The Early Report for December 19, 2004: Part One

The Early Report 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, December 22, 2004

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera

Logline: A disfigured man, known as the Phantom, who haunts the Paris Opera House, falls in love with a young singer, but she only has eyes for another

Featuring: Gerard Bulter, Simon Callow, Minnie Driver, Ciaran Hinds, Miranda Richardson, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writers: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Joel Schumacher, based on the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe and the novel “Le Fantôme de L’Opéra” by Gaston Leroux

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 600 plus locations release on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief violent images

Running Time: 143 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Les Choristes

Logline: In post-World War II France, a mild-mannered new teacher at a school for troubled boys tries to introduce the school’s delinquents to something they’ve never experienced before, the freedom and joy of music. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: François Berléand, Gérard Jugnot, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Kad Merad, Jacques Perrin

Director: Christophe Barratier

Writers: Christophe Barratier and Philippe Lopes-Curval

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language/sexual references and violence

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Hotel Rwanda

Logline: A privledged hotelier who sheltered more than 1,200 Tutsis from Hutu militias during the Rwandan massacres in 1994

Featuring: Don Cheadle, Nick Nolte, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix, Cara Seymour

Director: Terry George

Writers: Keir Pearson & Terry George

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Seven locations in major markets on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief strong language

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

In the Realms of the Unreal

Logline: Documents the parallel lives of artist Henry Darger, a reclusive janitor by day, author of a 15,000 page novel, detailing the exploits of seven angelic sisters who lead a rebellion against godless child-enslaving men, by night

Director: Jessica Yu

Distributor: Wellspring Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on December 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Keys to the House

Logline: A father forges a relationship with his handicapped son, whom he meets for the first time as a teenager. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Alla Faerovich, Pierfrancesco Favino, Charlotte Rampling, Andrea Rossi, Kim Rossi Stuart

Director: Gianni Amelio

Writers: Gianni Amelio, Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, based on the novel “Le Chiavi di Casa” by Giuseppe Pontiggia

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements in New York City and at Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in Los Angeles on December 22

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Meet the Fockers

Logline: After surviving a week with his soon to be in-laws, a young man takes his bride to be and her family to meet his parents

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Polo, Ben Stiller, Barbra Steisand

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: John Hamburg and Jim Herzfeld and Vince DiMeglio & Tim Rassmussen, from a story by John Hamburg and Jim Herzfeld, based on characters created by Hamburg

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations release on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a brief drug reference

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Producing Adults

Logline: A woman, undergoing treatment to concieve a child against the wishes of her husband, finds her plans going awry when when her friendship with the female doctor helping her in the fertilization process starts to develop into something romantic. In Finnish with English subtitles

Featuring: Minna Haapkylä, Minttu Mustakallio, Kari-Pakka Toivonen

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä

Writer: Pekko Pesonen

Distributor: Wolfe Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

Bad Education: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema in Chicago, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

A Very Long Engagement: Expands into additional markets

Friday, December 24, 2004

The Woodsman

Logline: A pedophile returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life

Featuring: Kevin Bacon, Benjamin Bratt, Mos Def, Eve, David Alan Grier, Kyra Sedgwick

Director: Nicole Kassell

Writers: Steven Fechter, Nicole Kassell

Distributor: Newmarket

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the 19th Street East, Lincoln Square Cinemas and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Holywood on December 24

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, disturbing behavior and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Almost Peaceful: Opens at the Garden Hills Theatre in Atlanta

Bear Cub: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Being Julia: Opens at the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville NC, the Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville NC, the Carousel Grande Theatre in Greensborough NC and the Colonial Theatre in Keene NH

Callas Forever: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Kinsey: Expands into additional markets

On the Waterfront: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

Postmen in the Mountains: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Sex is Comedy: Opens at the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and the Loft Theatre in Tucson

Sideways: Expands into additional markets

Vodka Lemon: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Darkness

Logline: A teenage girl moves into a remote countryside house with her family, only to discover that their gloomy new home has a horrifying past that threatens to destroy the family

Featuring: Giancarlo Giannini, Iain Glen, Lena Olin, Anna Paquin

Director: Jaume Balagueró

Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Fernando de Felipe, Miguel Tejada-Flores

Distributor: Dimension Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations release on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing images, intense terror sequences, thematic elements and language

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fat Albert

Logline: Fat Albert and his friends find their way out of their cartoon existance and try to make it in the real world

Featuring: Shedrack Anderson III, Aaron Frazier, Marques Houston, Omarion, Kyla Pratt, Kenan Thompson

Director: Joel Zwick

Writers: William H. Cosby Jr. Ed.D. & Charles Kipps

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG for momentary language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today

The Aviator: Expands to 1500 plus locations

Bad Education: Expands to additional markets

Finding Neverland: Expands to 1500 plus locations

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Expands to 1000 plus locations

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Logline: In 1974, a businessman decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream, by plotting to kill the President of the United States

Featuring: Don Cheadle, Brad Henke, Sean Penn, Jack Thompson, Naomi Watts

Director: Niels Mueller

Writers: Niels Mueller & Kevin Kennedy

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the University 6 in Irvine CA, the Empire 25 and Union Square 14 in New York City, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 29

MPAA Rating: 103 minutes

Running Time: R for language and a scene of graphic violence

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

In Good Company

Logline: A middle-aged ad exec faced with a new boss who’s nearly half his age

Featuring: Selma Blair, John Cho, Topher Grace, Philip Baker Hall, Marg Helgenberger, Scarlett Johansson, Dennis Quaid

Director: Paul Weitz

Writer: Paul Weitz

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 29

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

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

A Love Song for Bobby Long

Logline: A headstrong young woman returns to her New Orleans home after the death of her estranged mother

Featuring: Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht, John Travolta, Deborah Unger

Director: Shainee Gabel

Writer: Shainee Gabel, based on the novel “Off Magazine Street” by Ronald Everett Capps

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 29

MPAA Rating: R for language including some sexual references

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice

Logline: A young man takes a loan so he can properly woo a wealthy heiress, which must be repaid in three months or the loaner will exact a pound of flesh from a friend of the young man

Featuring: Al Pacino

Director: Michael Radford

Writer: Michael Radford, based on the play by William Shakespeare

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, the 19th Street East 6 and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City and the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica on December 29

MPAA Rating: R for some nudity

Running Time: 138 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Being Julia: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills

Beyond the Sea: Expands to major markets

Tarnation: Opens at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City CA

The Woodsman: Opens in additional markets

Friday, December 31, 2004

Sky Blue

Logline: In the year 2140, mankind’s reckless exploitation of the environment has sparked a planet-wide catastrophe that has shielded the sun from view and all but ended human civilization on earth, leaving only a small number of elites, possessing power and technology, who have been able to thrive, building a magnificent, organic city named Ecoban

Featuring the voices of:

Director: Moon Sang Kim

Writers: Moon Sang Kim, Jun Young Park, Sunmin Park

Distributor: Maxmedia/Endgame Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles on December 31

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Bear Cub: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Green Butchers: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Postmen in the Mountains: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Thursday, January 6, 2005

Solitude

Logline: Two middle-class Phoenix siblings badger, berate and bewitch each other

Featuring: Patrick Belton, Ronne Orenna, Mary Thornton

Directors: Susan Kraker, Pi Ware

Writers: Susan Kraker, Pi Ware

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Pioneer Theatre in New York City on January 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 07, 2005

Travelers and Musicians (New Entry)

Logline: A young government official dreams of escaping to America, while stuck in a ravishingly beautiful but isolated village. In Dzongkha with English subtitles

Featuring: Tsewang Dandup, Lhakpa Dorji, Sonam Kinga, Sonam Lhamo, Deki Yangzom

Director: Khyentse Norbu

Writer: Khyentse Norbu

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Act I and II in Berkeley, the Balboa Theater in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA on January 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

White Noise

Logline: A successful architect’s peaceful existence is shattered by the unexplained disappearance and death of his wife

Featuring: Michael Keaton, Ian McNeice, Chandra West

Director: Geoffrey Sax

Writer: Niall Johnson

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on January 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Assassination of Richard Nixon: Adds an additional 31 locations

Being Julia: Opens at the Fountain Theatre in La Cruces NM

Brother to Brother: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Days of Being Wild: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

The Green Butchers: Opens at the Cinema Village Cinemas and the New Metro Twin in New York City

Million Dolalr Baby: Expands to additional markets

Postmen in the Mountains: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Red Lights: Opens at the Times Cinema in Milwaukee

The Sea Inside: Exapnds into select markets

Sex is Comedy: Opens at the Belcourt Twin in Nashville

Straight-Jacket: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and the Old Hyde Park in Tampa

Tarnation: Opens at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL, the Studio on the Square Cinemas in Memphis and the Plaza De Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara

This Girl’s Life: Opens at the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City

Friday, January 14, 2005

Appleseed

Logline: In the year 2131, the remaining members of the human race are locked in a war with bioroids, an army of machines who once were domestic servants. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Yuzuru Fujimoto, Ai Kobayashi, Jûrôta Kosugi, Mami Koyama, Yuki Matsuoka

Director: Shinji Aramaki

Writers: Haruka Handa & Tsutomu Kamishiro, based on the comic by Masamune Shirow

Distributor: Geneon Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 70 locations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and other major markets on January 14

MPAA Rating: R for some violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Coach Carter

Logline: A high school basketball coach benches his entire undefeated basketball team, including his own son, for poor academic performance

Featuring: Ashanti, Rob Brown, Samuel L. Jackson, Debbi Morgan, Robert RiChard

Director: Thomas Carter

Writers: Mark Schwahn and John Gatins

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on January 14

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

Running Time: 136 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Elektra

Logline: After recovering from mortal wounds, a dangerous assassin takes on her latest assignment

Featuring: Jennifer Garner, Terence Stamp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Goran Visnjic

Director: Rob Bowman

Writers: Raven Metzner & Stu Zicherman and Zak Penn

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on January 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Racing Stripes

Logline: A zebra, who grows up on a Kentucky farm, dreams of becoming a racehorse

Featuring: Bruce Greenwood, Wendie Malick and Hayden Panettiere, and the voices of Michael Clarke Duncan, Jeff Foxworthy, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey, Dustin Hoffman, Joshua Jackson, Mandy Moore, Frankie Muniz, Joe Pantoliano and David Spade

Director: Frederik Du Chau

Writers: David Schmidt, Kirk DeMicco, Frederik Du Chau and Mike Samonek

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on January 14

MPAA Rating: PG for mild crude humor and some language

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Assassination of Richard Nixon: Adds an additional 12 locations

Bear Cub: Opens at the South Beach Stadium 18 in Miami

Les Choristes: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City

The Green Butchers: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Theatre in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

House of Flying Daggers: Adds an additional 320 locations

In Good Company: Expands to 1750 plus locations

Notre Musique: Opens at the Oak Street Cinemas in Minneapolis and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela: Opens at Landmark’s NuArt Theatre in Los Angeles

Sky Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Straight-Jacket: Opens at the Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Tarnation: Opens at the Tivoli Manor Square Theatre in Kansas City MO, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln NE and the Kentucky Theatre in Louisville KY

A Very Long Engagement: Expands into additional markets

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Camera 7 in Campbell CA, the South Coast 3 in Costa Mesa CA, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the CineArts in Palo Alto CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Century 5 in Pleasant Hill CA, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Empire 3 Cinemas in San Francisco, the Regency Cinema 6 in San Rafael CA, the Plaza Del Oro Twin in Santa Barbara and the West Newton 6 in West Newton MA (13 additional locations)

The Woodsman: Expands into additional markets

For MPAA Ratings, Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between January 2005 and May 2007, please visit the second section of The Early Report.

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