The Early Report for December 4, 2005: Part One

This first section of The Early Report will give detailed coverage of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming five weeks, including screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s Early Report covers the 43 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday December 7 and Friday January 6.


Wednesday, December 7, 2005

A Lion in the House ***New Entry***

Logline: Documents the journeys of five young people with cancer and their families over a six-year period

Directors: Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

Distributor: A Lion in the House LLC

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Grande 4 in Los Angeles on December 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 230 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Theory of Everything ***New Entry***

Logline: A scientist’s wife dies during childbirth, and the son is given up for adoption, only to reappear later in the scientist’s life

Featuring: Frances Black, David de Vos, Victor Lundin, Kristen Prewitt

Director: David de Vos

Writer: David de Vos

Distributor: Blue Yonder Pictures
Exclusive to Laemmle’s Grande 4 in Los Angeles on December 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

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: One Week Academy Qualifying Engagement at the Century 14 in Century City and the Cinema 1,2,3 and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on December 7

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
Thursday, December 8, 2005

Dias de Santiago

Logline: After years of fighting in the Peruvian jungles, a soldier has trouble re-integrate into civilian life. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Alheli Castillo, Erick Garcia, Ivy La Noire, Pietro Sibille, Lili Urbina

Director: Josue Mendez

Writer: Josue Mendez

Distributor: Cinema Tropical

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on December 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital
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: Opens at the Chelsea 9 in New York City, the Grove 14 in Los Angeles and Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in 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: 3750 plus locations release on December 9

MPAA Rating: PG for battle sequences and frightening moments

Running Time: 140 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: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles 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: Opens at the Century 14 in Century City, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Grove 14 in Los Angeles, the Empire 14, Lincoln Square 12 and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the Metreon 16 in San Francisco, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica and the Varisty Theatre in Toronto on December 9

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

Running Time: 145 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

One: The Movie

Logline: Documents the responses from a specific set of questions to people from all walks of life to get many perspectives about the meaning of life

Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Riane Eisler, Robert Thurman

Director: Ward M. Powers

Distributor: Circle of Bliss Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatres in Berkeley, the Lark Theatre in Larkspur CA and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco on December 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 79 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear ***New Entry***

Logline: Documents how the idea that the world is threatened by a hidden and highly organized international terrorist network could be an illusion

Director: Adam Curtis

Distributor: Adam Curtis Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 180 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

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

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Theatre in Austin, the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA and the Bell Auditorium in Minneapolis

Cape of Good Hope: Opens at the Tara 4 in Atlanta and the Nickelodeon Theatre in Santa Cruz

Christmas in the Clouds: Opens at Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis

The Conformist: Opens at Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis

El Crimen Perfecto: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

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

The Dying Gaul: Opens at the Downtown Mall 6 in Charlottesville VA, the Tivoli Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO, the Wilma Theatre in Missoula MT, the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Overland Park KS, the Penn Hills Cinemas in Pittsburgh, the Broadway Center Cinemas in Salt Lake City and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

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, the South Beach Cinemas in Miami Beach and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Forty Shades of Blue: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

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

The Passenger: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee and the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

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, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

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 Alamo Drafthouse and Landmark’s Dobie Theater in Austin, the Amherst 3 in Buffalo NY, the Ceder Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, the Drexel Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH, Landmark’s Mayan Theater in Denver, the Fleur 4 Cinemas in Des Moines, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinems in Indianapolis, the Fall Creek Cinemas in Ithaca NY, the Tivoli Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, Landmark’s Oriental Cinemas in Milwaukee, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Trolley Square 4 in Salt Lake City and the Valley Art Theatre in Tempe (19 additional locations)

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

Syriana: Expands to 2000 plus locations

Tennis, Anyone…r: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

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

Touch the Sound: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta

Ushpizin: Opens at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA and in Hartford and New Haven CT

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

The Work and the Glory: American Zion: Opens at the Ski-Hi 6 Theatres in Alamosa CO, the Chubbuck 7 in Chubbuck ID, the Reel Theatre in Pocatello ID and the Star Theatre in Huntington UT
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: PG-13 for frightening adventure violence and some disturbing images

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 Engagement run at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City 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

Expanding today

Finding Home: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica
Thursday, December 15, 2005

Trapped by the Mormons

Logline: A suave young man uses his mesmeric powers to ensnare young girls into his evil Mormon web of passion, polygamy and pamphlets

Featuring: Johnny Kat, Monique LaForce, Mark Osele, Emily Riehl-Bedford, Richard Renfield

Director: Ian Allen

Writers: Ian Allen, based on the novel “The Love Story of a Mormon” by Winifred Graham and the screenplay for the 1922 film “Trapped by the Mormons” by Frank Miller

Distributor: Cherry Red Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 69 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
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: PG for thematic elements including sensuality, violence and language

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Big White ***New Entry***

Logline: A destitute Alaskan travel agent with a deranged wife finds the answer to his financial problems in the form of a get rich quick insurance scam involving a frozen body in the dumpster behind his office

Featuring: Woody Harrelson, Holly Hunter, Alison Lohman, Giovanni Ribisi, Robin Williams

Director: Mark Mylod

Writers: Collin Friesen

Distributor: Ascendant Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles on December 16

MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references and some violence

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt: Opens at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Breakfast on Pluto: Opens at Landmark’s Embassy Cinema in Waltham MA

Brokeback Mountain: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s California Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theater in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Piedmont Theatre in Oakland, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the South Coast Village 3 in Santa Ana, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica, Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and additional theatres in select markets

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

The Conformist: Opens at Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

Darwin’s Nightmare: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Ellie Parker: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambrdige MA

Finding Home: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena

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

Go for Zucker!: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambrdige MA and Landmark’s E Street Cinema in Washington DC

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: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Palace 20 in Boca Raton, the Boston Commons Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambrdige MA, the River East Cinemas and the Webster Place Cinemas in Chicago, the Cityplace 14 in Dallas, the Edgewater 16 in Edgewater NJ, the Bay Street Cinemas in Emeryville CA, the Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Arclight 14 in Hollywood, the La Jolla Village 12 in La Jolla CA, the Sunset 24 in Miami, the the Cineplex Quartier Latin and the Forum 22 in Montreal, the Cinema 16 in Mountain View, the 64th and 2nd Cinemas in New York City, the Newport Cinemas in Newport Beach CA, the Paseo Colorado 14 in Pasadena, the Ritz 5 Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Downtown 16 in Pleasant Hill, the Mission Valley 20 in San Diego, the Santana Row Cinemas in San Jose, the Regency Cinemas in San Rafael, the Paseo Nuevo Cinemas in Santa Barbara, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica, the Pacific Place 11 in Seattle, the Promenade 16 in Sherman Oaks CA, the Paramount Theatre and the Silver City Cinemas in Toronto, the Paramount Theatre in Vancouver, the Ritz 16 Cinemas in Voorhees NJ, the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC, the Palisades Center Cinemas in West Nyack NY, the Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach and the Roosevelt Raceway 8 in Westbury NY (38 additional locations)

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

One: The Movie: Opens at the Petaluma Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma CA and the Sebastopol Cinemas in Sebastopol CA

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, the Camera 7 in Campbell CA, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at the Circle Cinema in Tulsa OK

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 and the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

Ushpizin: Opens in Monterey, Rochester NY and Tucson
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: PG for some crude humor and mild language

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: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and in New York City 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: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood 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

Gulliver’s Travel ***New Entry***

Logline: A softhearted colonial is washed ashore in the land of Lilliputs after a shipwreck, shocked to see the people are in inches what he is in feet. Yet for their diminuative height, these little people are no short of problems that arise in the civilized world

Featuring the voices of: Ben Flax, Eddie Lopez, Jarred McAdams, Oscar Salabert, Sirena Sol

Director: Anita Udeep

Writer: Alexandria, based on the book by Jonathan Swift

Distributor: PentaMedia

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the NAZ8 Cinemas in Artesia CA on December 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 70 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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: R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language

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, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in 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

Mrs. Henderson Presents: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinems in Indianapolis, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in select markets

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 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: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on December 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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: PG-13 for some intense battle sequences

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: 97 minutes

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

Mrs. Henderson Presents: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in select markets

The Libertine: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City

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

Transamerica: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in select markets
Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Match Point

Logline: A young tennis instructor gets involved with two women from a rich family

Featuring: Alexander Armstrong, Brian Cox, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional theatres in Los Angeles and New York City on December 28

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

My Name Was Sabina Spielrein

Logline: Documents the life of a former patient of Carl Gustav Jung’s who became a psychoanalyst herself and eventually the first child psychologist

Director: Elisabeth Marton

Distributor: Facets Multimedia

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, December 30, 2005

Expanding today

Hellbent: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis

Touch the Sound: Opens at the Bay View Street Cinema in Camden ME

The War Within: Opens at the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK

Friday, January 6, 2006

Bloodrayne

Logline: In eighteenth century Romania, a half-human, half-vampire prone to fits of blind blood rage but saddled with a compunction for humans, strives to avenge her mother’s rape by her father, the King of Vampires

Featuring: Matthew Davis, Ben Kingsley, Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Michelle Rodriguez

Director: Uwe Boll

Writer: Guinevere Turner

Distributor: Romar Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on January 6

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fateless

Logline: A 14 year-old Jewish boy from Budapest who finds himself swept up by cataclysmic events beyond his comprehension, as Hitler’s Final Solution becomes policy throughout Europe. In English and in German and Hungarian with English subtitles

Featuring: Aron Dimeny, Bela Dora, Peter Fancsikai, Marcell Nagy, Balint Pentek

Director: Lajos Koltai

Writers: Imre Kertesz

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on January 6

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Gathering

Logline: A drifter loses her memory after being hit by a car in a small town, only to start having visions and premonitions about a recently discovered buried church from the First Century, with images of the crucifixion of Jesus and many anonymous persons watching it

Featuring: Simon Russell Beale, Stephen Dillane, Kerry Fox, Ioan Gruffudd, Christina Ricci

Director: Brian Gilbert

Writer: Anthony Horowitz

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations release on January 6

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Grandma’s Boy

Logline: A video game tester must move in with his grandmother and her two friends after he is evicted from his apartment

Featuring: Linda Cardellini, Allen Covert, Shirley Jones, Shirley Knight, Doris Roberts, Nick Swardson

Director: Nick Goossen

Writers: Barry Wernick, Allen Covert and Nick Swardson

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on January 6

MPAA Rating: R for drug use & language throughout, strong crude & sexual humor, & nudity

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Hostel

Logline: Two adventurous American college buddies backpacking through Europe are lured into a nightmare situation, lured to an out-of-the-way Slovakian hostel on the promise of loose Eastern European women

Featuring: Eythor Gudjonsson, Jay Hernandez, Jana Kaderabkova, Barbara Nedeljakova, Derek Richardson

Director: Eli Roth

Writer: Eli Roth

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on January 6

MPAA Rating: R for brutal scenes of torture and violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Casanova: Expands to 1500 plus locations

Classe Tous Risques: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Ellie Parker: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Cinemas in Milwaukee

Loggerheads: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, the Gateway Cinemas 4 in Fort Lauderdale, the South Beach 14 in Miami, Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Hollywood Triplex in Portland and the Trolley Square 4 in Salt Lake City

The Matador: Expands to Top Twenty markets

Munich: Expands to 1500 plus locations

Naked in Ashes: Opens at the Minor Theatre in Arcata CA and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

One: The Movie: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Protocols of Zion: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Work and the Glory: American Zion: Opens at the Valley Theatre in Lyman WY

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

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