The Early Report for January 7, 2008: 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 48 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 1/9/08 and Friday 2/15/08, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The Business of Being Born

Logline: Documents the business of childbirth in the United States

Featuring: Ricki Lake

Director: Abby Epstein

Distributor: Red Envelope Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Liberty Kid

Logline: Two young friends struggle to survive after losing their jobs at the Statue of Liberty tourist site due to 9/11

Featuring: Raquel Jordan, Anny Mariano, Rosa Ramos, Kareem Savinon, Al Thompson

Director: Ilya Chaiken

Writer: Ilya Chaiken

Distributor: Glass Eye Pix

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre in New York City on January 9

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

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 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references

Running Time: 98 minutes

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: 3000 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequences

Running Time: 130 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: 1250 plus locations on January 11

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolvy Digital, DTS

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

Expanding today

The Bucket List: Expands to 2750 plus locations

Diva: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Juno: Expands to 2200 plus locations

Kurt Cobain: About a Son: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Let’s Get Lost: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Nanking: Opens at Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles

The Orphanage: Expands into 500 plus locations

Persepolis: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago and in adittional locations in major markets

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

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the Chelsea Cinemas in Chapel Hill NC

Steep: Opens at the Majestic 3 in Crested Butte CO, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, the Skylite Cinemas in Dylan CO, the Gaslight Twin in Durango CO, the Skylight Theatre in Hood River OR, the Fox 4 in Laramie WY, the Palm Springs 10 in Palm Springs and Storyteller 4 in Taos NM

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Expands to 2000 plus locations

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

Friday, January 18, 2008

Beaufort

Logline: A 22 year-old Israeli outpost commander and his troops battle an unseen enemy in the final days before their withdrawl from Lebanon. In Hebrew with subtitles

Featuring: Alon Abutbul, Eli Altonio, Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, Itay Turgeman

Director: Joseph Cedar

Writers: Joseph Cedar and Ron Leshem, based on the novel “Im Yesh Gan Eden” by Leshem

Distributor: Kino International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lincoln Plaza and the Quad Cinema in New York City on January 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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: 300 plus locations in major markets on January 18

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

Cloverfield

Logline: A group of party-goers experience firsthand an attack on New York City by an unknown creature

Featuring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel

Director: Matt Reeves

Writer: Drew Goddard

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on January 18

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

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Day Zero

Logline: Three best friends in New York City have one month to come to terms with their fate, after the draft has been reinstated and they’ve been called to serve their country

Featuring: Jon Bernthal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Chris Klein, Elisabeth Moss, Ally Sheedy, Elijah Wood

Director: Bryan Gunnar Cole

Writer: Robert Malkani

Distributor: First Look Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Linwood Theater on Bainbridge Island WA and the Angelika Film Center in New York City on January 18

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

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Mad Money

Logline: Three women who work at the Treasury Departmen hatch a scheme to steal bills that are about to be shredded

Featuring: Ted Danson, Katie Holmes, Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Stephen Root

Director: Calliw Khouri

Writer: Glen Gers

Distributor: Overture Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1850 plus locations on January 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual material and language, and brief drug references

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Running with Arnold

Logline: Documents the 2003 California Gubernatorial campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Director: Dan Cox

Distributor: Lantern Lane Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on January 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 72 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Still Life

Logline: Citizens return to a flooded town to salvage what they can and say good-bye to things they lost. In Mandarin and Sichuan with subtitles

Featuring: Xiang Haiyu, Zhou Lin, Ma Lizhen, Han Sanming, Zhao Tao, Li Zhubin

Director: Zhang Ke Jia

Writers: Zhang Ke Jia, Na Guan and Jiamin Sun

Distributor: New Yorker Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Taxi to the Dark Side

Logline: Documents the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.

Director: Alex Gibney

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 18

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing images, and content involving torture and graphic nudity

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Teeth

Logline: A Christian high school girl gets caught up in her school’s purity campaign to save herself for marriage

Featuring: Hale Appleman, John Hensley, Josh Pais, Jess Weixler

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Writer: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in major markets on January 18

MPAA Rating: R for disturbing sequences involving sexuality and violence, language and some drug use

Running Time: 87 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 18

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

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDSs

Expanding today

The Business of Being Born: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco

Honeydripper: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

How to Cook Your Life: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Michael Clayton: Expands to 1000 plus locations

Perespolis: Opens at the Angelika FIlm Center in Houston and in additional locations in select markets

Steep: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Boulder 16 in Boulder CO, the Campus Square 8 in Bozeman MT, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Palo Alto Square Cinemas in Palo Alto CA, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse 5 in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 12 and the Cinearts at Santana Row in San Jose, the Marin 3 in Sausalito CA, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the Promenade 24 in Westminster CO

There Will Be Blood: Expands to 800 plus locations

The Violin: Opens at the Real Art Ways in Hartford

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

U2 3D

Logline: Docuemnts the 2004-2005 Vertigo concert tour

Directors: Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington

Distributor: National Geographic Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 400 plus Digital 3D and IMAX 3D locations on January 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Air I Breathe

Logline: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life

Featuring: Kevin Bacon, Julie Delpy, Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emile Hirsch, Forest Whitaker

Director: Jieho Lee

Writer: Jieho Lee

Distributor: THINKFilm

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on January 25

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

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Alice’s House

Logline: A Sao Paulo beautician struggles to be an influence in her male-dominated household. In Portuguese with subtitles

Featuring: Felipe Massuia, Carla Ribas, Ricardo Vilaca, Berta Zemel, Vinicius Zinn

Director: Chico Teixeira

Writers: Chico Teixeira & Julio Pessoa & Sabina Anzuategui & Marcelo Gomes, story by Chico Teixeira

Distributor: FiGa Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on January 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Logline: A woman enlisted the assistance of her roommate to arrange an illegal abortion in 1980’s Romania. In Romanian with subtitles

Featuring: Vlad Ivanov, Anamaria Marinca, Alexandru Potocean, Ion Sapdaru, Laura Vasiliu

Director: Cristian Mungiu

Writers: Cristian Mungiu

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 113 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

How She Move

Logline: A teenager with medical-school aspirations enters a step-dancing competition in order to continue to fund her private high school tuition.

Featuring: Tre Armstrong, Brennan Gademans, Dwain Murphy, Rutina Wesley

Director: Ian Iqbal Rashid

Writers: Annmarie Morais

Distributor: Paramount Vantage

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1850 plus locations on January 25

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

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Meet the Spartans

Logline: A Spartan ruler leads his troops into war against a massive invading army, with comedic results

Featuring: Diedrich Bader, Ken Davitian, Carmen Electra, Sean Maguire, Kevin Sorbo

Directors: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Writers: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on January 25

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Rambo

Logline: A Vietnam vet and one-time commando helps to rescue a group of human rights missionaries kidnapped by the Burmese military

Featuring: Julie Benz, Ken Howard, Matthew Marsden, Paul Schulze, Sylvester Stallone

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Writer: Sylvester Stallone, based on characters created by

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on January 25

MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic bloody violence, sexual assaults, grisly images and language

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are 17 producers, line producers, associate producers and executive producers on this film. Strangely, Stallone himself is not one of them

Untraceable

Logline: A female FBI agent is tasked with hunting down a serial killer who posts streaming videos of his victims on the internet

Featuring: Billy Burke, Joseph Cross, Colin Hanks, Mary Beth Hurt, Diane Lane

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Writers: Robert Fyvolent & Mark R. Brinker and Alison Burnett, story by Robert Fyvolent & Mark R. Brinker

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on January 25

MPAA Rating: R for some prolonged sequences of strong gruesome violence, and language

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation

Logline: A Brazilian boy is left in a Jewish neighborhood during the 1970 World Cup. In Portuguese and Yiddish with subtitles

Featuring: Paulo Autran, Germano Haiut, Michel Joelsas, Eduardo Moreira, Simone Spoladore

Director: Cao Hamburger

Writers: Adriana Falcao, Claudio Galperin, Cao Hamburger, Braulio Mantovani and Anna Muylaert

Distributor: City Lights Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on January 25

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the Ridgeway 4 in Memphis, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Camelview 5 in Scottsdale and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Steep: Opens at the Crossgates Mall 18 in Albany NY, the Shadowood Square 16 in Boca Raton, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the SOuth Beach 18 in Miami Beach, the Ahwatukee 24 in Phoenix, the Downtown Center 7 in San Luis Obispo and the Market Street 5 in Woodlands TX

Taxi to the Dark Side: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and in additional locations in select markets

War/Dance: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Friday, February 1, 2008

Caramel

Logline: In Beirut, five women meet regularly in a beauty salon, a colorful and sensual microcosm of the city where several generations come into contact, talk and confide in each other. In Arabic and French with subtitles

Featuring: Yasmine Al Masri, Gisele Aouad, Nadine Labaki, Siham Haddad, Joanna Moukarzel

Director: Nadine Labaki

Writers: Rodney El Haddad & Jihad Hojeily & Nadine Labaki

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood and in additional locations in major markets on February 1

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements involving sexuality, language and some smoking

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Eye

Logline: A blind woman starts to experience terrifying visions after undergoing corneal transplants

Featuring: Jessica Alba, Allesandro Nivola, Parker Posey, Rade Serbedzija, Rachel Ticotin

Directors: David Moreau and Xavier Palud

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez, based on the 2002 film “Jian Gui” written by Jo Jo Yuet-chun Hui, Oxide Pang and Danny Pang

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 1

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/terror and disturbing content

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour

Logline: Documents the 2007 tour of the television show turned pop culture sensation

Director: Bruce Hendricks

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 650 plus Digital 3D

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Over Her Dead Body

Logline: A ghost tries to sabotage her former boyfriend’s current relationship with a psychic

Featuring: Lake Bell, Jason Biggs, Eva Longoria Parker, Stephen Root, Paul Rudd, Lindsay Sloane

Director: Jeff Lowell

Writer: Jeff Lowell

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on February 1

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Praying with Lior

Logline: Documents the life of a young boy with Down’s Syndrome who spends his life praying to God

Director: Ilana Trachtman

Distributor: First Run Features

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Strange Wilderness

Logline: The host of a cable television show finds himself in desperate need to find something big to save his show from cancellation

Featuring: Ernest Borgnine, Allen Covert, Jeff Garlin, Justin Long, Ashley Scott, Steve Zahn

Director: Fred Wolf

Writers: Peter Gaulke & Fred Wolf

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 1

MPAA Rating: R for non-stop language, drug use, crude and sexual humor

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Vivire

Logline: A woman sets out for Rotterdam in order to find her younger sister, who has run off with her musician boyfriend. In German with subtitles

Featuring: Hannelore Elsner, Aykut Kayacik, Kim Schnitzer, Egbert Jan Weeber, Esther Zimmering

Director: Angelina Maccarone

Writer: Angelina Maccarone

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Tre

Logline: A nihilistic and physically dominant slacker uses his brains, not his brawn, to seduce a woman seeking revenge against her husband

Featuring: Daniel Cariaga, Alix Koromzay, Erik McDowell, Kimberly-Rose Wolte

Director: Eric Byler

Writers: Eric Byler and Kimberly-Rose Wolter

Distributor: Cinema Libre Studio

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on February 1

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

The Air I Breathe: Expands into additional markets

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

4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets

The 400 Blows: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Honeydripper: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Persepolis: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis and in additional locations in select markets

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK

Steep: Opens at the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Friday, February 8, 2008

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: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and in additional locations in major markets on February 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fool’s Gold

Logline: A new clue to the whereabouts of a lost treasure rekindles a married couple’s sense of adventure and their estranged romance

Featuring: Ewen Bremmer, Alexis Dziena, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Donald Sutherland

Director: Andy Tennant

Writers: John Claflin & Daniel Zelman and Andy Tennant, story by John Claflin & Daniel Zelman

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on February 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Hottie & the Nottie

Logline: A loser gets a second chance with the girl of his dreams, if he can only find a boyfriend for her hideous best friend

Featuring: Paris Hilton, Christine Lakin, Joel David Moore, Johann Urb

Director: Tom Putnam

Writer: Heidi Ferrer

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 8

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

In Bruges

Logline: After a difficult job in London, two hitman are ordered by their boss to cool their heels in a small town, and very much out of their comfort zones, the men find themselves drawn into increasingly dangerous entanglements with locals, tourists and a film shoot

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Brendon Gleeson, Clemence Poesy, Jeremie Renier

Director: Martin McDonagh

Writer: Martin McDonagh

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on February 8

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

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

London to Brighton

Logline: Two women are hunted down by various criminal lowlives

Featuring: Nathan Constance, Johnny Harris, Alexander Morton, Sam Spruell, Lorraine Stanley

Director: Paul Andrew Williams

Writers: Paul Andrew Williams

Distributor: Outsider Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 8

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Ugly Me

Logline: A sexy woman decides to find out what life is like for her less attractive sister. In Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Amaya Forch, Marcelo Mazzarello, Barbara Mori, Rodrigo Munoz, Gonzalo Robles

Director: Claudio Dabed

Writers: Claudio Dabed and Franklin McDonald

Distributor: Arcangelo Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and in additional locations i nselect markets on February 8

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content

Running Time: 118 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights

Logline: Documents the month-long comedy show the actor sponsored in 2005, and the lives of those who participated

Director: Ari Sandel

Distributor: Picturehouse

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 8

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sex-related humor

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Logline: A famous talk-show host reluctantly brings his famous fiancee to meet his quirky family

Featuring: Joy Bryant, Michael Clark Duncan, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, James Earl Jones, Martin Lawrence, Mo’Nique

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writer: Malcolm D. Lee

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on February 8

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the Kimball Theatre in Williamsburg WV

Steep: Opens at the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Arbor Springs at Great Hills Cinemas in Austin, the Bonita Springs 12 in Bonita Springs FL, the Esquire 6 in Cincinnati, the Bijou Art Cinemas in Eugene OR, the Modern Art Museum Theatre in Fort Worth, the Beach Blvd. 12 in Jacksonville, Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, the Green Hills Commons 16 in Nashville, the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee and the Winter Park 20 in Winter Park FL

Taxi to the Dark Side: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Laemmle’s One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena and in additional locations in select markets

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

My Blueberry Nights

Logline: A young woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of memorable characters along the way

Featuring: Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Writers: Wong Kar Wai and Lawrence Block, story by Wong Kar Wai

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on February 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Definietly, Maybe

Logline: A political consultant tries to explain his impending divorce and past relationships to his 11-year-old daughter

Featuring: Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Derek Luke, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz

Director: Adam Brooks

Writer: Adam Brooks

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on February 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue language and smoking

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Jumper

Logline: A young man who learns he can teleport across time and space becomes a key player in a secret war that has been raging for thousands of years

Featuring: Jamie Bell, Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Teresa Palmer, Tom Sturridge, Max Thieriot

Director: Doug Liman

Writer: David S. Goyer, Simon Kinberg

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on February 15

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Step Up 2 the Streets

Logline: Romantic sparks occur between two dance students from different backgrounds at the Maryland School of the Arts

Featuring: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Will Kemp, Jennifer Rouse, Telisha Shaw

Director: John Chu

Writers: Toni Ann Johnson and Karen Barna, based on characters and situations by Duane Adler

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on February 14

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, February 15, 2008

George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead

Logline: A group of young film students run into real-life zombies while filming a horror movie of their own

Featuring: Josh Close, Joe Dinicol, Amy Lalonde, Michelle Morgan, Shawn Roberts

Director: George A. Romero

Writer: George A. Romero

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 15

MPAA Rating: R for strong horror violence and gor, and pervasive language

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Me & You, Us, Forever

Logline: A fortysomething Christian man going through a bitter divorce starts to reminisce about his first love thirty years before

Featuring: Stacey J. Aswad, Jenna Bailey, Michael Blain-Rozgay, Hugh McLean, Kathryn Worsham

Director: Dave Christiano

Writer: Dave Christiano

Distributor: Five & Two Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Park Central 6 in Abilene TX, the Wynnsong 16 in Albany GA, the Allentown 16 in Allentown PA, the Altoona 8 in Altoona PA, the Cinema City Theatres in Anaheim Hills CA, the Asheville 10 in Ashevile NC, the Athens 12 in Athens GA, the Wynnsong 16 in Auburn AL, the Highland 10 in Austin, the Marquee 14 in Beckley WV, the Billings 7 in Billings MT, the Summit 16 in Birmingham AL, the Bismark 8 in Bismark ND, the Royal Palm 20 in Bradenton FL, the Riverstone 15 in Canton GA, the Beverly 18 in Champaign IL, the Chapel Hills 15 in Colorado Springs, the Ritz 10 in Columbus GA, the Crossroads 16 in Conyers GA, the Corvallis 12 in Corvallis OR, the Dover 14 in Dover DE, the Wynnsong 15 in Durham NC, the Oakwood Mall 12 in Eau Claire WI, the Edinburg 20 in Edinburg TX, the El Paso 16 in El Paso TX, the Encore Park 14 in Elkhart IN, the Animas 10 in Farmington NM, the Market Fair 15 in Fayetteville NC, the Fort Smith 14 in Fort Smith AR, the Fort Wayne 20 in Fort Wayne IN, the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin TN, the Columbia 4 in Grand Forks ND, the Celebration Cinemas in Grandville MI, the Greensboro 18 in Greensboro NC, the Greensburg 15 in Greensburg PA, the Greenville 12 in Greenville NC,the Camelot Cinemas in Greenville SC, the Hickory 14 in Hickory NC, the Northgate 14 in Hixson TN, the Central City 10 in Hot Springs AR, the Studio 30 in Houston, the Pullman Square 16 in Huntington WV, the Valley Bend 18 in Huntsville AL, the Jacksonville 16 in Jacksonville NC, the Wynnsong 16 in Johnston IA, the Johnson City 14 in Johnson City TN, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewick WA, the Wynnsong 16 in Knoxville, the LaFayette 10 in LaFayette LA, the Grandview 17 in Madison MS, the Seth Childs 12 in Manhattan KS, the Ken Theatre in McCrory AR, the Great Lakes 16 in Mentor OH, the Village 6 in Missoula MT, the Wynnsong 16 in Mobile AL, the Galaxy 12 in Monroe WA, the Morgantown Mall 12 in Morgantown WV, the Wynnsong 15 in Mounds View MN, the Galleria 6 in Mt. Lebanon PA, the Wynnsong 16 in Murfreesboro TN, the Broadway 16 in Myrtle Beach SC, the Orchard 14 in New Hartford NY, the Newnan 10 in Newnan GA, the Cannery 14 in North Las Vegas NV, the Emagine 8 in Novi MI, the Oakdale 20 in Oakdale MN, the Panama City 10 in Panama City FL, the Pensacola 18 in Pensacola FL, the Wake Forest 12 in Raleigh, the Rushmore 7 in Rapid City SD, the Galaxy 12 in Riverbank CA, the Rosemont 18 in Rosemont IL, the Ronnie’s 20 in Sappington MO, the Wynnsong 11 in Savannah GA, the Lakeshore 8 in Sebring FL, the Cinema Centre 8 in Shawnee OK, the Snellville 12 in Snellville GA, the Galaxy 10 in Tulare CA, the Tyler 14 in Tyler TX, the Ritz 15 in West Valley City UT, the Sikes 10 in Wichita Falls TX, the Wilmington 16 in Wilmington NC and the Winston-Salem 12 in Winston-Salem on February 15

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1:85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Logline: Peculiar things start to happen the moment a family leave New York City and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle

Featuring: Sarah Bolger, Freddie Highmore, Nick Nolte, Mary-Louise Parker, Joan Plowright, Martin Short, Seth Rogen, David Strathairn

Director: Mark S. Waters

Writers: John Sayles, based on the novel by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3650 plus locations on February 15

MPAA Rating: PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Casablanca: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Le Doulos: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Steep: Opens at the Albuquerque 14 in Albuquerque, the Anchorage 16 in Anchorage, the Flicks 4 in Boise, the Varsity Theatre in Davis CA, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Palace 14 in Kansas City MO, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Osio Plaza Cinemas in Monterey, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Regent Square Cinemas in Pittsburgh, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the DeVargas 6 in Santa Fe and the Elcon 20 in Tucson
For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between mid-February 2008 and 2010, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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