The Early Report for February 26, 2006: 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 52 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday March 1 and Friday March 24.

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Our Brand is Crisis

Logline: Documents the efforts of a group of Democratic political advisors, lee by James Carville, to assist in the reelection of Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. In English and in Spanish with English subtitles

Director: Rachel Boynton

Distributor: Koch/Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on March 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Sorry, Haters

Logline: In modern New York City, a series of events are set in motion resulting in the revelation of a devastating hidden truth when an American professional woman takes an interest in the life of a Muslim cab driver. In English and in Arabic with English subtitles

Featuring: Josh Hamilton, Abdellatif Kechiche, Sandra Oh, Robin Wright Penn

Director: Jeff Stanzler

Writer: Jeff Stanzler

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles, New York City and additional major markets on March 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Thursday, March 2, 2006

Home

Logline: On a sweltering midsummer’s night, a struggling playwright heads off to a Brooklyn house party hoping to reconnect with a free-spirited ex-girlfriend

Featuring: Jason Liebrecht, Stephen T. Neave, Minerva Scelza, Erin S. Visslailli, Nicol Zanzarella

Director: Matthew Zoller Seitz

Writer: Matthew Zoller Seitz

Distributor: Brooklyn Schoolyard LLC

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on March 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, March 3, 2006

Aquamarine

Logline: Following a storm, two teenage girls discover a mermaid

Featuring: JoJo, Jake McDorman, Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts

Director: Elizabeth Allen

Writers: John Quaintance

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on March 3

MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and sensuality

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

Logline: Part documentary reflection of the segregation and urban neglect that exists in modern America, part live concert film and part sketch comedy featuring the comedian and his friends

Featuring: Erykah Badu, Dave Chappelle, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Wyclef Jean, Lauren Hill, Kayne West

Director: Michel Gondry

Writer: Dave Chappelle

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 800 plus locations on March 3

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Deep Sea 3-D

Logline: Documents some of strangest and exotic creatures on the planet, each who is dependent on another for survival

Director: Howard Hall

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 43 IMAX locations on March 3

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 40 minutes

Aspect Ratio: IMAX (1.33:1)

Sound Format: IMAX Digital Stereo

Doing Time for Patsy Cline

Logline: A young man from Australia, on his way to Nashville to seek fame and fortune in the country music scene, finds himself in a world of trouble when he picked up by a femme fatale and her drug running boyfriend

Featuring: Tony Barry, Roy Billing, Matt Day, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh

Director: Chris Kennedy

Writer: Chris Kennedy

Distributor: Chris Kennedy Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

In Cold Blood

Logline: Two men find themselves on trial for the murder of a family in rural Kansas

Featuring: Robert Blake, Jeff Corey, John Forsythe, Gerald S. O’Loughlin, Paul Stewart, Scott Wilson

Director: Richard Brooks

Writer: Richard Brooks, based on the novel by Truman Capote

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on March 3

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 134 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Joyeux Noel

Logline: On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace, so they bury their dead and play football. In English and in French and German with English subtitles

Featuring: Dany Boon, Daniel Bruhl, Guillaume Canet, Benno Furmann, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis

Director: Christian Carion

Writer: Christian Carion

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the South Coast Village 3 in Costa Mesa, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles on March 3

MPAA Rating: R for some war violence and brief sexuality

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

16 Blocks

Logline: An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse, only to discover there are forces at work trying to prevent them from making it

Featuring: Mos Def, David Morse, Bruce Willis

Director: Richard Donner

Writers: Richard Wenk

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on March 3

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

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ultraviolet

Logline: In the late 21st century, a genetically modified woman finds herself protecting a nine-year-old boy who has been marked for death by the human government as he is believed to be a threat to the human race

Featuring: Sebastien Andrieu, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund, William Fichtner, Milla Jovovich

Director: Kurt Wimmer

Writer: Kurt Wimmer

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 3

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violent action throughout, partial nudity and language

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Ballet Russes: Opens at Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR

Cowboy Del Amor: Opens at Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas

CSA: The Confederate States of America: Opens at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz

Elevator to the Gallows: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Gay Sex in the 1970s: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Manderlay: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Osio Theatre in Monterey CA, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Trolley Cinemas in Salt Lake City and the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz CA

Music from the Inside Out: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Night Watch: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie 4 in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Regent Showcase Cinema in Hollywood, Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis, laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in Albany, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Ann Arbor, Ashville, Atlanta, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Buffalo, Calgary, Charlotte, Charlottesville VA, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Des Moines, Edmonton, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Hartford, Halifax, Honolulu, Houston, Ithaca, Jacksonville, Kansas City MO, Knoxville, Lansing MI, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Montreal, Nashville, New Haven, New Orleans, Norfolk VA, Northampton, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Providence, Raleigh NC, Richmond, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Sarasota, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Vancouver, Victoria, West Palm Beach and Winnipeg

Street Fight: Opens at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA, the Society for Arts Theatre in Chicago, the Roxy Theatre in Philadelphia and the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco

Suits on the Loose: Opens at the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas and the Parklane 16 in Reno

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story: Opens in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Chapel Hill NC, Cincinnati, Fort Lauderdale, Hanover NH, Kansas City MO, Miami, Reno, Sacramento, Tucson and West Palm Beach

Trudell: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

What the Bleepr!: Down the Rabbit Hole: Opens at the Flicks Movie Theater in Boise

Why We Fight: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis

The World’s Fastest Indian: Opens at the Amherst Cinemas in Amherst NY, the Pickford Cinema in Bellingham WA, the Grand Six in Bismark ND, the Bijou Cinemas in Chattanooga TN, the Majestic 3 in Gettysburg PA, the Broadway 16 in Myrtle Beach SC, the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach DE, the Sunrise Cinemas in Southern Pines NC, the Beach Cinemas in St. Petersburg Beach FL and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME
Thursday, March 9, 2006

The Fallen

Logline: A single battle during World War II is seen through the eyes of its American, German and Italian participants. In English and in German and Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Ron Hirt, John McVay, John O’Leary, Antonio Oliveri, Brett Smith

Director: Ari Taub

Writers: Nick Day and Caio Ribeiro

Distributor: Anthem Pictures International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on March 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, March 10, 2006

Ask the Dust

Logline: Two dreamers in 1930s Los Angeles fight the city and themselves to make their dreams come true

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Salma Hayek, Val Kilmer, Idina Menzel, Donald Sutherland

Director: Robert Towne

Writer: Robert Towne, based on the novel by John Fante

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional locations in select markets on March 10

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, nudity and language

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Beyond Honor

Logline: A young Egyptian-American woman torn between two distinct worlds: one that is haunted by a harshly violent memory and tightly bound by tradition, the other that we hardly realize exists because we are so much a part of it, that of contemporary America and its promise of personal freedom for all.

Featuring:

Director: Varun Khanna

Writer: Varun Khanna

Distributor: International Film Circuit

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Devil’s Miner

Logline: Documents the lives of two brothers, aged 12 and 14, who work in the silver mines of Cerro Rico, Bolivia. In Spanish with English subtitles

Directors: Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Duck Season

Logline: Two 14-year-old boys who have devised a perfect parent-free Sunday find their plans hampered by the arrival of their beautiful 16-year-old neighbor and a depressed pizza deliveryman. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Enrique Arreola, Diego Catano, Daniel Miranda, Danny Perea, Carolina Politi

Director: Fernando Eimbcke

Writers: Fernando Eimbcke and Paula Markovitch

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 10

MPAA Rating: R for language and some drug content

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Evil

Logline: After being kicked out of school for fighting, a young man tries to finish out his semester at a boarding school, with disasterous results. In Finnish and Swedish with English subtitles

Featuring: Henrik Lundstrom, Jesper Salen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Andreas Wilson, Linda Zilliacus

Director: Mikael Hafstrom

Writers: Hans Gunnarsson and Mikael Hafstrom, from the novel “Ondskan” by Jan Guillou

Distributor: Magnolia Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Failure to Launch

Logline: Desperate to get their thirtysomething son out of the house once and for all, two parents hire the gorgeous and talented girl of his dreams to get him to move on

Featuring: Justin Bartha, Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw, Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker

Director: Tom Dey

Writers: Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations on March 10

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

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Game 6

Logline: A New York City playwright skips the opening night of his own play to watch the sixth game of the 1986 World Series

Featuring: Robert Downey Jr., Griffith Dunne, Michael Keaton, Bebe Newirth, Catherine O’Hara

Director: Michael Hoffman

Writers: Don DeLillo

Distributor: Kindred Media Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Boston and New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: R for some language and sexuality

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

Logline: A young boy is thrust against his will into his mother’s reckless life of turmoil and depravity, bouncing between desolate truck-stops, flea bag motels, strip joints and drug dens

Featuring: Asia Argento, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Michael Pitt, Jeremy Renner, Cole & Dylan Sprouse

Director: Asia Argento

Writer: Asia Argento, based on the novel by “JT LeRoy”

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on March 10

MPAA Rating: R for intense depiction of child abuse/neglect, strong sex and drug content, pervasive language, and some violence

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Hidden Blade

Logline: During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, a samurai bids farewell by his friends as he leaves their clan’s fiefdom to take an important position within the shogunate in a far away town. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Takako Matsu, Masatoshi Nagase, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Tomoko Tabata,
Hidetaka Yoshioka

Director: Yoji Yamada

Writers: Yoshitaka Asama and Yoji Yamada

Distributor: Tartan Films USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 132 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Hills Have Eyes

Logline: A family road trip goes terrifyingly awry when the travelers become stranded in a government atomic zone.

Featuring: Emile de Ravin, Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Vinessa Shaw, Aaron Stanford

Director: Alexandre Aja

Writers: Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, based on the screenplay for the 1976 film by Wes Craven

Distributor: Fox Searchlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 10

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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: The Weinstein Company/Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 10

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality including dialogue, violence and language

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Rap Dreams *** NEW ENTRY ***

Logline: Documents the bigtime dreams of three upcoming Bay Area rappers, and contrasts their bling bling hopes with the harsh realities and pitfalls experienced as they progress in their careers

Director: Kevin Epps

Distributor: Mastamind Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Shaggy Dog

Logline: A lawyer more dedicated to his practice than his family finds his life turned upside down when he mysteriously becomes a sheep dog

Featuring: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Kristin Davis, Robert Downey Jr., Zena Grey

Director: Brian Robbins

Writers: Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley and Geoff Rodkey and Jack Amiel
Michael Begler, based on the 1959 film written by Lillie Hayward and Bill Walsh, and the novel “The Hound of Florence” by Felix Salten

Distributor: Buena Vista Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on March 10

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Logline: Documents the founding of a Shakespearean acting troupe by twenty inmates at Kentucky’s Luther Correctional Complex

Director: Hank Rogerson

Distributor: International Film Circuit

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Simon

Logline: A gay dentist and a carefree cafe owner strike up a friendship after they find themselves involved in a car accident

Featuring: Eva Duijvestein, Daan Ekkel, Cees Geel, Marcel Hensema, Rifka Lodeizen

Director: Eddy Terstall

Writer: Eddy Terstall

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Sandt: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Before the Fall: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatres in Berkeley, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Classe Tous Risques: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

CSA: The Confederate States of America: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver, the UICA Theatre in Grand Rapids, the Liberty Hall Theatre in Lawrence KS, the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY and the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

Ellie Parker: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR

Fateless: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Garcon Stupide: Opens at Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis

Manderlay: Opens at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor MI, the Drexel East Cinemas in Columbus OH, the Museum of Fine Arts Cinemas in Fort Worth, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Westhampton Cinemas in Richmond VA, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL and the Old Hyde Park Cinemas in Tampa

Neil Young: Heart of Gold: Opens at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, the Charles 5 in Baltimore, the Drexel Cinemas in Bexley, the Varsity Theatre in Chapel Hill, the Mariemont Cinemas in Cincinatti, the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton, the Nickelodeon Theatre in Falmouth, the Gateway Cinema 4 in Fort Lauderdale, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the South Beach 18 in Miami, Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee, the Osio Plaza 6 in Monterey, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, the Bytowne Theatre in Ottawa, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Trolley Square Cinemas in Salt Lake City and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis (17 additional theatres)

On the Outs: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

The Real Dirt on Farmer John: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Suits on the Loose: Opens at the Olympus Pointe 12 in Roseville CA

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story: Opens in Albuquerque, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, Sarasota, St. Louis and Tampa

Trudell: Opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston and in Los Angeles

Tsotsi: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and in additional theatres in select markets

Unknown White Male: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

What the Bleep!r: Down the Rabbit Hole: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Forum 22 in Montreal

Winter Passing: Opens in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington DC

The World’s Fastest Indian: Opens at the Carmike 15 in Columbus GA, the Northside Cinema I in Dothan AL, the Myrna Loy Center in Helena MT, the Westgate Art Cinemas 4 in Madison WI, the Wilma Four in Missoula MT, the Harbor Bay Theatres in Muskegon MI, the Nickelodeon Cinema 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Savannah 11 in Savannah GA and the Miracle Theater in Tallahassee FL

A Year Without Love: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood
Friday, March 17, 2006

The Amateurs

Logline: A man in a midlife crisis gathers his friends and associates to make an adult movie.

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Michael Traeger

Writer: Michael Traeger

Distributor: Bauer Martinez Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Church Ball

Logline: When it is announced this will be the last year of the church-sponsred basketball league, a group of misfit losers from a small town work to become the final champions

Featuring: Gary Coleman, Clint Howard, Fred Willard, Andrew Wilson

Director: Kurt Hale

Writers: Paul Eagleston, Kurt Hale and Stephen Rose

Distributor: Halestorm Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Alaska, Idaho, Nevada and Utah regional release on March 17

MPAA Rating: PG for mild language and some rude humor

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Don’t Come Knocking

Logline: An aging cowboy movie star leaves the set during the middle of his latest production, to go on a journey of self-discovery

Featuring: Fairuza Balk, Jessica Lange, Sarah Polley, Tim Roth, Eva Marie Saint, Sam Shepard

Director: Wim Wenders

Writers: Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief nudity

Running Time: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Don’t Tell

Logline: An Italian woman, troubled by childhood memories, visits her brother who lives in America. In Italian with English subtitles

Featuring: Giuseppe Battiston, Alessio Boni, Angela Finocchiaro, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Stefania Rocca

Director: Cristina Comencini

Writers: Giulia Calenda, Cristina Comencini and Francesca Marciano, based on the novel by Comencini

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 17

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Find Me Guilty

Logline: After refusing to turn state’s evidence on his cronies, a mobster defends himself in court

Featuring: Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Linus Roache, Alex Rocco, Annabella Sciorra

Director: Sidney Lumet

Writers: Sidney Lumet, T.J. Mancini and Robert J. McCrea

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for strong language and some violence

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85;1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Mirage

Logline: Tortured by a tumultuous home life and school bullies, a young man finds hope when his teacher encourages him to enter a poetry competition in Paris. In Macedonian with English subtitles

Featuring: Martin Jovchevski, Vlado Jovnovski, Marko Kovacevic, Mustafa Nadarevic

Director: Svetozar Ristovski

Writers: Svetozar Ristovski and Grace Lea Troje

Distributor: Picture This! Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 17

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

She’s The Man

Logline: A teenage girl poses as her long-lost twin brother when she discovers her soccer team program has been cut from her school

Featuring: Amanda Bynes, David Gross, Julie Hagerty, Vinnie Jones, Channing Tatum

Director: Andy Fickman

Writers: Ewan Leslie and Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith, story by Ewan Leslie, based on the play “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare

Distributor: Dreamworks SKG/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on March 17

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual material

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Steve Harvey: Don’t Trip… He Ain’t Through with Me Yet!

Logline: The comedian introduces a new act at an evangelical event in Atlanta

Director: Leslie Small

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Hoffman 22 and the Potomac Yard 16 in Alexandria VA, the Uptown Palladium 12 in Birmingham MI, the Louisiana Boardwalk 14 in Bossier City LA, the Bowie Crossing Stadium 14 in Bowie MD, the Bay Plaza 13 in Bronx NY, the Burlington Cinema 20 in Burlington NJ, the Carolina Pavilion 22 and the Starlight Stadium 24 in Charlotte, the Chatham 14 in Chicago, the Chicago Heights 14 in Chicago Heights IL, the Dutch Square Mall 14 and the Sandhill Cinema 16 in Columbia SC, the Concord Mills 24 in Concord NC, the Country Club 16 in Country Club Hills IL, the Crestwood 18 in Crestwood IL, the Jersey Garden 20 in Elizabeth NJ, the Ford City 14 in Ford City IL, the Hamilton 24 in Hamilton NJ, the Independence 20 in Independence MO, the Palace 14 and the Parkway 14 in Kansas City MO, the Tinseltown 10 in Melrose Park IL, the New Brunswick 18 in New Brunswick NJ, the Empire 25 in New York City, the Charles Towne Square 18 in North Charleston SC, the Riverview Stadium 17 in Philadelphia, the Tinseltown 17 in Shreveport, the Majestic 20 in Silver Springs MD (29 locations total)

MPAA Rating: PG for some language and suggestive humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby digital

Summer Storm

Logline: A young man on a rowing team develops deeper feelings for one of his teammates. In German with English subtitles

Featuring: Alicja Bachleda-Curus, Tristano Casanova, Hanno Kofler, Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann

Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner

Writers: Thomas Bahmann and Marco Kreuzpaintner

Distributor: here! Films/Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatre in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, language and drug content

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Take My Eyes

Logline: A woman escapes her abusive husband, and takes refuge at her sister’s house to rebuild her life. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Sergi Calleja, Laia Marull, Candela Pena, Rosa Maria Sarda, Luis Tosar

Director: Iciar Bollain

Writers: Iciar Bollain and Alicia Luna

Distributor: New Yorker Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Thank You for Smoking

Logline: The chief spokesman for Big Tobacco spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son

Featuring: Maria Bello, Cameron Bright, Adam Brody, Aaron Eckhart, Sam Elliott

Director: Jason Reitman

Writer: Jason Reitman, based on the book by Christopher Buckley

Distributor: Fox Searlight

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

V for Vendetta

Logline: A shadowy freedom fighter known only as “V” uses terrorist tactics to fight against his totalitarian society. Upon rescuing a girl from the secret police, he also finds his best chance at having an ally

Featuring: Natalie Portman

Director: James McTeigue

Writers: Andy and Larry Wachowski, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3350 plus locations on March 17

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and some language

Running Time: 132 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Zodiac

Logline: A serial killer terrorizes the Bay Area of California

Featuring: Justin Chambers, Rory Culkin, Philip Baker Hall, William Mapother, Robin Tunney

Director: Alexander Bulkley

Writers: Kelley Bulkeley and Alexander Bulkley

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 17

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Battle in Heaven: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

CSA: The Confederate States of America: Opens at the Minor Theatre in Arcata CA and the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford CT

The Fallen Idol: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Game 6: Expands into Top 20 markets

Gay Sex in the 1970s: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

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

Joyeux Noel: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in select markets

Manderlay: Opens at Boardman’s Art Cinema in Champaign IL, the Fluer Cinemas in Des Moines, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the Downtown West Cinemas in Knoxville, the Baxter Theatre in Louisville, the Green Hills Cinemas in Nashville, the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in North Falmouth MA, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo CA, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe and the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK

Neil Young: Heart of Gold: Opens at the Downtown Theatre in Albuquerque, the Arbor Cinemas @ Great Hills in Austin, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Art Theatre in Long Beach CA, the Westgate Cinemas in Madison WI, the Studio On The Square Cinemas in Memphis, the Squirrel Hill Cinemas in Pittsburgh, the Fiesta Theatre in San Antonio, the Plaza de Oro Cinemas in Santa Barbara, the DeVargas Theatre in Santa Fe, the El Con 20 in Tucson, the Railroad Square Theatre in Waterville ME and the Winter Park Village Cinemas in Winter Park FL (16 additional theatres)

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Opens at Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle and the Sunrise 11 in Sunrise FL

Suits on the Loose: Opens at the Superstition Springs 25 in Mesa AZ

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story: Opens in Albany NY, Austin, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Rochester and Syracuse

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

Unknown White Male: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinemas in San Diego

The World’s Fastest Indian: Opens at the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY, the State Theatre in Modesto, the West Hampton Arts Center in West Hampton Beach NY and the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg VA
Wednesday, March 22, 2006

American Gun

Logline: Three American tales of how the proliferation of guns in America have dramatically affected and shaped the everyday lives of its citizens

Featuring: Linda Cardellini, Tony Goldwyn, Marcia Gay Harden, Nikki Reed, Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker

Director: Aric Avelino

Writers: Steven Bagatourian and Aric Avelino

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 22

MPAA Rating: R for violent content and language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Manderlay: Opens at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center in Buffalo and the Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale
Friday, March 24, 2006

Americano

Logline: A recent college graduate backpacks through Europe, enjoying his final days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the United States

Featuring: Dennis Hopper, Ruthanna Hooper, Joshua Jackson, Timm Sharp, Leonor Varela

Director: Kevin Noland

Writer: Kevin Noland

Distributor: Americano Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 24

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content/nudity

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Beauty Academy of Kabul

Logline: Documents Western women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s) return to the capital city of Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. In English and Farsi, with English subtitles.

Director: Liz Mermin

Distributor: Shadow Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on March 24

MPAA Rating: Not Rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 74 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Big Question

Logline: On the set of “The Passion of the Christ,” a film crew goes in depth with Mel Gibson, Monica Bellucci, James Caviezel and others on The Divine Subject

Directors: Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 24

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a brief reference to drugs

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Buddha Wild: The Monk In A Hut

Logline: Documents a group of Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhist monks as they talk about their commitment and way of life. In English and in Sanskrit and Thai with English subtitles

Director: Anna Wilding

Distributor: Carpe Diem Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on March 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

L’Enfant

Logline: A young couple struggling to survive at the bottom of the social ladder find a new source of income in their newborn child. In Belgian with English subtitles

Featuring: Deborah Francois, Olivier Gourmet, Jeremie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Jeremie Segard

Director: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Writers: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinemas in New York City and in Los Angeles on March 24

MPAA Rating: R for brief language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Inside Man

Logline: A police officer goes up against a clever bank robber who’s in the process of trying to pull off the perfect heist

Featuring: Willem Dafoe, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster, Clive Owen, Denzel Washington

Director: Spike Lee

Writer: Russell Gerwitz

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 24

MPAA Rating: R for language and some violent images

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Lady in Question is Charles Busch

Logline: Documents the drag artist from his humble beginnings performing in an East Village storefront to his Broadway and film accomplishments

Featuring: Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Michael Musto, Rosie O’Donnell, Paul Rudnick, BD Wong

Directors: John Catania, Charles Ignacio

Distributor: Two Lions Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Logline: A restaurant health inspector has trouble fitting in at the various fancy and ethnic eateries he inspects

Featuring: Iris Bahr, David Koechner, Larry the Cable Guy, Joe Pantoliano, Tom Wilson

Director: Trent Cooper

Writers: Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on March 24

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Stay Alive

Logline: While playing an online horror game, a group of teens notice that once their characters die, they die

Featuring: Samaire Armstrong, Sophia Bush, Jon Foster, Adam Goldberg, James Haven, Frankie Muniz, Milo Ventimiglia

Director: William Brent Bell

Writers: William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on March 24

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for horror violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexual and drug conten

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Stoned

Logline: The tumultuous life and untimely death of Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones

Featuring: Paddy Considine, Leo Gregory, Monet Mazur, David Morrisey, Tuva Novotny, Amelia Warner

Director: Stephen Woolley

Writers: Robert Wade and Neal Purvis

Distributor: Intandem/Screen Media Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Act I & II Theatres in Berkeley, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on March 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Surge of Power

Logline: A young comic book fanatic finds himself possessing superhero powers

Featuring: Lou Ferrigno, Robert Hurt, Noel Neill, Nichelle Nichols, Vincent J. Roth

Director: Mike Donahue

Writer: Vincent J. Roth

Distributor: Surge of Power Enterprises

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on March 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Cowboy Del Amor: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Duck Season: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and in additional locations in select markets

The Fallen: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

The Fallen Idol: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Manderlay: Opens at the Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR, the Bijou Theatre in Eugene OR, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery AL, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Miracle Theatre in Tallahassee, the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME and the Scranton Commerce Center Cinemas in Wilmington DE

Neil Young: Heart of Gold: Opens at the Fleur Theatre in Des Moines, the Bijou Theatre in Eugene OR, the Mahaiwe Triplex in Great Barrington MA, the Downtown Cinemas in Knoxville, the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs, the Westhampton Theatre in Richmond VA and the Palm Cinemas in San Luis Obispo

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Suits on the Loose: Opens in Northern California

Summer Storm: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Camera 12 in San Jose, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz and in Los Angeles and New York City

Thank You For Smoking: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA and in additional theatres in select markets

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story: Opens in Nashville and Waterville ME

Trudell: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tuscon

Tsotsi: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional theatres in select markets

Unknown White Male: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

The World’s Fastest Indian: Opens at the Movies in Portland ME
For MPAA Ratings, Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between late March 2006 and Summer 2009, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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