The Early Report for December 3, 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 55 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 12/5/06 and Friday 1/11/08, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Juno

Logline: A teenager deals with her unexpected pregnancy

Featuring: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Allison Janney, Ellen Page, J.K. Simmons, Rainn Wilson

Director: Jason Reitman

Writer: Diablo Cody

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Grove 14 in Los Angeles, the Empire 25, Lincoln Square 13 and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on December 5

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding

Logline: Two young lovers get married during the wacky days that were the Summer of 1988

Featuring: Krista Allen, Adrian Grenier, Mila Kunis, Joey McIntyre, Richard Portnow

Director: Roger Paradiso

Writer: Roger Paradiso, based on the off-Broadway show by Artificial Intelligence (Thomas Michael Allen, James Altuner, Mark Campbell, Nancy Cassaro, Patricia Cregan, Elizabeth Dennehy, Chris Fracchiolla, Jack Fris, Kevin Alexander Leonidas, Mark Nassar, Larry Pellegrini, Sue Varon and Moira Wilson)

Distributor: Emerging Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 5

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

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Undoing

Logline: One year after the death of his best friend, a young man returns to Los Angeles determined to find redemption from the past

Featuring: Tom Bower, Kelly Hu, Sung Kang, Russell Wong, Jose Zuniga

Director: Chris Chan Lee

Writers: Chris Chan Lee

Distributor: EK Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on December 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

El Violin

Logline: An aging musician fiddles his way through the front lines of Mexico’s peasant revolts during the 1970’s. In Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Dagoberto Gama, Mario Garibaldi, Fermin Martinez, Gerardo Taracena, Don Angel Tavira

Director: Francisco Vargas

Writers: Francisco Vargas

Distributor: Film Movement

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

What Would Jesus Buyr: Opens at the Movies on Exchange Cinemas in Portland ME

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Deep End

Logline: A teenage bathhouse attedant in London pines for one of his female coworkers

Featuring: Jane Asher, Diane Dors, John Moulder-Brown, Christopher Sandford, Karl Michael Vogler

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers: Jerzy Gruza, Helmut Jedele, Jerzy Skolimowski and Boleslaw Sulik

Distributor: Paramount Pictures Repertory

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on December 6

MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Friday, December 7, 2007

The Amateurs

Logline: A man in a midlife crisis gathers his friends and associates to make an adult movie

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson, Patrick Fugit, Lauren Graham, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Michael Traeger

Writer: Michael Traeger

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Landamrk 12 in West Los Angeles on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Atonement

Logline: A young girl irrevocably changes the courseof several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit

Featuring: Brenda Blethyn, Romola Garai, Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Vanessa Redgrave

Director: Joe Wright

Writers: Christopher Hampton, based on the novel by Ian McEwan

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in additional locations in major markets on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Band’s Visit

Logline: A brass band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in a foreign city. In English and in Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles

Featuring: Saleh Bakri, Ronit Elkabetz, Sasson Gabai, Khalifa Natour

Director: Eran Kolirin

Writer: Eran Kolirin

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying run at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on December 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Grace is Gone

Logline: Unable to tell his daughters their mother was killed in the Iraq war, a distraught father takes them on a road trip to their favorite amusement park

Featuring: Gracie Bdenarczyk, John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Shelan O’Keefe

Director: James C. Strouse

Writer: James C. Strouse

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Century 15 in Century City CA, the Lincoln Square 13 and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material, brief strong language and teen smoking

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Golden Compass

Logline: Two kids interact across parallel universes inhabited by fantastical creatures

Featuring: Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Nicole Kidman, Ian McShane, Dakota Blue Richards

Director: Chris Weitz

Writers: Tom Stoppard, Chris Weitz, based on the novel by Philip Pullman

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3750 plus locations on December 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for a sequence of fantasy violence

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Looking for Cheyenne

Logline: A young unemployed journalist whose welfare payments are about to be cut off decides to leave Paris to live a marginal life in the country, only to find herself unable to forget her lover. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Mila Dekker, Christine Dory, Luc Leclerc du Sablon, Aurelia Petit, Malik Zidi

Director: Valerie Minetto

Writers: Valerie Minetto and Cecile Vargaftig, story by Vargaftig

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Regent Showcase Theatre in Hollywood on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality and language

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Noelle

Logline: A cold, impatient Catholic priest arrives in a tiny fishing village the week before Christmas to do what he does best, shut down a dying parish, only to find himself changed by the village’s eccentric citizens

Featuring: Jean Bates, Sean Patrick Brennan, Curt Dewitz, David Wall, Kerry Wall

Director: David Wall

Writer: David Wall

Distributor: Gener8Xion Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus locations in select markets on December 7

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and a fight

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Revolver

Logline: A gambler enters into a double-cross with a casino owner, with potentially deadly consequences

Featuring: Andre Benjamin, Ray Liotta, Terrence Maynard, Vincent Pastore, Jason Statham

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writer: Guy Ritchie, story by Ethan Gross, Paul Todisco and Guy Ritchie, adaptation by Luc Besson

Distributor: IDP Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge MA< the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Westpark 8 in Irvine CA, the South Beach 18 in Miami, the Block E 15 in Minneapolis, the Empire 25 and the Village VII in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Ritz and the Bourse 5 in Philadelphia, the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, the Uptown Cinemas in Seattle, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some nudity

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Strength and Honor

Logline: A single father decides to break his dying wife’s last wish to not box again in order to save his young son from certain death

Featuring: Patrick Bergin, Richard Chamberlain, Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen, Luke Whelton

Director: Mark Mahon

Writer: Mark Mahon

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Augora Hills 8 in Augora Hills CA, Laemmle’s Claremont 5 in Claremont CA, the Art Theatre in Long Beach CA, the Los Feliz 3 in Los Angeles, the Quad Cinema in New York City, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in select markets on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for some violence

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Timber Falls

Logline: A weekend of camping in the mountains becomes an excursion into hell for a young couple, who become pawns in a grotesque plot hatched by deranged locals

Featuring: Beth Broderick, Brianna Brown, Josh Randall, Sascha Rosemann, Nick Searcy

Director: Tony Giglio

Writer: Dan Kay

Distributor: Slowhand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Atlantic Place 10 in Alhambra CA, the Metroplex 18 in Buena Park CA, the Town Center 8 in Burbank, the Marketplace 12 in Chino CA, the Commerce Cinemas in the City of Commerce CA, the Dos Lagos 15 in Corona CA, the Covina 30 in Covina CA, the Downey 10 in Downey CA, the Granada Hills 9 in Granada Hills CA, the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles, the Pike 14, the Pine Square 16 and the Stadium 26 in Long Beach CA, the Norwalk 20 in Norwalk CA, the Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 and the Stadium 25 in Orange CA, the Plaza 14 in Oxnard CA, the Movies 8 in Palmdale CA, the Village Walk 15 in Pico Rivera CA, the Puente Hills 20 in Puente Hills CA, the Terrace 6 in Rancho Palos Verdes CA, the Plant 16 in Van Nuys CA and in additional locations in select markets on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, tortue, language and some sexuality

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are 13 producers, co-producers, associate producers and executive producers for this film!

‘Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris

Logline: Documents the life of the now-obscure jazz singer

Director: Raymond De Felitta

Distributor: Outsider Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Walker

Logline: A professional escort who caters to Washington D.C.’s society ladies becomes involved in a murder case

Featuring: Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin, Ned Beatty, Willem Dafoe, Moritz Bleibtreu, Mary Beth Hurt

Director: Paul Schrader

Writer: Paul Schrader

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the 64th & 2nd Theatre in New York City, and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 7

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violent material and nude images

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX

Expanding today

Badland: Opens at the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles

Darfur Now: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

The Holy Modal Rounders… Bound to Lose: Opens at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City

How to Cook Your Life: Opens Boston and Washington D.C.

It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE!: Opens at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Margot at the Wedding: Opens at the Pruneyard 7 in Campbell CA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets

Midnight Eagle: Opens at the ImaginAsian Center in Los Angeles

No Country for Old Men: Expands into additional markets

Oswald’s Ghost: Opens at Laemmle’s Grande 4 in Los Angeles

Redacted: Opens at the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, the Little Theatre in Rochester NY, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Romance and Cigarettes: Opening at the Spectrum 8 in ALbany NY, Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, Landmark’s Edina Cienmas in Minneapolis, the Avon Cinema in Providence RI and the Wilmette Theatre in Wilmette IL

The Sasquatch Gang: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City

What Would Jesus Buyr: Opens at the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford, Landmark’s Greenway Theatre in Houston, the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego and the Loft Cinema in Tucson

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Nanking

Logline: Letters, diaries and other reports are read and documented in the 1937 “rape of Nanking” by the incading Japanese army. In English and in Japanese and Mandarin with subtitles

Directors: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman

Distributor: THINKFilm

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

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing images and descriptions of wartime atrocities, including rape

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Perfect Holiday

Logline: A young girl turns to a department store Santa in the hopes that he will help find a new husband for her divorced mother

Featuring: Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Charlie Murphy, Gabrielle Union, Katt Williams

Director: Lance Rivera

Writers: Lance Rivera & Marc Calixte and Nat Mauldin & Jeff Stein, story by Lance Rivera & Marc Calixte

Distributor: Yari Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on December 12

MPAA Rating: PG for brief language and some suggestive humor

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Jones

Logline: A genial young father-to-be from South Carolina arrives for the first time to New York City on business

Featuring: Trey Albright, Amy Chiang, Adnil Ramos

Director: Preston Miller

Writer: Preston Miller

Distributor: Preston Miller Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 76 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, December 14, 2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Logline: A songwriter discovers three singing chipmunks

Featuring: David Cross, Jason Lee, Cameron Richardson and the voices of Matthew Gray Gubler, Justin Long and Jesse McCartney

Director: Tim Hill

Writers: Jon Vitti and Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi, based upon characters created by Ross Bagdasarian

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on December 14

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Arranged

Logline: Two young women – one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim – meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn, connecting through their discovery of the similarities of their lives, including both going through an arranged marriage

Featuring: Francis Benhamou, Mimi Lieber, Zoe Lister-Jones, Laith Nakli, John Rothman

Directors: Stefan Schaefer and Diane Crespo

Writer: Stefan Schaefer

Distributor: Film Movement

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Changing the Odds

Logline: A man and a woman from different ethnic groups face serious trials and tribulations in the South after they are brought together by fate

Featuring: Anthony D. Colby, Allison Lane, Andrea Morton, Marco J. Ramirez

Director: Willie E. Simmons Jr.

Writers: Anthony D. Colby

Distributor: Andeco Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Goodbye Bafana

Logline: A racist prison guard finds his outlook on life changed after guarding Nelson Mandela for two decades. In English and in Xhosa with subtitles

Featuring: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Shiloh Henderson, Diane Kruger, Patrick Lyster

Director: Billie August

Writer: Greg Latter, based on the book by Bob Graham and James Gregory

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

CREDIT ABUSE: There are 17 producers, co-producers, line producers, associate producers and executive producers on this film

Hannah and Her Sisters

Logline: The lives of three sisters over the course of one year in New York City during the mid-1980s

Featuring: Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest

Director: Woody Allen

Writers: Woody Allen

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

I Am Legend

Logline: The lone healthy survivor of a biological war faces off against a new breed of nocturnal mutants

Featuring: Alice Braga, Dash Mihok, Paradox Pollack, Salli Richardson, Will Smith, Willow Smith

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Mark Protosevich and Akiva Goldsman, from the novel by Richard Matheson

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations, including 75 IMAX locations, on December 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Kite Runner

Logline: A Californian returns to his Afghani homeland to rescue the son of a childhood friend. In English and in Dari with subtitles

Featuring: Khalid Abdalla, Atossa Leoni, Said Taghmaori, Shaun Toub

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: David Benioff, based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini

Distributor: Dreamworks Pictures/Paramount Vantage

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA and in additional locations in major markets on December 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for strong thematic material including the rape of a child, violence and brief strong language

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Look

Logline: The hidden lives of a disseperate group of Angelinos is seen through the “eyes” of surveillance cameras

Featuring: Giuseppe Andrews, Rhys Coiro, Miles Dougal, Sebastian Feldman, Jennifer Fontaine, Hayes MacArthur, Spencer Redford, Paul Schackman, Ben Weber

Director: Adam Rifkin

Writer: Adam Rifkin

Distributor: Vitagraph Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in Chicago on December 14

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

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory

Logline: Documents the life of the burgeoning filmmaker and lover of the pop icon, who mysterious disappeared in 1966

Director: Esther Robinson

Distributor: Arthouse Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on December 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Youth Without Youth

Logline: A timid professor regains his youth after he is struck by lightning

Featuring: Bruno Ganz, Andre Hennicke, Marcel Iures, Alexandra Maria Lara, Tim Roth

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Writer: Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novella by Mircea Eliade

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern:Opens at the Paris Theatre in New York City and in Los Angeles on December 14

MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality, nudity and a brief disturbing image

Running Time: 126 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Amateurs: Expands into additional markets

Atonement: Opens at the Pruneyard 7 in Campbell CA, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets

Grace is Gone: Opens at the Pruneyard 7 in Campbell CA and in additional locations in select markets

Great World of Sound: Opens at the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Columbia SC

It Is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE!: Opens at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

Juno: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets

Romance and Cigarettes: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detorit, the Sundance Cinemas in Madison WI, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

The Walker: Opens at the Camera 12 in San Jose and in additional locations in select markets

What Would Jesus Buyr: Opens at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Flakes

Logline: The slacker manager of a New Orleans cereal bar must face his adulthood when a rival cereal shop threatens to steal his business and his girlfriend

Featuring: Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Lloyd, Izabella Miko, Aaron Stanford

Director: Michael Lehmann

Writers: Chris Poche & Karey Kirkpatrick

Distributor: IFC First Take

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The District

Logline: A group of teens from the wrong side of Budapest’s tracks find themselves under attack from Tony Blair and George W. Bush after band together to make themselves rich by traveling back in time, burying a horde of mammoths under the city’s streets and returning to the present and drilling for oil. In English and in Hungarian and Romany with subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Gabor Csore, L.L. Junior, Csaba Pindroch, Gyozo Szabo, Laszlo Szacsvay

Director: Aron Gauder

Writers: Mariusz Bari, Viktor Nagy, Erik Novak and Laszlo Jakab Orsos

Distributor: Aron Gauder Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, December 21, 2007

Charlie Wilson’s War

Logline: A Texas congressman and rogue CIA operative funds Afghan rebels during the 1980s invasion by the Soviet Union

Featuring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Roberts

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by George Crile

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 21

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

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Logline: An adventurer on the hunt for the missing diary pages of John Wilkes Booth discovers one of his own family members may have been a part of a conspiracy to kill Abraham Lincoln

Featuring: Justin Bartha, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, Harvey Keitel, Diane Kruger, Helen Mirren, Jon Voight

Director: Jon Turtletaub

Writers: Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley, story by Cormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberleys & Ted Elliot & Terry Rossio, based on characters created by Jim Kouf and Oren Aviv & Charles Segars

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus locations on December 21

MPAA Rating: PG for some violence and action

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

P.S. I Love You

Logline: A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life

Featuring: Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jr., Gina Gershon, Lisa Kudrow, Hilary Swank

Director: Richard LaGravanese

Writers: Richard LaGravanese and Steve Rogers, based on the novel by Cecelia Ahern

Distributor: Warner Brothers

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual references and brief nudity

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Steep

Logline: Documents the legacy of extreme skiing from its early pioneers to the daredevils of today

Director: Mark Obenhaus

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional theatres in major markets on December 21

MPAA Rating: PG for extreme sports action and brief language

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Logline: After being pardoned from prison, a barber takes revenge upon the community which unjustly sent him away

Featuring: Helena Bonham Carter, Sasha Baron Cohen, Johnny Depp, Christopher Lee, Timothy Spall

Director: Tim Burton

Writers: John Logan, adaptation by Christopher Bond, based on the Broadway show by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler

Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 21

MPAA Rating: R for graphic bloody violence

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Logline: A singer overcomes adversity to become a musical legend

Featuring: Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig

Director: Jake Kasdan

Writers: Judd Apatow & Jake Kasdan

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on December 21

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

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX

Juno: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston and in additional locations in select markets

Romance and Cigarettes: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Laemmle’s Encino Town Center in Encino CA, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas and Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

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

What Would Jesus Buyr: Opens at the Guild Theatre in Albuquerque

Youth Without Youth: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in additional locations in select makets

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

Logline: Two evil alien races wage war in an American Midwestern town, with the residents caught in the middle

Featuring: Reiko Aylesworth, Shareeka Epps, Johnny K. Lewis, John Ortiz, Steven Pasquale

Directors: Colin Strause and Greg Strause

Writer: Shane Salerno, based on the Alien character created by Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett and the Predator character created by Jim Thomas & John Thomas

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: R for violence, gore and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Bucket List

Logline: Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die

Featuring: Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Rob Morrow, Jack Nicholson, Beverly Todd

Director: Rob Reiner

Writer: Justin Zackham

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Great Debaters

Logline: In 1935, an African-American professor at a small Texas college inspires students to form the school’s first debate team

Featuring: Kimberly Elise, Jurnee Smollett, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Jermaine Williams

Director: Denzel Washington

Writers: Robert Eisele and Suzan-Lori Parks

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 124 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Persepolis

Logline: A young girl comes-of-age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In English and in French, German and Persian with subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Simon Abkarian, Danielle Darrieux, Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni

Directors: Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Writer: Marjane Satrapi, based on her novel

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language and brief drug content

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factoid!: Kathleen Kennedy, who has also produced such films as “E.T.,” “The Color Purple,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Seabiscuit” and “Munich,” helped get this animated feature produced

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Logline: A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend

Featuring: Ben Chaplin, Alexander Nathan Etel, David Morrisey, Emily Watson

Director: Jay Russell

Writer: Terry George, Robert Nelson Jacobs, based on the novel by …

Distributor: Columbia Pictres

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG for some action/peril, mild language and brief smoking

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

City Lights: Opens at the Film Forum in New York City

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and in additional locations in select makets

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

There Will Be Blood

Logline: After buying a family ranch during the Great Depression, a man strikes gold but finds himself destroyed by his riches

Featuring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. O’Connor

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel “Oil!” by Upton Sinclair

Distributor: Paramount Vantage

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 26

MPAA Rating: R for some violence

Running Time: 158 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, December 28, 2007

Cassandra’s Dream

Logline: Two brothers find themselves in big trouble when their jet-setting uncle asks them for a favor

Featuring: Hayley Atwell, Colin Farrell, Sally Hawkins, Ewan McGregor, Tom Wilkinson

Director: Woody Allen

Writers: Woody Allen

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexual material and brief violence

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Honeydripper

Logline: A desperate owner of a failing juke joint panics when the guitar player he has hired to help pack his club goes missing

Featuring: Vondie Curtis-Hall, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton, Danny Glover, Lisa Gay Hamilton

Director: John Sayles

Writer: John Sayles

Distributor: Emerging Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on December 28

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief violence and some suggestive material

Running Time: 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Orphanage

Logline: A woman returns to the house where she was raised, and decides to transform it into an orphanage. In Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Montserrat Carulla, Fernando Cayo, Roger Princep, Mabel Rivera, Belen Rueda

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona

Writer: Sergio G. Sanchez

Distributor: Picturehouse

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 28

MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing content

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Factoid!: Picturehouse is hoping to have the same success with “The Orphanage” as they did last year with producer Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Bonus Factoid!: Spain’s Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards

Expanding today

DarkBlueAlmostBlack: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Nina’s Heavenly Delights: Opens at the Living Room Theatres in Portland OR

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

The Killing of John Lennon

Logline: A young man obsessed with “The Catcher in the Rye” and Holden Caulfield plans to murder the music star in a quest to impress an actress

Featuring: Jonas Ball, Sofia Dubrawsky, Krisha Fairchild, Robert C. Kirk, Thomas A. McMahon, Mie Omori

Director: Andrew Piddington

Writer: Andrew Piddington

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 2

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, January 4, 2008

One Missed Call

Logline: College kids get scary calls on their cell phones forseeing their own deaths

Featuring: Jason Beghe, Edward Burns, Margaret Cho, Azura Skye, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancon, Ray Wise,

Director: Eric Valette

Writers: Andrew Klavan, based on the Japanese film “Chakushin Ari” written by Minako Daira and the novel by Yasushi Akimoto

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on January 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and terror, frightening images, some sexual material and thematic elements

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Cassandra’s Dream: Expands to 1500 plus locations

Grace is Gone: Opens at the Angelika FIlm Center in Houston and in additional locations in select markets

The Orphanage: Expands into additional markets

Romance and Cigarettes: Opens at the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME

Friday, January 11, 2008

First Sunday

Logline: Two petty criminals plot to rip-off their church

Featuring: Ice Cube, Loretta Devine, Regina Hall, Chi McBride, Tracy Morgan, Katt Williams

Director: David E. Talbert

Writer: David E. Talbert

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on January 18

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Logline: A man sets out to rescue his kidnapped wife and avenge the death of his son from a race of animal-warriors who are controlled by an evil king

Featuring: Matthew Lillard, Ray Liotta, Ron Perlman, Burt Reynolds, John Rhys-Davies, Leelee Sobieski, Jason Statham

Director: Uwe Boll

Writer: Doug Taylor, story by Jason Rappaport & Dan Stroncak and Doug Taylor, based on the Dungeon Siege Game created by Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences

Running Time: 150 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie

Logline: Three vegetables find themselves traveling back in time into the 17th century to begin a quest to rescue a royal family from an evil tyrant

Featuring: Colleen Curtis, Tim Hodge, Mike Nawrocki, Phil Vischer, John Wahba

Director: Mike Nawrocki

Writer: Phil Vischer

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1650 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolvy Digital, DTS

Rogue

Logline: An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile

Featuring: John Jarratt, Radha Mitchell, Geoff Morrell, Michael Vartan, Sam Worthington

Director: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean

Distributor: The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: R for language and some creature violence

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Summer Palace

Logline: A country girl leaves her village, her family and her lover to study in Beijing, to find herself swept away by the passion of another student and the pro-Democracy movement. In German and Mandarin with subtitles

Featuring: Xueyun Bai, Xiaodong Guo, Lei Hao, Ling Hu, Xianmin Zhang

Director: Ye Lou

Writers: Ye Lou, Feng Mei and Ma Yingli

Distributor: Palm Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on January 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

27 Dresses

Logline: A woman who has made a career out of being a bridesmaid faces her worst nightmare when her sister becomes engaged to the man of her dreams

Featuring: Malin Akerman, Edward Burns, Judy Greer, Katherine Heigl, James Marsden

Director: Anne Fletcher

Writer: Aline Brosh McKenna

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDSs

Expanding today

The Bucket List: Expands to 2500 plus locations

The Orphanage: Expands into 750 plus locations

Romance and Cigarettes: Opens at the Tivoli Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City KS

El Violin: Opens at the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco

What Would Jesus Buyr: Opens at the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia SC

Youth Without Youth: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between mid-January 2008 and 2010, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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