The Early Report for December 27, 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 41 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 12/27/06 and Friday 1/26/07, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

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 Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, 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 Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas 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 at the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 94 minutes

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

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: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA on December 29

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements and strong language

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 Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, and the Empire 25, the Lincoln Square 14, the 19th Street East Cinemas and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in 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

Regular Lovers

Logline: A group of intense young jetsetters become involved in the fervor of the May 68 Paris student strikes and struggle through its anti-climactic aftermath. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Nicolas Bridet, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Julien Lucas, Eric Rulliat

Director: Philippe Garrel

Writers: Philippe Garrel, Arlette Langmann and Marc Cholodenko

Distributor: Films Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 178 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

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 Lumiere Theatre 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

Unconscious

Logline: A psychiatrist and his pregnant sister-in-law investigate the disappearance of his brother. In Spanish with subtitles

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

Director: Joaquin Oristrell

Writers: Dominic Harari, Joaquin Oristrell and Teresa Pelegri

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco on December 29

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

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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

Little Children: Opens at Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica

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

Matthew Barney: No Restraint: Opens at the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco

The Painted Veil: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Boston, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Edina Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Plaza Fronetnac Cinema in St. Louis, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in Austin, Dallas, Miami, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland OR, Toronto and Vancouver BC

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

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: 87 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 Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco

Candy: Opens at the Ballyntine Village Theatre in Charlotte

Children of Men: Expands to 2000 plus locations

Coffee Date: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Curse of the Golden Flower: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and in additional theatres in select markets (100 plus locations total)

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

Letters from Iwo Jima: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and in additional theatres in select markets (150 plus locations total)

Little Children: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, Landmark’s Plaza Fronetnac Cinema in St. Louis and in additional theatres in select markets

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

Miss Potter: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC, Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles, the National Theatre in Westwood and in additional theatres in select markets

Notes on a Scandal: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s California Theatre in Berkeley, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto CA, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Guild 45th Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Plaza Fronetnac Cinema in St. Louis, Landmark’s Westside Pavilion Cinemas in West Los Angeles 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

Pan’s Labyrinth: Opens at Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA and in additional locations in major markets

Perfume: Expands to 250 plus locations

Sherrybaby: Opens at the Regent Showcase Cinema in Hollywood

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

Venus: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and in additional theatres in select markets

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

Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

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: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn and Tommy Walker

Distributor: Newmarket Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Westpark Cinema 8 in Irvine, 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: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional theatres in 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

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: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City 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

Letters from Iwo Jima: Expands to 150 plus locations

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

Venus: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional theatres in select markets

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Alone With Her

Logline: A stalker secretly installs hidden video surveillance equipment in the home of a beautiful young woman so that he can manipulate her into a relationship

Featuring: Colin Hanks, Jordana Spiro, Ana Claudia Talancon, Jonathon Trent

Director: Eric Nicholas

Writer: Eric Nicholas

Distributor: IFC Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Hitcher

Logline: A young couple, driving across country for spring break, becomes prey for a cunning serial killer who set the couple up for all his murders

Featuring: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, Neal McDonough

Director: Dave Meyers

Writers: Eric Red and Eric Bernt and Jake Wade Wall, based on the 1986 film written by Eric Red

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on January 19

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, terror and language

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Italian

Logline: An abandoned six-year-old must suddenly take on responsibility for his own life when he is adopted by an Italian family. In Russian with subtitles

Featuring: Yuri Itskov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Dariya Lesnikova, Denis Moiseenko, Nikolai Reutov

Director: Andrey Kravchuk

Writers: Andrei Romanov

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 19

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Mafioso

Logline: A slightly foolish factory worker takes his wife on a trip to Italy to meet his Sicilian family, only to rediscover his mob roots. In Italian with subtitles

Featuring: Ugo Attanasio, Norma Bengell, Gabriella Conti, Francesco Lo Briglio, Alberto Sordi

Director: Alberto Lattuada

Writers: Rafael Azcona, Marco Ferreri, Agenore Incrocci and Furio Scarpelli

Distributor: Rialto Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on January 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Expanding today

Candy: Opens at the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Flannel Pajamas (Gigantic Pictures): Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Cinema 21 in Portland OR

God Grew Tired of Us: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Kendall Square Theatre in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Letters from Iwo Jima: Expands to 300 plus locations

Man Push Cart: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

Nomad: Opens at Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and in additional theatres in select markets

Notes on a Scandal: Opens at the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and in additional theatres in select markets

Off The Black: Opens at the Beechwood 11 in Athens GA, Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Ballyntine Village Cinemas in Charlotte

Opal Dream: Opens at the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago

The Painted Veil: Expands into 500 plus locations

Sweet Land: Opens at the Wynnsong Cinemas in Cedar Rapids, the Cinema Center in Dubuque IA, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln NE, the Times Cinema in Milwaukee and the Southside Works Cinemas in Pittsburgh

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

2 or 3 Things I Know About Him

Logline: A filmmaker documents his father, an early supporter of Hitler’s, a leader of the notorious SA and the Third Reich’s minister in charge of Slovakia (including its Final Solution), and how his family deals with his legacy. In German and Slovak with subtitles

Director: Malte Ludin

Distributor: The National Center for Jewish Film

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on January 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes, plus fourteen minute short “Torte Blum”

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Sacco and Vanzetti

Logline: Documents the history of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrant anarchists who were accused of a murder in 1920 and executed in Boston in 1927 after a notoriously prejudiced trial

Director: Peter Miller

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Boston on January 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, January 26, 2007

Blood and Chocolate

Logline: A young woman must choose between her life as a werewolf and her love for a human

Featuring: Agnes Bruckner, Hugh Dancy, Bryan Dick, Olivier Martinez, Katja Riemann

Director: Katja von Garnier

Writers: Ehren Kruger and Christopher Landon, based on the boook by Annette Curtis Klause

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on January 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/terror, some sexuality and substance abuse

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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: Major markets on January 26

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Catch and Release

Logline: A woman struggles to accept the death of her husband and the secrets he kept from her as she rebuilds her life

Featuring: Jennifer Garner, Juliette Lewis, Timothy Olyphant, Kevin Smith

Director: Susannah Grant

Writers: Susannah Grant

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on January 26

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

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Constellation

Logline: An African-American family in the deep South are forced to come to terms with the revelation of an interracial love affair their matriarch had many years ago

Featuring: Ever Carradine, David Clennon, Rae Dawn Chong, Melissa De Sousa, Hill Harper, Zoe Saldana, Gabrielle Union, Lesley Ann Warren, Billy Dee Williams, Clarence Williams III

Director: Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Writer: Jordan Walker-Pearlman

Distributor: CodeBlack Entertainment/The Bigger Picture

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language and a sexual reference

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Epic Movie

Logline: Four not-so-young orphans visit a chocolate factory where they stumble into an enchanted wardrobe that transports them to the land of Gnarnia, where they meet a flamboyant pirate captain, students of wizardry, and alienated mutants

Featuring: Adam Campbell, Jennifer Coolidge, Tony Cox, Crispin Glover, Kal Penn, Fred Willard

Director: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Writers: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on January 26

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Funny Money

Logline: A mild-mannered accountant dreams of enjoying a new lifestyle after he accidentally trades briefcases with another man and discovers there is a million dollars inside. In English and in Romanian with subtitles

Featuring: Armand Assante, Chevy Chase, Robert Loggia, Christopher McDonald, Penelope Ann Miller

Director: Leslie Greif

Writers: Harry Basil and Leslie Greif, based on the play by Ray Cooney

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and in Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle on January 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

The Invisible

Logline: After getting beaten close to death by street thugs, a young man finds himself trapped between the living and the after-life

Featuring: Justin Chatwin, Marcia Gay Harden, Margarita Levieva, Chris Marquette

Director: David S. Goyer

Writers: Mick Davis and Christine Roum, based on the novel “Den Osynlige” by Mats Wahl

Distributor: Hollywood Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on January 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, criminality, sensuality and language – all involving teens

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Seraphim Falls

Logline: At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Angie Harmon, Anjelica Huston, Liam Neeson, Michael Wincott

Director: David Von Ancken

Writers: Abby Everett Jaques and David Von Ancken

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films/IDP

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and in additional theatre in select markets on January 26

MPAA Rating: R for violence and brief language

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Smokin’ Aces

Logline: When a mob boss puts a bounty on a magician’s head, who has agreed to turn state’s evidence against the mob, causing all sorts of thugs to hunt for him

Featuring: Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Alicia Keys, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds

Director: Joe Carnahan

Writer: Joe Carnahan

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations January 26

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
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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