The Early Report for February 16, 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 47 known new movies opening in theatres between Friday 2/21/08 and Friday 3/21/08, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Expanding today

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the Movies in Portland ME

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea

Logline: A look at the life of the 13th Century Mongolian ruler from his birth to conquests in Asia. In Japanese with subtitles

Featuring: Yoshihiko Hakamada, Rei Kikukawa, Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Takashi Sorimachi, Mayumi Wakamura

Director: Shinichiro Sawai

Writers: Takehiro Nakajima and Shoichi Maruyama, based on the novel “Chi Hate Umi Tsukiru Made: Shosetsu Chingisu Han” by Seiichi Morimura

Distributor: The Bigger Picture

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Aviator 10 in Alamogordo NM, the Allentown 16 in Allentown PA, the Apple Valley 15 in Apple Valley MN, the Athens 12 in Athens GA, the Wynnsong 16 in Auburn AL, the Galaxy Highland 10 in Austin, the Summit 16 in Birmingham AL, the Parkway 8 and the Palace 10 in Bloomington IL, the Campus Square 8 in Bozeman MT, the Royal Palm 20 in Bradenton FL, the Parkside Pavilion Theatre in Brooklyn, the Metroplex 18 in Buena Park CA, the Emagine Cinemas in Canton MI, the Coralwood 10 in Cape Coral FL, the Fandango 10 in Carson City NV, the Beverly 18 in Champaign IL, the James Island 8 in Charleston SC, the Charlottesville 6 in Charlottesville VA, the Governors Square 10 in Clarksville TN, the Chapel Hills 15 in Colorado Springs, the Columbia 14 and the Wynnsong 10 in Columbia SC, the Columbus 15 in Columbus GA, the Crossroads 16 in Conyers GA, the Corvallis 12 in Corvallis OR, the Ocean Walk 10 in Daytona Beach, the Dover 14 in Dover DE, the Wynnsong 15 in Durham NC, the Oakwood 12 in Eau Claire WI, the Edinburg 20 in Edinburg TX, the Showplace East 18 in Evansville IN, the Animas 10 in Farmington NM, the Fayetteville 12 in Fayetteville NC, the Fort Collins 10 in Fort Collins CO, the Thoroughbred 20 in Franklin TN, the Gateway 8 in Gettysburg PA, the Trillium 14 in Grand Blanc MI, the Celebration Cinemas North in Grand Rapids MI, the Rivertown 20 in Grandville MI, the Greenville 12 in Greenville NC, the Hickory 14 in Hickory NC, the Hickory Creek 16 in Hickory Creek TX, the Yorktown 15 in Houston, the Pullman Square 16 in Huntington WV, the Wynnsong 16 in Jacksonville NC, the Johnson City 14 in Johnson City TN, the Wynnsong 16 in Johnston IA, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewick WA, the Knoxville 10 and the Wynnsong 16 in Knoxville, the Celebration Cinemas and the Eastwood 18 in Lansing MI, the Telshore Cinema 12 in Las Cruces NM, the Town Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Livermore 13 in Livermore CA, the Seth Child 12 in Manhattan KS, the Cinema 6 in Mankato MN, the Diamond Center and the Great Lakes Mall 16 16 in Mentor OH, the Midlothian 10 in Midlothian VA, the Missoula 10 in Missoula MT, the Wynnsong 16 in Mobile AL, the Galaxy Cinemas in Monroe WA, the Morgantown Mall 12 in Morgantown WV, the Park Place 16 in Morrisville NC, the Wynnsong 15 in Mounds View MI, the Celebration Cinemas in Mount Pleasant MI, the Wynnsong 16 in Murfreesboro TN, the Cannery 14 in North Las Vegas, the Orchard Cinemas 14 in New Hartford NY, the Emagine Cinemas in Novi MI, the Oakdale 20 in Oakdale MN, the Pensacola 18 in Pensacola, the Boulevard Cinemas in Petaluma CA, the Pittsburgh 10 in Piitsburgh, the Southland 9 in Pleasant Hills PA, the Crossroads Cinemas in Portage MI, the Galaxy 9 in Porterville CA, the Wynnsong 12 in Provo, , the Raleigh 15 and the Wakefield 12 in Raleigh NC, the Galaxy Cinemas in Riverbank CA, the Rosemont 18 in Rosemont IL, the Snellville 12 in Snellville GA, the Cinema 6 in State College PA, the Stillwater 10 in Stillwater OK, the Orchard 10 in Toms River NJ, the Hoizon 10 in Traverse City MI, the Galaxy 10 in Tulare CA, the Tyler 14 in Tyler TX, the Sikes 10 in Wichita Falls TX, the Wilkes Barre 14 in Wilkes Barre PA, the Wilmington NC, and the Winston-Salem 10 and the Wynnsong 12 in Winston-Salem NC (97 locations total) on February 21

MPAA Rating: R for some violence

Running Time: 136 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, February 22, 2008

Be Kind Rewind

Logline: A junkyard worker with a magnetized brain wipes out the videos in his friend’s store; the pair set about recreating popular films for the sake of an elderly customer with dementia.

Featuring: Jack Black, Mos Def, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover

Director: Michel Gondry

Writer: Michel Gondry

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 plus locations on February 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Charlie Bartlett

Logline: A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school

Featuring: Kat Dennings, Robert Downey Jr., Tyler Hilton, Anton Yelchin

Director: Jon Poll

Writer: Gustin Nash

Distributor: MGM

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on February 22

MPAA Rating: R for language, drug content and brief nudity

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Counterfeiters

Logline: After being sent to a concentration camp, a master counterfeiter is forced to produce fake foreign currency to help with the Nazi war effort. In German with subtitles

Featuring: August Diehl, Karl Markovics, Devid Striesow

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky

Writer: Stefan Ruzowitzky, based on the memoirs “Des Teufels Werkstatt” by Adolf Burger

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on February 22

MPAA Rating: R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Duchess of Langeais

Logline: A married Parisian socialite falls for a Napoleonic war hero during The Restoration. In French and Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Jeanne Balibar, Anne Cantineau, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Michel Piccoli

Director: Jacques Rivette

Writers: Pascal Bonitzer & Christine Laurent & Jacques Rivette, based on the novel “La Duchesse de Langeais” by Honore de Balzac

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on February 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 139 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

The Signal

Logline: Every cell phone, radio and television broadcasts a strange signal that makes everyone crazy

Featuring: A.J. Bowen, Cheri Christian, Sahr Ngaujah, Scott Poythress, Anessa Ramsey, Justin Welborn

Directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry

Writers: David Bruckner, Dan Bush, Jacob Gentry

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 135 plus locations on February 22

MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and brief nudity

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

State Legislature

Logline: Documents the 2004 session of the Idaho legislature, revealing the day-to-day aspects of the legislative process, capturing how decisions are made and power is exercised, while illustrating the constraints and limitations of that power and its effects on the people who exercise it

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Distributor: Zipporah Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York City on February 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 217 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

Sound Format: Mono Sound

Vantage Point

Logline: The assassination of the President just before a landmark summit on the global war on terrorism is seen through the eyes of various people at the event, including an American tourist in the crowd videotaping the event, the Secret Service agents assigned to protect the President and a television news producer reporting on the conference

Featuring: Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver, Forest Whitaker

Director: Pete Travis

Writer: Barry Levy

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on February 22

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Witless Protection

Logline: A small town sheriff unwittingly gets involved in a high profile FBI case

Featuring: Larry the Cable Guy, Yaphet Kotto, Ivana Milicevec, Eric Roberts, Peter Stormare

Director: Charles Robert Carner

Writer: Charles Robert Carner

Distributor: Liionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations on February 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sex-related humor

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Alice’s House: Opens at Landmark’s Varisty Theatre in Seattle

Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

The Band’s Visit: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA and in additional locations in select markets

Caramel: Opens at Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL

George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead: Opens at the Chinese 6 in Hollywood, the Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 in Orange CA and the Universal 19 in Universal City CA

Honeydripper: Opens at the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL

Starting Out in the Evening: Opens at the New Neon Movies in Dayton OH

Steep: Opens at the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Manor Twin in Charlotte, the Institute of Art Theatre in Detroit, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Madison Square 12 in Huntsville AL, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Lexington Green 8 in Lexington KY, the Village 8 in Louisville, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota, the Trussville 16 in Trussville AL and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Taxi to the Dark Side: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

U2 3D: Expands to 600 plus Real D locations

Woman on the Beach: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago

Youth without Youth: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Friday, February 29, 2008

Bonneville

Logline: Three women take a road trip to Santa Barbara in order to deliver the ashes of one of their dead husbands to his resentful daughter

Featuring: Joan Allen, Tom Amandes, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Victor Rasuk, Tom Wopat

Director: Christopher N. Rowley

Writer: Daniel D. Davis

Distributor: SenArt Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on February 29

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and innuendo

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Burning the Future: Coal in America

Logline: Documents the explosive forces that have set in motion a groundswell of conflict between the coal industry and residents of West Virginia

Director: David Novack

Distributor: Firefly Pix

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on February 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Chicago 10

Logline: Documents the clash between police and protesters during the 1968 Democratic Presidential Convention in the Windy City, which lead to the trial of several protesters

Director: Brett Morgen

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Open at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the CineArts 6 in Evanston IL, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, the Marin Cinema in Sausalito CA, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washginton DC and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on February 29

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexual images

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

City of Men

Logline: Two teenage best friends find themselves on opposite sides of a gang war on the mean streets of Rio de Janiero. In Portuguese with subtitles

Featuring: Darlan Cunha, Rodrigo Dos Santos, Jonathan Haagensen, Vinicius Oliveira, Douglas Silva

Director: Paulo Morelli

Writer: Elena Soarez, story by Paulo Morelli and Elena Soarez

Distributor: Miramax Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional locations in major markets on February 29

MPAA Rating: R for violent content, language and some sexuality

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Other Boleyn Girl

Logline: Two beautiful sisters are driven by their family’s blind ambition to compete for the love of King Henry VIII

Featuring: Eric Bana, Scarlett Johansson, david Morrisey, Natalie Portman, Kristen Scott Thomas

Director: Justin Chadwick

Writer: Peter Morgan, based on the novel by Philippa Gregory

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on February 29

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Penelope

Logline: A young woman, who has the face of a pig thanks to an old family curse, tries to find true love

Featuring: Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant, James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Christina Ricci

Director: Mark Palansky

Writer: Leslie Caveny

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1000 plus locations on February 29

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some innuendo and language

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are THIRTEEN producers, co-producers, executive producers and line producers on this film

Romulus, My Father

Logline: A couple struggles in the face of great adversity to bring up their son

Featuring: Eric Bana , Marton Csokas, Jacek Koman, Franka Potente, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Director: Richard Roxburgh

Writer: Nick Drake, based on the memoir by Raimond Gaita

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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

MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, some violence and brief language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Semi-Pro

Logline: A one-hit wonder buys an ABA team to realize his dream of owning a professional baseketball team

Featuring: Will Arnett, Andre Benjamin, Rob Corddry, Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson

Director: Kent Alterman

Writers: Scot Armstrong

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus locations on February 29

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamoprhic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Unforeseen

Logline: Documents the battle between an East Texas real estate developer and environmental activists over the development of an Austin subdivision

Director: Laura Dunn

Distributor: Cinema Guilda

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Factoid!: This documentary, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, was executive produced by Terrence Malick and Robert Redford

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: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on February 29

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

The Band’s Visit: Opens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional locations in select markets

The Duchess of Langeais: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead: Opens at the Veterans 24 in Orlando and the Laguna Village 12 in Sacramento

Military Intelligence and You: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Steep: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Westhampton Twin in Richmond VA and the River Park Square 20 in Spokane

Youth Without Youth: Opens at Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans

Friday March 7, 2008

The Bank Job

Logline: A car dealer with a dodgy past teams with a group of criminals to rob a London bank

Featuring: Saffron Burrows, James Faulkner, Daniel Mays, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jason Statham

Director: Roger Donaldson

Writers: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 7

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

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Blindsight

Logline: Documents a climb up Mount Everest by students of Tibet’s only school for the blind. In German and Tibetan with subtitles

Director: Lucy Walker

Distributor: Robson Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements and mild language

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CJ7

Logline: A poor laborer and his son become the owners of a strange new pet that may be from out of this world. In Mandarin with subtitles

Featuring: Stephen Chow, Lam Tze Chung, Xu Jiao, Kitty Zhang

Director: Stephen Chow

Writers: Stephen Chow & Chi Keung Fung & Vincent Kok & Sandy Shaw & Kan-Cheung Tsang

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: PG for language, thematic material, some rude humor and brief smoking

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

College Road Trip

Logline: A high school senior visits a series of college on a trip with her over-protective police officer father

Featuring: Martin Lawrence, Donny Osmond, Raven-Symone, Will Sasso, Arnetia Walker

Director: Roger Kumble

Writers: Emi Mochizuki & Carrie Evans and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on March 7

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time:

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Frownland

Logline: A door-to-door coupon salesman spends his evenings trapped in a squalid apartment eating popcorn and eggs off the folded-out-door of his kitchen oven

Featuring: Paul Grimstad, Dore Mann, Carmine Marino, David Sandholm, Mary Wall

Director: Ronald Bronstein

Writer: Ronald Bronstein

Distributor: Frownland Inc.

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Girls Rock! The Movie

Logline: Documents the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon, where girls ages 8 to 18 receive music lessons and life lessons of empowerment from a dedicated group of feminist indie rockers, including Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney and Beth Ditto from The Gossip

Directors: Arne Johnson and Shane King

Distributor: Shadow Distribution

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in New York City, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the SIFF Cinema in Seattle and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles on March 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Kenny

Logline: An Aussie port-a-pottie deliveryman tries to make friends despite his occuptaion

Featuring: Ronald Jacobson, Shane Jacobson, Simon Scott, Eve von Bibra, Damian Walshe-Howling

Director: Clayton Jacobson

Writers: Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson

Distributor: Arcangelo Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on March 7

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Married Life

Logline: A husband plots to kill his wife instead of divorcing her

Featuring: Pierce Brosnan, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Cooper, Rachel McAdams, David Wenham

Director: Ira Sachs

Writers: Oren Moverman, Ira Sachs, based on the novel by John Bingham

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and a scene of sexuality

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Logline: A middle-aged London governess questionably gains new employment, catapulting herself into the glamorous world and dizzying social whirl of an American actress and singer

Featuring: Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, Frances McDormand, Lee Pace

Director: Bharat Nalluri

Writer: David Magee and Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Winifred Watson

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on March 7

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some partial nudity and innuendo

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Paranoid Park

Logline: A teenage skateboarder’s life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard

Featuring: Daniel Liu, Lauren McKinney, Jake Miller, Taylor Momsen, Gabe Nevins

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Blake Nelson

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing images, language and sexual content

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Snow Angels

Logline: A couple that has separated are dealt a further blow that leads to a tragic conclusion.

Featuring: Michael Angarano, Kate Beckinsale, Griffin Dunne, Sam Rockwell, Amy Sedaris, Olivia Thirlby

Director: David Gordon Green

Writer: David Gordon Green, based on the novel by Stewart O’Nan

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on March 7

MPAA Rating: R for language, some violent content, brief sexuality and drug use

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

10,000 B.C.

Logline: A young man lives among a primitive tribe that survives by hunting a mammoth each year, as the herd migrates through the tribe’s homeland

Featuring: Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Omar Sharif, Steven Strait

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3750 plus locations on March 7

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

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Alice’s House: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA

Diva: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City

Romulus, My Father: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Inwood Theatre in Dallas and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Steep: Opens at the Darkside Cinemas in Corvallis OR, the Oakview 24 in Omaha NE, the Southroads 20 in Tulsa OK and the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach FL

Thursday March 13, 2008

Body of War

Logline: Documents the life of an injured American veteran returning home from the war Iraq, set against the backdrop of a critical indictment of the government’s handling of the U.S.-led invasion

Directors: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro

Distributor: The Film Sales Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin on March 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Factoid!: Yes, THAT Phil Donahue

Friday March 14, 2008

Chaos Theory

Logline: An obsessive organizer is compelled to record the trivialities of his life

Featuring: Sarah Chalke, Michael Erwin, Emily Mortimer, Ryan Reynolds, Stuart Townsend

Director: Marcos Siega

Writer: Daniel Taplitz

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Phoenix and Sacramento on March 14

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Doomsday

Logline: Authorities brutally quarantine a country as it succumbs to fear and chaos when a virus strikes

Featuring: Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Malcolm McDowell, Rhona Mitra, Alexander Siddig

Director: Neil Marshall

Writer: Neil Marshall

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 14

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

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Funny Games

Logline: Two psychotic young men take a family hostage in their cabin

Featuring: Brady Corbet, Michael Pitt, Tim Roth, Naomi Watts

Director: Michael Haneke

Writers: Michael Haneke, based on his own screenplay for the 1997 film of the same title

Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in additional locations in major markets on March 14

MPAA Rating: R for terror, violence and some language

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Grand

Logline: Six card players make the final table at the Grand Championship of Poker

Featuring: David Cross, Dennis Farina, Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, Richard Kind, Chris Parnell

Director: Zak Penn

Writers: Zak Penn and Matt Bierman

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City on March 14

MPAA Rating: R for language and some drug content

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Factoid!: The film also features cameo appearances from Jason Alexander, Michael McKean, Ray Romano, filmmaker Werner Herzog and the first movie appearance by Gabe Kaplan since 1982’s Groucho

Horton Hears a Who

Logline: An imaginative elephant hears a cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air

Featuring the voices of: Will Arnett, Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher, Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen

Directors: Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino

Writers: Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul, based on the book by Dr. Seuss

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3750 plus locations on March 14

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Never Back Down

Logline: At his new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an underground fight club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran

Featuring: Sean Faris, Cam Gigandet, Amber Heard, Leslie Hope, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Writers: Chris Hauty

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on March 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language – all involving teens

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sleepwalking

Logline: An 11-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her mother’s abandonment

Featuring: Woody Harrelson, Dennis Hopper, AnnaSophia Robb, Nick Stahl, Charlize Theron

Director: William Maher

Writer: Zac Stanford

Distributor: Overture Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on March 14

MPAA Rating: R for language and a scene of violence

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, SDDS

Wetlands Preserved

Logline: Documents the TriBeCa nightclub which fused music and activism in an altogether distinctive manner

Director: Dean Budnick

Distributor: First Run Features

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Alice’s House: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Bab’Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Chicago 10: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Military Intelligence and You: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

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

The Witnesses: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Wednesday March 19, 2008

Under The Same Moon

Logline: In the hopes of providing a better life for her son who lives in Mexico with his grandmother, a mother works illegaly in the U.S., until unexpected circumstances prompt them to reunite. In English and in Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Adrian Alonso, Kate del Castillo, Eugenio Derbez, America Ferrera, Carmen Salinas, Maya Zapata

Director: Patricia Riggen

Writers: Ligiah Villalobos

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on March 19

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday March 21, 2008

Boarding Gate

Logline: Love, murder and betrayal amongst a group of foreigners in London. In English and in Cantonese and French with subtitles

Featuring: Asia Argento, Michael Madsen, Kelly Lin, Carl Ng, Joana Preiss

Director: Olivier Assayas

Writer: Olivier Assayas

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on March 21

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

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Drillbit Taylor

Logline: Three teens hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the high school bully

Featuring: David Dorfman, Troy Gentile, Nate Hartley, Leslie Mann, Owen Wilson

Director: Steven Brill

Writers: Kristofor Brown & Seth Rogen, story by Edmond Dantes, Kristofor Brown & Seth Rogen

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on March 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity

Running Time: 102 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Factoid!: Edmond Dantes is the nom-de-plume for Brat Pack auteur John Hughes

Irina Palm

Logline: A widow becomes a hostess at a London sex shoppe in order to pay for medical treatments for her ill grandchild

Featuring: Jenny Agutter, Kevin Bishop, Dorka Gryllus, Siobhan Hewlett, Marianne Faithfull, Miki Manojlovic

Director: Sam Garbarski

Writers: Philippe Blasband & Sam Garbarski & Martin Herron

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinemas in New York City on March 21

MPAA Rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity and language

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Love Songs

Logline: A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Gregoire Leprince-Ringuet, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier

Director: Christophe Honore

Writers: Christophe Honore & Gael Morel

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on March 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Shutter

Logline: A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident

Featuring: David Denman, John Hensley, Joshua Jackson, James Kyson Lee, Rachel Taylor

Director: Masayuki Ochiai

Writer: Luke Dawson, based on the screenplay for the 2004 movie by Banjong Pisanthanukun, Sophon Sakdapisit and Parkpoom Wongpoom

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on March 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for terror, disturbing images, sexual content and language

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

Logline: A recetnly unemployed single mother in Chicago rediscovers hope when she meets the family she never knew she had

Featuring: Angela Bassett, Rick Fox, Jenifer Lewis, David Mann, Tyler Perry

Director: Tyler Perry

Writers: Tyler Perry

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on March 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug content, language including sexual references, thematic elements and brief violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Married Life: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets

Military Intelligence and You: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Sleepwalking: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Houston, 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 late-March 2008 and 2010, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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