The Early Report for December 2, 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 36 known new movies opening in theatres between Friday 12/4/09 and Friday 12/25/09, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Armored

Logline: A crew of officers at an armed transport security firm plan a heist against their employers

Featuring: Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Reno, Columbus Short, Skeet Ulrich, Milo Ventimiglia, Fred Ward

Director: Nimrod Antal

Writer: James V. Simpson

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus locations on December 4

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

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Big River Man

Logline: Documents the efforts of a man as he attempts to swim the entire length of the Amazon River

Director: John Maringouin

Distributor: Revolver Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Breaking Point

Logline: A once prominent criminal defense attorney attempts to come back to the profession after a struggle with drug addiction and a family tragedy

Featuring: Armand Assante, Tom Berenger, Sticky Fingaz, Busta Rhymes, Musetta Vander

Director: Jeff Celentano

Writers: Vincent Campanella

Distributor: Cinema Epoch

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cobble Hill Cinemas in Brooklyn, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas and the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago, the Quad Cinema in New York City, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 4

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

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Brothers

Logline: A young man comforts his older brother’s wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan

Featuring: Clifton Collins Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard

Director: Jim Sheridan

Writer: David Benioff, based on the screenplay for the 2004 filn “Brodre” written by Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: 1850 plus locations on December 4

MPAA Rating: R for language and some disturbing violent content

Running Time: 110 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Everybody’s Fine

Logline: A widower who realized his only connection to his family was through his wife sets off on an impromptu road trip to reunite with each of his grown children

Featuring: Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Robert De Niro, Melissa Leo, Sam Rockwell

Director: Kirk Jones

Writer: Kirk Jones, based on the screenplay for the 1990 film “Stanno Tutti Bene” written by Massimo De Rita & Tonino Guerra & Giuseppe Tornatore

Distributor: Miramax Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on December 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby DIgital, DTS, SDDS

The Last Station

Logline: Leo Tolstoy struggles to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things

Featuring: James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, Paul Giamatti, Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer

Director: Michael Hoffman

Writer: Michael Hoffman, basedon the novel by Jay Parini

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar Qualifying run at the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles and in New York City on December 4

MPAA Rating: R for a scene of sexuality and nudity

Running Time: 112 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are no less than EIGHTEEN producers, co-producers, associate producers, assistant producers, line producers and junior producers (rrr) listed for this film

Loot

Logline: Documents the efforts of three World War II veterans to find a stash of loot they hid during the final days of the war

Director: Darius Marder

Distributor: ADD Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 86 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Mystery Team

Logline: When challenged to solve a murder, a team of now-grown child crime solvers see an opportunity to prove they’re real detectives

Featuring: Dominic Dierkes, Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson, Aubrey Plaza, Matt Walsh

Director: Dan Eckman

Writers: D.C. Pierson & Donald Glover & Dominic Dierkes, story by Dan Eckman & Dominic Dierkes & Donald Glover & Meggie McFadden & D.C. Pierson

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 94 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

One Peace at a Time

Logline: Documents the efforts of peope around the world to provide basic human rights to every child

Director: Turk Pipkin

Distributor: Monterey Media

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin on December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 83 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Paa

Logline: A politician must balance his ambitions with the desires of his teenage son, who suffers from a rare disease that causes him to age rapidly. In English and in Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal

Director: R. Balki

Writer: R. Balki

Distributor: Big Picture

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Cinema Latino in Aurora CO, the Tinseltown 17 in Austin TX, the Bloomfield 8 in Bloomfield CT, the Bridgeport 12 in Bridgeport CT, the Burlington 20 in Burlington NJ, the Freshpond Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Galaxy Theatre in Cary NC, the Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22 in Charlotte NC, the Screens At The Continent in Columbus OH, the Concord Mills 24 in Concord NC, the Culver Plaza 6 in Culver City CA, the Deerfield 5 in Deerfield Beach FL, the Barn Plaza 14 in Doylestown PA, the Town Center Plaza 15 in East Windsor NJ, the Movie City Cinemas in Edison NJ, the Jersey Gardens 20 in Elizabeth NJ, the Laguna 16 in Elk Grove CA, the Loehmann Twins in Falls Church VA, the Farmingdale 14 in Farmingdale NY, the Bombay Theater in Flushing NY, the NAZ 8 in Fremont CA, the Rio 18 in Gaithersburg MD, the Golf Cinemas in Glen Niles IL, the Waterfront 22 in Homestead PA, the Funasia Bollywood 6 and the Studio 30 in Houston TX, the Georgetown 14 in Indianapolis, the Hollywood Theaters in Irving TX, the Regency 24 in Jacksonville FL, the Newport Center 11 in Jersey City NJ, the Totem Lake Theatre in Kirkland WA, the NAZ 8 in Lakewood CA, the Laurel 6 in Laurel MD, the Maple Grove Cinema in Maple Grove MN, the Eastgate 10 in Mayfield Heights OH, the Methuen 20 in Methuen MA, the Parsippany 12 in Morris Plains NJ, the Empire 25 and the ImaginAsian Theatre in New York City, the Peachtree Cinemas in Norcross GA, the Columbia Park 12 in North Bergen NJ, the Commerce Center 18 in North Brunswick NJ, the Town Center 8 in Novi MI, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the South Chase 7 in Orlando, the Funasia Cinemas in Richardson TX, the Goldspirit Cinemas in San Diego, the Mercado 20 in San Jose, the South Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Hadley 16 in South Plainfield NJ, the Maveli Twin in Spring Valley NY, the First Colony 24 in Sugarland TX, the Britton Plaza 8 in Tampa, the Tempe Cinemas in Tempe, the 69th Street at 9th Avenue Cinemas in Upper Darby PA, the Cantera 30 in Warrenville IL, the Mayfair 18 in Wauwatosa WI, Laemmle’s Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA and the Westborough 12 in Westborough MA on December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

A Prophet

Logline: A young Corsican man becomes a mafia kingpin after he is sent to a French prison. IN Arabic, Corsican and French with subtitles

Featuring: Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb, Tahar Rahim, Hichem Yacoubi

Director: Jacques Audiard

Writers: Thomas Bidegain & Jacques Audiard, original story and screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri & Nicolas Peufaillit

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles and New York City in December 4

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

Running Time: 149 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby DIgital

Serious Moonlight

Logline: A couple go away for a romantic weekend and things go wrong when they both trade up for younger partners

Featuring: Kristen Bell, Timothy Hutton, Justin Long, Meg Ryan

Director: Cheryl Hines

Writer: Adrienne Shelly

Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the South Coast Village Cinemas in Santa Ana, Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 4

MPAA Rating: R for language and some threatening behavior

Running Time: 84 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Sleeping and Waking

Logline: An artist given a second chance at life after beating terminal cancer must deal with the consequences of his decision

Featuring: Jeff Allin, Ray Ficca, Helen Hedman, Elizabeth Jernigan, Hope Lambert

Director: Joe Banno

Writer: Chris Stezin

Distributor: Tontine Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Park Terrace 6 in Charlotte on December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Strip

Logline: The employees of a low-end electronics store find creative ways to stave of boredom and their impending adulthood

Featuring: Billy Aaron Brown, Federico Dordei, Dave Foley, Rodney Scott, Jenny Wade

Director: Jameel Khan

Writer: Jameel Khan

Distributor: BataFilms

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicaog, Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark’s Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, Landmark’s Main Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark’s Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Quad Cinema in New York City, Landmark’s Hillcrest Theatre in San Diego, Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 4

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual references

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Transylmania

Logline: A group of American college students do a semester abroad in Romania

Featuring: Patrick Cavanaugh, James DeBello, Tony Denman, Paul H. Kim, Jennifer Lyons

Directors: David Hillenbrand and Scott Hillenbrand

Writers: Patrick Casey and Worm Miller

Distributor: Full Circle Releasing

Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on December 4

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

Running Time: 92 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

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 December 4

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Up in the Air

Logline: A corporate hatchet man who defines himself by the air miles and perks he accumulates finds himself grounded when a new hire devises a plan to do his job via teleconferencing

Featuring: Jason Bateman, George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Danny McBride

Director: Jason Reitman

Writers: Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kim

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 4

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Antichrist: Opens at Landmark’s Gateway Theatre in Columbus OH and Landmark’s Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis

The Baader Meinhof Complex: Opens at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque

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

Dare: Opens at Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia

The Horse Boy: Opens at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR and in Denver

Me and Orson Welles: Expands into additional markets

The Messenger: Opens at the Amherst Theatre in Amherst MA, the Amherst 3 in Buffalo NY, the Palace 9 in Burlington VT, the Park Terrace Cinemas in Charlotte, the Delray Beach Cinemas in Delray Beach FL, the Fayetteville 12 in Fayetteville NC, the Cherrydale 16 in Greenville SC, the Beach Blvd. Cinemas in Jacksonville, the Kennewick 12 in Kennewick WA, the Village 8 in Louisville, the Naro Cinemas in Norfolk VA, the Film Streams Cinema in Omaha, the Movies at the Museum Theatre in Portland ME, the Broadway 6 in Salt Lake City, the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo, the DeVargas 6 in Santa Fe, the Miracle Cinemas in Tallahassee, the Citrus Park Cinemas in Tampa and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME

Red Cliff: Opens at the Manhasset 3 in Manhasset NY, the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, the Crest Theatre and the Tower Theatre in Sacramento,, the Rialto Lakeside Cinemas in Santa Rosa CA and the Cinema 100 Quad in White Plains NY

Skin: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta

Storm: Opens at the Theatre N at Nemours in Wilmington DE

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe: Opens at Landmark’s Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and in Denver, Minneapolis and Philadelphia

Friday, December 11, 2009

Invictus

Logline: After the fall of apartheid, new South African President Nelson Mandela campaigns to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an opportunity to unite his countrymen

Featuring: Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman

Director: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Anthony Peckham, based on the book “Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation” by John Carlin

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on December 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language

Running Time: 133 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

In Concert 3D: Larger Than Life in 3D

Logline: Live performances from the Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper and Relentless7, and Gogol Bordello

Directors: Luke Harrison and Lawrence Jordan

Distributor: Cinedigm

Opening Week Release Pattern: 250 plus Digital 3D locations on December 11

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language

Running Time: 85 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Lovely Bones

Logline: A young girl who was murdered by a neighbor watches over her grieving family and friends

Featuring: Saoirse Ronan, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh & Philippa Boyens, based on the novel by Alice Sebold

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 11

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing content and images, and some languages

Running Time: 139 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Logline: A graduate student is inspired by Sophocles’ Orestes to murder his mother

Featuring: Willem Dafoe, Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Michael Pena, Chloe Sevigny, Michael Shannon

Director: Werner Herzog

Writers: Herbert Golder and Werner Herzog

Distributor: Industrial Entertainment

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on December 11

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Single Man

Logline: After the sudden death of his partner, a closeted gay English professor plans his own suicide

Featuring: Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult, Colin FIrth, Jon Hamm, Julianne Moore, Lee Pace

Director: Tom Ford

Writers: Tom Ford & David Scearce, based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 11

MPAA Rating: Not yet set

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Slammin’ Salmon

Logline: A group of waiters compete for a $10,000 bonus from their boss

Featuring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Cobie Smulders, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske

Director: Kevin Heffernan

Writers: Broken Lizard

Distributor: Anchor Bay Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 11

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language and sexual references

Running Time: 93 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

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

Collapse: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe and Landmark’s E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Hannah Free: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City

The Messenger: Opens at the Old Mill Theatre in Bend OR, the Palace Cinemas in Boca Raton, the Ragtag Cinemas in Columbia MO, the Fiesta Square Cinemas in Fayetteville AR, the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY, the Avon Theatre in Providence RI and the Burns Court Theatre in Sarasota

Mystery Team: Opens at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque

Oh My Godr: Opens at Landmark’s Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis

The Princess and the Frog: Expands to 2750 plus playdates

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee: Opens at the Bantam Cinema in Bantam CT, Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, the Glenwood Arts Theatre in Kansas City MO, Landmark’s Clay Theatre in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA

Red Cliff: Opens at the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland, the Real Art Ways Cinema in Hartford and the Tivoli at Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO

Serious Moonlight: Opens at Landmark’s Dobie Theatre in Austin, Landmark’s Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, the Living Room Theatres in Portland, Landmark’s Hillcrest Theatre in San Diego and Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle

Up in the Air: Expands into additional markets

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Crazy Heart

Logline: A broken-down, hard-living country music singer who’s had way too many marriages, far too many years on the road and one too many drinks way too many times, can’t help but reach for salvation with the help of a journalist who discovers the real man behind the musician

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Beth Grant, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Director: Scott Cooper

Writer: Scott Cooper, based on the novel by Thomas Cobb

Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 16

MPAA Rating: R for language and brief sexuality

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ricky

Logline: An extraordinary child is born of two ordinary people. In French with subtitles

Featuring: Alexandra Lamy, Sergi Lopez, Melusine Mayance, Arthur Peyret

Director: Francois Ozon

Writer: Francois Ozon

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

A Town Called Panic

Logline: Three toy figures share a rambling house in a rural town which never fails to attract the weirdest events. In French with subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Stephane Aubier, Jeanne Balibar, Bruce Ellison, Vincent Patar, Benoit Poelvoorde

Directors: Stephane Aubier and Vincent Patar

Writers: Stephane Aubier & Vincent Patar

Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 16

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 75 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, December 18, 2009

Avatar

Logline: A wounded ex-Marine is recruited to take part in an exploration of an exotic planet rich in bio-diversity

Featuring: Michelle Rodriquez, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Worthington

Director: James Cameron

Writer: James Cameron

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4000 plus locations, including 2000 plus Digital 3D locations, on December 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking

Running Time: 160 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Did You Hear About the Morgansr

Logline: An estranged New York City couple witness a murder and are relocated to a small town in Wyoming as part of a witness protection program

Featuring: Sam Elliott, Hugh Grant, Elisabeth Moss, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mary Steenburgen

Director: Marc Lawrence

Writer: Marc Lawrence

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3150 plus locations on December 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Don’t Fade Away

Logline: A troubled music manager on the edge returns from Los Angeles to North Carolina to care for his sick father

Featuring: Misha Barton, Beau Bridges, Ryan Kwanten, Ja Rule

Director: Luke Kasdan

Writer: Luke Kasdan

Distributor: New Films International

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on December 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 89 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are no less than FOURTEEN producers, co-producers, associate producers and executive producers listed for this film

The Lightkeepers

Logline: A lighthouse keeper who has disavowed any association with females must deal with the appearance of two attractive women who move into a nearby cottage for the summer

Featuring: Blythe Danner, Bruce Dern, Richard Dreyfuss, Maggie Gummer, Tom Wisdon

Director: Daniel Adams

Writer: Daniel Adams

Distributor: New Films International

Opening Week Release Pattern: One week Oscar Qualifying run at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills on December 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 99 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

CREDIT ABUSE!: There are no less than THIRTEEN producers, co-producers, associate producers, line producers and executive producers listed for this film, including one person listed as both a co-producer and a line producer

Nine

Logline: A film director finds the women in his life distracting while he works on his latest movie

Featuring: Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Stacy Ferguson, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren

Director: Rob Marshall

Writers: Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella, based on the stage show by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston and Mario Fratti

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 18

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and smoking

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Other Side of Paradise

Logline: A young artist embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she travels with her brother and her unrequited love on her way to her first solo gallery opening

Featuring: John Elliott, Susana Gibb, Arianne Martin, Jodie Moore, Frank Mosely

Director: Justin D. Hillard

Writers: Justin D. Hillard & Arianne Martin & Ryan Hartsell

Distributor: Striped Socks Productions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City on December 18

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

The Young Victoria

Logline: The new queen of Britian finds her new reign to be troubled, in part from her romance with her first cousin

Featuring: Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Writer: Julian Fellowes

Distributor: Apparition

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 18

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking

Running Time: 100 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

Collapse: Opens at Landmark’s Varsity Theatre in Seattle and the Princess Theatre in Waterloo ON

Endgame: Opens at the Real Art Ways Theatre in Hartford, the Hollywood Theatre in Pittsburgh and the Living Room Theatres in Portland OR

In Search of Beethoven: Opens at the Roxie Film Center in San Francisco and the Rafael Film Center in San Francisco

The Messenger: Opens at the Flicks Theatre in Boise

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

Logline: The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes

Featuring: David Cross, Jason Lee, Zachary Levi and the voices of Christina Applegate, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney and Amy Poehler

Director: Betty Thomas

Writers: Jon Vitti and Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, based on characters created by Ross Bagdasarian

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on December 23

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Police, Adjective

Logline: A police officer refuses to arrest a young man for offering drugs to his friends. In Romanian with subtitles

Featuring: Dragos Bucur, Marian Ghenea, Vlad Ivanov, Irina Saulescu, Ion Stoica

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu

Writer: Corneliu Porumboiu

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino CA, the IFC Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on December 23

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 115 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus

Logline: A mysterious man with amnesia helps an old man help win a bet with the devil for the soul of his daughter

Featuring: Lily Cole, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Heath Ledger, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writers: Terry Gilliam & Charles McKeown

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking

Running Time: 122 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

It’s Complicated

Logline: A divorcee finds herself having an affair with her re-married ex-husband while starting a new relationship with her architect

Featuring: Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Steve Martin, Meryl Streep, Rita Wilson

Director: Nancy Meyers

Writer: Nancy Meyers

Distributor: Universal Studios

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Running Time: Not yet set

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Sherlock Holmes

Logline: A detective and his stalwart partner engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England

Featuring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan, Mark Strong

Director: Guy Ritchie

Writers: Michael Robert Johnson and Anthony Peckham and Simon Kinberg, screen story by Lionel Wigram and Michael Robert Johnson, based on characters created by Arthur Conan Doyle

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material

Running Time: 129 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

The Lovely Bones: Expands into additional markets

Serious Moonlight: Opens at the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe

Up in the Air: Expands to 2500 plus playdates

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (Paladin): Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City

The White Ribbon (Sony Pictures Classics): Opens at the Film Forum in New York City and in Los Angeles

Friday, January 1, 2010

Case 39

Logline: A social worker fights to save a girl from her abusive parents, only to discover that the situation is more dangerous than she ever expected

Featuring: Bradley Cooper, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Renee Zellweger

Director: Christian Alvart

Writer: Ray Wright

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on January 1

MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror, including disturbing images

Running Time: 109 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

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

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

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