The Early Report for November 7, 2004: Part One

This first section of The Early Report will give detailed coverage of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming four weeks, including screen counts, running times and ratings.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Overnight

Logline: Documents the quick rise and even quicker fall of Troy Duffy, a bartender who sold his script to “The Boondock Saints” to Miramax for him to direct, only to find the film abandoned by the distributor after the film was completed

Director: Mark Brian Smith

Distributor: THINKFilm

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

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong language, sexual references and some nudity

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Polar Express

Logline: A boy who maintains his belief in Santa Claus despite the teasing of his more cynical friends is rewarded one Christmas Eve when a steam train appears in front of his house and carries him and his disbelieving friends off to the North Pole

Featuring: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Peter Scolari

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writers: William Broyles Jr. and Malia Scotch Marmo, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations release (including 75 IMAX 2D and 3D locations) on November 10

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Brown Bunny: Opens at Magic Theatre in Nevada City CA

DiG!: Opens at the Little Theatre in Rochester

Friday, November 12, 2004

After The Sunset

Logline: A pair of master thieves, escaping to a tropical paradise to enjoy the spoils of their labor, find an FBI agent after them, convinced the pair are actually plotting to pull off a million-dollar theft from a nearby diamond cruise

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Don Cheadle, Woody Harrelson, Salma Hayek,

Director: Brett Ratner

Writers: Paul Zbyszewski and Craig Rosenberg, based on a story by Zbyszewski

Distributor: New Line

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on November 12

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexuality, violence and language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Big Red One

Logline: A grizzled Sarge leads his 1st Infantry Division squad from the landings in North Africa, to D-Day, to an extermination camp in Czechoslovakia. A reconstruction of Sam Fuller’s 1980 World War II drama, with 45 minutes of footage cut from the film before its initial release

Featuring: Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin

Director: Samuel Fuller

Writer: Samuel Fuller

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for war violence and some language

Running Time: 158 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Logline: After landing the man of her dreams, Bridget is still torn between her boyfriend and her former boss

Featuring: Jacinda Barrett, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Renee Zellweger

Director: Beeban Kidron

Writer: Andrew Davies and Helen Fielding, based on Fielding’s novel

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations release on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Bright Future

Logline: Two young men who work in an oshibori plant bond based on their uncontrollable rage. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Tadanobu Asano, Tatsuya Fuji, Jô Odagiri, Takashi Sasano, Marumi Shiraishi

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Writer: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Falling Angels

Logline: Set against the backdrop of the 1960’s, free love, the Cold War, and the dawn of feminism, three sisters come of age in a wildly dysfunctional family

Featuring: Kristin Adams, Monté Gagné, Katharine Isabelle, Callum Keith Rennie, Miranda Richardson

Director: Scott Smith

Writer: Esta Spalding, based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy

Distributor: Film Movement

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Finding Neverland

Logline: The friendship between a married writer and a widow with four children leads to the creation of one of fiction’s most popular characters, Peter Pan

Featuring: Julie Christie, Johnny Depp, Kelly Macdonald, Radha Mitchell, Nick Roud, Kate Winslet

Director: Marc Forster

Writer: David Magee, based on the play “The Man Who Was Peter Pan” by Allan Knee

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: Top ten markets on November 12

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Kinsey

Logline: The life of Alfred Kinsey, the pioneer of human sexuality research whose landmark studies on the sexual behaviors of the common man rocked a nation

Featuring: Tim Curry, Timothy Hutton, Laura Linney, John Lithgow, Liam Neeson, Chris O’Donnell, Oliver Platt, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Bill Condon

Writer: Bill Condon

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Five theatres in New York City and Los Angeles on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive sexual content, including some graphic images and descriptions

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Le Petite Lili

Logline: An idealistic young filmmaker rebels against his mother and her guests, while multiple intrigues of lust and power play out behind the scenes. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Nicole Garcia, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Ludivine Sagnier, Robinson Stévenin

Director: Claude Miller

Writers: Julien Boivent and Claude Miller, based on “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelica Film Center in New York City on November 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Master of the Game

Logline: A Jewish prisoner in WWII, after escaping while in transit to a concentration camp only to find himself trapped in an isolated cabin with four German soldiers, challenges these soldiers to a bizarre mind game

Featuring: Alex Affolter, Uygar Aktan, Garry Peters, Steven Prince, David Stokey

Director: Jeff Stolhand

Writer: Jeff Stolhand

Distributor: Sunn Classic Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Five theatres in the New York City tri-state area on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for violence and some language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Noel

Logline: The lives of a group of New Yorkers are affected in different ways over the course of one Christmas Eve

Featuring: Alan Arkin, Penélope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Sunjata, Paul Walker, Robin Williams

Director: Chazz Palminteri

Writer: David Hubbard

Distributor: Convex Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Six theatres in New York and Los Angeles on November 12

MPAA Rating: PG for sensuality, thematic material and some language

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Seed of Chucky

Logline: When production starts on a movie detailing the urban legend of his parents’ lethal exploits, a possessed doll heads for Hollywood, where he brings his bloodthirsty parents back from the dead

Featuring: Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Hannah Spearritt, Redman, Jennifer Tilly

Director: Don Mancini

Writer: Don Mancini

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence/gore, sexual content and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Way Off Broadway

Logline: Five New Yorkers take a crash course in life as they explore the dynamics of conflict concerning love, sex, failure and betrayal

Featuring: Morena Baccarin, Brad Beyer, Jarrod Bunch, Jordan Gelber, Forbes March

Director: Daniel Kay

Writer: Daniel Kay

Distributor: Small Planet Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Who Killed Bambi?

Logline: A beautiful nursing student, starting her internship at a prestigious hospital. teams with one of the doctors when patients mysteriously start to dissappear from their rooms. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Yasmine Belmadi, Catherine Jacob. Laurent Lucas, Michèle Moretti, Sophie Quinton

Director: Gilles Marchand

Writers: Vincent Dietschy and Gilles Marchand

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on November 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 126 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Bear Cub: Opens at the Cinema Latino in New York City

Being Julia: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas in Austin, the Aventura 24 in Aventura FL, the Shadowood Square 16 in Boca Raton FL, the Vinegar Hill Cinemas in Charlottesville VA, the Delray 18 Cinemas in Delray Beach FL, the Crown Glen 10 in Glenview IL, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the South Beach 18 and Sunset Place 24 in Miami, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Manor 4 in Pittsburgh, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz CA, the Sunrise 11 in Sunrise FL and the Mayfair Mall 18 in Wauwatosa WI (14 additional locations)

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi: Opens at the Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose

Bright Leaves: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills

The Brown Bunny: Opens at Guild Cinema in Albuquerque

Callas Forever: Opens at the Sunrise Cinemas in Sunrise FL

Cowboys and Angels: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse North in Austin and the Manor Theatre in Charlotte NC

The Five Obstructions: Opens at the UICA Theatre in Grand Rapids and the Real Arts Ways Cinemas in Harford

Go Further: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Avalon Theatre in Corvallis OR, the Bijou Theatre in Eugene OR, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Goodbye, Dragon Inn: Opens at the Bijou Theatre in Chattanooga

The Manson Family: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Dever and the Clinton Street Cinema in Portland OR

P.S.: Opens at the Suncoast 16 Theatres in Las Vegas, the Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia, the El Con 20 Theatre in Tucson and the Ritz Sixteen Movies in Voorhees NJ

Primer: Opens at the Variety Theatre in Ashland OR, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Riverside 12 in Reno NV and the Channelside 9 in Tampa

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

Red Lights: Opens at the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Broadway Center Cinemas in Salt Lake City and the Wilton Town Hall Theatre in Wilton NH

Sex is Comedy: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

Stander: Opens at the Rialto Theatre in Bozeman MT

Strayed: Opens at the N & S Cinemas 6 in Daytona Beach FL

Tarnation: Opens at the Charles Theare in Baltimore, the Gateway Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, the South Beach Theatre in Miami and Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington DC

Testosterone: Opens at the Plaza Lefont Cinemas in Atlanta, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the Sunrise Cinemas at Old Hyde in Tampa

What the Bleep Do We Know?: Opens at the Circle Cinema Theatre in Tulsa OK

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Muhammad: The Last Prophet

Logline: An animated story of the Last Prophet of God and the creation of Islam

Director: Richard Rich

Writer: Brian Nissen

Distributor: Fine Media Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 90 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and in Ontario on November 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 19, 2004

Bad Education

Logline: Two old school friends, one a filmmaker, the other an aspiring actor and writer, exorcise their Catholic school demons as they work together on a movie about their younger days

Featuring: Javier Cámara, Daniel Giménez-Cacho, Fele Martínez, Gael García Bernal

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writers: Pedro Almodóvar

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated by the MPAA (R rating expected)

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Days of Being Wild

Logline: In 1960 Hong Kong, a half dozen acquaintences deal with their individual searches for intimate connection. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Jackie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Chung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan

Director: Wong Kar-Wai

Writer: Wong Kar-Wai

Distributor: Kino

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Deserted Station

Logline: A photgrapher and his female assistant are stranded in a remote village after their car breaks down. In Farsi with English subtitles

Featuring: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mahmoud Pak Neeyat, Mehran Rajabi

Director: Ali Reza Raisian

Writer: Kambozia Partovi, based on a story by Abbas Kiarostami

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Fabled

Logline: A young man who has recently broken up with his girlfriend suspects she is plotting against him with their psychiatrist

Featuring: Della Askew, Desmond Askew, J. Richey Nash, Michael Panes, Katheryn Winnick

Director: Ari Kirschenbaum

Writer: Ari Kirschenbaum

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select theatres in Wisconson on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Fear and Trembling

Logline: A young Belgian woman takes a job as a translator for a huge Tokyo corporation. In French and Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Bison Katayama, Yasunari Kondo, Taro Suwa, Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji

Director: Alain Corneau

Writer: Alain Corneau, based on the book “Stupeur et tremblements” by Amélie Nothomb

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

National Treasure

Logline: An adventurer teams with a curator at the National Archives to stop a group of fortune hunters from stealing the Declaration of Independence, which may have a map to a hidden treasure encoded on it

Featuring: Justin Bartha, Sean Bean, Nicolas Cage, Harvey Keitel, Diane Kruger, Christopher Plummer, Jon Voight

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Writers: Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Marianne Wibberley & Cormac Wibberley, from a story by Jim Kouf

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on November 19

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some scary images

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

Logline: SpongeBob SquarePants takes leave from the town of Bikini Bottom in order to track down King Neptune’s stolen crown

Featuring the voices of: Alec Baldwin, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, David Hasselhoff, Scarlett Johansson, James Earl Jones, Tom Kenny, Jeffrey Tambor

Directors: Sherm Cohen and Stephen Hillenburg

Writers: Derek Drymon & Tim Hill & Stephen Hillenburg & Kent Osborne & Aaron Springer & Paul Tibbett, based on the television series created by Hillenburg

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 19

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild crude humor

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Bear Cub: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in Los Angeles and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

Being Julia: Opens at the Century 14 Cinemas and Rio 24 Cinemas in Albuquerque, the Century 16 Cinemas in Anchorage, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Siegen Village 10 Cinemas in Baton Rouge, the Bonita Springs 12 Cinemas in Bonita Springs FL, the Boynton Beach Movies in Boynton Beach FL, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Burlington VT, the Beverly 12 Cinemas in Champaign IL, the Esquire Cinemas in Cincinnati, the Avalon Cinema in Corvallis OR, the Avon Theatre in Decatur IL, the Varsity Theatre in Des Moines IA, the County Theatre in Doylestown PA, the Pocono Films in East Stroudsburg PA, the Bijou Art Cinema in Eugene OR, the Bell Tower 20 Cinemas in Fort Myers FL, the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth TX, the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg PA, the Galleria Ten Cinemas in Hoover AL, the Madison Square 12 Cinemas in Huntsville AL, the Castleton Square 3 Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Downtown West 8 Cinemas in Knoxville TN, the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, the Hilldale Twin in Madison WI, the Osio Plaza Theatre in Monterey CA, the Green Hills Commons 16 in Nashville TN, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Nickelodeon 5 Cinemas in North Falmouth MA, the Tilton 9 Theatre in Northfield NJ, the Music Hall Theatre in Portsmouth NH, the Avon Theatre in Providence RI, the Riverside 12 Cinemas in Reno NV, the Little Cinemas in Rochester NY, the Angelika Film Center in Sacramento, the Fiesta 16 Cinemas in San Antonio, the Jean Cocteau Cinemas in Santa Fe, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA, the Camelview Plaza 5 Cinemas in Scottsdale, the Catalina 6 Cinemas and Elcon 20 Cinemas in Tucson, the Southroads 20 Cinemas in Tulsa OK, the City Center Cinemas in Vancouver WA, the Columbus Movies 12 in Virginia Beach, the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach FL and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL (46 additional locations)

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi: Opens at the New Art Cinema in Provincetown NY and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason: Expands to 2000+ locations

Bright Leaves: Opens at the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, the Carolina Theatre in Durham and the Colony Theatre in Raleigh

Brother to Brother: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

The Brown Bunny: Opens at the Wexner Center in Columbus OH

Callas Forever: Opens at the Cape Cod Cinemas in Dennis MA

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones: Opens at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia SC, the Angelika Film Center and Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, the Times Cinema in Milwaukee and the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City

Finding Neverland: Expands to top twenty markets

Go Further: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City and Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans

P.S.: Opens at the Riverside 12 Cinemas in Reno NV and the Broadway Centre Theatre in Salt Lake City

Primer: Opens at the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL

Red Lights: Opens at the Enzian Theater in Maitland FL

A Silent Love: Opens in Los Angeles

Sex is Comedy: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington DC

Stander: Opens at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

Tarnation: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Testosterone: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Alexander

Logline: The life and death of the 4th Century BC warrior, who conquered most of the then-known world

Featuring: Rosario Dawson, Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Director: Oliver Stone

Writers: Christopher Kyle and Laeta Kalogridis and Oliver Stone

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on November 24

MPAA Rating: R for violence and some sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 171 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Christmas with the Kranks

Logline: A man and his wife decide to skip the holiday and go on a vacation, only to rush together a celebration when his daughter decides to come home for Christmas at the last minute

Featuring: Tim Allen

Director: Joe Roth

Writer: Chris Columbus, based on the novella “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham

Distributor: Sony

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on November 24

MPAA Rating: PG for brief language and suggestive content

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Notre Musique

Logline: A rumination on the dualities of human nature and the role of war in modern civilization. In English and in French and Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Sarah Adler, George Aguilar, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Nade Dieu, Rony Kramer

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Writers: Jean-Luc Godard

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Work and the Glory

Logline: In the 1820s, a family in upstate New York meet a young man named Joseph Smith and are caught up in the conflict and controversy surrounding him

Featuring: Alexander Carroll, Tiffany DuPont, Eric Johnson, Jnathan Scarfe, Brenda Strong

Director: Russ Holt

Writer: Russ Holt, based on the novel by Gerald N. Lund

Distributor: Excel Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Megaplex 12 in Salt Lake City and the Jordan Commons in Sandy UT on November 24

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild thematic elements and violence

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Being Julia: Opens at the Movies in Portland ME

Finding Neverland: Expands to 2000 plus locations

Moog: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Austin

Friday, November 26, 2004

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst

Logline: Documents the formation of, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), the first radical domestic terrorist cell to become a media sensation in the United States, who wreaked havoc on the national psyche for several years, leaving behind a rich trove of paranoid recordings and scores of violent acts, including the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst

Director: Robert Stone

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 in Berkeley, Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles, the Angelika Film Center in New York City and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco on November 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Legacy of Faith: The Story of St. Nicholas Church

Logline: Documents the lives of three generations of Slovakian-American parishioners at a small red brick Church building in New York City’s East Village

Director: Joanne Medvecky

Distributor: Highlawn Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on November 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Purple Butterfly

Logline: A young Chinese woman in a resistance organization against the Japanese occupation of China during the 1930s meets up with her former Japanese lover. In Japanese, Mandarin and Vietnamese with English subtitles

Featuring: Zhang Ziyi

Director: Lou Ye

Writer: Lou Ye

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 26

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and a scene of sexuality

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Straight-Jacket

Logline: In 1950’s Hollywood, movie star Guy Stone must marry a studio secretary in order to conceal his homosexuality

Featuring: Veronica Cartwright, Jennifer Elise Cox, Matt Letscher, Carrie Preston

Director: Richard Day

Writer: Richard Day, based on his own play

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles and the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena on November 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

A Very Long Engagement

Logline: A young woman tries to find out the truth about what happened to her fiancee after a ferocious battle during World War I. In Frnech with English subtitles

Featuring: Jodie Foster, Dominique Pinon, Audrey Tatou, Gaspard Ulliel

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Writers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 26

MPAA Rating: R for violence and sexuality

Running Time: 134 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Being Julia: Opens at the Spectrum Cinemas in Albany NY, the Manor Twin in Charlotte NC, the Peak Theatre in Colorado Springs, the Concord Mills Theatre in Concord NC, the Royal Park Stadium 16 in Gainesville FL, the Baxter Ave Theatre in Louisville KY, the Denis Theatres in Mt. Lebanon PA, the Empire 25 Cinemas and the First & 62nd Cinemas in New York City, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota FL, the Carousel Mall Cinemas in Syracuse NY, the Miracle Five Theatre in Tallahassee FL, the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, the Premiere Palace Cinemas in Wichita, the Images Theatre in Williamstown MA amd the Tinker Street Cinemas in Woodstock NY (16 additional locations)

Callas Forever: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Camera 7 Cinemas in Campbell CA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Ritz 5 Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Ritz 16 Cinemas in Voorhees NJ and Landmark’s Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Cowboys and Angels: Opens at the Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis and the Old Hyde Park Cinemas in Tampa

Incident at Loch Ness: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Proteus: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Red Lights: Opens at the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL

Testosterone: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the Starz Film Center in Denver

What the Bleep Do We Know?: Opens at the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA

Friday, December 3, 2004

After Midnight

Logline: A dreamy, socially awkward cinephile and night watchman turns the museum he works at into his personal palace each night by screening old silent films. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Alberto Barbera, Francesca Inaudi, Silvio Orlando, Giorgio Pasotti, Francesca Picozza

Director: Davide Ferrario

Writer: Davide Ferrario

Distributor: Avatar Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Closer

Logline: Two couples engage in a series of affairs and deceptions

Featuring: Jude Law, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Patrick Marber, based on his play

Distributor: Columbia

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

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Conspiracy of Silence

Logline: In modern day Ireland, a reporter aggressively pursues two seemingly unrelated events, the unexpected suicide of a beloved and well-respected pastor and the expulsion of an idealistic young Seminary student, uncovering a deadly secret that may link both incidents, leading directly up to the highest ranks of the Church

Featuring: Jason Barry, Hugh Bonneville, Jonathan Forbes, Brenda Fricker, John Lynch

Director: John Deery

Writer: John Deery

Distributor: Watch Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine

Logline: Documents the 1997 match between Russian world chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer

Director: Vikram Jayanti

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

House of Flying Daggers

Logline: Near the end of the Tang Dynasty, two police deputies attempt to ensnare a dancer suspected of having ties to a revolutionary faction known as the House of Flying Daggers

Featuring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song, Zhang Ziyi

Director: Zhang Yimou

Writers: Feng Li, Bin Wang, Yimou Zhang

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 3

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

I Am David

Logline: A young boy escapes from captivity in post-WWII Bulgaria and journeys across Europe to safety.

Featuring: Jim Caviezel, Joan Plowright, Ben Tibber

Director: Paul Feig

Writer: Paul Feig, from the novel by Anne Holm

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 82 locations in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Texas on December 3

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and violent content

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Jesus, You Know

Logline: Documents six Catholic believers, all sinners of varying degrees, who speak very personally with Jesus, directly addressing the camera that is placed in various churches. In German with English subtitles

Director: Ulrich Seidl

Distributor:

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Expanding today

Being Julia: Opens at the Terrace Theatre in Charleston NE, the Oakview 24 Cinemas in Omaha SC and the River Park Square 20 Cinemas in Spokane WA

Bright Leaves: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

The Brown Bunny: Opens at the Red Vic Theatre in San Francisco

Callas Forever: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver and Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR

Go Further: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

Sex is Comedy: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Tarnation: Opens at the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY and Landmark’s Tivoli Theater in St. Louis

Testosterone: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge MA and the Village Square Cinemas in Las Vegas

For MPAA Ratings, Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between November 2004 and May 2007, please visit the second section of The Early Report.

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