The Early Report for July 18, 2006: Part One

This first section of The Early Report will give detailed coverage of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming six weeks, including screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s Early Report covers 72 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday July 19 and Friday August 25.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Mad Cowgirl

Logline: A woman, who is dying of a brain disorder, begins a surreal journey which descends into violence

Featuring: Vic Chao, Christo Dimassis, James Duval, Walter Koenig, Sarah Lassez, Devon Odessa

Director: Gregory Hatanaka

Writers: Gregory Hatanaka and Norith Soth

Distributor: Epoch Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on July 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, July 21, 2006

Azumi

Logline: After ten years of harsh training, a young assassin must kill her partner before being allowed to go on her first mission. In Japanese with English subtitles

Featuring: Takatoshi Kaneko, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Shun Oguri, Aya Ueto

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura

Writers: Isao Kiriyama and Rikiya Mizushima, based on the graphic novel by Yu Koyama

Distributor: AsiaVision

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on July 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Been Rich All My Life

Logline: Documents the Silver Belles dance troupe, four women who began dancing together in the jazz clubs of Harlem in the 1930s who still dance together today

Director: Heather Lyn MacDonald

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on July 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Changing Times

Logline: Thirty years after their romance ended, a man tries to win back the first love of his life. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Lubna Azabal, Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Gilbert Melki, Malik Zidi

Director: Andre Techine

Writers: Andre Techine & Laurent Guyot & Pascal Bonitzer

Distributor: Koch Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on July 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Clerks II

Logline: Two slackers continue to complain about their lot in life, well into their mid-thirties

Featuring: Jeff Anderson, Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Kevin Smith

Director: Kevin Smith

Writer: Kevin Smith

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on July 21

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive sexual and crude content including aberrant sexuality, strong language and some drug material

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fanfan la Tulipe

Logline: A handsome peasant joins the army to escape an arranged marriage. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Marcel Herrand, Olivier Hussenot, Gina Lollobrigida, Gerard Philipe, Henri Rollan

Director: Christian-Jaque

Writers: Rene Wheeler & Rene Fallet, adaptation by Christian-Jaque & Henri Jeanson & Rene Wheeler, dialogue by Henri Jeanson

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on July 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Lady in the Water

Logline: A building supervisor finds a sea nymph living in the pool of his apartment building

Featuring: Bob Balaban, Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Freddy Rodriguez, Jeffrey Wright

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Writers: M. Night Shyamalan

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on July 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some frightening sequences

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Monster House

Logline: Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster

Featuring the voices of: Steve Buscemi, Nick Cannon, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Kevin James, Jason Lee, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Mitchel Musso, Catherine O’Hara, Kathleen Turner, Fred Willard

Director: Gil Kenan

Writers: Dan Harmon & Rob Schrab and Pamela Pettler, story by Dan Harmon & Rob Schrab

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus locations on July 21

MPAA Rating: PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Logline: A superhero falls for a regular guy and when he dumps her because he can’t take her neediness, she uses her powers to turn the guy’s life into a nightmare.

Featuring: Eddie Izzard, Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson

Director: Ivan Reitman

Writer: Don Payne

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on July 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, crude humor, language and brief nudity

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Shadowboxer

Logline: When a female assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing assisted by lover and stepson

Featuring: Stephen Dorff, Cuba Gooding Jr., Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Helen Mirren

Director: Lee Daniels

Writer: Will Rokos

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Magic Johnson Cinemas in Baldwin Hills CA, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Winnetka 24 in Chatsworth CA, the Virginia Center Cinemas in Glen Allen VA, the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Hamilton 24 in Hamilton NJ, the Egyptian 24 in Hanover MD, the Magic Johnson Cinemas in Harlem, the King of Prussia Cinemas in King of Prussia PA, the Magic Johnson Cinemas in Largo MD, the Empire 25 and the Village VII in New York City, the Owings Mills 17 in Owings Mills MD, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Riverview 17 in Philadelphia and the Gallery Place Stadium 14 in Washington DC on July 21

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

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Army of Shadows: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore and the Times Cinema in Milwaukee

Coastlines: Opens at the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville FL

Drawing Restraint 9: Opens at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Expiration Date: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Fallen Idol: Opens at the Wexner Center Theatre in Columbus OH and Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis

Heading South: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

The Hidden Blade: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Iron Island: Opens at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver BC

Mongolian Ping Pong: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green: Opens at the Gateway Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale

Only Human: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ and the West Newton Cinema 6 in West Newton MA

Peaceful Warrior: Opens at the Fine Arts Theatre in Ashville NC

The Road to Guantanamo: Opens at the Cinema City 4 in Hartford and the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven

Russian Dolls: Opens at the Collidge Corner Cinemas in Boston, the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz

Sir! No Sir!: Opens at the Flicks Cinema in Boise

Strangers with Candy: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Three Days of Rain: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

Three Times: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham and the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg PA

Time to Leave: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Two Drifters: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

The War Tapes: Opens at the Charles 5 in Baltimore and the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton MA

Wassap Rockers: Opens at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas and in Ann Arbor, Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Cincinatti, Cleveland, Columbus OH, Hartford, Indianapolis, Kansas City MO, Lincoln NE, Madison, Milwaukee, Orlando, Providence, Sacramento, San Diego, St. Louis and Tampa Bay

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Crossroad Cinemas in Boulder, the Esquire 6 and the River East 21 in Chicago, the Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers MA, the Framingham 14 in Framingham MA, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, the Yorktown 18 in Lombard IL, Landmark’s Oriental Cinemas in Milwaukee, the Ritz at the Bourse 5 in Philadelphia, the Fox 10 in Portland OR, the Streets of Woodfield 20 in Schaumberg IL, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ, the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Darshan, The Embrace

Logline: Documents the life and charitable causes of Amma, one of India’s most famous and celebrated Mahatmas. In English and in French and Malayalam with English subtitles

Director: Jan Kounen

Distributor: IFC First Take

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on July 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Little Miss Sunshine

Logline: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus

Featuring: Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Grek Kinnear,

Directors: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Writer: Michael Arndt

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on July 26

MPAA Rating: R for language, some sex and drug content

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Photographer, His Wife, Her Lover

Logline: Documents the life of O. Winston Link, a still photographer in the 1950s whose wife kept him captive in their basement and sold his old photos for for increasing profit while becoming sexually entangled with another man

Director: Paul Yule

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, July 28, 2006

America: Freedom to Fascism

Logline: Documentary which explores the connection between income tax collection and the erosion of civil liberties in America

Director: Aaron Russo

Distributor: Cinema Libre Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Barton Creek Square 14 in Austin, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas and the Esquire 6 in Chicago, the Village East Cinemas in New York City, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Woodlands 20 in Oldsmar FL, the Streets Of Woodfield 20 in Schaumburg IL, the Veterans 24 in Tampa and the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL on July 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Another Gay Movie

Logline: Spoof of feel-good coming of age films, telling the outrageous tale of four high school graduates who make a daring pact

Featuring: Jonah Blechman, Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris, Scott Thompson

Director: Todd Stephens

Writer: Todd Stephens

Distributor: TLA Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on July 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Ant Bully

Logline: An ant colony rebels against the ten-year-old boy who torments them by shrinking him to their size and making him see how they live

Featuring the voices of: Nicolas Cage, Zach Tyler Eisen, Paul Giamatti, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep

Director: John A. Davis

Writers: John A. Davis, based on the book by John Nickle

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on July 28

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and action

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Brothers of the Head

Logline: Conjoined twins start their own rock band

Featuring: Tom Bower, Sean Harris, Ken Russell, Harry Treadaway, Luke Treadaway

Directors: Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe

Writers: Tony Grisoni, from the novel by Brian Aldiss

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City and additional theatres in select markets on July 28

MPAA Rating: R for language, drug use and sexuality

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymorer

Logline: Documents the attempts of Jeff Smith, an average Joe from Missouri, to run for Congress against State Representative Russ Carnahan, a scion of the state’s most powerful political dynasty, without any money or voter name recognition

Director: Frank Popper

Distributor: At Risk Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis on July 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

How to Go Out On a Date In Queens

Logline: A self-proclaimed dating expert tries to get his best friend, who lost his wife two years earlier, back into the dating scene, with disastrous results

Featuring: Jason Alexander, Alison Eastwood, Rob Estes, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams-Paisley

Director: Michelle Danner

Writer: Richard Vetere, based on his play

Distributor: Allumination Filmworks

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on July 28

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minues

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

I Like Killing Flies

Logline: Documents the owner, employees and patrons of the oddball Greenwich Village eatery Shopsin’s

Director: Matt Mahurin

Distributor: THINKFilms

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on July 28

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

John Tucker Must Die

Logline: Three girls conspire against the high school Romeo who has been three-timing them

Featuring: Sophia Bush, Ashanti Douglas, Arielle Kebbel, Jenny McCarthy, Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow

Director: Betty Thomas

Writer: Jeff Lowell

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on July 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Miami Vice

Logline: Two unorthodox vice detectives attempt to bust a major drug cartel

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx, Naomie Harris, Ciaran Hinds, Gong Li, Elizabeth Rodriguez

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: Michael Mann, based on the 1980s TV series created by Michael Mann

Distributor: Unviersal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3375 plus locations on July 28

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

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Scoop

Logline: An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls

Featuring: Woody Allen, Romola Garai, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 350 plus locations on July 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

13

Logline: A young man starting out in the criminal underworld finds himself in trouble when he follows instructions meant for someone else. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: George Babluani, Pascal Bongard, Nicolas Pignon, Aurelien Recoing, Fred Ulysse

Director: Gela Babluani

Writer: Gela Babluani

Distributor: Palm Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Azumi: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Beowulf and Grendel: Opens at Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles

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

The Celestine Prophecy: Opens at Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas

Coastlines: Opens at the Grand Illusion Theatre in Seattle

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Drawing Restraint 9: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT and Landmark’s Esquire Theatre in Denver

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

Little Miss Sunshine: Opens at Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL and in additional theatres in select markets

Mongolian Ping Pong: Opens at the Court Square Theatre in Harrisonburg PA

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Once in a Lifetime: Opens at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas and in additional theatres in select markets

Only Human: Opens at Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe

Peaceful Warrior: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit

Police Beat: Opens at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver BC

The Road to Guantanamo: Opens at the Little Theatre in Rochester NY

Russian Dolls: Opens at the Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg PA

A Scanner Darkly: Opens in Anchorage, Annapolis, Arlington VA, Bakersfield, Bend, Charlottsville, Colorado Springs, Columbia MO, Dallas, Eugene, Fresno, Fort Meyers, Gainsville, Gaithersburg, Greenville SC, Harrisburg, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City KS, Medford, Memphis, Peoria, Philadelphia, Portland ME, Salt Lake City, Springfield MA, Springfield MO, Tempe, Toledo and Wichita

Stolen: Opens at the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe

Three Times: Opens at the Northwest Film Center in Portland

Two Drifters: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

The War Tapes: Opens at the Hollywood Stadium 14 in Killeen TX, the Little Cinema in Pittsfield MA and the Crest Theatre in Sacramento

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Albuquerque 14 in Albuquerque, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Great Lakes Crossing 25 in Auburn Hills MI, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Shadowood Square 16 in Boca Raton, the Hulen Mall 10 in Fort Worth, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Studio 30 in Lathe KS, the Laurel Park Place 10 in Livonia MI, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Green Hills Commons 16 in Nashville, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Redmond 8 in Redmond WA, the Tower 3 in Sacramento, the Fourm 30 in Sterling Heights MI and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis
Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Vacationland

Logline: In small-town Maine, two lifelong friends begin to fall out of love with their girlfriends and in love with each other, shortly before their high school graduation

Featuring: Charles Ard, Brad Hallowell, Mindy Hoffman, Greg Lucas, Jennifer Stackpole

Director: Todd Verow

Writers: Jim Dwyer and Todd Verow

Distributor: Bangor Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo
Friday, August 4, 2006

Barnyard

Logline: The secret lives of talking cows are threatened when a carefree bovine has responsibility thrust upon him.

Featuring the voices of: Courteney Cox, Sam Elliott, Danny Glover, Kevin James, Wanda Sykes

Director: Steve Oedekerk

Writer: Steve Oedekerk

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on August 4

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild peril and rude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Boynton Beach Club

Logline: Two senior citizens who recently lost their significant others find new love with each other

Featuring: Joseph Bologna, Dyan Cannon, Len Cariou, Sally Kellerman, Michael Nouri, Brenda Vaccaro, Renee Taylor

Director: Susan Seidelman

Writers: Susan Seidelman and Shelly Gitlow, story by Florence Seidelman and David Cramer

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional theatres in select markets on August 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Bridesmaid

Logline: A bridesmaid falls falls for a young man she meets at the wedding of his younger sister. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Solene Bouton, Aurore Clement, Bernard Le Coq, Benoit Magimel, Laura Smet

Director: Claude Chabrol

Writers: Pierre Leccia and Claude Chabrol, based on the novel by Ruth Rendell

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on August 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Descent

Logline: Six female spelunkers finds themselves pursued by a strange breed of predators

Featuring: MyAnna Buring, Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noone, Alex Reid

Director: Neil Marshall

Writer: Neil Marshall

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on August 4

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence/gore and language

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX, DTS

Jailbait *** NEW ENTRY ***

Logline: A young man commits a victimless crime that would normally get him probation and a hefty fine, but in the “three-strikes” world of justice, he finds himself locked up for 25 years with a cellmate who offers him advice on how to make it in prison, only to eventually show the real reasons why he has been taken under his new cellmate’s wing

Featuring: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Michael Pitt, Laila Robins, David Zayas

Director: Brett C. Leonard

Writer: Brett C. Leonard

Distributor: Kindred Media Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Chelsea West Cinemas in New York City on August 4

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language including graphic sexual dialogue, and some violence

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

The L.A. Riot Spectacular

Logline: Spoof on the events surrounding the Rodney King beating and the subsequent riots in Los Angeles

Featuring: Snoop Dogg, Charles Durning, Charles Dutton, Emilio Estevez, William Forsyth Jr., George Hamilton

Director: Marc Klasfeld

Writer: Marc Klasfeld

Distributor: Rockhard Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on August 4

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

My Country, My Country

Logline: Documentary about life in Iraq under U.S. occupation. In English and in Arabic and Kurdish with English subtitles

Director: Laura Poitras

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Night Listener

Logline: A radio host deals with the end of a relationship while investigating the origins of a mysterious manuscript

Featuring: Bobbt Cannavale, Toni Collettee, Rory Culkin, Joe Morton, Sandra Oh, Robin Williams

Director: Patrick Stettner

Writers: Armistead Maupin, Terry Anderson and Patrick Stettner, based on the novel by Armistead Maupin

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on August 4

MPAA Rating: R for language and some disquieting sexual content

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Quinceanera

Logline: A few months before a Mexican girl’s Quinceanera, she falls pregnant

Featuring: Jesse Garcia, Chalo Gonzalez, Emily Rios, David W. Ross, Jason L. Wood

Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Writers: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on August 4

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Shock to the System

Logline: A gay private detective suspects a gay conversion therapist to be at the heart of his client’s “suicide”

Featuring: Chad Allen, Morgan Fairchild, Sebastian Spence, Michael Woods

Director: Ron Oliver

Writers: Ron McGee, based on the novel by Richard Stevenson

Distributor: Regent Releasing/here! Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on August 4

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content, nudity, language and a violent image

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Logline: A NASCAR racer finds his domination over the sport challenged by an upstart foreigner

Featuring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Gary Cole, Michael Clarke Duncan, Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

Director: Adam McKay

Writers: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3650 plus locations on August 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language, drug references and brief comic violence

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Army of Shadows: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and the Avon Theatre in Stamford

Azumi: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Beowulf and Grendel: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

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

The Celestine Prophecy: Opens at the Bayview Street Cinema in Camden ME

Crossing the Bridge: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Fallen Idol: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Lemming: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The OH in Ohio: Opens at the State Theatre in Ann Arbor, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambrdige MA, the Drexel Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH, the Hollywood Hits Theatre in Danvers MA, the Neon Theatre in Dayton OH, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Squirrel Hill Cinemas in Pittsburgh, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Only Human: Opens at the Manor Theatre in Pittsburgh and the Bijou @ Crossroads 6 in San Antonio

Police Beat: Opens at the Facets Multimedia Center in Chicago

The Puffy Chair: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City

A Scanner Darkly: Opens in Abilene, Albany GA, Amarillo, Augusta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boise, Butte, Cedar Rapids, Chattanooga, Chico, Columbia SC, Columbus GA, Columbus MS, Corpus Christi, Davenport, Des Moines, El Paso, Eureka, Evansville, Florence, Fort Smith, Fort Wayne, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Greenville NC, Helena, Huntsville, Jonesboro, Kingsport, Lafayette LA, Lansing, Laredo, Little Rock, Lubbock, Macon, Missoula, Montgomery, Odessa, Panama City, Roanoke, San Antonio, Savannah, Sioux City, Spokane, Tyler, Waco, Wichita Falls, Wilmington DE and Yuma

Three Times: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford

Two Drifters: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

The War Tapes: Opens at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre in Buffalo, the Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, the Mary Riempa Ross Media Arts Centre in Lincoln NE, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the Theatre N at Nemours in Wilmington DE

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Diamond Center 9 in Anchorage, the Sehome 3 in Bellingham WA, the Ballantyne Village Theatre in Charlotte, the Cameo Art House Theatre in Fayetteville NC, the Stonebriar 24 in Frisco TX, the Rio 14 in Gaithersburg MD, the Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Barrington Square 6 in Hoffman Estates IL, the Studio 30 in Houston, Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxille, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Desert Ridge 18 in Phoenix, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Westhampton Twin in Richmond VA, the Fiesta 16 in San Antontio, the First Colony 24 in Sugarland TX, the El Con 20 in Tucson, the City Center Cinemas in Vancouver WA and the Promenade 24 in Westminster CO
Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Lunacy

Logline: In nineteenth-century France, a young man is plagued by nightmares in which he is dragged off to a madhouse, receiving “help” for his malady from a sadistic Marquis who insists on helping him conquer his fears. In Czech with English subtitles

Featuring: Jaroslav Dusek, Anna Geislerova, Martin Huba, Pavel Liska, Jan Triska

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Writers: Jan Svankmajer, based on the stories “The Premature Burial” and “The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether” by Edgar Allen Poe

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Satellite

Logline: A girl falls in love with the stranger she follows on a midtown street

Featuring: Larry Fessenden, Karl Geary, Pell James, Randall Jaynes, Christina Kirk, Stephanie Szostak

Director: Jeff Winner

Writers: Jeff Winner

Distributor: Gigantic Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Trouble with Men and Women

Logline: Depressed about the love of his life moving to America, a twentysomething Londoner starts to date a series of women, in order to understand more about the inner workings of the opposite sex

Featuring: Kate Ashfield, Vas Blackwood, Matthew Delamere, Joseph McFadden, Christine Tremarco

Director: Tony Fisher

Writer: Tony Fisher

Distributor: IFC Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

World Trade Center

Logline: Two fireman finds themselves trapped in the rubble of a collapsed skyscraper after a terrorist attack

Featuring: Maria Bello, Nicolas Cage, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jay Hernandez, Michael Pena

Director: Oliver Stone

Writer: Andrea Berloff

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on August 9

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense and emotional content, some disturbing images and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital
Friday, August 11, 2006

Accepted

Logline: After being rejected by every college he applies to, a high school graduate and his misfit friends start their own fake university to fool their parents.

Featuring: Lewis Black, Adam Herschman, Jonathan Hill, Blake Lively, Justin Long

Director: Steve Pink

Writers: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Mark Perez, story by Mark Perez

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on August 11

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Calvaire

Logline: A singer working the wedding circuit in Belgium finds himself taken in by a kindly innkeeper when his car breaks down in the boondocks, only to discover his benefactor may be a psychopath. In French with English subtitles

Featuring: Jackie Berroyer, Jean-Luc Couchard, Brigitte Lahaie, Laurent Lucas, Philippe Nahon

Director: Fabrice Du Welz

Writers: Fabrice Du Welz and Romain Protat

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Conversations with Other Women

Logline: When a man and a woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse

Featuring: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Erik Eidem, Olivia Wilde, Nora Zehetner

Director: Hans Canosa

Writer: Gabrielle Zevin

Distributor: Fabrication Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Half Nelson

Logline: An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret

Featuring: Ryan Gosling, Anthony Mackie, Shareeka Epps

Director: Ryan Fleck

Writers: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for drug content throughout, language and some sexuality

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hamilton

Logline: A young couple in Baltimore deals with the birth of their child

Featuring: Jasmine Bazinet-Phillips, Gina Christine Mooers, Christopher H. Myers, Sarah Seipp-Williams, Stephanie Vizzi

Director: Matthew Porterfield

Writer: Matthew Porterfield

Distributor: Hamilton Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 65 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

House of Sand

Logline: A woman finds herself trapped in the sand dunes of Northern Brazil by her maddening husband. In Portuguese with English subtitles

Featuring: Ruy Guerra, Seu Jorge, Luiz Melodia, Fernanda Montenegro, Fernanda Torres

Director: Andrucha Waddington

Writer: Elena Soarez

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, the Quad Cinema in New York City and additional theatres in select markets on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for some graphic sexuality

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pulse

Logline: After the mysterious death of one of their classmates, a group of college friends begin to experience some strange supernatural phenomenons

Featuring: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian, Ian Sommerhalder, Christina Milian

Director: Jim Sonzero

Writers: Wes Craven, Tim Day, Vince Gilligan, Stephen Susco and Ray Wright, based on the film “Kairo” written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for some violent images

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Step Up

Logline: A dancer at a prestigious academy falls for a kid from the wrong side of the tracks

Featuring: Jenna Dewan, Rachel Griffiths, Mario, Drew Sidora, Channing Tatum

Director: Anne Fletcher

Writers: Duane Adler and Melissa Rosenberg, story by Duane Adler

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on August 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, brief violence and innuendo

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Zoom

Logline: An out-of-shape former superhero who has lost his powers is called back into action to train a group of kids into a new generation of superheroes, to help save the world from certain destruction

Featuring: Tim Allen, Spencer Breslin, Chevy Chase, Courtney Cox, Kata Mara

Director: Peter Hewitt

Writers: Adam Rifkin, Jordan Roberts and David Berenbaum, based on the graphic novel “Zoom’s Academy” by Jason Lethcoe

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on August 11

MPAA Rating: PG for brief rude humor, language and mild action

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Starz Film Center in Denver, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Beowulf and Grendel: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

The Bridesmaid: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Mongolian Ping Pong: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford

The OH in Ohio: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Sir! No Sir!: Opens at the Northeast Film Forum in Seattle

The War Tapes: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Regent Square Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Avon Theatre in Stamford CT and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Mansell Crossing 14 in Alpharetta GA, the Siegen Village 10 in Baton Rouge, the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Bonita Springs 12 in Bonita Springs FL, the Market Arcade Cinemas in Buffalo, the Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers, the Hamilton 24 in Hamilton NJ, the Oakview 24 in Omaha, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane WA, the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee, the Southroads 20 in Tulsa, the Theatre N in Wilmington DE and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL

Friday, August 18, 2006

Factotum

Logline: A would-be writer wanders around Los Angeles trying to live off jobs which don’t interfere with his primary interest

Featuring: Matt Dillon, Didier Flamand, Fisher Stevens, Lili Taylor, Marisa Tomei

Director: Bent Hamer

Writers: Bent Hamer and Jim Stark, from the novel by Charles Bukowski

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City and additional theatres in select markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fakers

Logline: A young man in hock to a British mobster hatches a plan to cheat several art galleries in order to raise the money that will save his life

Featuring: Kate Ashfield, Art Malik, Tom Chambers, Rula Lenska, Matthew Rhys

Director: Richard Janes

Writer: Paul Gerstenberger

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Illusionist

Logline: In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing

Featuring: Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Edward Norton, Rufus Sewll

Director: Neil Burger

Writer: Neil Burger, based on the short story Eisenheim the Illusionist by Steven Millhauser

Distributor: Yari Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Material Girls

Logline: Two wealthy sisters, both heiresses to their family’s cosmetics fortune, are given a wake-up call when a scandal and ensuing investigation strip them of their wealth

Featuring: Haylie Duff, Hilary Duff, Lukas Haas, Anjelica Huston, Brent Spiner

Director: Martha Coolidge

Writers: John Quaintance and Jessica O’Toole & Amy Rardin

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on August 18

MPAA Rating: PG for language and rude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Nearing Grace

Logline: A high school student is unable to see his female friend is the best match for him, as he pursues one of the most popular girls in schill

Featuring: Jordana Brewster, Chad Faust, Ashley Johnson, David Moscow, Gregory Smith

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writers: Jacob Aaron Estes, based on the novel “Nearing’s Grace” by Scott Sommer

Distributor: Whitewater Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pusher 3

Logline: After a complicated heroin deal goes wrong and he loses both the money and the merchandise, a small time drug dealer finds himself massively in debt to a Balkan drug baron. In Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles

Featuring: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbaek, Slavko Labovic, Mads Mikkelsen

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn and Jens Dahl

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Queens

Logline: Five headstrong mothers cope with the personal family conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gay sons. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Featuring: Veronica Forque, Carmen Maura, Marisa Paredes, Mercedes Sampietro

Director: Manuel Gomez Pereira

Writers: Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Manuel Gomez Pereira and Joaquin Oristrell

Distributor: here! Films / Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on August 18

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, brief nudity and language

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Romeo and Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss

Logline: Two star-crossed seals from warring families that fall in love against their parents’ wishes

Featuring the voices of: Chip Albers, Stephen Goldberg, Chanelle Nibblelink, Phil Nibbelink, Michael Toland, Daniel Trippet, Patricia Trippet

Director: Phil Nibbelink

Writer: Phil Nibbelink

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 74 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Snakes on a Plane

Logline: An FBI agent who is escorting a witness on a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles runs into some trouble when an assassin releases hundreds of deadly motherfucking snakes on a commercial airplane in order to eliminate the witness

Featuring: Flex Alexander, Bobby Cannavale, Julianna Marguiles, Nathan Phillips, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: David R. Ellis

Writers: John Heffernan and Sebastian Guiterrez, story by David Dallesandro and John Heffernan

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

10th & Wolf

Logline:A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military, where he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier

Featuring: Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Brad Renfro, Giovanni Ribisi, Lesley Ann Warren

Director: Bobby Moresco

Writer: Bobby Moresco, story by Bobby Moresco and Chazz Palminteri

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some drug content and sexuality/nudity

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Trust the Man

Logline: The romantic escapades of two couples: a successful actress and her stay at home husband; and her slacker younger brother and his aspiring novelist girlfriend

Featuring: Billy Crudup, David Duchovny, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Le Gros, Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore

Director: Bart Freundlich

Writer: Bart Freundlich

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: R for language and sexual content

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at the Gateway Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale

Army of Shadows: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Azumi: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Drawing Restraint 9: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tucson

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

The OH in Ohio: Opens at Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

The Science of Sleep: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and in additional locations in select markets

The War Tapes: Opens at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, the Drexel Gateway Theatre in Columbus OH, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas and the Real Art Ways Cinemas in Hartford

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Concord Mills Cinemas in Concord NC, the Delray 18 in Delray Beach FL, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville, the Beach Boulevard 12 and the Regency Square 24 in Jacksonville, the Jupiter Mall 18 in Jupiter FL, the Kentucky Twin in Lexington and the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fratricide

Logline: Two young Kurdish refugees, recently arrived in Germany struggle to make their way through the harshness of their new home. In German, Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles

Featuring: Bulent Buyukasik, Erdal Celik, Nurretin Celik, Xevat Gectan, Xhiljona Ndoja

Director: Yilmaz Arslan

Writer: Yilmaz Arslan

Distributor: Koch Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

LOL

Logline: Three twentysomething men struggle to balance their online fantasies and addictions with the demands of real life

Featuring: Kevin Bewersdorf, Tipper Newton, Brigid Reagan, Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells

Director: Joe Swanberg

Writers: Joe Swanberg, C. Mason Wells and Kevin Bewersdorf

Distributor: Film Brats

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on August 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Princesas

Logline: Two young prostitutes find friendship in modern day Spain. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Llum Barrera, Mariana Cordero, Micaela Nevarez, Candela Pena, Violeta Perez

Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Writers: Fernando Leon de Aranoa

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, August 25, 2006

Beerfest

Logline: After getting beaten up by zealous Germans after stumbling upon a super-secret centuries-old beer games competition at an Oktoberfest, two American brothers assemble an all-star team back home with the purpose of kicking some butt

Featuring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Herrernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar

Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Herrernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on August 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

How to Eat Fried Worms

Logline: An 11-year-old inadvertently challenges the school bully on his first day at a new school

Featuring: Luke Benward, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Adam Hicks, Ty Panitz

Director: Bob Dolman

Writers: Bob Dolman, based on the novel by Thomas Rockwell

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations on August 25

MPAA Rating: PG for mild bullying and some crude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Idlewild

Logline: A speakeasy owner and his piano playing friend try to keep their club out of the hands of the local gang boss

Featuring: Andre Benjamin, Terrence Howard, Antwan Andre Patton, Paula Patton, Ving Rhames

Director: Bryan Barber

Writer: Bryan Barber

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations on August 25

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Invincible

Logline: A blue-collar guy from South Philadelphia attends an open tryout for the Eagles, to prove to himself and everyone else he is not a failure

Featuring: Kirk Acevedo, Elizabeth Banks, Greg Kinnear, Mark Wahlberg

Director: Ericson Core

Writers: Bradley Gann

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on August 25

MPAA Rating: PG for sports and some mild language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Looking for Kitty

Logline: After his wife disappears, an Upstate New York high school baseball coach travels to the Big Apple to investigate a potential lead

Featuring: Edward Burns, Rachel Dratch, David Krumholtz, Chris Parnell

Director: Edward Burns

Writer: Edward Burns

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinemas in New York City and in additional locations in select markets on August 25

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual references

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Old Joy

Logline: Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains

Featuring: Daniel London, Keri Moran, Will Oldham, Robin Rosenberg, Tanya Smith

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Writers: Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Portland OR exclusive on August 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 76 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Protector

Logline: A young man from the country must deal with a vicious gang when his father’s prized pachyderms

Featuring: David Asavanond, Tony Jaa, Bongkod Kongmalai, Petchthai Wongkamlao, Jin Xing

Director: Prachya Pinkaew

Writers: Napalee, Piyaros Thongdee, Joe Wannapin and Kongdeg Jaturanrasmee, story by Prachya Pinkaew

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Quiet

Logline: The life of a popular and beautiful young woman changes when a deaf orphan teenager comes to live with her family

Featuring: Shawn Ashmore, Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco

Director: Jamie Babbit

Writers: Abdi Nazemian, Micah Schraft

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: R for strong and distrubring sexual content, a scene of violence, language, drug contenta nd brief nudity

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sherrybaby

Logline: Just released from prison, a young woman tries to reconnect with the daughter who no longer remembers her

Featuring: Gioncarlo Esposito, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brad William Henke, Ryan Simpkins, Danny Trejo

Director: Laurie Collyer

Writers: Laurie Collyer

Distributor: IFC Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Army of Shadows: Opens at Landmark’s Edina 4 in Minneapolis

The Bridesmaid: Opens at the Market Arcade Theatre in Buffalo, the Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth FL and the Theatre N at Nemours in Wilmington DE

The Fallen Idol: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Lemming: Opens at the Bill Cosford Cinemas in Coral Gables

Lunacy: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

The Puffy Chair: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Red Vic Movie Theatre in San Francisco

Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

The War Tapes: Opens at the Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem PA, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia and the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ

Who Killed the Electric Carr: Opens at the Madison Square 12 in Huntsville AL
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between September 2006 and Summer 2009, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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