The Early Report for October 26, 2009: 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 four weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s report covers 33 known new movies opening in theatres between Tuesday 10/27/09 and Friday 11/20/09, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

Logline: Documents the late pop singer’s rehearsals for his London shows

Director: Kenny Ortega

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on October 27

MPAA Rating: PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images

Running Time: 111 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, October 30, 2009

Aladin

Logline: A young man from the streets finds his already chaotic life overthrown when he is given a magic lamp that grants him three wishes. In Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sanjay Dutt, Jaqueline Fernandes

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Writers: Ritesh Shah and Sujoy Ghosh

Distributor: Eros Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on October 30

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 135 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Logline: When retired twin assassins learn their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, the duo return to Boston to bring justice to those responsible

Featuring: Julie Benz, Clifton Collins Jr., Billy Connelly, Sean Patrick Flannery, Peter Fonda, Judd Nelson, Norman Reedus

Director: Troy Duffy

Writer: Troy Duffy

Distributor: Apparition

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Aliso Viejo 20 in Aliso Viejo CA, the Bellingham 14 in Bellingham MA, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Boston Commons 19 in Boston MA, the Brea 22 in Brea CA, the Bridgeport 12 in Bridgeport CT, the Bay Plaza 13 and the Whitestone 14 in Bronx NY, the Court Street 12 and the Sheepshead Bay 14 in Brooklyn NY, the Burbank 16 in Burbank CA, the Burlington 20 in Burlington NJ, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Winnetka 21 in Chatsworth CA, the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Chino Hills 18 in Chino Hills CA, the Clifton Commons 16 in Clifton NJ, the Commack 15 in Commack NY, the Covina 30 in Covina CA, the Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers MA, the Edgewater 16 in Edgewater NJ, the Jersey Gardens 20 in Elizabeth NJ, the Greenburgh 10 in Elmsford NY, the Farmingdale 10 in Farmingdale NY, the Midway 9 in Forest Hills NY, the Patriot Palce 14 in Foxboro MA, the Framingham 15 in Framingham MA, the Fullerton 20 in Fullerton CA, the Roosevelt Field 8 in Garden City NY, the Palace 17 in Hartford CT, the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Island 16 in Holtsville NY, the Irvine Spectrum 21 in Irvine CA, the Lakewood Center 16 in Lakewood CA, the Lincoln Mall 16 in Lincoln RI, the Long Beach 26 in Long Beach CA, the Magic Johnson 15 in Los Angeles, the Buckland Hills 16 in Manchester CT, the Solomon Pond Mall 15 in Marlborough MA, the Conneticut Post 14 in Milford CT, the New Brunswick 18 in New Brunswick NJ, the New Roc City 18 in New Rochelle NY, the 84th Street 6, the Empire 25 and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the North Attleborough Cinemas in North Attleborough MA, the North Haven Cinemas in North Haven CT, the Norwalk 20 in Norwalk CA, the Ontario Palace 22 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 and the Orange 25 in Orange CA, the Garden State 16 in Paramus NJ, the Riverview Plaza 17 in Philadelphia, the Plainville 20 in Plainville CT, the Providence Place 16 in Providence RI, the Randolph 16 in Randolph MA, the Redlands 14 in Redlands CA, the Revere 20 in Revere MA, the Staten Island 16 in Staten Island NY, the Stony Brook 17 in Stony Brook NY, the Citywalk 19 in Universal City CA, the Valley Stream 14 in Valley Stream NY, the Warrington Crossing 22 in Warrington PA, the Warwick 15 in Warwick RI, the Palisades Center 21 in West Nyack NY, the City Center 15 in White Plains NY and the Woburn 14 in Woburn MA on October 30

MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, language and some nudity

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Gentlemen Broncos

Logline: A teenager attends a fantasy writers’ convention where he discovers his idea has been stolen by an established novelist

Featuring: Michael Angarano, Jemaine Clement, Jennifer Coolidge, Josh Pais, Sam Rockwell

Director: Jared Hess

Writers: Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 plus locations on October 30

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some crude humor

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The House Of The Devil

Logline: A babysitter realizes her new cliets plan to use her in a satanic ritual

Featuring: AJ Bowen, Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov

Director: Ti West

Writer: Ti West

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Theatre in Austin and the Village East Cinemas in New York City on October 30

MPAA Rating: R for some bloody violence

Running Time: 95 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Antichrist: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the South Coast Village Cinemas in Costa Mesa CA, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Baader Meinhof Complex: Opens at the Carolina Theatre in Asheville NC

The Beaches of Agnes: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley

Beeswax: Opens at the George Eastman House in Rochester NY and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle

Bronson: Opens at Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver

Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Albuquerque 14 in Albuquerque, the Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins CO, the Jupiter 18 in Jupiter FL, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the DeVargas Center 6 in Santa Fe

Crude: Opens at the Museum of Fine Arts Theatre in Boston, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston

Earth Days: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Bijou at the Crossroads Cinemas in San Antonio and in Seattle

The Horse Boy: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore and the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK

No Impact Man: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin

Paris: Opens at the Newburyport Screening Room in Newburyport MA

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Walt & El Grupo: Opens at the Metreon 16 in San Francisco

White on Rice: Opens at Dole Cannery 18 in Honolulu

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Box

Logline: A couple in financial trouble is given a box that could end their troubles

Featuring: Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella, James Marsden, Holmes Osborne, James Rebhorn

Director: Richard Kelly

Writer: Richard Kelly, based on the story “Button, Button” by Richard Matheson

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on November 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some violence and disturbing images

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Collapse

Logline: Documents the efforts of a former police officer turned investigative reporter as he uncovers what he deems to be the immenent collapse of industrial civilization

Director: Chris Smith

Distributor: Bluemark Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on November 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 82 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Logline: A miserly man learns the true value of Christmas after being visited by three ghosts

Featuring: Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright Penn

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, based on the story by Charles Dickens

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus theatres, including 2000 plus Digital 3D locations, on November 6

MPAA Rating: PG for scary sequences and images

Running Time: 96 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Endgame

Logline: Members of the white-led Afrikaaner government of South Africa negotiate with their fiercest enemies from the African National Congress over the future of the country in the waning days of Apartheid

Featuring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Hurt, Derek Jacobi, Johnny Lee Miller, Mark Strong

Director: Pete Travis

Writer: Paula Milne

Distributor: Monterey Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Apple Valley 15 in Apple Valley MN, the Asheville 10 in Asheville NC, the Royal Palm 20 in Bradenton FL, the Chapel Hill 15 in Colorado Springs, the Wynnsong 15 in Durham NC, the Oakwood Mall 12 in Eau Clair WI, the Fort Smith 15 in Fort Smith AR, the Hippodrome Cinema in Gainesville FL, the Greenville 12 in Greenville NC, the Hickory 14 in Hickory NC, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewick WA, the Minot 9 in Minot ND, the Wynnsong 15 in Moundsview MN, the Broadway 16 in Myrtle Beach SC, the Quad Cinema in New York City, the Panama City 10 in Panama City FL, the Horizon 10 in Traverse City MI, the Wilmington 16 in Wilmington NC and the Wynnsong 12 in Winston-Salem NC on November 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/disturbing images and some strong language

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Fourth Kind

Logline: A therapist tries to help a group of people in a remote Alaskan town which has seen more than its fair share of unexplained disappearances over the previous forty years

Featuring: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi

Writers: Olatunde Osunsanmi, story by Olatunde Osunsanmi & Terry Lee Robbins

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on November 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent and disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

French Gigolo

Logline: A married construction worker leads a double life as a male prostitute serving rich ladies. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Josiane Balasko, Nathalie Baye, Eric Caravaca, Isabelle Carre, Catherine Hiegel

Director: Josiane Balasko

Writers: Josiane Balasko and Frank Lee Joseph, based on the novel “Cliente” by Balasko

Distributor: IFC FIlms

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 104 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Logline: A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army’s First Earth Battalion, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey

Director: Grant Heslov

Writer: Peter Straughan, inspired by the book by Jon Ronson

Distributor: Overture Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 6

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

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby DIgital, DTS, SDDS

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Logline: A teenage girl in Harlem deals with abusive parents, motherhood and a school system that is failing her

Featuring: Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe

Director: Lee Daniels

Writer: Geoffrey Fletcher, based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 6

MPAA Rating: R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Splinterheads

Logline: A twentysomething slacker runs away to join a traveling carnival after he falls in love with one of the carneys

Featuring: Christopher McDonald, Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters

Director: Brant Sersen

Writer: Brant Sersen

Distributor: Atlantic Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Union Square 14 in New York City on November 6

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

That Evening Sun

Logline: An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm

Featuring: Dixie Carter, Barry Corbin, Walton Goggins, Hal Holbrook, Ray McKinnon, Carrie Preston, Mia Wasikowska

Director: Scott Teems

Writer: Scott Teems, based on the short story “I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down” by William Gay

Distributor: Freestyle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 6

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some violence, sexual content and thematic elements

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are eleven producers, co-producers, line producers, associate producers and executive producers listed for this film, including one person receiving credit as line producer and co-producer

Expanding today

Adventures of Power: Opens at the DeVargas Mall 6 in Santa Fe

Antichrist: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark’s Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego

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

Art & Copy: Opens at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco

The Baader Meinhof Complex: Opens at the State Theatre in State College PA

The Burning Plain: Opens at the Fountain Theatre in Mesilla NM and the Crest Theatre in Sacramento

Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Fireweed 7 in Anchorage, the Cine in Athens GA, the Charles 5 in Baltimore, the Pilot Butte 6 in Bend OR, the Boulder 16 in Boulder CO, the Delray 18 in Delray Beach FL, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the Gainesville 14 in Gainesville FL, the Kahala 8 in Honolulu, the Beach Blvd. 12 in Jacksonville, the Downtown West 8 in Knoxville, the Suncoast 16 in Las Vegas, Landmark’s Oriental 3 in Milwaukee, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Quail Springs 24 in Oklahoma City, the Riverside 12 in Reno, the Westhamption Twin in Richmond VA, the Broadway Centre 6 in Salt Lake City, the Fiesta 16 in San Antonio, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and the Miracle 5 in Tallahassee

Earth Days: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Five Minutes of Heaven: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Rashomon: Opens at the Bijou Movie Theatre in Iowa City

(Untitled): Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, the Osio Cinemas in Monterey, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Fiesta 5 in Santa Barbara, the Nickelodeon Cinemas in Santa Cruz, the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa, Landmark’s Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman: Opens at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landamrk’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in San Francisco

The Way We Get By: Opens at the UICA Theatre in Grand Rapids MI

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Four Seasons Lodge

Logline: Documents the final season for a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to celebrate their lives

Director: Andrew Jacobs

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 13, 2009

Defamation

Logline: Documents the efforts of a controversial author to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today. In English and in Hebrew with subtitles

Director: Yoav Shamir

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on November 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Dolby SR

The Messenger

Logline: An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer

Featuring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Samantha Morton

Director: Oren Moverman

Writers: Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

Distributor: Oscilloscope Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC on November 13

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

Running Time: 105 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Oh My Godr

Logline: Documentary that asks people from all walks of life “What is Godr”

Director: Peter Rodger

Distributor: OMG Movie Inc.

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City and Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pirate Radio

Logline: A group of rogue disk jockeys operate a radio station in the middle of the North Sea just off the coast of England

Featuring: Kenneth Branagh,, Nick Frost, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy

Director: Richard Curtis

Writer: Richard Curtis

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on November 13

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

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ten9Eight

Logline: Documents the stories of several inner city teens from Harlem to Compton and all points in between, as they compete in an annual business plan competition run by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Director: Mary Mazzio

Distributor: 50 Eggs Films/ BET Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta, the Boston Common 19 in Boston, the River East 21 and the Ford City 14 in Chicago, the Magic Johnson 9 in Harlem, the Mainstreet 6 and the Ward Parkway 14 in Kansas City MO, the Capital Centre 12 in Largo MD, the Stonecrest 16 in Lithonia GA, the Magic Johnson 15 in Los Angeles, the Mall of the Americas 14 in Miami, the Lincoln Square 13 in New York City, the Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami and the Georgetown 14 in Washington DC on November 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

2012

Logline: A group of survivors struggle with the cataclysmic end of the world

Featuring: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Glover, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Peet

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4150 plus locations on November 13

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language

Running Time: 158 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Uncertainty

Logline: A young couple, in love and facing a life-changing decision, find one seemingly ordinary July 4th cleaved in two by the flip of a coin on the Brooklyn Bridge

Featuring: Lynn Collins, Manoel Felciano, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nelson Landrieu, Assumpta Serna

Directors: Scott McGehee and David Siegel

Writers: Scott McGehee & David Siegel

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 101 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe

Logline: Documents the life of the radical 1960s lawyer, famous for fighting for civil rights alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and representing the Chicago Seven

Director: Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler

Distributor: Arthouse Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Village in New York City and in Boston on November 13

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Women in Trouble

Logline: A day in the lives of eight women in Los Angeles

Featuring: Simon Baker, Connie Britton, Josh Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Sarah Clarke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, Adrienne Palicki, Marley Shelton,

Director: Sebastian Gutierrez

Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez

Distributor: Screen Media Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on November 13

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and for language

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Antichrist: Opens at Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit

Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Flicks 4 in Boise, the Manor Twin in Charlotte, the Gateway 3 in Columbus OH, the Coconut Point 16 in Estero FL, the Fiesta Square 16 in Fayetteville, Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Elmwood Palace 20 in Harahan LA, the Tivoli at Manor Square 3 in Kansas City MO, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Oakview 24 in Omaha, the Westgate Mall 8 in Spartanburg SC, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane, the Burns Court Cinema in Sarasota, the City Center 13 in Vancouver WA and the Indian River 24 in Vero Beach

Collapse: Opens at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood

Crude: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and in Minneapolis

Five Minutes of Heaven: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego

Paris: Opens at the Museum of Modern Art Theatre in Fort Worth and the Putnam Screening Room in Keene NH

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

Splinterheads: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin and the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Logline:

Featuring: Fairuza Balk, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Coolidge, Brad Dourif, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Michael Shannon, Xzibit

Director: Werner Herzog

Writer: William Finkelstein, based on the screenplay for the 1990 film “Bad Lieutenant” written by Victor Argo & Paul Calderon & Abel Ferrera & Zoe Lund

Distributor: First Look Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington DC on November 20

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are FIFTEEN producers, co-producers and executive producers listed for this film

The Blind Side

Logline: A homeless, oversized and under-educated African-American teenager is taken in by a well-to-do white family

Featuring: Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw

Director: John Lee Hancock

Writer: John Lee Hancock, based on the book “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game” by Michael Lewis

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on November 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Defamation

Logline: An Israeli director travels the world to find out what anti-Semitism means in the modern world. In English and in Hebrew with subtitles

Director: Yoav Shamir

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the Cinema Village in New York City and the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco on November 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Mammoth

Logline: While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. In English and in Tagalog and Thai with subtitles

Featuring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Marife Necesito, Sophie Nyweide, Michelle Williams

Director: Lukas Moodysson

Writer: Lukas Moodysson

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on November 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 125 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Planet 51

Logline: An American astronaut lands on a planet thinking he’s the first person to step foot on it, to find this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world and fear it will be overrun by alien invaders

Featuring the voices of: Jessica Biel, John Cleese, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Gary Oldman, Seann William Scott

Directors: Jorge Blanco and Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez

Writer: Joe Stillman

Distributor: TriStar Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on November 20

MPAA Rating: PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Red Cliff

Logline: A power hungry Prime Minister seeks permission from the Han dynasty Emperor to organize a southward-bound mission designed to crush the two troublesome warlords who stand in his way. In Mandarin with subtitles

Featuring: Chen Chang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Wei Zhao

Director: John Woo

Writers: John Woo & Chan Khan & Kuo Cheng & Sheng Heyu, based on the novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” by Guanzhong Luo

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on November 20

MPAA Rating: R for sequences of epic warfare

Running Time: 148 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Logline: A young woman is torn between her love of a vampire and her friendship with a werewolf

Featuring: Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Ashley Greene, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson, Nikki Reed, Michael Sheen, Kristen Stewart

Director: Chris Weitz

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

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on November 20

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and action

Running Time: 130 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Until the Light Takes Us

Logline: Documents the history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal

Directors: Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell

Distributor: Variance Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City on November 20

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding today

Antichrist: Opens at the Alamo South Lamar Theatre in Austin and the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA

Coco Before Chanel: Opens at the Ragtag Cinema in Columbia MO, the Mindrame Theatre in Debuque IA and the Movie Cinema in Springfield MO

Crude: Opens at the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford

The Horse Boy: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta and the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe

Rashomon: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and the Castro Theatre in San Francisco

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe: Opens at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles and in Berkeley, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC

For Release Dates Changes and Estimated Screen Counts for films scheduled for release between late-November 2009 and 2013, please visit the second section of The Early Report