The Early Report for August 1, 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 80 known new movies opening in theatres or expanding their runs between Wednesday August 2 and Friday September 8.

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

American Blackout ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: Documents recurring patterns of African-American disenfranchisement witnessed from 2000 to 2004, while following the story of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

Director: Ian Inaba

Distributor: Guerilla News Network

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta on August 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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 the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Burbank 16 in Burbank, the Bronxville Triplex in Bronxville NY, the Fashion Center 20 in Chandler AZ, the Flower Hill 4 in Del Mar CA, the Cape Cinema Theatre in Dennis MA, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the North Shore Tower Cinemas in Floral Park NY, the Hamilton 24 in Hamilton NJ, the Kew Garden Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the Malverne Cinemas in Malverne NY, the Manhasset Theatre in Manhasset NY, the Grand 24 in Mesa AZ, the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, the Paris Theatre in New York City, the Garden Cinema 1 & 2 in Norwalk CT, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Arrowhead Fountains in Peoria AZ, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix, the Towne 16 in Pleasantville NJ, the Montgomery Cinemas in Rocky Hill NJ, the Fashion Valley 18 in San Diego, the San Marcos Stadium 18 in San Marcos CA, the South Coast Village 3 in Santa Ana, the Shea 14 in Scottsdale, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis, the Tenafly Cinema 4 in Tenafly NJ, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA, Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles, the Cinema 100 in White Plains NY and the Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills CA (35 locations total) 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

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

Marriage Iranian Style ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: A young American falls in love with an Iranian girl, who is already engaged to another man. In Farsi with English subtitles

Featuring: Dariush Arjmand, Fatemeh Goudarzi, Daniel Holmes, Shila Khodadad, Laden Tabatabee

Director: Hassan Fathi

Writers: Minoo Farshchi

Distributor: Bita Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: 1350 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

Nightmare Man ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: A woman who believes she is being stalked by someone trying to kill finds her worst nightmares realized when her car breaks down in the woods

Featuring: James Ferris, Blythe Metz, Richard Moll, Hanna Putnam, Tiffany Shepis, Luciano Szafir

Director: Rolfe Kanefsky

Writer: Rolfe Kanefsky

Distributor: Delusional Productions

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in 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: Opens at the Regent Showcase Cinemas in Hollywood, the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City and the Mission Valley Cinemas in San Diego 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: 3450 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

Who Needs Sleepr ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: Unsettled by the preventable death of a coworker, an Academy Award-winning cinematographer learns sleep deprivation and long work hours are a deadly combination. Interweaving medical findings with personal accounts, his camera reveals how a 24/7 work culture affects all Americans

Directors: Lisa Leeman and Haskell Wexler

Distributor: The Institute for Cinema Studies

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica on August 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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

Belle de Jour: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

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

Brothers of the Head: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC, Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional theatres in select markets

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

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

Changing Times: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

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

Gabrielle: Opens at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington NY, the Malverne Triplex in Malverne NY, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Roslyn Cinemas in Roslyn NY and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Heading South: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Towne Stadium 16 in Egg Harbor Township NJ, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ and Landmark’s Embassy Cinema in Waltham MA

The Heart of the Game: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

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

Little Miss Sunshine: Opens in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C.

Lower City: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

La Moustache: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

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

Peaceful Warrior: Opens at the Fine Arts Theatre in Ashville NC, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Bookshelf Theatre in Guelph ONT, the Naro Theatre in Norfolk VA, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Police Beat: Opens at the Facets Multimedia Center in Chicago

Psychopathia Sexualis: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax Cinemas in Los Angeles

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: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, August 11, 2006

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: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood 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 Town Center 5 in Encino, the Quad Cinema in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for some graphic sexuality

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehn

Logline: A man and a woman, married to other people, find a forbidden love

Featuring: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta

Director: Karan Johar

Writer: Shibani Bathija

Distributor: Yash Raj Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 150 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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 11

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

Mardi Gras: Made in China ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: This examination of cultural and economic globalization follows the life-cycle of Mardi Gras beads from a small factory in Fuzhou, China, to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and to art galleries in New York City

Director: David Redmon

Distributor: Carnivalesque Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Murder on the Yellow Brick Road ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: A seasoned private investigator is haunted by the spirit of a murdered Hollywood starlet, who died holding a mysterious secret

Featuring: Ken Butler, Charlene Fernetz, Ross Hagen, Nancy Kwan, Pilar Lastra, Angus Macfadyen, P.J. Soles

Director: Ross Hagen

Writers: Eric Belgau and Ross Hagen

Distributor: Yellow Brick Road Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on August 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Poster Boy

Logline: When Senator Jack Kray finds himself fighting for his political career in a tight run-off election, he enlists his gay son against his will to be the “poster boy” for the campaign.

Featuring: Karen Allen, Michael Lerner, Matt Newton, Jack Noseworthy

Director: Zak Tucker

Writers: Lecia Rosenthal and Ryan Shiraki

Distributor: here! Films / Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood on August 11

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

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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

Unconscious

Logline: Brother and sister-in-law Salvador and Alma get involved in a search for her suddenly missing husband, where hypnosis, love, danger, and every imaginable taboo are all intertwined. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Featuring: Alex Brendemuhl, Mercedes Sampietro, Luis Tosar, Leonor Watling

Director: Joaquin Oristrell

Writers: Dominic Harari, Joaquin Oristrell and Teresa Pelegri

Distributor: here! Films/Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 11

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content including dialogue, and some drug material

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Waltzing Anna ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: An unscrupulous New York City doctor is sentenced by a medical review board to work on his bedisde manner at a nursing home upstate

Featuring: Robert Capelli Jr., Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pat Hingle, Artie Lange, Grant Shaud, Casey Siemaszko, Paige Turco

Director: Doug Bollinger

Writers: Doug Bollinger, Robert Capelli Jr. and Guy Shockley

Distributor: Kindred Media Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some crude humor and drug material

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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, the Art Theatre in Long Beach CA, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, 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

Brothers of the Head: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in additional locations in select markets

Changing Times: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena

Edmond: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Heading South: Opens at the Triplex Theater in Great Barrington MA and the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe

Lady Vengeance: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man: Opens at the Cedar Lee 6 in Cleveland, the Art Theatre in Long Beach CA, the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA, the Riverside 12 in Reno and the Broadway Centre Theatres in Salt Lake City

Little Miss Sunshine: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Montreal, Phoenix, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and St. Louis

Mardi Gras: Made In China: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

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

The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

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

Once in a Lifetime: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Peaceful Warrior: Opens at the Yes Cinema in Columbus IN, the Tivoli at Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO, Landmark’s Downer Cinemas in Milwaukee, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, the Princess Cinema in Waterloo ONT, the Railraod Square CInemas in Waterville ME and the Yakima 10 in Yakima WA

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

13 (Tzameti): Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

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 Tower Theatre in Sacramento, 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

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

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, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood 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: PG-13 for some sexuality and violence

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

CREDIT ABUSE!!!: There are no less than TWENTY producers, co-producers, executive producers, co-executive producers and line producers listed for this film

My First Wedding

Logline: Just days before her wedding, a bride-to-be begins to experience uncontrollable and wild fantasies about every male she lays her eyes on

Featuring: Caroline Carver, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kenny Doughty, Paul Hopkins, Valerie Mahaffey

Director: Laurent Firode

Writer: Joan Carr-Wiggin

Distributor: Cinema Libre Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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

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 motherfucking plane 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

Vajra Sky Over Tibet ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: Documents the endangered Buddhist tradition of Tibet, its contemporary relevance and the spiritual and political stories of Tibet which are inextricably bound together. Now occupied by China, with The Dalai Lama in exile and the completion of a rail system linking Beijing to Lhasa, the film showcases an endangered culture worth saving

Director: John Bush

Distributor: Direct Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA on August 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Factoid: The Dalai Lama has given this film his blessing, wishing it every success

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

Boynton Beach Club: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and Angelika Film Center in Plano TX

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymorer: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Darshan: The Embrace: Opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston, Roxie Film Center in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Drawing Restraint 9: Opens at the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Heading South: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the CineArts 6 in Evanston IL, the Plaza de Oro Theatre in Santa Barbara and the Avalon Theater and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

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

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man: Opens at the Athena Theatre in Athens GA, the Tivoli at Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven

Little Miss Sunshine: Opens in Albany, Albuquerque, Anchorage, Asheville, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Buffalo, Calgary, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus, Dayton OH, Des Moines, Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Grand Rapids, Halifax, Honolulu, Ithaca NY, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Knoxville, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lexington, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Norfolk, Northampton, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Orlando, Ottowa, Pittsburgh, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond VA, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Santa Fe, St. John, Sarasota, Syracuse, Tallahassee, Tampa Bay, Tucson, Tulsa, Victoria, West Palm Beach and Winnipeg

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

Once in a Lifetime: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

Peaceful Warrior: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT and the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon WA

Poster Boy: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City

Quinceanera: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets

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

Time to Leave: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

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

Buzz ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: Documents the life of Hollywood screenwriter and novelist A.I. ‘Buzz’ Bezzerides, known as ‘the King of Noir’ and one of the many people blacklisted during the McCarthy era

Director: Spiro Taraviras

Distributor: Outsider Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles on August 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

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: Exclusive to the Cinema 21 in Portland OR 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: 1500 plus locations on August 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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 25

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

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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 sexuality

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Surviving Eden ***NEW ENTRY***

Logline: A documentary crew captures the capitalistic trappings a reality show winner falls into during his short-lived stint with fame and fortune

Featuring: Peter Dinklage, Jane Lynch, Cheri Oteri, Michael Panes, Sam Robards

Director: Greg Pritikin

Writers: Greg Pritikin and Joanne Storkan

Distributor: Cineville

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on August 25

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa

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

Brothers of the Head: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Darshan: The Embrace: Opens at the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe

Factotum: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in additional theatres in select markets

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

Gabrielle: Opens at the Garden Hills Cinemas in Atlanta, the Harris Theatre in Pittsburgh and the Little Theatre in Rochester NY

The Great New Wonderful: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Heading South: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Little Theatre and the Pittsford Cinemas in Rochester NY, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

An Inconvenient Truth: Opens at the Strand Theatre in Rockland ME

Lemming: Opens at the Bill Cosford Cinemas in Coral Gables

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man: Opens at the Cabot Street Cinema in Beverly MA, the Flicks Theatre in Boise, the Drexel 3 in Columbus OH and the Rose Twin in Port Townsend WA

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

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

Psychopathia Sexualis: Opens at the Roxie Film Center 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

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

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

Friday, September 1, 2006

Captain Sabertooth

Logline: In a world where magic and the impossible happen everyday one man rules — the meanest, baddest pirate of them all, the original king of the Seven Seas: Captain Sabertooth

Featuring the voices of: Gabriel Byrne, Oystein Dolmen, Terje Formoe, Brit Elisabeth Haagensli, Helge Jordal

Director: Stig Bergqvist

Writer: Terje Formoe

Distributor: Indican Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Crank

Logline: A hitman must keep his adrenaline up, lest he allows a poison he has unwillingly ingested to kill him

Featuring: Jose Pablo Cantillo, Efren Ramirez, Amy Smart, Jason Statham, Dwight Yoakam

Directors: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Writers: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on September 1

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Crossover

Logline: A naturally talented basketball player is determined to use his basketball scholarship to get into medical school

Featuring: Wayne Brady, Wesley Jonathan, Anthony Mackie, Eva Pigford, Kristen Wilson

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II

Writer: Preston A. Whitmore II

Distributor: Tri-Star Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1350 plus locations on September 1

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Flannel Pajamas

Logline: A story of one couple falling in and out of love

Featuring: Chelsea Altman, Jamie Harrold, Justin Kirk, Julianne Nicholson, Rebecca Schull

Director: Jeff Lipsky

Writer: Jeff Lipsky

Distributor: Gigantic Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on September 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Idiocracy

Logline: The most average man on the planet is cryogenically frozen in an experiment which accidentally lasts a thousand years, awakening to discover society has become so dumbed down he is the smartest man on the planet

Featuring: Maya Rudolph, Luke Wilson

Director: Mike Judge

Writer: Mike Judge and Etan Cohen, stoory by Mike Judge

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on September 1

MPAA Rating: R for language and sex-related humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers

Logline: Documents the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of corporate greed in the reconstruction of Iraq

Director: Robert Greenwald

Distributor: Brave New Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on September 1

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Lassie

Logline: A family in financial crisis is forced to sell their beloved dog, who escapes from her new owners and sets out to travel the hundreds of miles to return to her true family

Featuring: Peter Dinklage, John Lynch, Jonathan Mason, Samantha Morton, Peter O’Toole

Director: Charles Sturridge

Writers: Charles Sturridge, based on characters created by Eric Knight

Distributor: Roadside Attractions/Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on September 1

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby digital

Mutual Appreciation

Logline: A young man leaves a busted-up band for New York, trying to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend’s girlfriend

Featuring: Andrew Bujalski, Rachel Clift, Pamela Corkey, Seung-Min Lee, Justin Rice

Director: Andrew Bujalski

Writer: Andrew Bujalski

Distributor: Goodbye Cruel Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles

Logline: An aging man attempts to repair his strained relationship with his grown son.

Featuring: Li Jiamin, Qiu Lin, Kiichi Nakai, Ken Takakura, Shinobu Terajima

Director: Zhang Yimou

Writer: Zou Jingzhi, story by Zhang Yimou

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinemas in New York City and in additional locations in select markets on September 1

MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

This Film is Not Yet Rated

Logline: A documentarian examines the MPAA rating system, using scenes excised from other films to illustrate a distinct bias of films of a sexual nature, and attempts to find those responsible for creating the ratings

Director: Kirby Dick

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Wesy Los Angeles on September 1

MPAA Rating: NC-17 for some graphic sexual content Rating is being appealed

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Wicker Man

Logline: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there’s a larger mystery to solve among the island’s secretive, neo-pagan community

Featuring: Ellen Burstyn, Nicolas Cage, Diane Delano, Erika Shaye Gair, Michael Wiseman

Director: Neil LaBute

Writer: Neil LaBute, based on the novel by Anthony Schaffer

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on September 1

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

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Cedar Lee 6 in Cleveland, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, the Southside Works Cinemas in Pittsburgh, Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle, the Loft Cinemas in Tucson and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Bridesmaid: Opens at the PGA Cinemas in West Palm Beach

Darshan: The Embrace: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Gabrielle: Opens at the Honolulu Academy Theatre in Honolulu

Heading South: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin Theater in Albany CA, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto, the Rose Theater in Port Townsend WA, the Stonestown Twin in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz and the Rialto Lakeside Theatre in Santa Rosa CA

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon WA and the Strand Theatre in Rockland ME

The Puffy Chair: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Queens: Opens at Landmark’s Bridge Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Quiet: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

Quinceanera: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento

Surviving Eden: Opens at the Pipers Alley Cinemas in Chicaog

Time to Leave: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

The War Tapes: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI

Friday, September 8, 2006

El Aura

Logline: A taxidermist obsessed with committing “the perfect crime” finds one thurst upon him when he accidentally shoots the owner of the backwoods hotel he is staying at during a hunting expedition. In spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Alejandro Awada, Pablo Cedron, Ricardo Darin, Jorge D’Elia, Dolores Fonzi

Director: Fabian Bielinsky

Writer: Fabian Bielinsky

Distributor: IFC First Take

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on September 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 134 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Broken Bridges

Logline: A fading country music star returns to his hometown, where he reunites with his childhood sweetheart and also meets his 16-year-old daughter for the first time

Featuring: Steve Coulter, Lindsey Haun, Toby Keith, Daniel Newman, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds

Director: Steven Goldmann

Writers: Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on September 8

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Brooklyn Rules

Logline: Three life-long friends struggle with questions of love, loss and loyalty in 1985 Brooklyn

Featuring: Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Jerry Ferrara, Freddie Prinze Jr, Mena Suvari

Director: Michael Corrente

Writer: Terence Winter

Distributor: Hannover House

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 8

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Covenant

Logline: Four young men who belong to a supernatural legacy are charged with stopping the evil force they released into the world years earlier

Featuring: Chace Crawford, Toby Hemingway, Taylor Kitsch, Sebastian Stan, Steven Strait

Director: Renny Harlin

Writer: J.S. Cardone

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations on September 8

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

DOA: Dead or Alive

Logline: Four beautiful women who begin as rivals team together when to fight a common sinister force

Featuring: Devon Aoki, Sarah Carter, Jamie Pressley, Eric Roberts, Holly Valance

Director: Corey Yuen

Writers: J.F. Lawton and Adam Gross & Seth Gross, story by J.F. Lawton, based on the Tecmo videogame series

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on September 8

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hollywoodland

Logline: A private detective investigating the mysterious death of “Superman” star George Reeves uncovers unexpected connections to his own life

Featuring: Adrien Brody, Ben Affleck, Bob Hoskins, Diane Lane, Kathleen Robertson

Director: Allen Coulter

Writers: Paul Bernbaum and Howard Korder

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on September 8

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

Running Time: 126 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Lucky You

Logline: A professional poker player gets a lesson in life from a struggling singer as he collides with his estranged father at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

Featuring: Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall, Debra Messing

Director: Curtis Hanson

Writers: Eric Roth and Curtis Hanson, story by Eric Roth

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on September 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and sexual humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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 September 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Another Gay Movie: Opens at the Drexel Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH

Beowulf and Grendel: Opens at the Whitefish Theatre in Whitefish MT

The Bridesmaid: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Drawing Restraint 9: Opens at the Red Vic Movie Theatre in San Francisco

Flannel Pajamas: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Gabrielle: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Heading South: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and the Miracle Theatre in Tallahassee

The Heart of the Game: Opens at the Strand Theatre in Rockland ME

Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers: Opens at Laemmle’s Fairfax 3 in Los Angeles

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man: Opens at the Yes Cinemas in Columbus IN

Poster Boy: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Puffy Chair: Opens at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Queens (here! Films/Regent Releasing): Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

Surviving Eden: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin

This Film Is Not Yet Rated: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena

Vajra Sky Over Tibet: Opens at the Market Arcade Film and Art Centre in Buffalo, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles

The War Tapes: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Cinemas in Austin and Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between early September 2006 and Summer 2009, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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