The Early Report for December 18, 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 53 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday December 21 and Friday January 27.


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: 30000 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, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles 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, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion in West 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

Gulliver’s Travel

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

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: 525 plus locations release on December 23

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

Running Time: 167 minutes

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 Landmark’s Act I & II Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in select markets

Electric Shadows: Opens at the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

I Am Cuba: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

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

The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

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

Memoirs of a Geisha: Expands to 1500 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: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in select markets

Ushpizin: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin
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 Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, the Village East Cinemas in New York City, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in 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: 155 minutes

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: 2750 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: 1750 plus locations release on December 25

MPAA Rating: R for strong gruesome violence, and for language

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Mrs. Henderson Presents: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MA, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis, Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA and in additional theatres 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 additional theatres 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 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

Initial D *** New Entry ***

Logline: After winning his first competition, a young man focuses his attention on drift racing, a sport he has unknowingly perfected while delivering tofu in his father’s sports car. In Cantonese with English subtitles

Featuring: Edison Chen, Jay Chou, Anne Suzuki, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Shawn Yue

Director: Andrew Lau and Alan Mak

Writer: Felix Chong, based on the manga series by Shuichi Shigeno

Distributor: Media Arts Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City on December 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX

Master of the Crimson Armor *** Updated Release Date and Running Time ***

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: One week Oscar qualifying run at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Los Angeles and in New York City on December 30

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 102 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: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Santa Monica in Santa Monica, Landmark’s Regent Theatre in Westwood and in New York City on December 30

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content and language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

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: Lionsgate

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

Kill the Poor *** New Entry ***

Logline: When a marriage of convenience becomes the real thing, a young man moves his pregnant French wife to a tenement building on New York’s Lower East Side

Featuring: Clara Bellar, Heather Burns, David Krumholtz, Damian Young

Director: Alan Taylor

Writer: Daniel Handler

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 6

MPAA Rating:

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio:

Sound Format:

Waterborne

Logline: Three sets of L.A. residents lives are unexpectedly thrown their together after a terrorist attack against the city’s water supply

Featuring: Shabana Azmi, Orson Bean, Jon Gries, Christopher Masterson, Ajay Naidu, Magiena Tovah

Director: Ben Rekhi

Writer: Ben Rekhi

Distributor: Drops Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on January 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

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

Blackmail Boy: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

State of Fear *** New Entry ***

Logline: Documents the 2000 collapse of the autocratic Preuvian regime, and the establishment of a Truth Commission by the new democratic government that opened a door to the past, throwing light on the relentless violence that had engulfed the nation for twenty years. In English and in Spanish with English subtitles

Director: Pamela Yates

Distributor: Skylight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on January 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 13, 2006

April’s Showers

Logline: A painful truth is revealed at a wedding shower, which will affect every woman in attendance

Featuring: Randall Batinkoff, Maria Cina, Trish Doolan, Denise Miller, Joe Tabbanella

Director: Trish Doolan

Writer: Trish Doolan

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood, the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Cinemas Palme d’Or in Palm Desert CA and the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Breaking News

Logline: After a TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, a police inspector decides to turn the next stakeout into a breaking news show. In English and in Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles

Featuring: Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Richie Ren, Maggie Siu, Simon Yam

Director: Johnny To

Writers: Hing Kai Chan and Yip Tin Sing

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Film Geek

Logline: A socially inept video store clerk with an encyclopedic knowledge of film finds refuge in s downtown hipster who teaches him a thing or two about love and life when he is unexpectedly fired from his job

Featuring: Jason Breen, Tyler Gannon, Melik Malkasian, Matt Morris

Director: James Westby

Writer: James Westby

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema 21 in Portland OR on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Glory Road

Logline: Fact-based drama about the 1966 Texas Western college basketball team, the first all-black squad to make the NCAA national championship

Featuring: Emily Deschanel, Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Jon Voight

Director: James Gartner

Writer: Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois and Gregory Allen Howard

Distributor: Buena Vista

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on January 13

MPAA Rating: PG for racial issues including violence and epithets, and momentary language

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye

Logline: Documents the life and work of the legendary photographer. In English and in French and Italian with English subtitles

Director: Heinz Butler

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: 1500 plus locations release on January 13

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

Last Holiday

Logline: After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation

Featuring: Gerard Depardieu, Giancarlo Esposito, Timothy Hutton, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Alicia Witt

Director: Wayne Wang

Writers: Jeffrey Price & Peter S. Seaman, based on the screenplay for the 1950 film by J.B. Priestley

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on January 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Marjoe *** New Entry ***

Logline: Rerelease of the 1972 documentary about youth preacher turned Evangelism critic Marjoe Gortner

Directors: Howard Smith and Sarah Kernochan

Distributor: Emerging Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 13

MPAA Rating: PG

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

That Man: Peter Berlin *** New Entry ***

Logline: Documents the life of the 1970s gay porn icon and model for Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and Tom of Finland

Director: Jim Tushinski

Distributor: Emerging Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village 3 in New York City on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Tristan and Isolde

Logline: An affair between a very noble knight and the very married future Queen of England spells doom for the young lovers

Featuring: Dexter Fletcher, James Franco, Bronagh Gallagher, Sophia Myles, Rufus Sewell

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Writer: Dean Georgaris

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations release on January 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences and some sexuality

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

When Romance Meets Destiny *** New Entry ***

Logline: Two brothers, one somewhat uncomfortable around women and the other a skilled seducer who never lasts long in a relationship, both suddenly meet women who they feel quite serious about. In Korean with English subtitles

Featuring: Kim Ah-joong, Kim Joo-hyuk, Jeong Kyung-ho,Bong Tae-gyu, Lee Yo-won

Director: Kim Hyun-seok

Writer: Kim Hyun-seok

Distributor: Dongsung America

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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 January 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Breakfast on Pluto: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional theatres in select markets

Garcon Stupide: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis

The Goebbels Experiment: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Green Street Hooligans: Opens at the Abby Theatre in Durango CO

Loggerheads: Opens at the Oaks Theatre in Pittsburgh

Mrs. Henderson Presents: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional theatres in select markets

Naked in Ashes: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

The New World: Expands to 2250 plus locations

On the Outs: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in Chicago and New York City

The Producers: Expands to 1500 plus locations

Pulse: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

39 Pounds of Love: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Touch the Sound: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Zizek!: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Fall of Fujimori

Logline: Documents the rise and fall of the 1990-2000 regime of Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori. In English and in Spanish with English subtitles

Director: Ellen Perry

Distributor: Stardust Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at the Rag Tag Cinema in Columbia MO and the Moxie Cinema in Springfield MO

Friday, January 20, 2006

End of the Spear

Logline: The leader of one of the most violent societies ever documented by anthropologists, the Waodani in the eastern rainforest of Ecuador, learns the value of peace after his tribe kills five American missionaries

Featuring: Chad Allen, Chase Ellison, Jack Guzman, Louie Leonardo, Christina Souza,

Director: Jim Hanon

Writers: Jim Hanon, Bill Ewing, Bart Gavigan

Distributor: Every Tribe Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1150 plus locations release on January 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World

Logline: A comedian is sent by the President of the United States to find out what makes an average Muslim laugh

Featuring: Albert Brooks, John Carroll Lynch, Sheetal Sheth, Jon Tenney, Fred Dalton Thompson

Director: Albert Brooks

Writer: Albert Brooks

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content and brief strong language

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Pizza *** New Entry ***

Logline: A pizza deliveryman develops a bond with a girl nearly half his age

Featuring:
Alexis Dzenia, Ethan Embry, Judah Friedlander, Julie Hagerty, Kylie Sparks

Director: Mark Christopher

Writer: Mark Christopher

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center on January 20

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

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Logline: Documents the attempts of John Peterson to transforms his farm, amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson, into an artistic commune

Director: Taggart Siegel

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets of January 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Underworld: Evolution

Logline: A vampire and a lycan try to unlock the secrets of their bloodlines, to to end the ancient feud between the two tribes

Featuring: Kate Beckinsale, Shane Brolly, Derek Jacobi, Bill Nighy, Michael Sheen, Scott Speedman

Director: Len Wiseman

Writers: Danny McBride and Len Wiseman

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on January 20

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Why We Fight

Logline: Documents how Dwight Eisenhower’s admonition against the building of a military/industrial complex has been ignored by succeeding governments

Director: Eugene Jarecki

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles on January 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing war images and brief language

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Boys of Baraka: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Ellie Parker: Opens at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI

Gay Sex in the 1970s: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Go for Zucker!: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City

Loggerheads: Opens at the Dole Cannery Stadium 18 in Honolulu

Match Point: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in select markets

Marebito: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Matador: Expands to 1000 plus locations

Naked in Ashes: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

On the Outs: Opens in Houston, Irving TX, Miami, Philadelphia, Raleigh NC, Springfield MA, Washington DC and Westbrook CT

Protocols of Zion: Opens at the Wealthy Theatre in Grand Rapids MI

Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic: Opens at the Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene OR and the Loft Cinema in Tuscon

Touch the Sound: Opens at the Sunrise Cinemas in Sunrise FL

The White Countess: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in select markets

Friday, January 27, 2006

Annapolis

Logline: A young man from the wrong side of the tracks gets to live out his dream of attending the famed Naval Academy

Featuring: Jordana Brewster, James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Donnie Wahlberg

Director: Justin Lin

Writer: Dave Collard

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on January 27

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Big Momma’s House 2

Logline: An FBI agent once again goes undercover as a corpulent septuagenarian, working as a nanny for an unhappy woman who is under investigation for murder

Featuring: Martin Lawrence, Nia Long, Emily Procter

Director: John Whitesell

Writers: Don Rhymer, based on characters created by Darryl Quarles and Don Rhymer

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on January 27

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual humor and a humorous drug reference

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Bubble

Logline: A doll-factory worker finds herself imbrolied in a small town murder mystery

Featuring: Dustin Ashley, Debbie Doebereiner, K. Smith, Misty Wilkins

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writers: Coleman Hughes

Distributor: Magnolia Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 27

MPAA Rating: R for some language

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Imagine Me and You

Logline: A young woman falls in love with another man on her wedding day

Featuring: Piper Perabo, Lena Headey, Matthew Goode, Celia Imrie, Anthony Head

Director: Ol Parker

Writer: Ol Parker

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 27

MPAA Rating: R for some language and sexual material

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

La Mujer de Mi Hermano

Logline: After ten years of marriage, a woman begins to have an affair with her brother-in-law. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Manolo Cardona, Beto Cuevas, Gaby Espino, Christian Meier, Barbara Mori

Director: Ricardo de Montreuil

Writer: Ricardo de Montreuil, based on the novel by Jaime Bayly

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Nanny McPhee

Logline: A magical but unsightly woman is hired to be the nanny for a recently widowed man’s seven unruly children

Featuring: Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson

Director: Kirk Jones

Writer: Emma Thompson, based on the “Nurse Matilda” series of books by Christianna Brand

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations release on January 27

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements, some rude humor and brief language

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

La Petite Jerusalem

Logline: First-generation Jewish immigrants from North Africa find themselves in the middle of a Muslum/Hebrew conflict in their new French hometown

Featuring: Michael Cohen, Hedi Tillette de Clermont-Tonnerre, Bruno Todeschini, Fanny Valette, Elsa Zylberstein

Director: Karin Albou

Writer: Karin Albou

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 27

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Roving Mars

Logline: Documents the planning, launching and landing activities of two Martian land rovers, leading to the exploration of the surface of the planet

Director: George Butler

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 100+ IMAX and other large format locations on January 27

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 40 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Logline: A filmmaker attempts to create the adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s essentially unfilmable novel, “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.”

Featuring: Gillian Anderson, Steve Coogan, Stephen Fry, Ian Hart, Kelly Macdonald, Jeremy Northam

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Writer: Martin Hardy, based on the novel “The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman” by Laurence Sterne

Distributor: Picturehouse

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in select markets on January 27

MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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

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