The Early Report for December 12, 2006: Part One

This first section of The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming six weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s report covers 56 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 12/13/06 and Friday 1/12/07, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Automatons

Logline: Somewhere in the distant future, a girl, the last of her people who have died in a generations-long war, continues to fight with the assistance of a group of antiquated robot helpers and soldiers, her only connection to her past a collection of recorded journal entries made by the scientist who cared for her as a baby

Featuring: Jennifer Boutell, Brenda Cooney, Angus Scrimm, Christine Spencer, Don Wood

Director: James Felix McKenney

Writer: James Felix McKenney

Distributor: Monster Pants Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on December 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

El Topo

Logline: Rerelease of the 1970s cult classic about a master gunfighter who must defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on an ever-increasingly bizarre path to allegorical self-enlightenment and surreal resurrection

Featuring: Alfonso Arau, Jose Luis Fernandez, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Jose Legarreta

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Distributor: Abkco Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Expanding today

Old Joy: Opens at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY and the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg VA

Friday, December 15, 2006

Breaking and Entering

Logline: A young Muslim theif breaks into the office of a yuppie architect in London, causing the architect to re-evaluate his life

Featuring: Juliette Binoche, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Robin Wright-Penn

Director: Anthony Minghella

Writer: Anthony Minghella

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying run at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica on December 15

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Charlotte’s Web

Logline: A spider with a flare for promotion pledges to save a young pig from slaughter

Featuring: Dakota Fanning, and the voices of Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey

Director: Gary Winick

Writers: Karey Kirkpatrick and Susannah Grant, based on the book by E.B. White

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on December 15

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Danielson: A Family Movie

Logline: Documents the rise of the indie rock band

Director: JL Aronson

Distributor: Creative Arson Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Dreamgirls

Logline: A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960’s

Featuring: Jamie Foxx, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy

Director: Bill Condon

Writers: Bill Condon, based on the musical by Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City and the Metreon 15 in San Francisco on December 15

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content

Running Time: 131 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Eragon

Logline: A teenaged farmboy discovers a dinosaur egg, which will begin his pre-destined journey to become a Dragon Rider and battle the evil king to determine the fate of their world

Featuring: Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich

Director: Stefan Fangmeier

Writers: Peter Buchman and Larry Konner & Mark Rosenthanl, based on the novel by Christopher Paolini

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on December 15

MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy violence, intense battle sequences and some frightening images

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Good German

Logline: In the ruins of post-World War II Berlin, an U.S. Army war correspondent becomes embroiled with a former lover, whose missing husband is the object of a manhunt by both the American and Russian armies

Featuring: Cate Blanchett, Beau Bridges, George Clooney, Tony Curran, Tobey Maguire

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writers: Paul Attanasio, based on the novel by Joseph Kanon

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Angelika Film Center and the Paris Theatre in New York City, the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica and in additional theatres in major markets on December 15

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

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Home of the Brave

Logline: Three soldiers return home after a lengthy tour in Iraq, and find re-entering “normal” life is not an easy task

Featuring: Jessica Biel, Curtis Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Presley

Director: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Mark Friedman, story by Mark Friedman and Irwin Winkler

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and the Angelika Film Center in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: R for war violence and language

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are eleven producers, executive producers and line producers credited for this film

Kabul Express

Logline: Two months after the 9/11 attacks, two journalists from India travel to Afghanistan looking to interview members of the Taliban. In English and in Darri and Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: John Abraham, Linda Arsenio, Hanif Hum Ghum, Salman Shahid, Arshad Warsi

Director: Kabir Khan

Writer: Kabir Khan

Distributor: Yash Raj Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA and in additional theatres in select markets on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factoid: This is the first film to be shot entirely in Kabul since the downfall of the Taliban regime

Memoirs of My Nervous Illness

Logline: A distinguished German judge chroniclizes his life while incarcerated in an insane asylum under the watchful eye of his obsessive doctor

Featuring: Joe Coleman, Bob Cucuzza, Jefferson Mays

Director: Julian P. Hobbs

Writers: Fred Tietz and Alan Weiss, based on the 1903 journal by Daniel Paul Schreber

Distributor: Abject Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

The Pursuit of Happyness

Logline: A marginally employed salesman struggling with raising his five-year-old son alone must deal with landing an unpaid intern position at a prestigious stock brokerage firm while being homeless

Featuring: Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Will Smith

Director: Gabriele Muccino

Writer: Steve Conrad

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on December 15

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Reminiscing in Tempo

Logline: Documents the 1968 tour of the Duke Ellington Orchestra during their 1968 tour of Mexico

Director: Gary Keys

Distributor: Gary Keys Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Resilience

Logline: An average man finds himself in a position to prevent the murder of a family member, finding himself caught between resilience and ruthlessness

Featuring: Henry LeBlanc, Al Rossi, Julie Alexander, Steve Wilcox, Amy Arce

Director: Paul Bojack

Writer: Paul Bojack

Distributor: Lost Battalion Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Secret Life of Words

Logline: An hearing impaired factory worker gives up her first holiday in years and instead travels out to an oil rig, where she cares for a man suffering from severe burns

Featuring: Javier Camara, Julie Christie, Eddie Marsan, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Sarah Polley, Tim Robbins

Director: Isabel Coixet

Writer: Isabel Coixet

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 15

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

American Hardcore: Opens at the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Brook Highland 10 in Birmingham, the Madison Square 12 in Huntsville AL, the Oakview 24 in Omaha, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane and the Southroads 20 in Tulsa OK

The Architect: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago

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

The Bridesmaid: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City

Candy: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Amherst 3 in Buffalo, the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, the Drexel Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven CT, the Camelview 5 in Phoenix, the Squirrel Hill Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Pleasant Hill 5 in Pleasant Hill CA, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz, the Marin 3 in Sausalito CA and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Cave of the Yellow Dog: Opens at Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Coffee Date: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA and the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs

Days of Glory: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Grease: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

The History Boys: Opens at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Uptown Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle and in additional theatres in select markets

Inland Empire: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Off The Black: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Harvard Square Cinemass in Boston, Landmark’s Century Center Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Ritz Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Old Joy: Opens at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts Theatre in Grand Rapids MI

Paper Dolls: Opens at the Gateway 4 in Fort Lauderdale

La Petite Lieutenant: Opens at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Snow Blind: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

Sweet Land: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Center for Contemporary Arts Cinema in Santa Fe and the Circle Cinemas in Tulsa OK

Ten Items or Less: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis

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

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Case of the Grinning Cat

Logline: Documents the Parisian phenomenon of grinning cat masks that one day starting appearing on the streets. In French and Frisian with subtitles

Director: Chris Marker

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Letters from Iwo Jima

Logline: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspectives of the Japanese soldiers. In Japanese with subtitles

Featuring: Tsuyosi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shido Nakamura, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken Watanabe

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writers: Iris Yamashita, story by Paul Haggis and Iris Yamashita, based on the book “Picture Letters from Commander in Chief” by Tadamichi Kuribayashi

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional theatres in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco on December 20

MPAA Rating: R for graphic war violence

Running Time: 141 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Matthew Barney: No Restraint

Logline: Documents the efforts of the pop artist turned filmmaker as he makes his latest epic in Japan

Director: Alison Chernick

Distributor: IFC First Take

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on December 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Painted Veil

Logline: A love story set in the 1920s about a young English couple who marry hastily, relocate to Hong Kong where they betray each other

Featuring: Toby Jones, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts

Director: John Curran

Writer: Ron Nyswaner, based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in additional theatres in major markets on December 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some mature sexual situations, partial nudity, disturbing images and brief drug content

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Rocky Balboa

Logline: After coming out of retirement to fight a few small time local fighters, an aged one-time world champion is asked to fight the current title holder

Featuring: Geraldine Hughes, Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Tarver, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Young

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Distributor: MGM/Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 20

MPAA Rating: PG for boxing violence and some language

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Curse of the Golden Flower

Logline: An ill-fated between an Imperial bodyguard and a prince takes the lovers on a dangerous journey where royal family secrets are revealed. In Cantonese with subtitles

Featuring: Chen Jin, Gong Li, Liu Ye, Chow Yun-Fat

Director: Zhang Yimou

Writers: Zhang Yimou and Wang Bin, based on a play by Cao Yu

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: R for violence

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factoid: This is China’s official entry for the 2007 Foreign Language Oscar

Venus

Logline: Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager

Featuring: Richard Griffiths, Peter O’Toole, Leslie Phillips, Vanesse Redgrave, Jodie Whittaker

Director: Roger Michell

Writers: Hanif Kureishi

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on December 21

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, December 22, 2006

The Good Shepherd

Logline: The tumultuous early history of the CIA is viewed through one man’s life

Featuring: Billy Crudup, Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Michael Gambon, William Hurt, Angelina Jolie, Joe Pesci, John Turturro

Director: Robert DeNiro

Writer: Eric Roth

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on December 22

MPAA Rating: R for some violence, sexuality and language

Running Time: 156 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

Logline: A gambler wanders into the turn-of-the-century wilderness village with vague plans of parlaying his gambling winnings into establishing a fancy casino-brothel-bathhouse

Featuring: Rene Auberjonois, Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, William Devane, Shelley Duvall

Director: Robert Altman

Writers: Robert Altman & Brian McKay, based on the novel “McCabe” by Edmund Naughton

Distributor: Warner Brothers Repetory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 22

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Night at the Museum

Logline: A hapless guard at the Museum of Natural History unwittingly triggers an ancient jinx that animates the long-deceased bugs and animals on display

Featuring: Ricky Gervias, Carla Gugino, Kim Raver, Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson

Director: Shawn Levy

Writers: Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon and Daniel Goldin & Joshua Goldin, based on the book by Milan Trenc

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on December 22

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

We Are Marshall

Logline: A small college town tries to recover from the deaths of 75 members of their football team and coaching staff

Featuring: Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, Matthew McConaughey, Huntley Ritter, David Straithairn

Director: McG

Writer: Jamie Linden, story by Corey Helms & Jamie Linden

Distrbutor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG for emotional thematic material, a crash scene and mild language

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Candy: Opens at the Galaxy 6 in Cary NC, the Esquire Cinemas in Cincinnati the Carolina Theatre in Durham NC, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey CA, the Colony Cinemas in Raleigh, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa

Curse of the Golden Flower: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Piedmont Theatre in Oakland, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in major markets

The History Boys: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional locations in select markets

Hurricanes on the Bayou: Expands to 75 plus IMAX locations

Opal Dream: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Piano Tunerr of Earthquakes: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

The Rules of the Game: Opens at the Brattle Theatre in Boston

The Secret Life of Words: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Soap: Opens at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Sweet Land: Opens at the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, the Grand Forks 10 in Grand Forks ND, the Centre Cinemas in Idaho Falls, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Tivoli Manor Square Cinemas in Kansad City MO, the Morris Theatre in Morris MN, the Hollywood Cinemas in Portland OR, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA, the Uptown 3 in Seattle and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Two or Three Things I Know About Her…: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Vajra Sky Over Tibet: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Volver: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s Guild Theatre in Menlo Park CA, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in select markets (100 plus locations total)

Monday, December 25, 2006

Black Christmas

Logline: A killer terrorizes a sorority house during Christmas break

Featuring: Katie Cassidy, Oliver Hudson, Michelle “Dawnie” Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Director: Glen Morgan

Writer: Glen Morgan and Ronald D. Moore, based on the 1974 film by Roy Moore

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and langauge

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Children of Men

Logline: In the near future, when humans are unable to reproduce, a man is enlisted to help the first woman in more than 20 years to become pregnant

Featuring: Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Julianne Moore, Clive Owen

Director: Alfonso Cuaron

Writers: Alfonso Cuaron & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, based on the novel by P.D. James

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 25

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

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Dreamgirls: Expands to 800 plus locations

The Rules of the Game: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Notes on a Scandal

Logline: A new art teacher at a private school begins a private, illicit affair with one of her students, information another teacher uses to her own advantage

Featuring: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Juno Temple

Director: Richard Eyre

Writer: Patrick Marber, based on the book by Zoe Heller

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional theatres in major markets on December 27

MPAA Rating: R for language and some aberrant sexual content

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Logline: A young man born with no smell develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world’s finest perfumes. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent

Featuring: Corinna Harfouch, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman, Ben Wishaw

Director: Tom Twyker

Writers: Tom Twyker, Bernd Eichinger, Caroline Thompson and Andrew Birkin, based on the novel by Patrick Sueskind

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in additional theatres in major markets on December 27

MPAA Rating: R for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality and disturbing images

Running Time: 148 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, December 29, 2006

Arthur and the Invisibles

Logline: After his grandfather disappears, a young boy sets out to save his family home from greedy real estate investors

Featuring: Mia Farrow and Freddie Highmore, and the voices of David Bowie, Snoop Dogg and Madonna

Director: Luc Besson

Writer: Luc Besson

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying engagement in Los Angeles on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Dead Girl

Logline: The clues to a young woman’s death come together as the lives of seemingly unrelated people begin to intersect

Featuring: Josh Brolin, Rose Byrne, Toni Collette, Bruce Davison, James Franco, Marcia Gay Harden, Brittany Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi, Mary Steenburgen

Director: Karen Moncrieff

Writer: Karen Moncrieff

Distributor: First Look Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in Los Angeles on December 29

MPAA Rating: R for language, grisly images and sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factory Girl

Logline: The life and death of one-time Andy Warhol protege Edie Sedgwick

Featuring: Peter Bogdanovich, Hayden Christensen, Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Mena Suvari

Director: George Hickenlooper

Writers: Aaron Richard Golub and Captain Mauzner, story by Captain Mauzner and Simon Monjack

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fast Track

Logline: A New York couple adjusts to their new home in Madison, Wisconsin, where he goes to work with his father-in-law at an ad agency.

Featuring: Jason Bateman, Zach Braff, Mia Farrow, Donal Logue, Amanda Peet

Director: Jesse Peretz

Writers: Jesse Peretz

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles and in additional theatres in major markets on December 29

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Flying Scotsman

Logline: A young man who dreams of being a cycling champion builds a new bike out of parts from old washing machines

Featuring: Billy Boyd, Morven Christie, Brian Cox, Laura Fraser, Jonny Lee Miller

Director: Douglas Mackinnon

Writers: John Brown and Declan Hughes and Simon Rose

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino and in additional theatres in select markets on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Miss Potter

Logline: The life of children’s book author Beatrix Potter

Featuring: Barbara Flynn, Jane How, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paterson, Emily Watson, Renee Zellweger

Director: Chris Noonan

Writer: Richard Maltby Jr.

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Landmark’s NuWilshire Theatre in Santa Monica, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 29

MPAA Rating: PG brief mild language

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

PRODUCER CREDIT ABUSE!: There are 12 producers and executive producers listed for this film

Pan’s Labyrinth

Logline: A lonely child in 1940s Spain, proned to vivid moments of lucid fantasy, comes to terms with her repression by creating a world filled with mythical creatures. In Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones, Sergi Lopez, Maribel Verdu

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Writer: Guillermo Del Toro

Distributor: Picturehouse

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 29

MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence and some language

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Something Wild

Logline: After being brutally attacked in the Bronx, a young woman escapes to the Lower East Side in search of relief from her torment

Featuring: Carroll Baker, Mildred Dunnock, Martin Kosleck, Ralph Meeker, Jean Stapleton

Director: Jack Garfein

Writers: Jack Garfein and Alex Karmel, based on Karmel’s novel “Mary Ann”

Distributor: United Artists Repertory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Factoid: Never released on home video, this 1961 film features one of the few film scores by modernist master Aaron Copland

The Tiger and the Snow

Logline: A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion. In English and in Arabic and Italian with subtitles

Featuring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Emilia Fox, Jean Reno, Tom Waits

Director: Roberto Benigni

Writers: Roberto Benigni and Vincenzo Cerami

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, the Quad Cinema in New York City, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Bridesmaid: Opens at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison WI and the Peachtree 8 in Columbus GA

Broken Sky: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

The Cave of the Yellow Dog: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

The Painted Veil: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland OR, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver BC and Washington DC

The Piano Tunerr of Earthquakes: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

The Rules of the Game: Opens at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Society in Pittsburgh and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Sweet Land: Opens at the Drexel East Cinemas in Columbus OH and the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Sacrifice/Leper/Sky Burial

Logline: Three short documentary films about life in the Far East. In English and in Burmese, Nepali, Thai and Tibetan with subtitles

Director: Ellen Bruno

Distributor: Bruno Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on January 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Rules of the Game: Opens at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville

Friday, January 5, 2007

Breaking and Entering

Logline: A younhg Muslim theif breaks into the office of a yuppie architect in London, causing the architect to re-evaluate his life

Featuring: Juliette Binoche, Vera Farminga, Martin Freeman, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Robin Wright-Penn

Director: Anthony Minghella

Writer: Anthony Minghella

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 5

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Code Name: The Cleaner

Logline: A janitor with amnesia is duped into thinking he is a secret agent

Featuring: Cedric the Entertainer, Mark Dacascos, Lucy Liu, Callum Keith Rennie, Nicolette Sheridan

Director: Les Mayfield

Writers: Robert Adetuyi and George Gallo

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on January 5

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

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Freedom Writers

Logline: A young woman of wealth and privledge becomes a teacher in a tough inner-city school

Featuring: Patrick Dempsey, Imelda Staunton, Hilary Swank

Director: Richard LaGravense

Writer: Richard LaGravense, based on the book “The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them” by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 plus locations on January 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Happily N’Ever After

Logline: The balance between good and evil goes out of whack, forcing Cinderella (without the help of Prince Charming) to form a resistance group against her evil stepmother and her minions

Featuring the voices of: George Carlin, Andy Dick, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sigourney Weaver

Director: Paul J. Bolger

Writer: Robert Moreland

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1850 plus locations on January 5

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and rude humor

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Thr3e

Logline: An elusive psychopathic murderer whose strange riddles and impossible timelines force three people into a mission to end the game before one or all of them die

Featuring: Marc Blucas, Laura Jordan, Bill Moseley, Max Ryan, Justine Waddell

Director: Robby Henson

Writers: Alan B. McElroy

Distributor: The Bigger Picture/FoxFaith Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on January 5

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

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

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

Candy: Opens at the Ballyntine Village Theatre in Charlotte

Children of Men: Expands to 2000 plus locations

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Home of the Brave: Expands to 1000 plus locations

Man Push Cart: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Notes on a Scandal: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional theatres in select markets

Off The Black: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Trolley Square Cinemas in Salt Lake City

Old Joy: Opens at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver BC

The Painted Veil: Expands into Top Twenty-Five Markets

Perfume: Expands to 650 plus locations

Sweet Land: Opens at the Market Arcade Theatre in Buffalo, the Cinema Paradiso in Fort Lauderdale, the Hippodrome Theatre in Gainesville FL, the Stage West Theatre in Lake Worth FL and the Theatre N in Wilmingham DE

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Even Since the World Ended

Logline: Twelve years after a devastating plague emptied the world of people, two San Francisco filmmakers traverse the nearly deserted City with a camera and a microphone, trying to uncover the secrets of their new world

Featuring: Josiah Clark, Calum Grant, Mark Routhier, Adam Savage, Angie Thieriot

Directors: Calum Grant and Joshua Atesh Litle

Writers: Calum Grant

Distributor: Cyan Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on January 10

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Abandoned

Logline: An adopted woman returns to her home country to the family home that she never knew and must face to mystery that lies there

Featuring: Paraskeva Djukelova, Valentin Ganev, Anastasia Hille, Carlos Reig, Karel Roden

Director: Nacho Cerda

Writers: Nacho Cerda, Karim Hussain and Richard Stanley

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 12

MPAA Rating: R for violence/gore, some disturbing images, nudity and language

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Abduction

Logline: Megumi was just 13-years-old on that dark night in November 1977 when she was plucked from the streets not far from her home. Decades later, her parents discover the bizarre truth: their daughter was abducted by North Korean spies, and was part of an espionage plot to kidnap Japanese civilians to use them as language trainers for the North Korean military. Megumi’s parents, an ordinary banker and housewife, get caught up in an extraordinary international conflict; their personal tragedy lies at the center of one of today’s most talked-about, most emotionally charged human rights and political crises in the East. In English and in Japanese with subtitles

Directors: Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim

Distributor: Safari Film Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on January 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Ace in the Hole

Logline: When a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter helps create a media circus to help advance his own career

Featuring: Bob Arthur, Frank Cady, Kirk Douglas, Porter Hall, Jan Sterling

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Walter Newman, Lesser Samuels and Billy Wilder

Distributor: Paramount Pictures Repetory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on January 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Alpha Dog

Logline: A young man follows in his father’s illegal footsteps, and ends up as one of the youngest men ever to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list

Featuring: Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis

Director: Nick Cassavetes

Writer: Nick Cassavetes

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on January 12

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

God Grew Tired of Us

Logline: Documents the lives of three Sudanese men who came of age during the 1980s Sudanese war who came to America in the early 2000s. In English and in Sudanese with subtitles

Director:

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on January 12

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some disturbing images

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Nomad

Logline: In 18th-century Kazakhstan, where a young man is destined to unite the country’s three warring tribes. In Kazakh with subtitles

Featuring: Kuno Becker, Mark Dacascos, Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, Doskhan Zholzhaxynov

Directors: Sergei Bodrov, Ivan Passer and Talgat Temenov

Writer: Rustam Ibragimbekov

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pathfinder

Logline: A young Norse boy left behind when his Viking clan shipwrecks on the eastern shore of North America, is raised by Native Americans, and fights with them later on when the Vikings come again

Featuring: Moon Bloodgood, Clancy Brown, Russell Means, Karl Urban

Director: Marcus Nispel

Writer: Laeta Kalogridis

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on January 12

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Stomp the Yard

Logline: A group of fraternities and sororities compete in street battle dancing

Featuring: Meagan Good, Darrin DeWitt Henson, Colombus Short, Shaffer Smith, Ne-Yo

Director: Sylvian White

Writers: Robert Adetuyi and Gregory Anderson

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on January 12

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a scene of violence, some sexual material and language

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tears of the Black Tiger

Logline: An unlikely bandit must fight his fellow outlaws, who suspect him of treachery, in order to win back the hand of his love, who has been married off to a local policeman. In Thai with subtitles

Featuring:

Director: Wisit Sasanatieng

Writer: Wisit Sasanatieng

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Verdict on Auschwitz

Logline: Documents the details of the first Auschwitz trial from 1963 to 1965. In German with subtitles

Directors: Rolf Bickel and Dietrich Wagner

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on January 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 180 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

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

Arthur and the Invisibles: Expands to 2000 plus locations

Candy: Opens at the Downtown 14 in Albuqerque, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville and the El Con 20 in Tucson

Curse of the Golden Flower: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional theatres in select markets

The Dead Girl: Expands into Top Twenty markets

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA

Kettle of Fish: Opens in Boston

Miss Potter: Expands to 500 plus locations

Off The Black: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Old Joy: Opens at the Metro Cinema Society in Edmonton, the Baxter Avenue Theatre in Louisville and the Winnipeg Film Group in Winnipeg

The Piano Tunerr of Earthquakes: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver and the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle

The Painted Veil: Expands into Top Forty Markets
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between December 2006 and 2010, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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