The Early Report for July 24, 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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The Three Rooms Of Melancholia

Logline: Documents the lives of a group of children who are victims of the seemingly endless Chechen conflict. In Arabic, Chechen, Finnish and Russian with English subtitles

Director: Pirjo Honksdslo

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on July 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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Mysterious Skin: Opens at the Naro Cinemas in Norfolk VA

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Federal

Logline: Twenty-four hours in the life of the Federal Building in West Los Angeles

Director: Mary Ellen Carroll

Distributor: Storefront Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on July 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 1440 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Friday, July 29, 2005

The Aristocrats

Logline: One hundred comedians and comedic actors tell and discuss one joke, the dirtiest joke ever created

Featuring: Jason Alexander, Hank Azaria, Lewis Black, Drew Carey, George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Carrie Fisher, Joe Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Eric Idle, Eddie Izzard, Penn Jillette, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Jackie Martling, Michael McKean, Larry Miller, Martin Mull, Trey Parker, Kevin Pollak, Paul Reiser, Andy Richter, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, The Smothers Brothers, Jon Stewart, Matt Stone, Rip Taylor, Teller. Bruce Vilanch, Fred Willard, Robin Williams, Steven Wright

Directors: Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the E-Walk and Union Square 14 in New York City and the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica on July 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA (graphic language)

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Logline: Two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for re-education during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. In French and in Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring: Chen Kun, Wang Shuangbao, Zhou Xun, Liu Ye, Cong Zhijun

Director: Dai Sijie

Writers: Dai Sijie and Nadine Perront, based on the novel by Sijie

Distributor: Empire Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Paris Theatre in New York City on July 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Conformist

Logline: A weak-willed man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Fosco Giachetti, Gastone Moschin, Stefania Sandrelli, Enzo Tarascio, Jean-Louis Trintignant

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci

Writer: Bernardo Bertolucci, based on the novel by Alberto Moravia

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on July 29

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

God’s Sandbox

Logline: A successful author learns of an unusual love story after arriving at a beach in the Sinai Desert. In English and in Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring: Meital Duan, Razia Israeli, Juliano Merr, Orly Perel

Director: Doron Eran

Writers: Hanita Halevy and Yoav Halevy

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills on July 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Must Love Dogs

Logline: A divorced preschool teacher who has trouble dating decides to try her luck with a personal ad

Featuring: Stockard Channing, John Cusack, Diane Lane, Dermot Mulroney, Christopher Plummer

Director: Gary David Goldberg

Writers: Gary David Goldberg, based on the book by Claire Cook

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on July 29

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Oyster Farmer

Logline: An enterprising young man moves from Sydney into an isolated, close-knit community of oyster farmers

Featuring: Kerry Armstrong, Diana Glenn, Alex O’Lachlan, Jack Thompson

Director: Anna Reeves

Writer: Anna Reeves

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on July 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sky High

Logline: In a world where superheroes are commonly known and accepted, the son of two famous heroes tries to find a balance between being a normal teenager and an extraordinary being

Featuring: Michael Angarano, Bruce Campbell, Lynda Carter, Kelly Preston, Kurt Russell

Director: Mike Mitchell

Writers: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Paul Hernandez, Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley

Distributor: Beuna Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on July 29

MPAA Rating: PG for action violence and some mild language

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Stealth

Logline: Three pilots must take down an A.I.-controlled stealth bomber before it creates the next World War

Featuring: Jessica Biel, Jamie Foxx, Josh Lucas, Joe Morton, Richard Roxburgh, Sam Shepard

Director: Rob Cohen

Writers: Rob Cohen and W.D. Richter

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on July 29

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense action, some violence, brief strong language and innuendos

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tony Takitani

Logline: When a technical illustrator asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Yumi Endo, Rie Miyazawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Issei Ogata, Shinohara Takahumi

Director: Jun Ichikawa

Writer: Jun Ichikawa, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on July 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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Apres Vous…: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston

The Beat That My Heart Skipped: Opens at the Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle and the Ritz 16 Movies in Voorhees NJ

The Edukators: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

5 x 2: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Happy Endings: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Springs

Happily Ever After: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theater in Austin, Landmark’s Century Center in Chicago, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansad City MO and the Plaza de Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara

Last Days: Expands into additional markets

Lila Says: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

Ma Mere: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

The Man Who Copied: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

Masculine/Feminine: Opens at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Bala Theatre in Bala Cynwyd PA, the Showplace East 11 in Bloomington IN, the Eveningstar Theatre in Brunswick ME, the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR, the County Theatre in Doyleston PA, the Pocano Cinemas in East Stroudsburg PA, the Towne Tri-State Theatre in Egg Harbor NJ, the Bijou Theatre in Eugene OR, the Midtown Theatre in Harrisburg PA, the Castleton Square Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Cinemapolis Cinemas in Ithaca NY, the Regency Cinemas in Jacksonville, the Coco Walk Cinemas in Miami, the Naro Theatre in Norfolk VA, the Emagine Theatre in Novi MI, the Winterpark Theatre in Orlando, the Manor Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Colonial Village Cinemas in Rockford IL, the Salem Theatre in Salem OR, the Southroads Cinemas in Tulsa OK, the Indian River Cinemas in Vero Beach FL and the West Boyleston Theatre in West Boyleston MA (22 additional locations)

Murderball: Opens at the Spectrum 8 in Albany NY, the Downtown 14 and the Rio 24 in Albuquerque, the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, the Harbour 9 in Annapolis MD, the Parks Arlington 18 in Arlington TX, Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Charles 5 in Baltimore, the Pickford Cinemas in Bellingham WA, the Shadowoods 16 in Boca Raton, Landmark’s Crossroads Cinemas in Boulder, the Amherst 3 in Buffalo, the Hyatt 3 in Burlingname CA, the Galaxy 6 in Cary NC, the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill NC, the Vinegar Hill Cinemas in Charlottesville VA, the Esquire Art Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, the Drexel East Cinemas in Columbus, the Avalon Twin in Corvallis OR, the Grapevine 30 and the Mesquite 30 in Dallas, the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA, Landmark’s Mayan 3 in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Carolina Theater in Durham NC, the Pocono Cinema in East Stroudsberg PA, the Bijou Theatre in Eugene OR, the Gateway Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, the Hulen 10 in Fort Worth, the Triplex in Great Barrington MA, the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg PA, the Deerbrook 24, the Gulf Pointe 30 and the Studio 30 in Houston, the Fall Creek Cinemas in Ithaca NY, the Rio Theater and the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, the Hilldale Cinemas in Madison WI, the Studio on the Square Cinemas in Memphis, the South Beach 18 in Miami, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, the Starlight Theatre in Nantucket MA, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Boulevard Theatre in Petaluma, the Squirrel Hill Cinemas in Pittsburgh, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Colony Twin in Raleigh NC, the Little Theater in Rochester NY, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, the Broadway Centre 7 in Salt Lake City, the Bijou Cinemas and the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, Landmark’s Hillcrest 5 in San Diego, the Palm Theater in San Luis Obispo, the Del Mar 3 in Santa Cruz, the DeVargas 6 in Santa Fe, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa, the Burns Court Theatre in Sarasota FL, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, the Baywalk 20 in St. Petersberg, the Manlius Theatre in Syracuse NY, the Grand Theater in Tacoma, the Citrus Park 20 and the Old Hyde Park 7 in Tampa FL, the Super Cinema 10 in Toledo OH, the Catalina 6 and the El Con 20 in Tucson, the City Center 12 in Vancouver WA, the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME and the Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach (78 additional locations)

Mysterious Skin: Opens at the Gateway Theatres in Fort Lauderdale, the Little Cinema in Pittsfield MA, the Bijou at the Crossroads Cinemas in San Antonio and the Old Hyde Park Cinemas in Tampa

Nina’s Tragedies: Opens at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema in San Francisco

Nine Songs: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

November: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Hillcrest Theatre in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco, Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle and Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA

Saraband: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theatre in La Jolla CA, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis

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

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles

Steve + Sky: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

The Talent Given Us: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Downtown Media Arts Center in Orlando and the Sag Harbor Theatre in Sag Harbor NY

A Tout De Suite: Opens at the Criterion Cinema in New Haven CT, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Twist Of Faith: Opens at the Facets Multimedia Theatre in Chicago and the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

The Warrior: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Collins Road 5 in Cedar Rapids IA, the Point of View Cinema in Millersville PA and the Lamphouse Cinema in Twin Falls ID

The World: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2005

Junebug

Logline: A dealer in outsider art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home

Featuring: Amy Adams, Embeth Davidtz, Benjamin McKenzie, Allesandro Nivola, Celia Weston, Scott Wilson

Director: Phil Morrison

Writers: Angus MacLachlan

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on August 5

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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Murderball: Opens at the RagTag Cinema in Columbia MO

Friday, August 5, 2005

Broken Flowers

Logline: A fifty-something man goes on a journey of self-discovery after he receives a letter from an anonymous ex-flame informing him of a teenaged son he never knew he had

Featuring: Frances Conroy, Julie Delpy, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, Tilda Swinton, Jeffrey Wright

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Writer: Jim Jarmusch

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select cities on August 5

MPAA Rating: R for language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Chumscrubber

Logline: After discovering the hanging body of his friend, a young man keeps the death to himself, figuring the adults just wouldn’t care, a secret which sets of a series of strange circumstances

Featuring: Jamie Bell, Glenn Close, Rory Culkin, William Fichtner, Ralph Fiennes, John Heard, Lauren Holly, Jason Isaacs, Allison Janney, Carrie-Anne Moss, Rita Wilson

Director: Arie Posin

Writer: Zac Stanford, based on a sotry by Arie Posin

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on August 5

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

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS. SDDS

Dukes Of Hazzard

Logline: In order to save the family farm, cousins Bo and Luke Duke, troublemakers with dreams of NASCAR, try to stay one step ahead of the police, local rival Boss Hogg, and the big time criminal as they track down a lost Civil War payroll, worth millions

Featuring: Joe Don Baker, Lynda Carter, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Seann William Scott, Jessica Simpson

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers: John O’Brien, based on the television show created by Gy Waldron

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on August 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, crude and drug-related humor, language and comic action violence

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Date with Drew

Logline: Documents an ordinary guy’s attempts to get a date with Drew Barrymore

Directors: Jon Gunn and Brian Herzlinger and Brett Winn

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on August 5

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and language

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Proteus

Logline: Animated documentary which explores the nineteenth century’s engagement with the undersea world through science, technology, painting, poetry and myth

Director: David Lebrun

Writers: David Lebrun

Distributor: Night Fire Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on August 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 61 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Saint Ralph

Logline: A ninth grader outruns everyone’s expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon

Featuring: Adam Butcher, Shauna MacDonald, Gordon Pinsent, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly

Director: Michael McGowan

Writer: Michael McGowan

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in New York City and Los Angeles, on August 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Secuestro Express

Logline: A young couple are abducted by three men and spend a terrifying night in Caracas as they wait for the woman’s father to deliver the ransom. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Ruben Blades, Carlos Madera, Mia Maestro, Carlos Julio Molina, Pedro Perez

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz

Writer: Jonathan Jakubowicz

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on August 5

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

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

2046

Logline: A Chinese writer in 1960s Hong Kong filters his real life into his stories. In Cantonese, Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Takuya Kimura, Gong Li, Faye Wong, Ziyi Zhang

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Writers: Wong Kar-wai

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on August 5

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Underclassman

Logline: A young detective goes undercover at an elite private school to destroy an international stolen car ring

Featuring: Shawn Ashmore, Nick Cannon, Kelly Hu, Cheech Marin

Director: Marcos Siega

Writers: Brent Goldberg & David T. Wagner, based on a story by Goldberg & Wagner & Nick Cannon

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on August 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, sexual references, drug material and some teen drinking

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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The Beat That My Heart Skipped: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver and Landmark’s Main Art Theater in Detroit

Duma: Opens at the River East 21 and Webster Place 11 in Chicago, the Crown Theatre in Skokie IL, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL and the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL

The Edukators: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berkeley, the BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Sequoia Cinemas in Mill Valley CA, Landmark’s Lumiere Theater in San Francisco, the Santana Row Cinemas in San Jose, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC (10 additional locations)

The Great Water: Opens at the Henrietta 18 in Rochester NY

King of the Corner: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Kings and Queen: Opens at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL

Lila Says: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Ma Mere: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

March of the Penguins: Expands to 1200+ locations

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Downtown Cinemas and the Screen Theatre in Albuquerque, the 19th Street Cinemas in Allentown PA, the Hollywood Theatre in Appleton WI, the Bantam Cinemas in Bantam CT, the Chelsea Cinemas in Chapel Hill NC, the Manor E Theatres in Charlotte NC, the Movies 8 in Clovis CAthe Fleur Cinema in Des Moines, the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Holiday Cinemas in Fort Wayne IN, the Bay Park Cinemas in Green Bay, the Myrna Loy Theatre in Helena MT, the Cinematheque in Holland OH, the Liberty Hall Theatre in Lawrence KS, the La Crosse Cinema in La Crosse WI, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Portland ME, the Colony Cinemas in Raleigh NC, the Riverside Cinemas in Reno, the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL, the Parkway Pointe Cinemas in Springfield IL and the Wilton Town Hall Cinemas in Wilton NH (23 additional locations)

Murderball: Opens at the Minor Theater in Arcata CA, the Tilton 9 in Atlantic City, the Flicks Theatre in Boise ID, the Manor Theater in Charlotte, the Neon Movies in Dayton OH, the Tinseltown 16 in El Paso, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Cinemark 16 in Harlingen TX, the Raven Theatre in Healdsburg CA, the Castelton Arts Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Ross Film Theater in Lincoln NE, the Market Street Cinema in Little Rock, the Baxter Avenue Theatre in Louisville, the Madison Art Theatre in Madison CT, the NARO Cinema in Norfolk VA, the Pleasant Street Theatre in Northampton MA, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Avon Theater in Providence RI, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Circle Cinema Twin and the Southroads 20 in Tulsa OK, the Images Theatre in Williamstown MA and the Town Hall Twin in Wilton NH (23 additional locations)

Mysterious Skin: Opens at the Tropic Cinemas in Key West Fl and the Osio Cinemas in Monterey CA

November: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX

Or (My Treasure): Opens at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco

Saraband: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Springs

Save the Green Planet!: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

The Talent Given Us: Opens at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theatre in La Jolla CA and Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

Tell Them Who You Are: Opens at the Noble Theatre in Oklahoma City

Tropical Malady: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Springs

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Theatre N at Nemours in Wilmington DE

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A State of Mind

Logline: Documents the lives of two young North Korean gymnasts and their families over the course of eight months as the girls train to participate in the Mass Games, nvolving a cast of thousands in a choreographed socialist realism spectacular for North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. In English and in Korean with English subtitles

Director: Daniel Gordon

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Chaos

Logline: Two girls, looking to score some ecstasy at a rave, follow a young man to a house where terror awaits

Featuring: Chantal Degroat, Kevin Gage, Kelly K.C. Quann, Sage Stallone, Stephen Wozniak

Director: David DeFalco

Writer: David DeFalco, story by DeFalco and Stephen J. Bernheim

Distributor: Dinsdale Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, August 12, 2005

Asylum

Logline: A woman becomes very curious about one of her psychiatrist husband’s inmates, a man who was found guilty in the murder and disfigurement of his former wife

Featuring: Joss Ackland, Marton Csokas, Sean Harris, Ian McKellen, Natasha Richardson

Director: David Mackenzie

Writer: Patrick Marber, based on the novel by Patrick McGrath

Distributor: Paramount Classics

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

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

Logline: An unlikely male companion takes a trip to Europe, where general wackiness ensues

Featuring: Rob Schnieder

Director: Mike Bigelow

Writers: Rob Schneider and David Garrett & Jason Ward, from a story by Schneider, based on characters created by Schneider and Harris Goldberg

Distributor: Columbia

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

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong crude and sexual humor, language, nudity and drug content

Running Time: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Four Brothers

Logline: Four fosters brothers look to avenge their foster mother’s death

Featuring: Andre Benjamin, Josh Charles, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Garrett Hedlund, Terrence Dashon Howard, Tyrese Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Mark Wahlberg

Director: John Singleton

Writers: David Elliot and Paul Lovett

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

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

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Great Raid

Logline: Based on a true story of a valiant rescue of 511 doomed Americans from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in the waning days of World War II, as a small but valiant force of Army Rangers travel behind enemy lines through the interior of Luzon to rescue the inmates of the Cabanatuan POW camp

Featuring: Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco

Director: John Dahl

Writers: Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro

Distributor: Miramax

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on August 12

MPAA Rating: R for strong war violence and brief language

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Goebbels Experiment

Logline: Documents the life of the infamous Nazi Propaganda Minister. In English and in German with English subtitles

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh, Udo Samel

Director: Lutz Hachmeister

Distributor: First Run Features

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Grizzly Man

Logline: Documents the lives of grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska

Director: Werner Herzog

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on August 12

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Lost Lost Lost

Logline: Restored print of the director’s seminal 1976 film, shot between 1949 and 1963

Director: Jonas Mekas

Distributor: Cineric Inc

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on August 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 178 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono sound

Pretty Persuasion

Logline: An exclusive Los Angeles prep school is rocked by scandal when a student files sexual harrasment charges against one of her teachers

Featuring: Selma Blair, Jame Krakowski, Ron Livingston, Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods

Director: Marcos Siega

Writers: Skander Halim

Distributor: IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Skeleton Key

Logline: A young woman helping care for an invalid in New Orleans finds herself caught in the middle of morbid going-ons centered around a group of Voodoo practitioners

Featuring: Joy Bryant, Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard

Director: Iain Softley

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Distributor: Universal

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images, some partial nudity and thematic material

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Charles 5 and the Egyptian 24 in Baltimore, the Boston Commons 19 in Boston, Laemmle’s Paseo Camarillo Cinemas in Camarillo CA, the Piper’s Alley Cinemas and the River East 21 in Chicago, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, the Cranford Theater in Cranford NJ, Landmark’s Magnolia Theater in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the East Hampton 6 in East Hampton NY, the Bullard Square 9 in Fairfield CT, the Gateway Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale, the Angelika Film Center and Landmark’s Greenway Cinemas in Houston, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Moviehouse in Millerton NY, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk CT, the Orange 25 in Orange CA, the Cinema Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz 5 Movies in Philadelphia, the Upstate Films Center in Rhinebeck NY, the Montgomery Cinemas in Rocky Hill NJ, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Santa Barbara Plaza del Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara, the Meridian Cinemas and Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, the Downtown 10 in Ventura CA, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas and the Georgetown 13 in Washington DC and the Tinker Street Theatre in Woodstock NY (38 additional locations)

The Beautiful Country: Opens at the the Cinema Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA

Broken Flowers: Expands into additional markets

Caterina in the Big City: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Chaos: Opens at the Village Theatre in Chicago

The Edukators: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT, the Cinema Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Upstate Theatre in Rhinebeck NY, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA and the West Newton Cinemas in West Newton MA

Ethan Mao: Opens in Los Angeles

Happily Ever After: Opens at the Triplex Cinema in Great Barrington MA and Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City

King of the Corner: Opens at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theatre in La Jolla CA

Last Days: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Park Central Cinemas in Abiline TX,the Ambler Theatre in Ambler PA, the Galleria Cinemas in Birmingham, the Campus Square Cinemas in Bozeman MT, the Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro NH, the Bryn Mawr Theatre in Bryn Mawr PA, the Vinegar Hill Theatre in Charlottesville VA, the Pageant Theatre in Chico CA, the Fort Collins 10 in Fort Collins CO, the Butler Square Theatre in Gainesville FL, the Greenport Cinemas in Greenport NY, the Hunter Theatre in Hunter NY, the Madison Cinemas in Huntsville AL, the Palace Cinemas in Hilo HI, the Kennewick 10 in Kennewick WA, the Baxter Theatre in Louisville KY, the Studio Cinemas in Memphis, the Savoy Theatre in Montpelier VT, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery AL, the Dundee Theatre in Omaha and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME (21 additional locations)

Murderball: Opens at the Varsity Theatre in Ames IA, the Lynwood Theater in Bainbridge WA, the Galleria Cinemas in Birmingham AL, the Terrace Theater in Charleston SC, the Abbey Theater in Durango CO, the Holiday 6 in Fort Wayne IN, the Wilma Twin in Missoula MT and the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee

Mysterious Skin: Opens at the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO

Nine Songs: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatres in Berkeley, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, Landmark’s Ken Theatre in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera Cinemas in San Jose and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Or (My Treasure): Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Springs

Saraband: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire: Opens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City

The Talent Given Us: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis and the San Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Tony Takatani: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco

A Tout De Suite: Opens at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis

Travellers and Musicians: Opens at the Manor Theater in Charlotte and the Strand Theatre in Rockland ME

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Hopkins Center in Hanover NH and the Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady NY

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Reel Paradise

Logline: John Pierson, a producer’s representive for independent features and author of “Spike Mike Slackers and Dykes,” takes his family to Fiji, to run the local movie theatre in the remote village of Taveuni

Director: Steve James

Distributor: Wellspring Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on August 17

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, and brief crude humor

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Ragtag Theatre in Columbia MO

Friday, August 19, 2005

El Crimen Perfecto

Logline: A department store Don Juan marries an aesthetically-challenged female shop assistant when she helps him cover up an accidental murder. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Monica Cervera, Fernando Tejero, Guillermo Toledo, Luis Varela, Enrique Villen

Director: Alex de la Iglesia

Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarria and Alex de la Iglesia

Distributor: Vitagraph Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on August 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Formula 17

Logline: A seventeen year old boy finds love with an older playboy when he moves to Taipei. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Duncan, Dada Ji, Chin King, Jimmy Yang, Tony Yang

Director: Chen Yin-jung

Writer: Rady Fu

Distributor: Strand Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Logline: A socially akward man finds his first love later in life

Featuring: Steve Carell, Catherine Keener, Shelley Malil, Chelsea Smith

Director: Judd Apatow

Writers: Judd Apatow and Steve Carrell

Distributor: Universal

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on August 19

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Now and Forever

Logline: After being saved from a wicked act of betrayal, a young woman flees her hometown, unaware she has put into motion a dramatic and intense string of events that will forever change the course of her life and of the man who saved her

Featuring: Adam Beach, Mia Kirshner, Gabriel Olds, Theresa Russell, Gordon Tootoosis

Director: Bob Clark

Writer: Bill Boyle

Distributor: Illuminare Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Bergenfield Cinema 5 in Bergenfield NJ, the Emerson Cinema Quad in Emerson NJ, the Mansfield Cinema 14 in Hackettstown NJ, the Kinnelon 11 in Kinnelon NJ, the Emagine Theatre in Novi MI, the Middlebrook Cinema 10 in Ocean Township NJ and the Parsippany Cinema 12 in Parsippany NJ on August 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pound

Logline: In a pound, 18 dogs argue and daydream as they wait for their liberation or execution

Featuring: Don Calfa, Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Fargas, James Green, Joe Madden

Director: Robert Downey

Writer: Robert Downey

Distributor: United Artists

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on August 19

MPAA Rating: X

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Red Eye

Logline: A young woman on a plane finds herself embroiled in a plot to kill a rich and powerful businessman

Featuring: Brian Cox, Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy

Director: Wes Craven

Writer: Carl Ellsworth, story by Ellsworth and Daniel Foos

Distributor: DreamWorks

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on August 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Romance and Cigarettes

Logline: An ironworker with a wife and three daughters carries on a torrid affair with a younger woman

Featuring: Steve Buscemi, James Gandolfini, Mandy Moore, Kumar Pallana, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken, Kate Winslet

Director: John Turturro

Writer: John Turturro

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 19

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content including some strong dialogue, and language

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Supercross

Logline: Faced with the suspicious death of their father, two brothers must motivate one another to get back on their bikes and take the Las Vegas Motocross Championships by storm

Featuring: Sophia Bush, Daryl Hannah, Steve Howey, Robert Patrick, Cameron Richardson, Mike Vogel

Director: Steve Boyum

Writers: Bart Baker and Ken Solarz

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on August 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and some sexuality

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

Logline: After being laid off his job for spending too much time caring for his ill sister, a desperate deaf-mute kidnaps his former boss’s daughter to get the money he needs for his sister’s transplant. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Du-na Bae, Bo-bae Han, Ji-Eun Lim, Ha-kyun Shin, Kang-ho Song

Director: Chan-wook Park

Writers: Jae-sun Lee and Mu-yeong Lee and Yong-jong Lee and Chan-wook Park

Distributor: Tartan Films USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on August 19

MPAA Rating: R for strong gruesome violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Valiant

Logline: The misadventures of a lonely and comically misfit pigeon who goes through boot camp at the Royal Pigeon Service during World War II

Featuring the voices of: Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Tim Curry, Ricky Gervais, John Hurt, Hugh Laurie, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Williams

Director: Gary Chapman

Writers: Jordan Katz, George Webster and George Melrod, based on a story by George Webster

Distributor: Buena Vista

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

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 76 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Shadowoods 16 in Boca Raton, the Hyatt 3 in Burlingame CA, the Delray 18 in Delray Beach FL, the Evanston 18 in Evanston IL, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, the Pleasant Hill 5 in Pleasant Hill CA, the Camera 7 in San Jose and the San Rafael 8 in San Rafael CA (11 additional locations)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Brothers: Opens at the Manor Theatre in Charlotte

Chaos: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Theatre in Los Angeles and the Clinton Street Theatre in Portland OR

D.E.B.S.: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Edukators: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas in Austin, the Mizner Park Cinemas in Boca Raton, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, the Gateway Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Osio Theatre in Monterey, the Nickelodeon Theatre in North Falmouth MA, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz, the Camelview Cinemas in Scottsdale and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis (13 additional locations)

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

The Great Water: Opens at Commerce 14 in Detroit

Junebug: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX

King of the Corner: Opens at the Metro Twin Theatre in New York City

A League of Ordinary Gentlemen: Opens at the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Varsity Theatre in Ames IA, the Galaxy Theatre in Cary NC, the Fargo Theatre in Fargo ND, the UICA Theatre in Grand Rapids MI, the Tropic Theatre in Key West FL, the Wilma Theatre in Missoula MT, the Catamount Theatre in St. Johnsbury VT, the Bay Theatre in Suttons Bay MI, the Images Cinemas in Williamstown MA and the Theatre N in Wilmington PA

Murderball: Opens at the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Mysterious Skin: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Galaxy Cinema in Cary NC, the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln NE and the South Beach 18 in Miami

Nine Songs: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

November: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Scaramento

The Reception: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

A Tout De Suite: Opens at the Brattle Theatre in Boston and the Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Tropical Malady (Strand): Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

The Warrior: Opens at the Cinema Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: Opens at the Movies at the Mall in Flagstaff AZ

The World: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles

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

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