The Early Report for November 9, 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 eight weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s report covers 49 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 11/12/08 and Friday 12/12/08, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

Logline: A young impoverished man is accused of cheating after he wins a million dollars on a television gameshow. In English and in Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Mia Inderbitzin, Anil Kapoor, Irfan Khan, Dev Patel, Freida Pinto

Director: Danny Boyle

Writer: Simon Beaufoy

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington DC on November 12

MPAA Rating: R for some violence, disturbing images and language

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Alphabet Killer

Logline: An obsessed police detective, having suffered a mental breakdown when she was unable to solve the murder of a ten-year-old girl, is brought back to assist in what appears to be a repeat killing

Featuring: Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton, Michael Ironside, Bill Moseley

Director: Rob Schmidt

Writer: Tom Malloy

Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica on November 14

MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are SIXTEEN credited producers, executive producers, associate producers and line producers for this film

The Beautiful Truth

Logline: Documents the journey of a teenage boy who embarked on a cross-country trip to investigate the merits of a natural therapy for cancer based upon diet

Director: Steve Kroschel

Distributor: Cinema Libre Studios

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Camille

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Featuring: David Carradine, James Franco, Scott Glenn, Ed Lauter, Sienna Miller

Director: Gregory Mackenzie

Writer: Nick Pustay

Distributor: A-Mark Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin on November 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and brief partial nudity

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Christmas Tale

Logline: Three siblings try to reunite the various members of their estranged family for one last holiday together. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Mathieu Amalric, Anne Consigny, Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Melvil Poupaud, Jean-Paul Roussillon

Director: Arnaud Desplechin

Writers: Emmanuel Bourdieu & Arnaud Desplechin

Distributor: IFC Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 150 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Dukes

Logline: A doo-wop group from the early 1960s struggles to stay together in the modern age

Featuring: Chazz Palminteri, Robert Davi, Peter Bogdanovich, Miriam Margolyes, Melora Hardin

Director: Robert Davi

Writers: James Andronica and Robert Davi

Distributor: CAVU Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Malverne Cinemas in Malverne NY, and the Empire 25 and Village East Cinemas in New York City on November 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief sexuality and drug references

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Eden

Logline: A married couple’s relationship begins to fall apart as their 10th wedding anniversary approaches

Featuring: Lesley Conroy, Padraic Delaney, Aidan Kelly, Karl Shiels, Eileen Walsh

Director: Declan Recks

Writer: Eugene O’Brien

Distributor: Liberation Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on November 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Faded Memories

Logline: A teenage girl who fears people touching her falls in love with a boy during a cross-country trip

Featuring: Anne-Sophie, Conni Marie Brazelton, Kim Morgan Greene, Brock Kelly, Ely Pouget

Director: Anne-Sophie

Writer: Anne-Sophie

Distributor: Rocky Mountain Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA and in additional locations in select markets on November 14

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

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Fuel

Logline: Documents the connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and the government, while exploring alternative energies such as solar, wind, electricity and non-food-based biofuel

Director: Josh Tickell

Distributor: Greenlight Theatrical

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR on November 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

House of the Sleeping Beauties

Logline: A man in his sixties whose wife has recently passed away becomes obsessed with the secrets behind a secret establishment

Featuring: Mona Glass, Vadim Glowna, Maximilian Schell, Birol Unel, Angela Winkler

Director: Vadim Glowna

Writer: Vadim Glowna, based on the novel “Nemureru Bijo” by Yasunari Kawabata

Distributor: First Run Features

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

How About You

Logline: A ootloose and fearless young woman is left in charge of a residential home for senior citizens owned and run by her older sister over the Christmas holiday season

Featuring: Hayley Atwell, Orla Brady, Brenda Fricker, Joan O’Hara, Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton

Director: Anthony Byrne

Writer: Jean Pasley, based on the short story by Maeve Binchy

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Paris Theatre in New York City on November 14

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Quantum of Solace

Logline: Betrayed by the woman he loved, a British secret service seeks revenge against those who did her wrong as he sets out to stop an environmentalist from taking over his country’s water supply

Featuring: Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, Jeffrey Wright

Director: Marc Forster

Writers: Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, based on characters created by Ian Fleming

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3750 plus locations on November 14

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

War Child

Logline: Documents hip-hop star Emmanuel Jai’s trip to his home land of Sudan, where he served as a child soldier

Director: Karim Chrobog

Distributor: 18th Street Films

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

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Shea 14 in Scottsdale

Breakfast with Scot: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus

Fear(s) of the Dark: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA

JCVD: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles and in additional locations in select markets

Johnny Got His Gun: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Let the Right One In: Opens at Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Lagoon Theatre in Minneapolis, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

The Matador: Opens at the Chula Vista 10 in Chula Vista CA and Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

Monks – The Transatlantic Feedback: Opens at the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco and the Santa Fe Film Center in Santa Fe

The Order of Myths: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Synecdoche, New York: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and in additional locations in select markets

What Just Happenedr: Opens at the Roxy Theatre in Burlington VT, the Abbey Theatre in Durango CO, the Triplex Cinemas in Great Barrington MA, the Carosuel 15 in Greensboro NC and the Studio on the Square 5 in Memphis

The World Unseen: Opens at the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29

Logline: Documents the 1968 football game between the two Ivy League rivals

Director: Kevin Rafferty

Distributor: Kevin Rafferty

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 19

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bolt

Logline: The canine star of a television series escapes the set of his show after believing what he does is real

Featuring the voices of: Diedrich Bader, Miley Cyrus, Malcolm McDowell, John Travolta

Directors: Byron Howard and Chris Williams

Writers: Chris Williams and Dan Fogelman

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3850 plus locations, including 1000 plus Digital 3D theatres, on November 21

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild action and peril

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

I Can’t Think Straight

Logline: A young Christian woman falls for a Muslim woman while planning for her wedding

Featuring: Antonia Frering, Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Dalip Tahil, Nina Wadia

Director: Shamim Sarif

Writer: Shamim Sarif & Kelly Moss, based on the novel by Shamim Sarif

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Carlton Theatre in Toronto and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on November 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Special

Logline: An unremarkable meter maid enrolls in a drug study for an experimental antidepressant, which grant him unexpected superpowers

Featuring: Robert Baker, Paul Blackthorne, Jack Kehler, Josh Peck, Michael Rapaport

Directors: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore

Writers: Hal Haberman, Jeremy Passmore

Distributor: Magnet Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and in additional locations in select markets on November 21

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

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Twilight

Logline: A teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love with a vampire

Featuring: Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Cam Gigandet, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Writer: Melissa Rosenberg, based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on November 21

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sensuality

Running Time: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Were the World Mine

Logline: A young man, prone to escaping his dismal high school reality through dazzling musical daydreams, stumbles upon a recipe hidden within the script for A Midsummer Night’s Dream to create the play’s magical, purple love-pansy

Featuring: Tanner Cohen, Jill Larson, Judy McLane, Wendy Robie, Zelda Williams

Director: Tom Gustafson

Writers: Tom Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg

Distributor: Wolfe Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Cinema Village in New York City and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco on November 21

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer: Opens at the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Park Terrace 6 in Charlotte and the Meridian 16 in Seattle

Ashes of Time Redux: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre and Landmark’s Oriental Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional locations in select markets

A Christmas Tale: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto CA, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional locations in select markets

The Dukes: Opens at the Town Center 8 in Burbank, the Paseo Camarillo Cinemas in Camarillo CA, the Covina 30 in Covina CA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Angelika FIlm Center in Houston, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 in Orange CA, the Camelot Cinemas in Palm Springs, the Riverview Plaza 17 in Philadelphia, the Bijou at the Crossroad Cinemas in San Antonio and the Gaslamp 15 in San Diego

Eden: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Fear(s) of the Dark: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Tivoli Theatre in Kansas City MO, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz

Fuel: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

A Girl Cut In Two: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

I’ve Loved You So Long: Opens at Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Edina Cinema in Minneapolis and in additional locations in select markets

JCVD: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Let the Right One In: Opens at Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis and in additional locations in select markets

Lola Montes: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

The Matador: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

My Name is Bruce: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit

Slumdog Millionaire: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Esquire Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, Landmark’s Edina Cinema in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Ritz East Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle and in additional locations in Baltimore, Phoenix and Vancouver

Synecdoche, New York: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, Landmark’s Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans and in additional locations in select markets

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

What Just Happenedr: Opens at the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville TN

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Australia

Logline: In the days leading up to World War II, an English aristocrat teams with a local cattle driver to protect the ranch she has just inherited from scheming cattle barons

Featuring: Bryan Brown, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jack Thompson, David Wenham

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Writers: Baz Luhrmann & Ronald Harwood & Stuart Beattie & Richard Flanagan, story by Baz Luhrmann

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 26

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 155 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Four Christmases

Logline: A happily-unmarried couple must spend time doing the one thing they have always avoided doing: getting involved in family-centric holiday gatherings

Featuring: Kristin Chenoweth, Robert Duvall, Jon Favreau, Tim McGraw, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Vince Vaughn, Jon Voight, Reese Witherspoon, Dwight Yoakam

Director: Seth Gordon

Writers: Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson and Jon Lucas & Scott Moore, story by Matt R. Allen & Caleb Wilson

Distributor: New Line Cinema

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 26

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

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Milk

Logline: The life and death of California’s first openly gay elected official

Featuring: Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Sean Penn

Director: Gus Van Sant

Writer: Dustin Lance Black

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark’s Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, Landmark’s Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, Landmark’s Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC, the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on November 26

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

Running Time: 128 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye

Logline: An extremely charismatic and fearless con man and thief socializes with the rich, famous and influential of Delhi society, in order to rob them blind. In English and in Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Neetu Chandra, Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Archana Puran Singh

Director: Dibakar Banerjee

Writers: Dibakar Banerjee and Urmi Juvekar

Distributor: UTV Communications

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 26

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 145 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Secrets

Logline: Two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing. In English and in French and Hebrew with subtitles

Featuring: Guri Alfi, Fanny Ardant, Ania Bukstein, Adir Miller, Michal Shtamler

Director: Avi Nesher

Writers: Avi Nesher and

Distributor: Monterey Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 26

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

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

Transporter 3

Logline: A special delivery man is asked to transport the kidnapped daughter of the Ukranian Environmental Protection Agency

Featuring: Francois Berleand, Robert Knepper, Jeroen Krabbe, Natalya Rudakova, Jason Statham

Director: Olivier Megaton

Writers: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on November 26

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, some sexual content and drug material

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer: Opens at the Screen Cinema in Santa Fe

A Christmas Tale: Opens at Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit and in additional locations in select markets

The Beautiful Truth: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

The Dukes: Opens at the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas and the Meridian 16 in Seattle

Fear(s) of the Dark: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

I’ve Loved You So Long: Opens at Landmark’s Downer Theatre in Milwaukee

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

Slumdog Millionaire: Opens at Landmark’s Albany Twin in Albany CA, Landmark’s Aquarius Theatre in Palo Alto CA and in additional locations in select markets

Friday, November 28, 2008

Expanding today

The Dukes: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin

Eden: Opens at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dust

Logline: Documents the medicinal cost of dust, the history of the Dust Bowl and the aftereffects of the dust created on 9/11. In German with subtitles

Director: Hartmut Bitomsky

Distributor: Icarus Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 3

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, December 5, 2008

Cadillac Records

Logline: A white man creates a record label to bring “black music” to the masses

Featuring: Adrien Brody, Mos Def, Beyonce Knowles, Columbus Short, Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright

Director: Darnell Martin

Writer: Darnell Martin

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 700 plus locations on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and some sexuality

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ciao

Logline: Two strangers bond over the death of a mutual friend

Featuring: Charles W. Blaum, Allesandro Calza, Erica Lung, Adam Neal Smith

Director: Yen Tan

Writers: Yen Tan & Allesandro Calza

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for langage including sexual references

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Extreme Movie

Logline: The joys and embarrasments of teenage sexuality

Featuring: Michael Cera, Jamie Kennedy, Matthew Lillard, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Pinkston

Directors: Andrew Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobsen

Writers: Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson and Will Forte & John Solomon and Andy Samberg & Akiva Schaffer & Jorma Taccone and Erica Rivinoja and Phil Lord & Chris Miller

Distributor: Dimension Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 50 locations in select markets on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for strong pervasive sexual content, nudity and language – all involving teens

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Frost/Nixon

Logline: After Richard Nixon resigns from the Presidency of the United States, a British journalist tries to set up a series of interviews to get to the truth of Watergate

Featuring: Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Frank Langella, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Michael Sheen

Director: Ron Howard

Writer: Peter Morgan, based on his play

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for some language

Running Time: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Hunger

Logline: An Irish political prisoner goes on a hunger strike

Featuring: Liam Cunningham, Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham

Director: Steve McQueen

Writers: Steve McQueen and Enda Walsh

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York City on December 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Local Color

Logline: A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of the defined the man he became

Featuring: Ray Liotta, Samantha Mathis, Trevor Morgan, Ron Perlman, Armin Mueller-Stahl

Director: George Gallo

Writer: George Gallo

Distributor: Empire Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Fayetteville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland OR, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe and Seattle on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Nobel Son

Logline: The son of a Nobel Prize winner is kidnapped and ransomed for two million dollars

Featuring: Ted Danson, Danny DeVito, Eliza Dushku, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Mary Steenburgen

Director: Randall Miller

Writers: Jody Savin & Randall Miller

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for some violent gruesome images, language and sexuality

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Punisher: War Zone

Logline: Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, a ruthless vigilante sets his sights on overeager mob boss

Featuring: Julie Benz, Wayne Knight, Dash Mihok, Ray Stevenson, Dominic West

Director: Lexi Alexander

Writers: Nick Santora and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on December 5

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

Running Time: 107 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Timecrimes

Logline: A man moving his family into a new home in the woods finds himself involved in a time-space continuum conundrum

Featuring: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernandez, Barbara Goenaga, Juan Inciarte, Nacho Vigalondo

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writer: Nacho Vigalondo

Distributor: Magnolia Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on December 5

MPAA Rating: R for nudity and language

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Amherst Theatre in Buffalo, the Ridgeway 4 in Memphis and Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

The Dukes: Opens at the Crossgates 18 in Albany NY, the Quaker Crossing 18 in Orchard Park NY, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR and the Carousel Mall 17 in Syracuse

Eden: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley and Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Fear(s) of the Dark: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Theatre in Columbus OH, the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines and Landmark’s Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis

Fuel: Opens at the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR

Gardens of the Night: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston

Save Me: Opens at Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Slumdog Millionaire: Opens in Atlanta, Detroit and Indianapolis

Were the World Mine: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Reader

Logline: A law student is stunned to learn a woman he had an affair with is on trail for being a Nazi war criminal

Featuring: Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz, David Kross, Alexandra Maria Lara, Kate Winslet

Director: Stephen Daldry

Writer: David Hare, based on the novel by Bernhard Schlink

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco on December 10

MPAA Rating: R for some scenes of sexuality and nudity

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Wendy and Lucy

Logline: A woman’s life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job when her can breaks down and she loses her dog

Featuring: Larry Fessenden, Will Oldham, Will Patton, John Robinson, Michelle Williams

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Writer: Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt

Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Fourm in New York City on December 10

MPAA Rating: R for language

Running Time: 80 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, December 12, 2008

Adam Resurrected

Logline: After the end of World War II, an ex-circus performer becomes the ringleader at an asylum for Holocaust survivors

Featuring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Derek Jacobi, Ayelet Zurer

Director: Paul Schrader

Writers: Noah Stollman, based on the novel by Yoram Kaniuk

Distributor: Bleiberg Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 12

MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing behavior, sexuality, nudity and some language

Running Time: 106 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Che

Logline: The life and times of the Marxist revolutionary, from his successes in the Cuban revolution to his failure and death in the Bolivian revolution

Featuring: Demian Bichir, Matt Damon, Benecio Del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Lou Diamond Phillips, Franka Potente, Rodrigo Santoro

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Writers: Peter Buchman and Benjamin A. van der Veen, based upon the books “Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War” and “Bolivian Diary” by Ernesto Guevara

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: One-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York City

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 262 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Part One: Anamorphic (2.39:1). Part Two: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Dark Streets

Logline: A nightclub owner’s life spirals out of control when he starts to investigate the shadowy death of his father

Featuring: Elias Koteas, Gabriel Mann, Izabella Miko, Bijou Phillips, Toledo

Director: Rachel Samuels

Writers: Wallace King

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 12

MPAA Rating: R for some sexual content, drug use and brief violent images

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Logline: The arrival of an alien triggers a global upheavel, as governments and scientists race to unravel the mystery behind the visitor’s appearance

Featuring: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Keanu Reeves, Jaden Smith

Director: Soctt Derrickson

Writer: David Scarapa, based up on the screenplay for the 1951 movie by Edmund H. North and the story by Harry Bates

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3650 plus locations on December 12

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sci-fi disaster images and violence

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Delgo

Logline: An adventurous but naive Lockni must rally his group of friends to protect their world from conflict between his people and the Nohrin

Featuring: Anne Bancroft, Michael Clarke Duncan, Louis Gossett Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Eric Idle, Chris Kattan, Val Kilmer, Malcolm McDowell, Freddie Prinze Jr., Burt Reynolds, Kelly Ripa

Directors: Marc F. Adler and Jason Maurer

Writers: Patrick J. Cowan and Carl Dream and Jennifer A. Jones, story by Marc F. Adler and Scott Biear and Jason Maurer

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1250 plus locations on December 12

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of fantasy action violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Doubt

Logline: The principal of a Catholic parochial school becomes convinced one of her more popular teachers has been molesting a young male student

Featuring: Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep

Director: John Patrick Shanley

Writer: John Patrick Shanley, based on his play

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 12

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

$9.99

Logline: A group of people living in an apartment complex look for the meaning of their lives

Featuring the voices of: Joel Edgerton, Samuel Johnson, Claudia Karvan, Anthony LaPaglia, Barry Otto, Geoffrey Rush

Director: Tatia Rosenthal

Writer: Tatia Rosenthal, based on the short stories of Etgar Keret

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 78 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Nothing Like the Holidays

Logline: A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together

Featuring: Vanessa Ferlito, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito, Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez, Vanessa Ferlito, Alfred Molina, Elizabeth Pena, Freddy Rodriguez

Director: Alfredo De Villa

Writers: Alison Swan and Rick Najera, story by Robert Teitel & Rene M. Rigal

Distributor: Overture Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1850 plus locations on December 12

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Playing With Fire

Logline: A seductress meets her match in a handsome medical student

Featuring: Kelly Albanese, Susan Anton, Kyle Jordan, Candace Moon, Tom Sandoval

Director: David DeCoteau

Writer: Matthew Jason Walsh

Distributor: Regent Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Regent Showcase Theatre in Los Angeles on December 12

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content

Running Time: 88 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Logline: A simple, clean hearted, honest man working for the power company finds love in a flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious woman. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Priyanka Chopra, Kajol, Shahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta

Director: Aditya Chopra

Writer: Aditya Chopra

Distributor: Yash Raj Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 140 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

What Doesn’t Kill You

Logline: Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship

Featuring: Lenny Clarke, Brian Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Will Lyman, Amanda Peet, Mark Ruffalo, Donnie Wahlberg

Director: Brian Goodman

Writers: Brian Goodman and Donnie Wahlberg and Paul T. Murray

Distributor: Yari Film Group

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 12

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Where God Left His Shoes

Logline: A family living on the streets of New York City can get an apartment in a nearby housing project, provided the father can find that day, which happens to be Christmas Eve

Featuring: David Castro, Jerry Ferrara, John Leguizamo, Samantha Rose, Leonor Varela

Director: Salvatore Stabile

Writer: Salvatore Stabile

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on December 12

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Anita O’Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer: Opens at the Kahala Cinemas in Honolulu, the Market Street Cinemas in Little Rock, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA and the West Hampton Cinemas in Richmond VA

August Evening: Opens at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM

Ciao: Opens at Landmark’s Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco

Eden: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

Pray the Devil Back to Hell: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Red Vic Movie House in San Francisco and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

Slumdog Millionaire: Opens in Ann Arbor, Austin, Hartford, Madison WI, Milwaukee, Sacramento and St. Louis

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH

Were the World Mine: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between December 2008 and 2012, please visit the second section of The Early Report

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