudity and language

Woman’s Story (Cineedge): R for some sexual content and brief nudity

Yesterday (ADV Films): R for pervasive strong violence

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: 850 plus locations 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: Opens at the Angelika Film Center, Chelsea Cinemas and Cinema 1 2 & 3 in New York City on August 20

MPAA Rating: R for some drug use

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Bush’s Brain

Logline: Documents the life of Karl Rove, the controversial adviser to President Bush, often credited as the force behind Bush’s rise to the White House

Directors: Joseph Mealey and Michael Shoob

Distributor: Tartan USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and the Fiesta Theatre in San Antonio on August 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: 114 minutes

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: Five locations in New York City and Los Angeles 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: 100 plus locations release in Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Rio Grande Valley 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: Three locations in New York City and Los Angeles 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: 2750 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: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

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: Expands to 2250 plus locations

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)

Stander: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

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 Mandarin 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

Expanding today

The Agronomist: Opens at the Rialto Theater in Bozeman MT

Bush’s Brain: Opens at the Alamo Theatre in Austin, and the Cinema Village 3 and Sutton Twin in New York City

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: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City 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

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Logline: The fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Dong-Kun Jang, Hyeong-jin Kong, Eun-ju Lee, Bin Won

Director: Kang Je-gyu

Writer: Kang Je-gyu

Distributor: Destination/Samuel Goldwyn/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Atlantic Palace 10 in Alhambra CA, the Brea Stadium 22 in Brea CA, the Cerritos 10 in Cerritos CA, the River East 21 in Chicago, the Movieworld 7 in Douglaston NY, the Rio 18 Cinemas in Gaithersburg MD, the Garden Grove 16 in Garden Grove CA, the Gardena Cinema in Gardena CA, the Glendale Central Cinema 5 in Glendale CA, the Pearlridge 4 in Honolulu, the Irvine Spectrum 21 in Irvine CA, Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles, the Imaginasian Theatre and the Loews 34th Street Cinemas in New York City, the Pasadena Marketplace in Pasadena, the Terrace Cinema 6 in Rancho Palos Verdes CA, the Camera 12 and Gaslamp 15 in San Diego, the Meridian Cinemas in Seattle, the Crown Village Crossing 18 in Skokie IL and the Wisconsin Avenue 6 in Washington DC (21 locations total) on September 3

MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic sequences of war violence

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

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

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 September 3

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

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: 115 minutes

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

Bush’s Brain: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica4 in Santa Monica and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

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)

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

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 and Los Angeles on September 8

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, September 10, 2004

Cellular

Logline: A man receives a phone call on his cell phone from a kidnapped woman who tells him that he is her last hope, despite her having no idea where she is and his cell phone battery is running very low and could go dead at any second

Featuring: Kim Basinger, Chris Evans, Rick Hoffman, Dat Phan

Director: David Ellis

Writers: Eric Brees, Larry Cohen, Jonathan Mackey Gruber, Chris Morgan

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on September 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Criminal

Logline: Two men with little in common must work together when they come to possess one of the most valuable pieces of currency in U.S. history

Featuring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna, John C. Reilly, Jonathan Tucker

Director: Gregory Jacobs

Writers: Gregory Jacobs and Steven Soderbergh, based on the screenplay for the film “Nine Queens” by Fabián Bielinsky

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 10

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Intern Academy

Logline: Six interns, who have varying degrees of interest in their education, begin their training at St. Albert’s Hospital, where the dregs of medical school are sent when every other hospital has turned them down

Featuring: Dan Aykroyd, Linda Boyd, Dave Foley, Pat Kelly, Peter Oldring, Carly Pope

Director: Dave Thomas

Writer: Dave Thomas

Distributor: TVA Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Nationwide release across Canada on September 10th

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85.:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Reconstruction

Logline: A young man who thought himself already in love with a nice girl is drawn into a literary drama when he is captured by a deep and stimulating love affair. In Danish and Swedish with English subtitles

Featuring: Maria Bonnevie, Nicolas Bro, Helle Fagralid, Krister Henriksson, Nikolaj Lie Kaas

Director: Christoffer Boe

Writers: Christoffer Boe, Mogens Rukov

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on September 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse

Logline: In the heart of a ravaged and deadly city, a survivor of contained biochemical disaster must team with a group of strangers to battle their way through the relentless onslaught of the ravenous undead, as well as terrifying bioengineered weapons, the most deadly of which is the colossal, heavily armed assassin named Nemesis

Featuring: Mike Epps, Oded Fehr, Sienna Guillory, Sandrine Holt, Milla Jovovich, Eric Mabius

Director: Alexander Witt

Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on September 10

MPAA Rating: R for non-stop violence, language and some nudity

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Testosterone

Logline: A brilliant graphic novelist with writer`s block hasn’t been himself since his Argentine lover left on a cigarette run and hasn’t been seen since

Featuring: Sonia Braga, Leonardo Brzezicki, Jennifer Coolidge, Dario Dukah, Celina Font, Antonio Sabato Jr., David Sutcliffe

Director: David Moreton

Writers: Dennis Hensley and David Moreton, based on the novel by James Robert Baker

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle`s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, the Angelika Film Center and Chelsea 9 Cinemas in New York City and Laemmle`s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on September 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

THX 1138

Logline: In the future, where humanity lives underground, sex has been outlawed and the government controls the people through a mandatory drug regimine. When one man, THX 1138, stops taking his drugs and gets his mate pregnant, he is forced to escape to the surface

Featuring: Robert Duvall, Sid Haig, Maggie McOmie, Donald Pleasence

Director: George Lucas

Writers: George Lucas and Walter Murch, based on a short film by Lucas

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor, the Beachwood 11 Cinemas in Athens GA, the Arbor Cinema in Austin, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Boston Commons Theatre in Boston, the River East Cinemas in Chicago, the Lennox Cinemas in Columbus OH, Landmark’s Magnolia Theater in Dallas, the Pavilion Cinemas in Denver, the Irvine Spectrum Theatre in Irvine CA, the Southwind Theatre in Lawrence KS, the Arclight Cinemas in Los Angeles, the Westgate Theatre in Madison WI, the Eden Prarie Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Empire 25 in New York City, the Ritz 5 Theatres in Philadelphia, Lloyd Center in Portland OR, the Mira Mesa Theatre in San Diego, the Sony Meteron Theatre in San Francisco, the Cinerama Theatre in Seattle and the AFI Silver Theatre in Washington DC (21 locations total) on September 10

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

When Will I Be Loved

Logline: A beautiful, willful, independent woman engages in an elegantly improvised payback, targeting two men who have taken her for granted for too long

Featuring: Never Campbell, Dominic Chianese, Fred Weller

Director: James Toback

Writer: James Toback

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, the 1st and 62nd Street Theatre and the Union Square 14 in New York, and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on September 10

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, nudity and language

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Brown Bunny: Opens at the Lefont Plaza in Atlanta, the Amherst Cinemas in Buffalo, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Laemmle’s Town Center Cinemas in Encino, the Gateway Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, the Baxter Avenue THeatre in Louisville, the South Beach Cinemas in Miami, the Osio Theatre in Monterey CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Roxy Theatre in Philadelphia, the Harris Theatre in Pitsburgh, Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the Visions Cinema in Washington DC

Bush’s Brain: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and the Egyptian Theatre in Seattle

The Corporation: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Canal Place Cinema in New Orleans

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

Festival Express: Opens at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, the Hilldale Theatre in Madison WI, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando and the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota

The Five Obstructions: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

The Inheritance: Opens at the Sunrise Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale and the Bill Cosford Cinema in Miami

Red Lights: Opens at Landmark’s Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Laemmle’s Town Center Cinemas in Encino, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, the University 6 in Irvine CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and the Avon Theatre in Stamford CT

Seducing Dr. Lewis: Opens at the Manor Theatre in Charlotte NC, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY and the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

What the Bleep Do We Know: Opens at the Shirlington Cinemas in Arlington, the Varsity Theatre in Ashland OR, the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Copley Place in Boston, the Harvard Square in Cambridge, the Esquire Theatre in Chicago, the Cityplace Cinemas in Dallas, the City View 8 in Fort Worth, the College Park Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Lincoln Square Cinemas and Village VII in New York City, the Universal Cineplex in Orlando, the Fountains Theatre in Stafford TX, the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC, the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterford ME and Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA (18 additional locations)

Early Screen Counts for September and October releases

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

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

Saw (Lions Gate): 1000 plus locations

Shaun Of The Dead (Focus): 500 plus locations

A Dirty Shame (Fine Line): Major markets

The Last Shot (Buena Vista): 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

Hollywood Budha (Artistic License): Four screens in Los Angeles

Incantato (Artistic License): New York City exclusive

The Raspberry Reich (Strand): New York City exclusive

October 1

Shark Tale (DreamWorks): 2750 plus locations

Ladder 49 (Buena Vista): 2000 plus locations

Around The Bend (Warner Independent Pictures): Major markets

I Heart Huckabees (Fox Searchlight): Major markets

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry (THINKfilm): Select markets

Hair Show (Innovation Film): Select markets

Woman, Thou Art Loosed (Magnolia): Limited release

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

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

The Dust Factory (MGM): 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

It’s All About Love (Strand): New York and Los Angeles

Undertow (MGM): New York City and Los Angeles

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