The Early Report for October 2, 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. This week’s Early Report covers the 50 known new movies opening in theatres between Tuesday October 4 and Friday October 28.


Tuesday, October 4, 2005

Zombie Honeymoon

Logline: A newly married couple has immediate troubles when the husband is killed by a mysterious figure on the first day of their honeymoon

Featuring: Tracy Coogan, Tonya Cornelisse, Neal Jones, Graham Sibley, David M. Wallace

Director: David Gebroe

Writer: David Gebroe

Distributor: Fabrication Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on October 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Wednesday, October 5, 2005

The Squid And The Whale

Logline: Two young boys deal with the divorce of their parents in 1980s Brooklyn

Featuring: Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Halley Feiffer, Owen Kline, Laura Linney

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writer: Noah Baumbach

Distributor: IDP/Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on October 5

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

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Logline: Days before the annual Giant Vegetable Competition, an Englishman and his pet dog must find out why their prized veggies are being

Featuring the voices of: Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay, Peter Sallis, John Thomson

Directors: Nick Park and Steve Box

Writers: Bob Baker, Steve Box and Nick Park

Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive engagements in New York City and Los Angeles on October 5

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 85 minutes, plus 11 minute “Madagascar Penguins” short

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Friday, October 7, 2005

The Aggressives

Logline: Documents the New York City butch lesbian subculture

Director: Daniel Peddle

Distributor: Seventh Art Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Before the Fall

Logline: A sixteen-year old amateur boxer from a working class family is discovered at a boxing match by a young man who teaches at an elite Nazi National Political School, or Napola. In German with English subtitles.

Featuring:

Director: Dennis Gansel

Writers: Dennis Gansel, Maggie Peren

Distributor: Picture This! Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago and the Quad Cinemas in New York City on October 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Dandelion

Logline: A isolated small town 16 year old boy Mason meets a sensitive and troubled girl, leading to a tender bond that is soon tested after a fatal accident and a series of complications

Featuring: Michelle Forbes, Arliss Howard, Vincent Kartheiser, Taryn Manning, Mare Winningham

Director: Mark Milgard

Writers: Mark Milgard, R.D. Murphy and Robb Williamson

Distributor: International Film Circuit

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40;1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Good Night, and Good Luck

Logline: Veteran CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, with the help of a devoted and committed news team, works to undermine Senator Joseph McCarthy and his communist witch-hunt, in a nationally broadcast news program, while standing firm against pressures from within his own parent corporation

Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Grant Heslov, Frank Langella, David Strathairn, Ray Wise

Director: George Clooney

Writers: George Clooney and Grant Heslov

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 11 locations in New York City and Los Angeles on October 7

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements and brief language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Gospel

Logline: A successful R&B singer has an unlikely homecoming when his father, the bishop, becomes ill

Featuring: Idris Elba, Nona Gaye, Boris Kodjoe, Clifton Powell, Aloma Wright

Director: Rob Hardy

Writer: Rob Hardy

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 875 plus locations release on October 7

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including suggestive material, and mild language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

In Her Shoes

Logline: Two sisters, a consummate party girl and a straight laced woman, clash over their lifestyles

Featuring: Toni Collette, Cameron Diaz, Mark Feuerstein, Shirley MacLaine, Brooke Smith

Director: Curtis Hanson

Writer: Susannah Grant, based on the novel by Jennifer Weiner

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on October 7

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

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Overture

Logline: A young boy from a small Thia village becomes a virtuoso ranad player, eventually becoming the country’s most respected musician. In Thai with English subtitles

Featuring: Adul Dulyarat, Sumeth Ong-ard, Phoovarit Phumpuang, Anuchit Sapanpong, Arratee Tanmahapran

Director: Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak

Writers: Peerasak Saksiri, Dolkamol Sattatip and Itthi-sunthorn Wichailak

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Balboa Theatre in San Francisco on October 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Sacred Stage: The Mariinsky Theatre

Logline: Documents the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, which has maintained its artistic excellence through war, revolution and the collapse of Communism

Director: Joshua Waltezky

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills on October 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 60 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

A Tale of Two Pizzas

Logline: A stolen secret recipe ignites a war between two tough New York families who’ve been battling for years over who makes the better pizza pie

Featuring: Patti D’Arbanville, Conor Dubin, Vincent Pastore, Robin Paul, Frank Vincent

Director: Vincent Sassone

Writers: Vincent Sassone

Distributor: Emerging Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the New Roc 18 in New Rochelle NY and the Empire 25 in New York City on October 7

MPAA Rating: PG for language and some mild sexual content

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Two For The Money

Logline: After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renown bookies in the sports-gambling business

Featuring: Armand Assante, Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, Jeremy Piven, Rene Russo

Director: D.J. Caruso

Writers: Dan Gilroy

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on October 7

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, a scene of sexuality and a violent act

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Waiting

Logline: A group of waiters and waitresses search for the meaning of life amid a boring job

Featuring: Anna Faris, Luis Guzman, Justin Long, Ryan Reynolds, Busta Rhymes

Director: Rob McKittick

Writer: Rob McKittick

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on October 7

MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual humor, pervasive language and some drug use

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at the Evening Star Theatre in Brunswick ME, the Castle Theatre in Maui, the Savoy Theatre in Montpelier VT, the Cannes Cinema Center in Seaside OR and the Lamphouse Twin in Twin Falls ID

The Baxter: Opens at the Downtown Cinemas in Albuquerque, the Fleur Cinemas in Des Moines, the Dundee Cinemas in Omaha and the Old Hyde Park Cinemas in Tampa

Cote d’Azur: Opens at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and Laemmle`s Camelot 3 in Palm Springs

Dear Wendy: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

El Crimen Perfecto: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Down and Derby: Opens at the Summit 16 in Birmingham AL, the Carmike Royal Palms 20 in Braedenton FL, the Chattanooga 10 in Chattanooga, the Governor’s Square Cinemas in Clarksville TN, the Cobblestone Cinemas in Cleveland, the Georgesville Cinemas in Columbus OH, the Highland 10 in Cookeville TN, the Edison 8 in Fort Meyers FL, the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin TN, the Greensburg 15 in Greensburg PA, the Huntsville 10 in Huntsville AL, the Starmount Theatres in Jonesville NC, the Edgewood Cinema in Lincoln NE, the Midlothian 10 in Midlothian VA, the Wynnsong 16 in Murfreesboro TN, the Quall Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Twin Creek Cinema and the Village Point Cinema in Omaha, the Stonebriar 24 in Plano TX, the Lakeshore 8 in Sebring FL, the Veterans 24 in Tampa, the Horizon 10 in Traverse City MI and the the Winston-Salem 10 in Winston-Salem

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room: Opens at the Teton Theatre in Jackson Hole WY, the Kenworthy Performing Arts Theatre in Moscow ID, the Dietrich Theatre in Tunkhannock PA and the Bama Theatre in Tuscaloosa

Everything is Illuminated: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and additional theatres

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Hellbent: Opens at the Cinemas Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA and the Palm Springs Stadium 9 in Palm Springs

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

Keep Your Distance: Opens at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center in Fort Wayne

Me and You and Everyone We Know: Opens at the Dietrich Theatre in Tunkhannock PA

MirrorMask: Opens at Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

Never Been Thawed: Opens at the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City

Oyster Farmer: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela: Opens at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Opens at the Ridgeway Cinemas in Memphis

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

Three Dancing Slaves: Opens in Berkeley and San Francisco

Touch the Sound: Opens at the Osio Theater in Monterey CA, the Camelview Theater in Scottsdale AZ and the Avalon Theater in Washington DC

Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: Expands to 2750 plus locations

The War Within: Opens at Landmark’s Crossroad Cinemas in Boulder CO, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Henri Langlois: Phantom of the Cinematheque

Logline: Documents the life of the founder of Paris’s Cinematheque Francais, including his efforts to save thousands of films from the Nazi regime. In French with English subtitles

Director: Jacques Richard

Distributor: Leisure Time Features

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound
Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Dark Hours

Logline: A psychiatrist joins her husband and sister for a weekend at a winter cottage when an unexpected guest arrives, one convinced the doctor conducted unethical experiments on him while he was in her care

Featuring: Gordon Currie, Aidan Devine, Iris Graham, Kate Greenhouse, Dov Tiefenbach

Director: Paul Fox

Writer: Wil Zmak

Distributor: Fabrication Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on October 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, October 14, 2005

Domino

Logline: The daughter of a famous movie actor quits her career as a model and becomes a bounty hunter

Featuring:
Jacqueline Bisset, Dabney Coleman, Keira Knightley, Delroy Lindo, Lucy Liu, Mickey Rourke, Mena Suvari, Christopher Walken

Director: Tony Scott

Writers: Richard Kelly, story by Kelly and Steve Barancik

Distributor: New Line Cinema

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

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language, sexual content/nudity and drug use

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Elizabethtown

Logline: An unexpected romance blooms between a young woman and man during an outrageous memorial for his Southern patriarch father

Featuring: Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biel, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Judy Greer, Bruce McGill, Susan Sarandon

Director: Cameron Crowe

Writer: Cameron Crowe

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

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

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

Running Time: 138 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Fog

Logline: A hundred years after a ship full of lepers perished off the coast of an isolated California town, the ghosts of the dead return to exact revenge on the descendents of the townsfolk who refused to let them dock during a bad storm

Featuring:

Director: Rupert Wainwright

Writer: Cooper Layne, based on the 1980 movie written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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

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

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Innocent Voices

Logline: In mid-1980s El Salvador, in the midst of the country’s civil war, a young boy must decide between enlisting in the army or join up with guerrillas. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Gustavo Munoz, Carlos Padilla, Xuna Primus, Leonor Varela, Jose Maria Yazpik

Director: Luis Mandoki

Writers: Luis Mandoki and Oscar Orlando Torres, based on a story by Torres

Distributor: BB Entertainment/Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in New York City, Los Angeles and other major markets on October 14

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing violence and some language

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Last Day

Logline: A man’s return home is offset by his unrequited love for another man. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Nicole Garcia, Melanie Laurent, Alysson Paradis, Bruno Todeschini, Gaspard Ulliel

Director: Rodolphe Marconi

Writer: Rodolphe Marconi

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Loggerheads

Logline: A drifter arrives in a small Southern coastal town to watch over the endangered loggerhead turtles that nest there, as one woman returns to her hometown to search for the son she gave up for adoption long ago, while the wife of the local preacher must decide whether to break with both her husband and the church to do right by her son

Featuring: Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Kelly, Michael Learned, Kip Pardue

Director: Tim Kirkman

Writer: Tim Kirkman

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the the Chelsea Cinemas 9 in New York City and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on October 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Nine Lives

Logline: Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life

Featuring: Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close, Dakota Fanning, William Fichtner, Holly Hunter, Jason Isaacs, Joe Mantegna, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Aidan Quinn, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Writer: Rodrigo Garcia

Distributor: Magnolia Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Angelika Film Center and the Paris Theatre in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles on October 14

MPAA Rating: R for language, brief sexual content and some disturbing images

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Where the Truth Lies

Logline: A reporter investigates an incident forty years earlier which caused a famous comedy team to split apart

Featuring: Kevin Bacon, Rachel Blanchard, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman

Director: Atom Egoyan

Writer: Atom Egoyan, from the novel by Rupert Holmes

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles on October 14

MPAA Rating: NC-17 for some explicit sexuality

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Portsmouth NM

The Baxter: Opens at the Minor Theatre in Arcata CA, the Movies in Clovis CA and the Riverside Cinemas in Reno

Cote d’Azur: Opens at the Gateway Cinema 4 in Fort Lauderdale, the Image Out Theatre in Rocheser NY, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and the South Beach Cinemas in South Beach FL

Down and Derby: Opens at the Allentown 16 in Allentown PA, the Moonlite Drive-in in Brookville PA, the Royal Theaters in Front Royal PA, the Grande Theaters in La Grande OR, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, the Spokane Valley 12 in Spokane, the Westridge 8 in Topeka and the Century Park Cinemas in Tucson

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camera Cinemas in San Jose and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Garcon Stupide: Opens at the Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale and the South Beach 18 in Miami

Good Night, and Good Luck: Expands into additional markets

Hellbent: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambrdige MA, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver and the Old Hyde Park Village Cinemas in Tampa

Innocent Voices: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Keep Your Distance: Opens at the Studio Movie Grill Cinemas in Dallas

MirrorMask: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis

Never Been Thawed: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Occupation: Dreamland: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and additional theatres

Seperate Lies: Expands into additional markets

Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela: Opens at the Oaks Theatre in Berkeley

Side Effects: Opens at the Oakdale Cinemas in Minneapolis

Three Dancing Slaves: Opens in San Diego

Tony Takatani: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theater in Austin, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Touch the Sound: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theater in Chicago and Landmark’s Varsity Theater in Seattle

The War Within: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family

Logline: Documentary about the strange living arrangement between two bisexual man and a woman

Director: Susan Kaplan

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on October 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Ushpizin

Logline: An Orthodox Jewish couple’s faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday. In Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring: Avraham Abutboul, Ilan Ganani, Shaul Mizrahi, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shuli Rand

Director: Giddi Dar

Writers: Shuli Rand

Distributor: Picturehouse

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

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Room for Tourists

Logline: When five city girls miss their train connection, they are forced to spend the night in San Ramon, a small town west of Buenos Aires, where they get to know the dark side of local hospitality. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Jimena Coria, Mariela Mujica, Elena Siritto, Brenda Vera, Victoria Witemburg

Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Writers: Adrian Garcia Bogliano and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano

Distributor: Cinema Tropical

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on October 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Zombie Honeymoon: Opens at the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco

Friday, October 21, 2005

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

Logline: Documents how King Leopold II of Belgium acquired Congo as a colony and exploited it by reign of terror. In English and in French and Flemish with English subtitles

Director: Peter Bate

Distributor: ArtMattan Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on October 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Doom

Logline: Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars, and it is up to the Rapid Response Tactical Squadhardened Marines, armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize any enemy, to find out what happened

Featuring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban

Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak

Writers: David Callaham and Wesley Strick, story by David Callaham, based on the id Software videogame “Doom 3”

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations release on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence/gore and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

Logline: For the love of his daughter, a man sacrifices almost everything to save the life of an injured racehorse and bring the promising filly back to her former glory

Featuring: Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, David Morse, Kurt Russell, Elisabeth Shue

Director: John Gatins

Writer: John Gatins

Distributor: Dreamworks SKG

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on October 21

MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Emmanuel’s Gift

Logline: Documents the life of one of Ghana’s estimated two million citizens, nearly ten percent of the population, who is disabled

Narrator: Oprah Winfrey

Directors: Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the Village East Cinemas in New York City on October 21

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Kids in America

Logline: A diverse group of students, tired of being treated as second class citizens by their teachers and principal, band together and change their world by empowering themselves and their community to protect freedoms of expression and speech

Featuring: Adam Arkin, Rosanna Arquette, Julie Bowen, Nicole Richie, Gregory Smith, George Wendt

Director: Josh Stolberg

Writers: Andrew Shaifer and Josh Stolberg

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 600 plus locations release on October 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, mature thematic elements and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

Logline: A New York City actor is mistaken for an investigator while trying to get a gig in Hollywood, and starts playing the part when he starts discovering a series of female corpses

Featuring: Corbin Bernsen, Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monoghan

Director: Shane Black

Writer: Shane Black

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City and other select markets on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for language, violence and sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

National Lampoon’s Barely Legal

Logline: Three high school students in Cleveland attempt to make a porno

Featuring: Tom Arnold, Tony Denman, Daniel Farber, Cameron Richardson, Amy Smart, Erik von Detten

Director: David M. Evans

Writers: David H. Steinberg

Distributor: MGM/UA/Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, crude humor, language and drinking, involving teens

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

North Country

Logline: A single mom rallies her female coworkers to rise above unfair treatment they face at a local mining company

Featuring: Sean Bean, Woody Harrelson, Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, Charlize Theron

Director: Niki Caro

Writer: Michael Seitzman, based on the book “Class Action: The Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harrassment Law” by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for sequences involving sexual harassment including violence and dialogue, and for language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Protocols of Zion

Logline: A filmmaker sets out to understand why The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a century-old forgery that some people claimed to be the Jews’ master plan to rule the world, has been revived, and to challenge one of the most persistent, insidious conspiracy theories of all time

Director: Mark Levin

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on October 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Roost

Logline: Following a near-death car accident, four friends on their way to a Halloween wedding venture to a secluded farm for help, unaware of an ancient evil waiting for them with ghastly plans in store

Featuring: Vanessa Horneff, Wil Horneff, Karl Jacob, Tom Noonan, Sean Reid

Director: Ti West

Writer: Ti West

Distributor: Vitagraph Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas on October 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 mintues

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Shopgirl

Logline: The life of a young salesgirl changes when she is pursued by a poor would-be rock star and a rich older gentleman

Featuring: Frances Conroy, Claire Danes, Steve Martin, Jason Schwartzman, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras

Director: Anand Tucker

Writer: Steve Martin, based on his novel

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 10 locations in New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content and brief language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Stay

Logline: A psychologist’s suicidal client makes bizarre predictions that, to the psychologist’s mounting terror, begin to come true

Featuring: Janeane Garofalo, Ryan Gosling, Bob Hoskins, Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: David Benoiff

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on October 21

MPAA Rating: R for language and some disturbing images

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Work And The Glory: American Zion

Logline: In November 1833, Joseph Smith, a young man with a divine vision, leads a group of peaceful Missouri residents against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past

Featuring: Andrew Bowen, Michael Bowen, Alexander Carroll, Sam Hennings, Eric Johnson, Jonathan Scarfe, Brenda Strong

Director: Sterling Van Wagenen

Writer: Matt Whitaker, based on the novel “Like A Fire is Burning” by Gerald N. Lund

Distributor: Vineyard Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Regional release in Utah and surrounding states on October 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at the the Chateau 14 in Rochester NY

Cote d’Azur: Opens at the Tivoli Manor Square Theatre in Kansas City MO

Down and Derby: Opens at the Quaker Crossing 18 in Buffalo, the Mira Mesa Stadium 18 in San Diego and the Stadium 18 in San Marcos CA

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at the Belcourt Cinemas in Nashville

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Good Night, and Good Luck: Expands into additional markets

The Future of Food: Opens at Landmark’s Crossroads Cinemas in Boudler, the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA, the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago and Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver

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

Hellbent: Opens at the Tivoli Manor Square Theater in Kansas City MO, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Keane: Opens at the Wexner Center in Columbus OH and the Starz Film Center in Denver

Loggerheads: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Varsity Cinemas in Chapel Hill NC, Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas in Chicago, the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Rialto Theatre in Raleigh NC and Landmark’s Lumiere Cinemas in San Francisco

Reel Paradise: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Seperate Lies: Expands into additional markets

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham

Tony Takatani: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Ballet Russes

Logline: Documents the revolutionary early twentieth-century Russian dance troupe

Directors: Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on October 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, October 28, 2005

The Dying Gaul

Logline: A fledging screenwriter falls into a love triange with a producer and his wife

Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, Peter Seasgaard, Campbell Scott

Director: Craig Lucas

Writer: Craig Lucas, based on his play

Distributor: Strand Releasing and Holedigger Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 28

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content and language

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Legend of Zorro

Logline: After fighting to help California become the 31st state of the Union, Zorro has great difficulty living up to the promise he made his wife and giving up his secret identity

Featuring: Antonio Banderes, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Director: Martin Campbell

Writers: Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, from a story by Orci & Kurtzman and Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio, based on the character created by Johnston McCully

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on October 28

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of violence/peril and action, language and a couple of suggestive moments

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

New York Doll

Logline: Documents the life of New York Dolls bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane

Director: Greg Whiteley

Distributor: First Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on October 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content

Running Time: 77 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Paradise Now

Logline: Follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited as suicide bombers and selected for a strike on Tel Aviv; the plot focuses on their last day together.

Featuring: Lubna Azabal, Amer Hlehel, Kais Nashef, Ali Suliman

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Writers: Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer and Pierre Hodgson

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Passenger

Logline: A television reporter on location in North Africa has an identity crisis and steals the identity of the dead man in the next hotel room

Featuring: Steven Berkoff, Ian Hendry, Jack Nicholson, Jenny Runacre, Maria Schneider

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

Writers: Michelangelo Antonioni, Mark Peploe and Peter Wollen, from a story by Peploe

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 21

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

Running Time: 119 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Panascope (2.00:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Prime

Logline: A successful woman in her late thirties falls in love with her therapist’s son, who is over ten years her junior

Featuring: Jon Abrahams, Bryan Greenberg, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, David Younger

Director: Ben Younger

Writer: Ben Younger

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on October 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, and for language

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Saw 2

Logline: After capturing a sadistic killer, a police detective discovers he has just become another player in the killer’s latest life-or-death struggle

Featuring: Tobin Bell, Eric Knudsen, Dina Meyer, Glenn Plummer, Shawnee Smith, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Donnie Wahlberg

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman

Writers: Darren Lynn Bousman and Leigh Whannel, based on characters created by Whannel and James Wan

Distributor: Lions Gate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on October 28

MPAA Rating: R for grisly violence and gore, terror, language and drug content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Three… Extremes

Logline: Three tales of terror from three top Asian filmmakers. In Cantonese, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring: Byung-hun Lee, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bai Ling

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-Wook Park

Writers: Haruko Fukushima, Lilian Lee, Chan-Wook Park

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on October 28

MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing violent content, some involving abortion and torture, and for sexuality and language

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Weather Man

Logline: A popular Chicago weatherman finds his life falling apart just as he gets his shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition

Featuring: Gil Bellows, Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Michael Rispoli

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer: Steve Conrad

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on October 28

MPAA Rating: R for strong language and sexual content

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Aristocrats: Opens at the Smith Opera House Theatre in Geneva NY

Before the Fall: Opens iat Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and the University Town Center 6 in Irvine

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver

Loggerheads: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Nine Lives: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Camera 7 in Campbell CA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Proud: Opens at the Magic Johnson Theatere in Atlanta, the Magic Johnson Theatere in Cleveland and the Magic Johnson Theatere in Houston

Shopgirl: Opens in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

The Squid and the Whale: Expands into additonal markets

Steal Me: Opens at The Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Three Dancing Slaves: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Fleur Theatre in Des Moines

Where the Truth Lies: Expands into additional markets

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

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