The Early Report for January 23, 2007: 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 54 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 1/24/06 and Friday 2/23/07, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Shockproof

Logline: A probation officer falls for a dangerously attractive woman recently paroled after serving five years for killing a man in defense of her boyfriend

Featuring: John Baragrey, Patricia Knight, Esther Minciotti, Howard St. John, Cornel Wilde

Director: Douglas Sirk

Writers: Helen Deutsch and Samuel Fuller

Distributor: Sony Pictures Repertory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on January 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 79 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

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

Becket

Logline: King Henry II of England makes a fateful decision to make his trusted adviser, Lord Chancellor Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury

Featuring: Richard Burton, John Gielgud, Martita Hunt, Peter O’Toole, Donald Wolfit

Director: Peter Glenville

Writer: Edward Anhalt, based upon the play by Jean Anouilh

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 148 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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

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

China Blue

Logline: Documents the travels of a pair of denim jeans from manufacture to sale, linking the power of the U.S. consumer market to the daily lives of a Chinese factory owner and two teenaged female workers. In English and in Cantonese, Mandarin and Sichuan with subtitles

Director: Micha X. Peled

Distributor: Peled Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on January 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fired!

Logline: After being fired from a play by Woody Allen, an actress speaks with a number of her peers and those within her personal life, to find out whether her firing was a good or bad thing

Featuring: Tim Allen, David Cross, Andy Dick, Jeff Garlin, Judy Gold, Annabelle Gurwitch, Anne Meara, Bob Odenkirk, Harry Shearer, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stein

Directors: Chris Bradley and Kyle LaBrache

Writers: Annabelle Gurwitch

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on January 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

From Other Worlds

Logline: A depressed Brooklyn housewife who sleepwalks through her life stuck in the same routine finds her life uprooted when she encounters an alien force in her kitchen

Featuring: Cara Buono, Isaach De Bankole, David Lansbury, Melissa Leo, Robert Downey Sr.

Director: Barry Strugatz

Writer: Barry Strugatz

Distributor: Belladonna Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on January 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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 the Augora Hills 8 in Augora Hills CA, the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA 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

I Wanna Be A Republican

Logline: Documents the travels of the Kinsey Sicks (the self-appointed “America’s Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet”) as they tour America with their 2004 show, in which they mockingly sing the praises of corruption, tokenism, greed and all things nuclear (both families and bombs)

Director:

Distributor:

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on January 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Salaam E Ishq: A Tribute to Love

Logline: Six groups of people from different parts of the world, ignorant about each other’s existence, but who end up being brought together by destiny, fate and love. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Akshaye Khanna

Director: Nikhil Advani

Writers: Nikhil Advani, Suresh Nair and Saurabh Shukla

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the NAZ Cinemas in Artesia, the NAZ Cinemas in Fremont, the ImaginAsain Theatre in New York City and in additional theatres in select markets on January 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 180 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Seraphim Falls

Logline: Five years after 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 the Cottonwood Mall 9 in Albuquerque, the Barton Creek Cinemas in Austin, the Lincoln Square Cinema 16 in Bellevue WA, the Hyatt Cinema 3 in Burlingame CA, the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Colorado Center 9 and the Denver Pavilions 15 in Denver, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Cinearts 6 in Evanston IL, the Stonebriar 24 in Frisco TX, the Grapevine Mills 30 in Grapevine TX, the Highlands Ranch 24 in Highlands Ranch CO, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the Colorado Mills 16 in Lakewood CO, the Lincolnshire 20 in Lincolnshire IL, the Malverne Cinema in Malverne NY, the Manhasset Theater in Manhasset NY, the Mesa Grand 24 in Mesa AZ, the Superstition Springs 25 in Mesa AZ, the Mesquite 30 in Mesquite TX, the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, the E-Walk 14, the 86th St East Theater and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the Stadium 25 in Orange CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Arrowhead Fountains 18 in Peoria AZ, the Ahwatukee 24 and the Deer Valley 30 in Phoenix, the Legacy 24 in Plano, the UA North in Santa Fe, the Shea 14 in Scottsdale, the Uptown Cinemas in Seattle, the Arizona Mills 24 in Tempe AZ, the Tenafly Cinema 4 in Tenafly NJ, the Westminster 24 in Westminster CO and the Cinema 100 in White Plains NY (40 locations total) 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: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Absolute Wilson: Opens at the Screen Cinemas in Santa Fe and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Alone with Her: Opens at the Living Room Theatre in Portland OR

Babel: Expands to 1175 plus locations

The Departed: Expands to 1625 plus locations

Dreamgirls: Expands to 2500 plus locations

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

God Grew Tired of Us: Opens at the Green Hills Cinemas in Nashville

Letters from Iwo Jima: Expands to 450 plus locations

Matthew Barney: No Restraint: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

Pan’s Labyrinth: Expands to 825 plus locations

La Petit Lieutenant: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

The Queen: Expands to 1800 plus locations

Romantico: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemass in Chicago

Sweet Land: Opens at Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston and the Pleasure Island 24 in Orlando

Venus: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in select markets

Verdict on Auschwitz: Opens at Laemmle’s Grande Theatre in Los Angeles

Volver: Expands to 700 plus locations

Wednesday January 31, 2007

An Unreasonable Man

Logline: Documents the life of consumer advocate turned Presidential candidate Ralph Nader

Directors: Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 31

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, February 2, 2007

Because I Said So

Logline: A mother places an online ad to find the perfect man for her youngest daughter. Wackiness is certain to ensue

Featuring: Lauren Graham, Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo

Director: Michael Lehmann

Writers: Karen Leigh Hopkins and Jessie Nelson

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations February 2

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

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 February 2

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

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Dance

Logline: Three couples who live in Cambridge meet at a Harvard University dance

Featuring: Stefania Burr, K.C. Clyde, Joyce Cohen, Michael Flynn, Kari Hawker, Monique Lanier

Director: McKay Daines

Writer: McKay Daines, based on the play by Carol Lynn Pearson

Distributor: Halestorm Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Utah regional release on February 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

In the Pit

Logline: Documents the workers who built the Second Deck of Mexico City’s inner Periferico freeway

Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on February 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Messengers

Logline: A teenage girl starts to see ghosts in her new home

Featuring: John Corbett, Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart

Director: Danny and Oxide Pang

Writers: Todd Farmer, Stuart Beattie, Mark Wheaton

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on August 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing violence and terror

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Puccini for Beginners

Logline: A bisexual woman ends up dating both sides of a recently broken-up relationship

Featuring: Jennifer Dundas, Justin Kirk, Gretchen Mol, Julianne Nicholson, Elizabeth Reaser

Director: Maria Maggenti

Writer: Maria Maggenti

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Chelsea 9 in New York City and in Los Angeles on February 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 81 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Situation

Logline: When a group of American soldiers throw an Iraqi boy off a bridge in Samarra, the incident sets off a chain of events that exposes the deep rifts among the Iraqis in Samarra, and results in yet another cycle of violence between the insurgents and the corrupt Iraqi police. In English and Arabic with subtitles

Featuring: Mido Hamada, Damian Lewis, Connie Nielsen

Director: Philip Haas

Writer: Wendell Steavenson

Distributor: Shadow Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on February 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Back Stage: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and the Starz Film Center in Denver

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

Can Mr. Smith Get To Washington Anymorer: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas

Factory Girl: Expands to 250 plus locations

God Grew Tired of Us: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Harris Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Uptown 3 in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and the Loft Cinemas in Tucson

The Italian: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and in additional theatres in select markets

Matthew Barney: No Restraint: Opens at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago

Opal Dream: Opens at the Harvard Square 5 in Cambrdige MA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and the Dupont Circle Cinemas in Washington, DC

Sweet Land: Opens at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in Westhampton NY

Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided: Opens in Arizona and Idaho

Friday, February 9, 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: Major markets on February 9

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality and language

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Hannibal Rising

Logline: After his parents are killed during World War II, a young man slowly learns the lessons that will lead him to becomes one of the most infamous serial killers in history

Featuring: Rhys Ifans, Gong Li, Kevin McKidd, Helena Lia Tachovska, Aaron Thomas, Gaspard Ulliel

Director: Peter Webber

Writer: Thomas Harris, based on his novel

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on February 9

MPAA Rating: R for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Lives of Others

Logline: An East German loyalist looks to gain favor with the party by spying on a popular playwright. In German with subtitles

Featuring: Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Muhe, Thomas Thieme, Ulrich Tukur

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Writer: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica on February 9

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality/nudity

Running Time: 137 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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

Norbit

Logline: A meek guy is pressed into marrying a monstrous woman, only to meet the woman of his dreams

Featuring: Terry Crews, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Griffin, Eddie Murphy, Thandie Newton

Director: Brian Robbins

Writers: Charlie Murphy, David Ronn, Jay Scherick

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on February 9

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

7 Dias

Logline: A small-time rock concert promoter in Monterrey, Mexico, tries to fill the shoes of his late brother by realizing his dream to bring U2, the biggest band in the world, to Monterrey, trying to raise the money for the concert by cheating the Mexican Mafia out of half a million dollars. In Spanish with English subtitles

Featuring: Eduardo Arroyuelo, Julio Bracho, Jaime Camil, Lumi Cavazos, Martha Higareda, Sofia Vergara

Director: Fernando Kalife

Writers: Fernando Kalife

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys and in additional locations in select markets on February 9

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Absolute Wilson: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Matthew Barney: No Restraint: Opens at the Cinematheque Theatre in Santa Fe

Puccini for Beginners: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Westpark 8 in Irvine CA, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, the San Francisco Centre 9 in San Francisco, the Camera 12 in San Jose and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

The Rules of the Game: Opens at Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Samoan Wedding: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

The Situation: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Sweet Land: Opens at the Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook NY

Tears of the Black Tiger: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

An Unreasonable Man: Opens at the Bala Theatre in Bala Cynwyd PA, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Logline: A psycho slasher gives a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over a sleepy town

Featuring: Nathan Baesel, Robert Englund, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubenstein, Scott Wilson

Director: Scott Glosserman

Writers: Scott Glosserman and David J. Stieve

Distributor: Starz Entertainment/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 14

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

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Close to Home

Logline: Two young Israeli women are assigned to a patrol in Jerusalem as part of their compulsory military service. In Hebrew with subtitles

Featuring:

Directors: Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar

Writers: Vardit Bilu and Dalia Hagar

Distributor: IFC First Take

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on February 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolvy SR

Music and Lyrics

Logline: A washed-up 80s pop star, reduced to working the nostalgia circuit at county fairs and amusement parks, gets a chance at a comeback when a reigning diva invites him to write and record a duet with her

Featuring: Drew Barrymore, Haley Bennett, Brad Garrett, Hugh Grant, Kristen Johnston

Director: Marc Lawrence

Writer: Marc Lawrence

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on February 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls

Logline: A garage mechanic struggles to make ends meet as he raises his three young daughters on his own in a poor neighborhood

Featuring: Idris Elba, Louis Gossett Jr., Tracee Ellis Ross, Gabrielle Union

Director: Tyler Perry

Writer: Tyler Perry

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations on February 14

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, February 16, 2007

Antibodies

Logline: After his capture, a serial killer plays a game of wits with one of his interrogators. In German with subtitles

Featuring: Konstantin Graudus, Andre Hennicke, Norman Reedus, Christian von Aster, Waltraud Witte

Director: Christian Alvart

Writer: Christian Alvart

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles and the Cinema Village in New York City on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 127 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Avenue Montaigne

Logline: Three people devoted their lives to art, but wonder what kind of life art has given themr

Featuring: Cecile De France, Albert Dupontel, Valerie Lemercier, Laura Morante

Director: Daniele Thompson

Writers: Christopher Thompson, Daniele Thompson

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional theatres in major markets on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

The Boy Who Cried Bitch: The Adolescent Years

Logline:

Featuring: Ronnie Farer, Mark Richard Keith, Adam LaVorgna, Casey Siemaszko, Baird Wallace

Director: Matthew Levin

Writer: Catherine May Levin

Distributor: Pilgrims 7 Corporation

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Breach

Logline: A young FBI analyst gets a dream assignment at the bureau’s headquarters, only to discover he has become an unwitting pawn in an investigation between the Bureau and his new boss, a renowned operative

Featuring: Chris Cooper, Caroline Dhavernas, Dennis Haysbert, Laura Linney, Ryan Phillippe

Director: Billy Ray

Writer: Billy Ray, story by Adam Mazer and William Rotko

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 16

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

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Bridge to Terabithia

Logline: An 11-year-old boy befriends the tomboy class outsider, and they create an imaginary world together

Featuring: Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutcherson, Robert Patrick, AnnaSophia Robb

Director: Gabor Csupo

Writers: David Paterson, Jeff Stockwell and Kevin Wade, based on the novel by Katherine Paterson

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on February 16

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Days of Glory

Logline: A group of North African soldiers who join the French in their fight against the Nazis. In French and Arabic with subtitles

Featuring: Bernard Blancan, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem

Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Writers: Rachid Bouchareb, Olivier Morelle

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional theatres in major markets on February 16

MPAA Rating: R for war violence and brief language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Ghost Rider

Logline: In order to save his dying father, a young stunt cyclist sells his soul to Mephistopheles, becoming a supernatural agent of vengeance and justice

Featuring: Wes Bentley, Nicolas Cage, Sam Elliott, Peter Fonda, Donal Logue, Eva Mendes

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Writers: Mark Steven Johnson and Shane Solerno, based on the Marvel Comics series created by

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on February 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for horror violence and disturbing images

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams

Logline: A woman and her daughter struggle to make their way through the aftermath of the Balkan war. In Serbo-Croatian with subtitles

Featuring: Jasna Ornela Berry, Kenan Catic, Mirjana Karanovic, Leon Lucev, Luna Mijovic

Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Writers: Jasmila Zbanic

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factoid: This is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s official entry for the 2007 Foreign Language Oscar

I Could Never Be Your Woman

Logline: An older woman falls for a younger man while her daughter experiences love for the first time

Featuring: Jon Lovitz, Michelle Pfieffer, Saoirse Ronan, Paul Rudd, Tracy Ullman, Henry Winkler

Director: Amy Heckerling

Writers: Amy Heckerling

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Last Sin Eater

Logline: In seeking her own redemption from the one man of whom she is most afraid, a 10-year-old girl discovers a secret sin haunting her community of Welsh immigrants in 1850s Appalachia

Featuring: A.J. Buckley, Louise Fletcher, Soren Fulton, Liana Liberato, Henry Thomas

Director: Michael Landon Jr.

Writers: Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr., based on the novel by Francine Rivers

Distributor: The Bigger Picture/FoxFaith Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 250 plus locations on February 16

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and some intense sequences of violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Page Turner

Logline: A gifted piano player waits a decade to get her revenge on the jury president of a prestigious music conservatory who rejected her as a young child. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Christine Citti, Deborah Francois, Catherine Frot, Pascal Greggory, Xavier De Guillebon

Director: Denis Dercourt

Writers: Denis Dercourt and Jacques Sotty

Distributor: Tartan Films USA

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Starter for Ten

Logline: A working-class young man navigates his first year at a mid-ranking English university, as his fellow academics try to beat perennial powerhouses Oxford and Cambridge at the annual University Challenge

Featuring: Dominic Cooper, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, James McAvoy, Catherine Tate

Director: Tom Vaughan

Writer: David Nicholls, based on his novel

Distributor: Picturehouse

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

Logline: Compilation of the nominees for Best Live-Action and Best Animated Short Film for this year’s Oscars

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Collidge Corner Theatre in Brookline MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Gateway 8 in Columbus OH, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth, the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford, the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Bijou Theatre in Iowa City, the Cornell Cinema in Ithaca NY, the Times Cinema in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the IFC Film Center in New York City, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Salina Art Center in Salina KS, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, CA: the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the CCA Cinematheque Theatre in Santa Fe, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles (27 locations total) on February 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: To be determined shortly after the announcements of the Academy Award nominees on January 23

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Flannel Pajamas (Gigantic Pictures): Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Matthew Barney: No Restraint: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise

Opal Dreams: Opens at Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Puccini for Beginners: Opens at the Gateway Cinemas in Fort Lauderdale, the South Beach 18 in Miami and the Ritz @ the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided: Opens in Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington

Friday, February 23, 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 February 23

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

Amazing Grace

Logline: An idealist maneuvers his way through Parliament in 18th century England, endeavoring to end slavery in the empire

Featuring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Romola Garai, Ioan Gruffudd

Director: Michael Apted

Writer: Steven Knight

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 23

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material involving slavery, and some mild language

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Astronaut Farmer

Logline: An astronaut-in-training has to leave NASA to save the family farm, but just can’t give up on his dream of shooting into space, even if he has to do it all by himself

Featuring: Bruce Dern, Virginia Madsen, Tim Blake Nelson, J.K. Simmons, Billy Bob Thornton

Director: Michael Polish

Writers: Michael Polish and Mark Polish

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on February 23

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, peril and language

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Black Snake Moan

Logline: A young white nymphomaniac tries to get “cured” of her problem with the help of an older black blues man

Featuring: John Cothran Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, S. Epatha Merkerson, Christina Ricci, Justin Timberlake

Director: Craig Brewer

Writer: Craig Brewer

Distributor: Paramount Vantage

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on February 23

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

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Glastonbury

Logline: Documents the annual rock festival

Director: Julien Temple

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 23

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

Running Time: 138 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Gray Matters

Logline: A sister and brother, so compatible and inseparable that people actually assume they are dating, agree to find each other their true soul mate

Featuring: Tom Cavanagh, Alan Cumming, Heather Graham, Bridget Moynahan, Molly Shannon, Sissy Spacek

Director: Sue Kramer

Writer: Sue Kramer

Distributor: Yari Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 23

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language and sexual content

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Number 23

Logline: A man becomes obsessed with a book revolving around the number 23 that seems to be about his life, which seemingly ends with his murder

Featuring: Jim Carrey, Danny Huston, Virginia Madsen, Rhona Mitra

Director: Joel Schumacher

Writer: Fernley Phillips

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2323 locations on February 23

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Reno 911!: Miami

Logline: A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during Spring Break

Featuring: Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Cedric Yarbrough

Director: Ben Garant

Writers: Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, Kerri Kenney

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1650 plus locations on February 23

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language and drug use

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Taste of Tea

Logline: Years after giving up her anime career to raise a family, a woman whose family has just moved to the country from the urban sprawl of Tokyo decides to single-handedly make a new film that she hopes will give her re-entry into the world she left behind. In Japanese with subtitles

Featuring: Tadanobu Asano, Maya Banno, Tatsuya Gashuin, Takahiro Sato, Satomi Tezuka

Director: Katsuhito Ishii

Writer: Katsuhito Ishii

Distributor: Viz Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City on February 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 143 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Expanding today

Back Stage: Opens at the Hollywood Triplex in Portland OR

Days of Glory: Opens at the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel and in additional locations in major markets

Tears of the Black Tiger: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis

An Unreasonable Man: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between March 2007 and 2010, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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