The Early Report for December 12th, 2010

The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming three weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week’s report covers 20 major new openers in theatres between Friday 4/9/10 and Friday 4/30/10.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Casino Jack

Logline: A hot shot lobbyist and his protege’s schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder

Featuring: Hannah Endicott-Douglas, Graham Greene, Ruth Marshall, Barry Pepper, Kevin Spacey

Director: George Hickenlooper

Writer: Norman Snider

Distributor: ATO Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 17

MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some violence and brief nudity

Running Time: 108 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Fighter

Logline: A down-on-his-luck pugilist gets an unlikely chance to fight for a championship

Featuring: Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Mark Wahlberg

Director: David O. Russell

Writers: Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson & Keith Dorrington

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus playdates on December 17

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, drug content, some violence and sexuality

Running Time: 116 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

CREDIT ABUSE: This film has THIRTEEN credited producers, co-producers and executive producers on this movie

How Do You Know

Logline: A former athlete finds herself in the middle of a love triangle between her professional baseball playing current boyfriend and an old college friend in crisis

Featuring: Kathryn Hahn, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon

Director: James L. Brooks

Writer: James L. Brooks

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus playdates on December 17

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and some strong language

Running Time: 121 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Rabbit Hole

Logline: Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident

Featuring: Tammy Blanchard, Aaron Eckhart, Nicole Kidman, Miles Teller, Dianne Weist

Director: John Cameron Mitchell

Writers: David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his play

Distributor: Lionsgate

Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Lincoln Square 13 and Landmark’s Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on December 17

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material, some drug use and language

Running Time: 91 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Tron Legacy

Logline: A tech-saavy young man looks into his father’s disappearance and finds himself pulled into the same world of fierce programs and gladiatorial games where his father has been living for 25 years

Featuring: Bruce Boxleitner, Jeff Bridges, Beau Garrett, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

Director: Joseph Kosinski

Writers: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal, based on the screenplay for the 1982 film by Steven Lisberger, story by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird

Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 4000 plus playdates, including 2500 plus Digital 3D and 100 plus IMAX playdates, on December 17

MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fi action violence and brief mild language

Running Time: 126 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Yogi Bear

Logline: A documentary filmmaker travels to Jellystone Park to shoot a project and soon crosses paths with two talking bears

Featuring: Tom Cavanagh, Anna Faris, T.J. Miller and the voices of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake

Director: Eric Brevig

Writers: Jeffrey Ventimilia & Joshua Sternin and Brad Copeland, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera

Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus playdates, including 2500 plus Digital 3D playdates, on December 17

MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor

Running Time: 79 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today

All Good Things: Opens at the Landmark’s Shattuck 10 in Berkeley, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA, Landmark’s Aquarius Twin in Palo Alto CA, Landmark’s Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, Landmark’s Ken Cinema in San Diego, Landmark’s Bridge Theatre in San Francisco, the Camera 3 in San Jose, Landmark’s Metro Cinemas in Seattle and Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: Opens at the Savoy Theatre in Montpelier VT, the Crest Theatre in Sacramento, the Circle Theatre in Tulsa OK and the Theatre N at Nemours in Wilmington DE

The Fighter: Expands to 2500 plus playdates

Night Catches Us: Opens at the West End Cinema in Washington DC

The Tempest: Opens in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Palm Desert CA, Philadelphia, Portland OR, Seattle, Washington DC, Westchester NY and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Country Strong

Logline: A married country star, fresh out of rehab, starts a relationship with an up-and-coming singer who is the opening act on her latest tour

Featuring: Garrett Hedlund, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow

Director: Shana Feste

Writer: Shana Feste

Distributor: Screen Gems

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content

Running Time: 117 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Little Fockers

Logline: Family mayhem, and hilarity, will ensue when the Fockers and the Byrnes come together for Greg ang Pam’s twins’ tenth birthday party

Featuring: Jessica Alba, Blythe Danner, Robert De Niro, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, Teri Polo, Ben Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Owen Wilson

Director: Paul Weitz

Writers: John Hamburg and Larry Stuckey, based on characters created by Greg Glienna & Mary Ruth Clarke

Distributor: Universal Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3850 plus playdates on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Nenette

Logline: Documents the life of a forty-year-old orangutan who lives at the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes in Paris. In French with subtitles

Director: Nicolas Philibert

Distributor: Kino Lorber Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on December 22

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 70 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Stereo

Somewhere

Logline: A hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit

Featuring: Benecio Del Toro, Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monoghan, Chris Pontius

Director: Sofia Coppola

Writer: Sofia Coppola

Distributor: Focus Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 22

MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, nudity and language

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

True Grit

Logline: A veteran lawman is hired by a young teen girl to track the men who killed her father

Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon

Directors: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus playdates on December 22

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images

Running Time: 103 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, December 24, 2010

Hadewijch

Logline: A young Christian fanatic meets a group of young Muslims who may be plotting a terrorist act. In Arabic and French with subtitles

Featuring: David Dewaele, Yassine Salime, Karl Sarafidis, Julie Sokolowski

Director: Bruno Dumont

Writer: Bruno Dumont

Distributor: IFC Films

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Summer Wars

Logline: A high school student with strong math skills inadvertently starts the countdown to world war when she cracks a complex math problem sent to her cell phone. In Japanese with subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Sumiko Fuji, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Ayumu Saito, Mitsuki Tanimura

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Writer: Satoko Okudera, based on the manga created by Mamoru Hosoda

Distributor: GKIDS

Opening Week Release Pattern: Majro markets on December 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 114 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Tees Maar Khan

Logline: A group of international con-men plan their biggest heist yet. In English and in Hindi with subtitles

Featuring: Sanjay Dutt, Katrina Kaif, Akshay Kumar

Director: Farah Khan

Writer: Shirish Kunder

Distributor: UTV Communications

Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on December 24

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 150 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Gulliver’s Travels

Logline: A travel writer finds himself in a land of very small people while researching the Bermuda Triangle

Featuring: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Billy Connelly, Amanda Peet, Jason Segel

Director: Rob Letterman

Writers: Joe Stillman and Nicholas Stoller, based on the book by Jonathan Swift

Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox

Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus playdates, including 2000 plus Digital 3D playdates, on December 25

MPAA Rating: PG for brief rude humor, mild language and action

Running Time: 87 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Illusionist

Logline: A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. In French with subtitles

Featuring the voices of: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin

Director: Sylvain Chomet

Writer: Sylvain Chomet, based on a screenplay by Jacques Tati

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

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

MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and smoking

Running Time: 90 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today

Rabbit Hole: Opens at the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, Landmark’s Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Boston Common 19 in Boston, Landmark’s Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark’s Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Evanston 18 in Evanston IL, the Fairfield Cinemas in Fairfield CT, the Bow Tie Plaza Triplex in Greenwich CT, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Manhasset Cinemas in Manhasset NY, Landmark’s Uptown Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Clairidge 6 in Montclair NJ, the 1st & 62nd Cinemas in New York City, the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk CT, the Cinemas Palme D’Or in Palm Desert CA, Laemmle’s Playhouse 7 in Pasadena CA, Landmark’s Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Montgomery 6 in Rocky Hill NJ, Laemmle’s Monica 4 in Santa Monica, Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Kabuki Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camelview Plaza 5 in Scottsdale AZ, Landmark’s Harvard Exit Cinemas in Seattle, the ArcLight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks CA, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ and Landmark’s E-Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Biutiful

Logline: A man involved in illegal dealing is confronted by his childhood friend, who is now a policeman. In English and in Spanish with subtitles

Featuring: Maricel Álvarez, Javier Bardem, Eduard Fernández, Luo Jin, Cheng Taisheng

Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Writers: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu & Armando Bo & Nicolás Giacobone, story by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on December 29

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

Running Time: 147 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, December 31, 2010

Blue Valentine

Logline: Snapshots in the life of a married couple whose partnership is falling apart

Featuring: John Dorman, Ryan Gosling, Ben Shenkman, Mike Vogel, Michelle Williams

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Writers: Derek Cianfrance & Joey Curtis & Cami Delavigne

Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on December 31

MPAA Rating: R for strong graphic sexual content, language and a beating

Running Time: 120 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Logline: Documentary about the iconic folk music hero of the 1960s

Featuring: Joan Baez, Tom Hayden, Christopher Hitchens, Sean Penn, Ed Sanders, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow

Director: Kenneth Bowser

Writer: Kenneth Bowser

Distributor: First Run Features

Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on January 5

MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA

Running Time: 97 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Friday, January 7, 2011

Season of the Witch

Logline: A 14th-century knight transports a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague

Featuring: Nicolas Cage, Stephen Graham, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ron Perlman, Ulrich Thomsen

Director: Dominic Sena

Writer: Bragi F. Schut

Distributor: Rogue Picutres

Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus playdates on January 7

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

Running Time: 98 minutes

Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

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