The Early Report for March 12, 2005: 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.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Ice Princess

Logline: A young woman dreams of becoming a champion ice skater

Featuring: Kim Cattrall, Joan Cusack, Hayden Panetteiere, Michelle Trachtenberg

Director: Tim Fywell

Writer: Hadley Davis, based on a story by Meg Cabot and Hadley Davis

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on March 18

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Melinda and Melinda

Logline:

Featuring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Will Ferrell, Jonny Lee Miller, Radha Mitchell, Amanda Peet, Gene Saks,
Chloë Sevigny, Wallace Shawn

Director: Woody Allen

Writers: Woody Allen

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on March 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for adult situations involving sexuality, and some substance material

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format:Dolby Stereo

Milk and Honey

Logline: A husband in New York City goes over the edge when heis wife of ten years rejects his proposal to renew their wedding vows

Featuring: Dudley Findlay Jr., Anthony Howard, Eleanor Hutchins, Clint Jordan, Kirsten Russell

Director: Joe Maggio

Writer: Joe Maggio

Distributor: Wellspring

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on March 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Rider Named Death

Logline: In the beginning of the 20th century, Russia was shocked by a series of cold-blooded murders carried out by the “fighting organization,” a socialist revolutionary group that directed acts of terrorism against various high officials of the state in different cities, with the ultimate goal of killing the Grand Duke Sergey Aleksandrovich. In Russian with English subtitles

Featuring: Dmytry Dyuzhev, Andrei Panin, Ksenia Rappoport, Artem Semakin, Vasily Zotov

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov

Writer: Alexander Borodyansky, based on the novel by Boris Savinkov

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Ring 2

Logline: Six months after the incidents involving the tape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness

Featuring: Simon Baker, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Emily VanCamp, Naomi Watts

Director: Hideo Nakata

Writer: Ehren Kruger, based on the 1998 movie Ringu by Hiroshi Takahashi and the novel by Kôji Suzuki

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on March 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/terror, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Schizo

Logline: Hired by his mother’s boyfriend to find fighters for illegal fistfights, a fifteen year old boy falls in love with the widow of one of the fighters he found. In Russian with English subtitles

Featuring: Olga Landina, Oldzhas Nusupbayev, Viktor Sukhorukov, Eduard Tabishev

Director: Gulshat Omarova.

Writers: Sergei Bodrov and Gulshat Omarova

Distributor: Picture This! Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on March 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Steamboy

Logline: In Victorian England, an inventor prodigy named receives a mysterious metal ball containing a new form of energy capable of powering an entire nation, which he must use to fight evil, redeem his family, and save London from destruction. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Kiyoshi Kodama, Manami Konishi, David S. Lee, Katsuo Nakamura, Ikki Sawamura, Anne Suzuki, Susumu Terajima, Masatane Tsukayama

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Writers: Sadayuki Murai and Katsuhiro Ôtomo

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Act I & II Theatre in Berkeley, the Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, Landmark’s Kendall Sqaure Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Neon Movies in Dayton OH, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Sierra Theatre in Des Moines, the Hulen Theatre in Fort Worth, the Varisty Theatre in Honolulu, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Castleton 3 Cinemas in Indianapolis, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the Baxter Avnue Cinemas in Louisville, the Westgate Theatre in Madison WI, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT, the Empire 25 and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, the Pleasure Island Cinemas in Orlando, the Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia, the Centre Point Cinemas in Phoenix, the Trolley Square Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Huebner Oaks Cinemas in San Antonio, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere 3 in San Francisco, the Camera 7 Cinemas in San Jose, the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse NY, the Paramount Theatre in Toronto, the Southroads Cinemas in Tulsa OK, the Tinseltown Theatre in Vancouver BC, the Ritz 16 Movies in Voorhees NJ and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles (39 locations total) on March 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Assisted Living: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Days of Being Wild: Opens at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Don’t Move: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Dot the I: Opens at the Cineplex Beverly Center in Los Angeles, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys CA and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Downfall: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, the Crown Harbor Cinemas in Annapolis MD, the Shirlington 7 Cinemas in Arlington VA, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinema in Bethesda MD, the Cinema Arts Center in Fairfax VA, the Palace 15 in Kansas City MO, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, the Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto CA, the Squirrel Hill Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Pleasant Hill 5 Theatre in Pleasant Hill CA, the Broadway Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Empire Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 12 Cinemas and the Cinearts @ Santana Row in San Jose, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL, the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Springs MD and Landmark’s Embassy Cinema in Waltham MA (21 additional locations)

Head On: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

In the Realms of the Unreal: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Notre Musique: Opens at the N & S Cinemas in Daytona Beach

Off the Map: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste in Denver, Landmark’s Maple Art Theater in Detroit, the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, Landmark’s La Jolla Village 4 in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT, Landmark’s Varsity 3 in Seattle, and in Albany NY, Buffalo NY, Evanston IL, Green Bay WI, Madison WI, Montclair NJ, Plainfield NJ, Red Bank NJ, Rhinebeck NY, Stamford CT, Syracuse NY and Westchester NY

Sex is Comedy: Opens at the Union Theatre in Milwaukee

Sky Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Cinema in Seattle

Tarnation: Opens at Kenworthy Theatre in Moscow ID

Therese: Opens at the Mill Theatre in Milbank SD

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL and the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs

Turtles Can Fly: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice: Opens at the Abbey Theatre in Durango CO

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Mondovino

Logline: Documents the impact of globilization on the world’s different wine regions

Director: Jonathan Nossiter

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief pin-up nudity

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Logline: FBI agent Gracie Hart is on the case, in Las Vegas to stop

Featuring: Sandra Bullock, Heather Burns, Michael Caine, Regina King, William Shatner

Director: John Pasquin

Writer: Marc Lawrence

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on March 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related humor

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, March 25, 2005

The Ballad of Jack and Rose

Logline: A father and daughter isolated on their secluded Pacific Northwest island commune grapple with the limits of family and sexuality

Featuring: Beau Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Catherine Keener, Jason Lee, Jena Malone

Director: Rebecca Miller

Writer: Rebecca Miller

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on March 25

MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and some drug material

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Death of a Dynasty

Logline: A young journalist for a hip-hop magazine inadvertently starts a tiff between a record label owner and his biggest star

Featuring: Devon Aoki, Capone, Rashida Jones, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Robert Stapleton

Director: Damon Dash

Writer: Adam Moreno

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC on March 25

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some drug and sexual content

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

D.E.B.S.

Logline: Four girls are recruited through their SAT scores to be the nation’s most elite paramilitary group.

Featuring: Devon Aoki, Jordana Brewster, Sara Foster, Meagan Good, Jill Ritchie

Director: Angela Robinson

Writer: Angela Robinson

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on March 25

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Guess Who

Logline: An African-American father is disturbed when his daughter brings home a white boy to Thansgiving dinner

Featuring: Jessica Cauffiel, Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Writers: David Ronn & Jay Scherick and Peter Tolan, from a story by Ronn & Scherick, based on the 1967 film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” by William Rose

Distributor: Columbia

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on March 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related humor

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lipstick and Dynamite

Logline: Documents the lives of the first group of female wrestlers from the 1940s

Featuring: Penny Banner, Gladys “Killem” Gillem, Ida May Martinez, Mae Young

Director: Ruth Leitman

Distributor: Koch Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on March 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Old Boy

Logline: A recently paroled man, who spent 15 years in prison without any explanation as to why he was jailed, seeks revenge on those who conspired against him. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Min-sik Choi, Dae-han Ji, Hye-jeong Kang, Dal-su Oh, Ji-tae Yu

Director: Chan-wook Park

Writers: Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim and Chan-wook Park, based on a story by Garon Tsuchiya

Distributor: Tartan Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on March 25

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

Assisted Living: Opens at the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland

Born Into Brothels: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas in Austin, the Chelsea Cinema in Chapel Hill NC, the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Hilldale Theater in Madison WI, the Cinema 21 in Portland, the Colony Twin in Raleigh NC, the Little Theatre in Rochester, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio and the Tampa Theatre in Tampa

Dot the I: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Downfall: Opens at the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Theatres in Cleveland, the Avon Cinema in Providence RI and the Riverside 12 Cinemas in Reno NV

Head On: Opens at Tower Theatre in Sacramento

Masculine/Feminine: Opens at the AFI Silver Theatre in Washington DC

Naked Fame: Opens at the Quad Cinemas in New York City

Off the Map: Adds an additional 52 locations in secondary markets

Schizo: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and in Boston

Sons of Provo: Opens in Mesa AZ

Therese: Opens at the Windsor Theatre in Hampton IA

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Untold Scandal: Opens at the Bill Cosford Theatre in Miami

Walk on Water: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX

Window Theory: Opens at the Cineplex Odeon in Victoria BC

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Beauty Shop

Logline: A woman leaves her job at an upscale salon to open her own place.

Featuring: Kevin Bacon, Djimon Hounsou, Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari

Director: Bille Woodruff

Writers: Kate Lanier and Norman Vance Jr., story by Elizabeth Hunter

Distributor: MGM/UA

Opening Week Release Pattern: March 30

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

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, April 01, 2005

Dallas 362

Logline: Two twentysomething friends drink and brawl their way through life

Featuring: Selma Blair, James Caan, Scott Caan, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Gunton, Shawn Hatosy, Kelly Lynch

Director: Scott Caan

Writer: Scott Caan

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Neon Movies in Dayton OH on April 1

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, drug use, some violence and sexuality

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Dust To Glory

Logline: Documents the 2003 Baja 1000 off-road race, and the personalities over the years who have made it one of the biggest races on the planet

Featuring: Mario Andretti, Robby Gordon, Ricky Johnson, Chad McQueen, J.N. Roberts, Malcolm Smith

Director: Dana Brown

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Union Square 14 in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on April 1

MPAA Rating: PG for racing action and peril, and for some language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Kontroll

Logline: A mentally unbalanced man finds a job as a ticker taker for the Budapest subway. In Hungarian with English subtitles

Featuring: Sándor Badár, Sándor Csányi, Zoltán Mucsi, Zsolt Nagy, Csaba Pindroch

Director: Nimród Antal

Writers: Jim Adler and Nimród Antal

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on April 1

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Look at Me

Logline: A group of pushy, ruthless Parisians elegantly humiliate each other. In French with English subtitles.

Featuring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Marilou Berry, Virginie Desarnauts, Laurent Grevill, Agnes Jaoui

Director: Agnes Jaoui

Writers: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnes Jaoui

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on April 1

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language and a sexual reference

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Pure

Logline: The ten year old son of a heroin junkie tries to help his mother kick her habit

Featuring: Harry Eden, Keira Knightley, Gary Lewis, Molly Parker, David Wenham

Director: Gillies MacKinnon

Writer: Alison Hume

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on April 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sin City

Logline: Three tales of love, violence and redemption in the fictional town of Sin City

Featuring: Jessica Alba, Devon Aoki, Alexis Bledel, Rosario Dawson, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Bruce Willis, Elijah Wood

Directors: Frank Miller and Richard Rodriguez

Writers: Frank Miller and Richard Rodriguez, based on the series of graphic novels by Miller

Distributor: Dimension

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locationson April 1

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Ballad of Jack and Rose: Expands to top twenty markets

Beautiful Boxer: Opens at the Hippdrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL

Born Into Brothels: Opens at the Flicks in Boise, the Fleur Cinema i Des Moines, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Baxter Avenue Cinemas in Louisville, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery AL and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME

Don’t Move: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square in Cambridge MA

Dot the I: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Head On: Opens at the Tamarac Theatre in Denver

Off the Map: Adds an additional 35 locations in secondary markets

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Turtles Can Fly: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Upside of Anger: Expands to 1000+ locations

Walk on Water: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Friday, April 08, 2005

Bomb The System

Logline: A 19-year-old New York graffiti writer, fresh out of high school with no ambition for the future, wages a graffiti war against the city when the youngest member of his tagging crew is arrested and brutalized by the police

Featuring: Joey Dedio, Jaclyn DeSantis, Gano Grills, KaDee Strickland, Mark Webber, Jade Yorker

Director: Adam Bhala Lough

Writers: Adam Bhala Lough

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on April 8

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, drug use, some violence and sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Catarina in the Big City

Logline: A 15-year-old provincial girl moves to Rome and finds her new tony private school is a microcosm of the cultural and political divisions of Italian society. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Sergio Castellito, Carolina Iaquaniello, Federica Sbrenna, Alice Teghil

Director: Paolo Virzi

Writers: Francesco Bruni and Paolo Virzì

Distributor: Empire Pictures USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills on April 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Eros

Logline: Three short films which address the themes of love and sex.

Featuring: Alan Arkin, Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li, Luisa Ranieri

Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai

Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni and Tonino Guerra, Steven Soderbergh, Kar Wai Wong

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on April 8

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content including graphic nudity, and for language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fever Pitch

Logline: A successful young bsuiness woman thinks she finally meets the perfect guy, until baseball season starts and she finds she must compete with the Boston Red Sox for his attention

Featuring: Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

Directors: Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Writers: Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based on the book by Nick Hornby

Distributor: Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on April 8

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Kung Fu Hustle

Logline: In 1940’s China, a hapless wannabe gangster aspires to become a member of a notorious gang. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Stephen Chow, Hsiao Liang, Wah Yuen

Director: Stephen Chow

Writers: Tsang Kan Cheong, Stephen Chow and Chan Man Keung

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on April 8

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of strong stylized action and violence

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Sahara

Logline: An explorer seeks out a lost Civil War battleship known as the “Ship of Death”

Featuring: Penelope Cruz, Delroy Lindo, William H. Macy, Matthew McConaughey, Lambert Wilson, Steve Zahn

Director: Breck Eisner

Writers: Thomas Dean Donnelly & Josh Oppenheimer and John C. Richards, based on the novel by Clive Cussler

Distributor: Paramount

Opening Week Release Pattern: Wide release on April 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Smile

Logline: Introduced to a volunteer opportunity with the Doctor’s Gift Program, a young woman signs up for a trip to China, where she meets a girl with whom she shares a birthday, and has a facial deformity that discourages her from ever showing her face

Featuring: Sean Astin, Mika Boorem, Beau Bridges, Yi Ding, Linda Hamilton, Anna Devare Smith

Director: Jeffrey Kramer

Writer: Jeffrey Kramer

Distributor: Innovation Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 65 locations in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas on April 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some mature content involving teen sexuality

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Suits on the Loose

Logline: Two rebellious teens break out from a military academy, steal the car of two Mormon missionaries and dress up as the missionaries in the hopes of passing through any road blocks. Their guise works so well, police insist upon escorting the escapees directly to New Harmony, the town that’s been anxiously awaiting their Mormon missionaries

Featuring: Brandon Beemer, Fred Dryer, Eric ‘Ty’ Hodges II, Charles Napier, Robert Prosky, Reginald VelJohnson, Shaun Weiss, Jason Winer

Director: Rodney Henson

Writer: Rodney Henson

Distributor: Halestorm Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on April 8

MPAA Rating: PG for some language and brief violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Winter Solstice

Logline: A widower confronts his older son’s decision to leave home and his younger son’s self-destructive behavior

Featuring: Allison Janney, Anthony LaPaglia, Ron Livingston, Brendan Sexton III, Aaron Stanford, Mark Webber

Director: Josh Sternfeld

Writer: Josh Sternfeld

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on April 8

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Born Into Brothels: Opens at the Minor Theater in Arcata CA, the Holiday 6 in Fort Wayne IN and the Premiere Palace Cinemas in Wichita

Dust to Glory: Opens at Landmark’s California Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Magnolia Cinemas in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, the Cine Arts Cinemas in Evanston IL, the Angekila Film Center and Landmark’s Greenway Cinemas in Houston, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, Landmark’s Uptown Cinema in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Aquarias Theatre in Palo Alto CA, Landmark’s Rialto Theatre in Pasadena, the Angekila Film Center in Plano TX, the Cinema 21 Theatre in Portland OR, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Brdige Theatre in San Francisco, the Santana Row Cinemas in San Jose, the Regency Cinemas in San Rafael CA, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica, Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre in Seattle and the Georgetown Cinemas in Washington DC (21 additional locations)

Lipstick and Dynamite: Opens in Los Angeles

Off the Map: Adds an additional 40 locations in secondary markets

Sons of Provo: Opens at the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas

Travelers and Musicians: Opens at the Pickford Cinemas in Bellingham WA, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas and the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo

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

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