The Early Report for November 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 seven weeks, including screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s Early Report covers the 61 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday November 16 and Sunday December 25.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Breakfast On Pluto

Logline: A foster child leaves behind his small-town life in Ireland for London, where he’s reborn as a transvestite cabaret singer in the 1960s and 70s

Featuring: Gavin Friday, Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea

Director: Neil Jordan

Writer: Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Pat McCabe

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles November 16

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

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Gilles’ Wife

Logline: In a small mining town on the outskirts of France.a devoted wife begins to suspect her husband is having an affair with her younger sister. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Clovis Cornillac, Emmanuelle Devos, Frederic Fonteyne, Patrick Quinet, Laura Smet

Director: Frederic Fonteyne

Writers: Philippe Blasband, Frederic Fonteyne and Marion Hansel, based on the novel “La Femme de Gilles” by Madeleine Bourdouxhe

Distributor: Cinema Guild

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on November 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Syrian Bride

Logline: An Israeli woman, engaged to a Syrian television star she has never met, must choose between two potential lives filled with hardship. In English and in Arabic, French, Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles

Featuring: Hiyam Abbass, Ashraf Barhoum, Clara Khoury, Makram J. Khoury, Eyad Sheety

Director: Eran Riklis

Writers: Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis

Distributor: Koch/Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Fourm in New York City on November 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Ushpizin: Opens in Kansas City MO, Nashville and Shaker Heights OH
Friday, November 18, 2005

The Aryan Couple

Logline: A German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family’s safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis

Featuring: Caroline Carver, Kenny Doughty, Martin Landau, Steven Mackintosh, Adrian O’Donnell, Austen Palmer

Director: John Daly

Writers: John Daly and Kendrew Lascelles

Distributor: Celebration Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 18

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

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Blackmail Boy

Logline: In the small, closed community of a provincial town, a mother tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. In Greek with English subtitles

Featuring: Nena Menti, Yannis Tsimitselis

Directors: Michalis Reppas and Thanassis Papathanasiou

Writers: Michalis Reppas and Thanassis Papathanasiou

Distributor: Picture This! Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Classe Tous Risques

Logline: A gangster pulls off one last heist in Italy so he may return to his home in France in style. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Michel Ardan, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Marcel Dalio, Sandra Milo, Lino Ventura

Director: Claude Sautet

Writers: Claude Sautet, Jose Giovanni and Pascal Jardin, based on the novel by Jose Giovanni

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Logline: Harry must contend with being mysteriously selected to compete in the prestigious Triwizard Tournament, a thrilling international competition that pits him against older and more experienced students from Hogwarts and two rival European wizarding schools.

Featuring: Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Rupert Grint, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Emma Watson

Director: Mike Newell

Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4000 plus locations release on November 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images

Running Time: 153 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Private

Logline: A Palestinian family finds themselves trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers. In English and in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Featuring: Hend Ayoub, Mohammed Bakri, Lior Miller, Arin Omary, Tomer Russo

Director: Saverio Costanzo

Writers: Camilla Costanzo, Saverio Costanzo, Alessio Cremonini and Sayed Oashua

Distributor: Typecast Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story

Logline: After the death of his wife, Indian Emperor Shah Jahan dedicates himself to building a massive tribute to the woman he loved. In Hindi and Urdu with English subtitles

Featuring: Kabir Bedi, Sonya Jehan, Arbaaz Khan, Manisha Koirala, Zulfikar Syed

Director: Akbar Khan

Writers: Mohafiz Hyder, Akbar Khan, Fatima Meer and Rajeev Mirza

Distributor: Rainbow Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 164 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Unveiled

Logline: An Iranian woman attempts to flee for freedom in Germany to escape political and human rights oppression. In English and in German and Persian with English subtitles

Featuring: Navid Akhavan, Majid Farahat, Georg Friedrich, Jasmin Tabatabai, Bernd Tauber

Director: Angelina Maccarone

Writers: Judith Kaufmann and Angelina Maccarone

Distributor: Wolfe Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on November 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Walk the Line

Logline: The life and times of country music legend Johnny Cash

Featuring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Shelby Lynne, Robert Patrick, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon

Director: James Mangold

Writers: Gill Dennis and James Mangold, based on the books “Man in Black” and “Cash: The Autobiography” by Johnny Cash

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on November 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, thematic material & depiction of drug dependency

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Zizek!

Logline: Documents the life and thoughts of Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, one of the most important and outrageous cultural theorists working today. In English and Slovene with English subtitles

Director: Astra Taylor

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 71 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Streo

Expanding today

Ballet Russes: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

Bee Season: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theatres in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle and in additional theatres in major markets

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

Cape of Good Hope: Opens at the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ

The Conformist: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston

Dorian Blues: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Cinemas in Austin and the Santa Rosa Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA

The Dying Gaul: Opens at the Downtown 14 in Albuquerque, Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Cinema 16 in Mountain View CA, the CineArts 5 in Pleasant Hill CA, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the River Cinemas in Rancho Mirage CA, the Riverside 12 in Reno, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the CineArts at Santana Row in San Jose, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA, the CineArts Marin 3 in Sausalito CA, the Shaker Square Cinemas 6 in Shaker Heights OH, the El Con 20 in Tucson and Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA (18 additional locations)

Ellie Parker: Opens at the Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose and the Cine Arts 3 in Sausalito CA

Formula 17: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Garcon Stupide: Opens at Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu

Gay Sex in the 1970s: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

Green Street Hooligans: Opens at the Hollywood Cinemas in Portland OR

Hellbent: Opens at the Old Hyde Park Cinemas in Tampa

Innocent Voices: Opens at the Mariemont Theatre in Cincinnati, the Drexel East Theatres in Columbus, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Maya 14 Cinemas in Salinas and the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz

Keane: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Loggerheads: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Cinema Palme d`Or in Palm Desert CA and Landmakr’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

MirrorMask: Opens at the Pickford Cinema in Bellingham WA, the Key Cinemas in Columbus IN, the Fluer Cinemas in Des Moines and the Holiday Cinemas 6 in Fort Wayne IN

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

Never Been Thawed: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Theater in Minneapolis

New York Doll: Opens at the Boise 21 in Boise ID and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Nine Lives: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

Paradise Now: Expands into additional markets

The Passenger: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The President’s Last Bang: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

Protocols of Zion: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Cine Arts Cinemas in Marin CA, the West Newton 6 in Newton MA, the Mountain View 16 in Palo Alto CA, the Ritz 5 Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Plaza del Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Pulse: Opens at the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at Landmark’s Act 1 & 2 Cinemas in Berkeley, the Camera 7 Cinemas in Campbell CA, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Aquarius Twin in Palo Alto CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark’s Lumiere 3 in San Francisco and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Three of Hearts: A Post-Modern Story: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Tony Takatani: Opens at the Avon Theatre in Providence RI

Touch the Sound: Opens at the Belcourt Theater in Nashville and the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs OH

Ushpizin: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver and the Cinemas Palme D’or in Palm Desert CA

The War Within: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Where the Truth Lies: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Holiday 6 in Fort Wayne IN, the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee
Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ice Harvest

Logline: A dim-bulb lawyer attempts a Christmas Eve crime, hoping to swindle the local mob out of some money, but his partner, a strip club owner, might have different plans for the cash

Featuring: John Cusack, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Platt, Randy Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton

Director: Marold Ramis

Writers: Richard Russo and Robert Benton, from the novel by Scott Phillips

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on November 23

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

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

In The Mix

Logline: A New York City DJ is rewarded for saving a mob boss’s life with the responsibilty of watching over the don’s beautiful daughter

Featuring: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Chazz Palminteri, Usher Raymond

Director: Ron Underwood

Writers: Cara Dellaverson & Brain Rubenstein and Jacqueline Zambrano, based on a story by Chanel Capra

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on November 23

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Just Friends

Logline: A high powered music executive finds himself reconnecting with his high school crush after being

Featuring: Anna Faris, Chris Klein, Ryan Reynolds, Amy Smart

Director: Roger Kumble

Writer: Adam davis

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including some dialogue

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Rent

Logline: A year in the lives of a group of bohemians living in New York’s Alphabet City

Featuring: Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp

Director: Chris Columbus

Writers: Steve Chbosky and Chris Columbus, based on the musical by Jonathan Larson

Distributor: Columbia

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving drugs and sexuality, and for some strong language

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Streets of Legend

Logline: A romance blooms between two young adults caught up in the illegal street car racing scene of Southern California

Featuring: Fabiola Barrios, Robert Beaumont, Brihanna Hernandez, Victor Larios, Greg Leone

Director: Joey Curtis

Writers: Joey Curtis and Albert Hernandez

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on November 23

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

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Syriana

Logline: At the end of the Cold War, a CIA agent has his concerns about The Company’s plans for the Middle East

Featuring: George Clooney, Chris Cooper, Matt Damon, William Hurt, Max Minghella, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Geoffrey Wright

Director: Stephen Gaghan

Writer: Stephen Gaghan, based on the book “See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism” by Robert Baer

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 23

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

39 Pounds of Love

Logline: Documents the life of Ami Ankilewitz, an Israeli animator who has survived with an extremely rare and often fatal form of muscular dystrophy (outliving one doctor’s prediction of life expectancy by 28 years). In English and in Hebrew with English subtitles

Director: Dani Menkin

Distributor: Balcony Releasing/HBO Cinemax Documentary Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on November 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 74 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Yours, Mine and Ours

Logline: Two single parents meet and find love, much to the consternation of their combined eighteen children

Featuring: Linda Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Rene Russo, Rip Torn

Director: Raja Gosnell

Writers: Bob Hilgenberg & Rob Muir and Ron Burch & David Kidd, based on the book “Who Gets the Drumsticksr” by Helen Eileen Beardsley and the screenplay for the 1968 film by Mort Lachman and Melville Shavelson, story by Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 23

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild crude humor

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Bee Season: Opens at Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee and in additional markets

Cape of Good Hope: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Cote d’Azur: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Dying Gaul: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

Ellie Parker: Opens at the Camera 12 in San Jose

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Innocent Voices: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Kamikaze Girls: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

New York Doll: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Nine Lives: Opens at the Tampa Theatre in Tampa

Pulse: Opens at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa CA

Ushpizin: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in Atlanta, Berkely, Boca Raton, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Franscisco and San Jose

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco
Friday, November 25, 2005

Down to the Bone

Logline: A working class mother living in upstate New York struggles to keep her marriage together and raise two sons while keeping her cocaine addiction a secret

Featuring: Jasper Daniels, Caridad De La Luz, Hugh Dillon, Vera Farmiga, Clint Jordan

Director: Debra Granik

Writers: Debra Granik and Richard Lieske

Distributor: Laemmle/Zeller Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles and The Quad Cinemas in New York City on November 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Libertine

Logline: A 17th century poet drinks and debauches his way to an early grave

Featuring: Jack Davenport, Johnny Depp, John Malkovich, Samantha Morton

Director: Laurence Dunmore

Writer: Stephen Jeffreys, based on his play

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying runs at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on November 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Logline: All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement home, a woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer

Featuring: Rupert Friend, Georgina Hale, Anna Massey, Millicent Martin, Joan Plowright, Zoe Tapper

Director: Dan Ireland

Writer: Ruth Sacks, from the novel by Elizabeth Taylor

Distributor: Cineville

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Paris Theatre in New York City on November 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Ballet Russes: Opens at Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA

Dorian Blues: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II in Berkeley, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Green Street Hooligans: Opens at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids MI

Keane: Opens at the Guild Cinemas in Albuquerque and Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston

Loggerheads: Opens at the Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

MirrorMask: Opens at the Harris Theatre in Pittsburgh

Naked in Ashes: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

New York Doll: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Nine Lives: Opens at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City

The Overture: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and Upstate Theatre in Rhinebeck NY
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Boys of Baraka

Logline: Documents the experiences of twenty “at risk” 12-year-old boys from the streets of inner-city Baltimore, who left home to attend the 7th and 8th grade at Baraka, an experimental boarding school located in Kenya

Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Distributor: Loki Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, December 2, 2005

Aeon Flux

Logline: 400 years in the future, when disease has wiped out the majority of the earth’s population except for one walled, protected city-state, a top operative in the underground rebellion is sent on a mission to kill a government leader

Featuring: Marton Csokas, Frances McDormand, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Pete Postlethwaite, Charlize Theron

Director: Karyn Kusama

Writers: Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, based on the MTV cartoon series by Peter Chung

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on December 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence and sexual content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

Logline: Documentary about the singer/songwriter who many in the music industry considered to have been the best songwriter who ever lived

Featuring: Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris

Director: Margaret Brown

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on December 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Far Side of the Moon

Logline: After the death of his mother, a man tries to discover a meaning to his life, to the universe and to rebuild a relationship with the only family he has left: his brother. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Celine Bonnier, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Richard Frechette, Gregory Hlady, Robert Lepage

Director: Robert Lepage

Writer: Robert Lepage, based on his play “La Face Cachee de la Lune”

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on December 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

First Descent

Logline: Documents the rebellious, inspiring and sometimes controversial rise of snowboarding as seen through the eyes of the snowboarders setting the standards and breaking the boundaries of this worldwide phenomenon

Featuring: Shawn Farmer, Terje Haakonsen, Nick Perata, Hannah Teter, Shaun White

Directors: Kemp Curly and Kevin Harrison

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and a momentary drug reference

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

I’m Tarenah, 15

Logline: A young girl finds herself in the awkward position of being divorced and pregnant while still in her early teens. In Persian with English subtitles

Featuring: Taraneh Alidoosti, Masoumeh Iskandari, Naghi Saif Jamali, Hossein Mahjoub, Mahtab Nasirpour, Milad Sadrameli

Director: Rassul Sadr-Ameli

Writers: Kambuzia Partovi, Rassul Sadr-Ameli

Distributor: Menemsha Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on December 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Kid and I

Logline: A teenager with cerebral palsy, who dreams of starring in a big-time action movie, gets his wish for his 18th birthday

Featuring: Tom Arnold, Jamie Lee Curtis, Shannon Elizabeth, Eric Gores, Linda Hamilton, Joe Mantegna, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Director: Penelope Spheeris

Writer: Tom Arnold

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language, crude humor and drug references

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Transamerica

Logline: A pre-operative transsexual woman discovers just days before her final operation that she unknowingly fathered a child eightteen years before

Featuring: Fionnula Flanagan, Graham Greene, Felicity Huffman, Elizabeth Pena, Burt Young, Kevin Zegers

Director: Duncan Tucker

Writers: Duncan Tucker

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 2

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

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Ballet Russes: Opens at the Cinemas Palm D’Or in Palm Springs, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City and the Plaza De Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara

Before the Fall: Opens at the Mizner Park Cinemas in Boca Raton and Sunrise 11 in Fort Lauderdale

Cape of Good Hope: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Christmas in the Clouds: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and in additional locations

Dorian Blues: Opens at the Fleur Cinemas in Des Moines, the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis

The Dying Gaul: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, the Westgate Cinemas in Madison WI, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Oaks Cinema in Oakmont PA and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Ellie Parker: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Inwood Cinemas in Dallas, Landmark’s Greenway Cinemas in Houston and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Garcon Stupide: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin and Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas

Green Street Hooligans: Opens at the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

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

I Love Your Work: Opens in New York City

Kamikaze Girls: Opens at the Cinefest Theater in Atlanta, the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford and the Tinsletown Cinemas in Vancouver

Little Manhattan: Opens in Los Angeles

Loggerheads: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theater in Austin, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Tamarac Square 6 in Denver and the Carousel Grande Cinema 15 in Greensboro NC

Naked in Ashes: Opens at Landmark’s Acti I & II Theatres in Berkeley, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Never Been Thawed: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

New York Doll: Opens at the Pine Ridge 10 in Chubbuck ID, the Grand Teton 14 in Idaho Falls and the Odyssey 7 in Twin Falls ID

Protocols of Zion: Opens at the Garden Hills Cinemas in Atlanta, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Little Theater in Rochester NY and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Pulse: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Nickelodeon Theaters in Santa Cruz CA and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

39 Pounds of Love: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Three of Hearts: A Post-Modern Story: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Where the Truth Lies: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Colony Cinemas in Raleigh
Friday, December 9, 2005
Brokeback Mountain

Logline: Two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, meet in the summer of 1963, sheepherding in the harsh high grasslands of Wyoming and form an unorthodox life-long bond

Featuring: Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Heath Ledger, Randy Quaid, Michelle Williams

Director: Ang Lee

Writers: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, based on the short story by Annie Proulx

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco on December 9

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

Running Time: 134 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Logline: Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a lion messiah

Featuring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Tilda Swinton

Director: Andrew Adamson

Writers: Ann Peacock and Andrew Adamson and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, based on the novel by C.S. Lewis

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on December 9

MPAA Rating: PG for battle sequences and frightening moments

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Isn’t This a Time!

Logline: Documents a concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Theodore Bikel and Peter, Paul and Mary honoring their longtime manager Harold Leventhal

Director: Jim Brown

Distributor: Seventh Art Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Marebito

Logline: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Tomomi Miyashita, Kazuhiro Nakahara, Miho Ninagawa, Shun Sugata, Shinya Tsukamoto

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Writer: Chiaki Konaka, based on his novel

Distributor: Tartan Films USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on December 9

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence and some nudity

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Memoirs of a Geisha

Logline: A penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house, eventually becoming a legendary geisha herself

Featuring: Gong Li, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi

Director: Rob Marshall

Writers: Robin Swicord and Doug Wright, based on the novel by Arthur Golden

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations release on December 9

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature subject matter and some sexual content

Running Time: 137 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Logline: A recently widowed woman buys an old London theater and opens an all-nude burlesque revue

Featuring: Anna Brewster, Judi Dench, Christopher Guest, Victoria Hay, Bob Hoskins

Director: Stephen Frears

Writers: Martin Sherman

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in select markets on December 9

MPAA Rating: R for nudity and brief language.

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The World’s Fastest Indian

Logline: A New Zealander invests several decades rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, with the intent of traveling to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to set a land-speed world record

Featuring: Bruce Greenwood, Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Chris Lawford, Paul Rodriguez

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writer: Roger Donaldson

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles exclusive on December 9

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

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Ballet Russes: Opens at the Upstate Films Theatre in Rhinebeck NY

Dorian Blues: Opens at the Gateway Theatres in Fort Lauderdale, the Cinemas Palm D’Or in Palm Springs and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

The Dying Gaul: Opens at the Gateway Theatres in Fort Lauderdale, the Cinemas Palm D’Or in Palm Springs, the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh,the Trolley Square Cinemas in Salt Lake City and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Ellie Parker: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas in Chicago, the Gateway Cinema 4 in Fort Lauderdale, the Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu and the South Beach Cinemas in Miami Beach

Garcon Stupide: Opens at Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver

Go for Zucker: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Loggerheads: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Bijou at the Crossroad Cinemas in San Antonio, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

MirrorMask: Opens at the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK

Naked in Ashes: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston and Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

Protocols of Zion: Opens at the Shadowoods 18 in Boca Raton FL, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Inwood Cinemas in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Sunrise 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Mizner Park 8 in Mizner Park FL, the Intracoastal 8 in North Miami and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Pulse: Opens at the Camera 7 in Campbell CA and the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City

Reel Paradise: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Key Cinemas in Indianapolis

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and the Little Theatre in Rochester NY

Side Effects: Opens at the Westgate Art Cinemas in Madison WI and the Ridge Cinemas in Milwaukee

Syriana: Expands to 1500 plus locations

39 Pounds of Love: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatres in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Ushpizin: Opens in Hartford and New Haven

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Theatre in La Jolla CA and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis

The War Within: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Colony Twin in Raleigh NC and the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City
Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Grace Lee Project

Logline: An Asian-American filmmaker interviews a series of women with the same name as her own, as a way to explore stereotypes about her culture

Director: Grace Lee

Distributor: Women Make Movies Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 68 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

King Kong

Logline: A film crew travels to a previously uncharted island to make their picture, only to come across a beast none of them could have ever imagined

Featuring: Jamie Bell, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Naomi Watts

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Fran Walsh & Phillipa Boyens & Peter Jackson, based on the story by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4000 plus locations on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Logline: A ranch hand looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. In English and in Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Julio Cesar Cedillo, January Jones, Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Writers: Guillermo Arriaga

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Academy qualifying run in Los Angeles on December 14

MPAA Rating: R for language, violence and sexuality

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS
Friday, December 16, 2005

Angels with Angles

Logline: In order to earns his wings and be reunited with the love of his life, George Burns must help a mortal on Earth set his life back on track

Featuring: Julie Carmen, Rodney Dangerfield, Frank Gorshin, Soupy Sales, Adam West

Director: Scott Edmund Lane

Writers: Scott Edmund Lane and Mark Pietri

Distributor: InvisionMPG

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Darwin’s Nightmare

Logline: Documents the effects of overfishing in the Nile Perch in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria

Director: Hubert Sauper

Distributor: International Film Circuit

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in Dallas on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Electric Shadows

Logline: A Chinese family gets help for healing their emotional wounds from the local cinema. In

Featuring: Li Haibin, Guan Xiaotong, Jiang Yihong, Zhang Yijing, Xia Yu, Qi Zhongyang

Director: Xiao Jiang

Writers: Qingsong Cheng and Xiao Jiang

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Family Stone

Logline: The Stone family unites in common cause when their favorite son brings his uptight girlfriend home for the Christmas holdiay

Featuring: Claire Danes, Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Dermot Mulroney, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Luke Wilson

Director: Thomas Bezucha

Writer: Thomas Bezucha

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on December 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, and drug references

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Master of the Crimson Armor

Logline: Empowered by the love of a slave, a royal concubine is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Hong Chen, Cecilia Cheung, Dong-Kun Jang, Nicholas Tse, Liu Ye

Director: Chen Kaige

Writers: Chen Kaige

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Producers

Logline: A scheming theatrical producer and his neurotic accountant hit upon the perfect plan to make a fortune in Broadway – produce the worst play ever written.

Featuring: Roger Bart, Matthew Broderick, Will Ferrell, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman

Director: Susan Stroman

Writers: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, based on the Broadway musical by Brooks and Meehan and the 1968 feature film by Brooks

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Single screen exclusive engagements in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Toronto on December 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual humor and refernces

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

When the Sea Rises

Logline: A comedienne in her 40s, traveling through the north of France with her one-woman show, is charmed by the attention of a young vagabond who has become smitten with her and her show. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Jackie Berroyer, Philippe Duquesne, Olivier Gourmet, Yolande Moreau, Wim Willaert

Directors: Gilles Porte and Yolande Moreau

Writers: Gilles Porte and Yolande Moreau

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Brokeback Mountain: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and additional theatres in select markets

Cape of Good Hope: Opens at the University Town Center Cinemas in Irvine, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Gilles’ Wife: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Green Street Hooligans: Opens at the Key Theatre in Indianapolis

Keane: Opens at the Carlisle Theatre in Carlisle PA, the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Colony Twin in Raleigh NC and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Marebito: Opens at the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City

Memoirs of a Geisha: Expands into additional markets

Nine Lives: Opens at the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Protocols of Zion: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Center for Contemporary Arts Theatre in Santa Fe and Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle

Pulse: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

39 Pounds of Love: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino

Touch the Sound: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Ushpizin: Opens in Monterey and Rochester NY
Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Logline: While on vacation, the Baker family find themselves in competition with a rival family of eight children

Featuring: Hilary Duff, Carmen Electra, Bonnie Hunt, Eugene Levy, Steve Martin

Director: Adam Shankman

Writers: Sam Harper

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations release on December 21

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Fun with Dick and Jane

Logline:

Featuring: Alec Baldwin, Jim Carrey, Angie Harmon, Tea Leoni

Director: Dean Parisot

Writers: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller and Peter Tolan, based on the screenplay for the 1977 movie by David Giler & Jerry Belson & Mordecai Richler and the novel by Gerald Gaiser

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on December 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief language, some sexual humor and occasional humorous drug references

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The White Countess

Logline: A disillusioned former diplomat has a relationship with a refugee Russian countess in 1930’s Shanghai.

Featuring: Ralph Fiennes, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, John Wood

Director: James Ivory

Writer: Kazuo Ishiguro

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent images and thematic elements

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Friday, December 23, 2005

Cache

Logline: The host of a TV literary review show receives a series of packages containing videos of himself with his family, and must deal with the ensuing menace he feels when the police are unwilling to investigate

Featuring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Benichou, Annie Girardot, Bernard LeCoq

Director: Michael Haneke

Writer: Michael Haneke

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 23

MPAA Rating: R for brief strong violence

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Hoodwinked!

Logline: Furry and feathered cops from the animal world investigate a domestic disturbance at Granny’s cottage, involving a girl, a wolf and an axe

Featuring the voices of: Andy Dick, David Ogden Stiers, Sally Struthers, Patrick Warburton

Directors: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech

Writers: Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards, Tony Leech

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on December 23

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and thematic elements

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Intruder

Logline: A mysterious loner who lives alone in an isolated woodland compound on the French-Swiss border goes on an intense emotional journey when he travesl to Korea to get a new heart on the black market. In English and in French, Korean and Russian with English subtitles

Featuring: Gregoire Colin, Beatrice Dalle, Katia Golubeva, Florence Loiret-Calle, Michel Subor

Director: Claire Denis

Writers: Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, based on the novel “L’Intrus” by Jean-Luc Nancy

Distributor: Wellspring Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on December 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Matador

Logline: A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City, with unexpected results

Featuring: Dylan Baker, Pierce Brosnan, Hope Davis, Phillip Baker Hall, Greg Kinnear

Director: Richard Shepard

Writers: Richard Shepard

Distributor: Miramax Films/The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on December 23

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Munich

Logline: In the tragic aftermath of the 1972 Munich Olympics, a Mossad agent tracks the Palestinian terrorists who assassinated Israeli athletes

Featuring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Tony Kusher, based on the book “Vengeance” by George Jonas

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations release on December 23

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Ringer

Logline: Two guys decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them pose as a contestant in the games

Featuring: Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, Johnny Knoxville, Jed Rees

Director: Barry Blaustein

Writer: Richard Blitt

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on December 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today

Before the Fall: Opens at the Tamarac Square Cinemas in Denver

Breakfast on Pluto: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and other select markets

Electric Shadows: Opens at the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

Innocent Voices: Opens at the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland and the Tivoli Manor Square Theatre in Kansas City MO

The Libertine: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in other select markets

Memoirs of a Geisha: Expands to 2000 plus locations

MirrorMask: Opens at the Catamount Film and Arts Center in Saint Johnsbury VT and the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco

Transamerica: Expands into additonal markets
Sunday, December 25, 2005

Casanova

Logline: The legendary Casanova is about to meet his match with an alluring Venetian beauty, who does the one thing he never thought possible: refuse him

Featuring: Jeremy Irons, Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Lena Olin, Oliver Platt

Director: Lasse Hallstrom

Writers: Jeffrey Hatcher and Kimberly Simi, story by Simi and Michael Christofer

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Village East Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles and other select markets on December 25

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The New World

Logline: A group of European settlers try to create a new home in the Virginia Territory in 1607

Featuring: Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Q’orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, August Schellenberg, Wes Studi, David Thewlis, Yorick van Wageningen

Director: Terrence Malick

Writers: Terrence Malick

Distributor: New Line

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

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Rumor Has It

Logline: A woman puts a halt on her impending wedding when she discovers she may be the daughter of the young people whose lives inspired “The Graduate”

Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Charlie Hunnam, Shirley MacLaine, Mark Ruffalo, Mena Suvari

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Ted Griffin

Distributor: Warner Brothers

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Wolf Creek

Logline: Three road-trippers in remote Australia who are plunged into danger when they accept help from a friendly local

Featuring: John Jarratt, Cassandra Magrath, Andy McPhee, Kestie Morassi, Nathan Phillips

Director: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean

Distributor: Dimension Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on December 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet set

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Producers: The Movie Musical: Expands to 500 plus locations

For MPAA Ratings, Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between January 2006 and November 2007, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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