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Sergio Leone

Leone’s career is remarkable in its unrelenting attention to both American culture and the American genre film, exploring the mythic America he created with each successive film examining the established characters in greater depth.

Only his second feature (a remake of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo), Leone's landmark "spaghetti western" caused a revolution and features Clint Eastwood in his breakthrough role as "The Man With No Name". This classic brutal drama of feuding families wasn’t the first spaghetti Western, but it was far and away the most successful up to that time.

Plot is of minimal interest, but character is everything to Leone, who places immense meaning in the slightest flick of an eyelid, extensively using the extreme close-up on the eyes to reveal any feeling, as demonstrated by Clint, who squints his way through this slam-bang sequel to A Fistful of Dollars as a wandering gunslinger that must combine forces with his nemesis to track down a wanted killer.

The final chapter in the groundbreaking trilogy follows Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach as they form an uneasy alliance to find a stash of hidden gold. Leone focuses on his central theme as they find themselves facing greed, treachery, and murder, showing that the desire for wealth and power turns men into ruthless creatures who violate land and family and believe that a man’s death is less important than how he faces it.

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The Early Report for November 2, 2003

November 2nd, 2003

The Early Report is a weekly digest concerning the upcoming four weeks of movie releases, including theatre specific information and links to official web sites when possible, plus the latest MPAA ratings and release date changes. The Early Report is updated throughout the week when the latest information becomes available.

The most recent release date additions and changes
After The Sunset (New Line): Scheduled to open November 12, 2004
The Alamo (Buena Vista): Now scheduled to open April 2004 TBD. Previously scheduled to open December 25, 2003
Anchorman (DreamWorks): Scheduled to open July 9, 2004
Anything But Love (IDP): Now scheduled to open November 14, 2003. Previously scheduled to open November 7, 2003
Bad Santa (Miramax): Now scheduled to open November 26, 2003. Previously scheduled to open November 26, 2003
Bang Rajan (Magnolia): Now scheduled to open April 2004. Previously scheduled to open 1st Quarter 2004 TBD
Bukowski: Born Into This (Magnolia): Now scheduled to open February 2004. Previously scheduled to open January 2004 TBD
Crimson Gold (Wellspring Media): Scheduled to open January 16, 2004 New York City, January 30, 2004 Los Angeles
Dirt (MAC Releasing): Now scheduled to open January 2004 TBD. Previously scheduled to open October 31, 2003
Distant (New Yorker)Director's Cut January 9, 2004
Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut (Newmarket): Scheduled to open Summer 2004 TBD
Ella Enchanted (Miramax): Now scheduled to open April 9, 2004. Previously scheduled to open April 23, 2004
Father And Son (Wellspring Media): Scheduled to open June 2004 TBD
The Green Butchers (Newmarket): Scheduled to open April 2004 TBD
Japanese Story (IDP): Scheduled to open December 31, 2003
Klezmer On Fish Street (Castle Hill): Now scheduled to open February 20, 2004. Previously scheduled to open March 19, 2004
Last Life In The Universe (Palm Pictures): Scheduled to open Summer 2004 TBD
Laws Of Attraction (New Line): Now scheduled to open March 26, 2004. Previously scheduled to open April 16, 2004
Milk And Honey (Wellspring Media): Scheduled to open 2004 TBD
Monster (Newmarket): Scheduled to open December 24, 2003 in New York City, December 26, 2003 in Los Angeles and San Francisco
The Passion Of Christ (Newmarket): Scheduled to open February 25, 2004
Reconstruction (Palm Pictures): Scheduled to open May 28, 2004
Resident Evil 2 (Sony/Screen Gems): Scheduled to open September 24, 2004
S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (First Run Features): Scheduled to open May 19, 2004
Secret Things (First Run Features): Scheduled to open January 2, 2004 Los Angeles, January 9, 2004 New York City
Stander (Newmarket): Scheduled to open June 2004 TBD
Time Of The Wolf (Palm Pictures): Scheduled to open Summer 2004 TBD
Trilogy I: On The Run (Magnolia): Now scheduled to open January 2004 TBD. Previously scheduled to open December 5, 2003
Trilogy II: An Amazing Couple (Magnolia): Now scheduled to open February 2004. Previously scheduled to open December 12, 2003
Trilogy III; After The Life (Magnolia): Now scheduled to open February 2004. Previously scheduled to open December 19, 2003
The Triplets Of Belleville (Sony Classics): Now scheduled to open November 26, 2003. Previously scheduled to open November 21, 2003
Untitled Mask Sequel (New Line): Now scheduled to open October 15, 2004. Previously scheduled to open October 8, 2004
What Alice Found (Castle Hill): Scheduled to open December 5, 2003 New York City, December 19, 2003 Los Angeles and San Francisco
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton (DreamWorks): Scheduled to open March 19, 2004

The most recent MPAA ratings
American Crime (Mainline Releasing): R for violent images, language and sexual content
The Big Bounce (Warner Brothers): PG-13 for sexual content and nudity, violence and language
Facing Windows (Sony Classics): R for language and some sexuality
The Flower of Evil (Palm Pictures): R for brief language
Gett'n The Man's Foot Outta Your Asssss! (Sony Classics): R for R for pervasive language and some strong sexuality/nudity
Ichii The Killer (Media Blasters): R for strong perverse violence/gore and sexuality, language and drug content
The Lion King 1 1/2 (Buena Vista): G
Mindhunters (Miramax): R for violence/grisly images and brief language
Party Monster (Strand): R for pervasive drug use, language and some violence
Paycheck (Paramount): PG-13 for intense action, violence and brief language

Wednesday, November 5, 2003
Matrix Revolutions
Logline: Neo has but twenty-four to discover the secrets of the Matrix, in order to stop the machines from invading Zion
Featuring: Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Hugo Weaving
Directors: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Writers: Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Opening Week Release Pattern: 7000 plus prints in 3500 locations on November 5
MPAA Rating: R for sci-fi violence and brief sexual content
Running Time: 129 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Logline: Documentary which captured first hand a threatened right wing coup in Venezuela in April 2002. In English and Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain
Distributor: Vitagraph Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)
Sound Format: Mono

Friday, November 7, 2003

Billabong Odyssey
Logline: Documentary that follows the industry's best big wave surfers as they travel the world searching for the largest waves that nature has to offer
Director: Philip Boston
Distributor: Arenaplex
Opening Week Release Pattern: 19 locations in California and Hawaii on November 7
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some nudity and language
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Elf
Logline: Growing up at the North Pole after sneaking into Santa's bag as a toddler, a man leaves the only home he has ever known to find his real life in New York City
Featuring: Ed Asner, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Will Farrell, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenbugen
Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: David Barenbaum
Distributor: New Line
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on November 7
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild rude humor and language
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Gloomy Sunday
Logline: In 1930s Budapest, a restaurant owner hires a piano player to entertain his customers. Both men fall in love with a waitress at the restaurent, who inspires the piano player to write his first original composition. In german with subtitles
Featuring: Ben Becker, Stefano Dionisi, Joachim Król, Erika Marozsán
Director: Rolf Schübel
Writers: Rolf Schübel and Ruth Toma, based on the novel by Nick Barkow
Distributor: Menemsha
Opening Week Release Pattern: Released at the Quad Cinema in New York, Laemmle's Music Hall in Bevery Hills, Laemmle's Town Center in Encino and Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, and in Boston and Washington D.C., on November 7 MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 114 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Hidden in Plain Sight
Logline: Documents the American military's controversial "training school" for Latin American soldiers and police forces at Fort Benning in Georgia
Director: John H. Smihula
Distributor: Seventh Art
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco and the Bell Auditorium in Minneapolis on November 7
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 71 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Mono

In My Skin
Logline: A French woman who seriously hurt her leg at a party, but is unable to feel the pain, falls into a self-destructive pattern of self-mutilation
Featuring: Laurent Lucas, Marina Van
Director: Marina Van
Writer: Marina Van
Distributor: Wellspring
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on November 7
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Just an American Boy
Logline: Concert film and documentary concerning country star Steve Earle and his song about the American Taliban member John Walker Lindh
Director: Amos Poe
Distributor: Cowboy Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village Theatre in New York City on November 7
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Love Actually
Logline: Ten separate but intertwining stories of love in London
Featuring: Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma
ThompsonDirector: Richard Curtis
Writer: Richard Curtis
Distributor: Universal
Opening Week Release Pattern: 550 plus locations in major markets on November 7
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, nudity and language
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Love Forbidden
Logline: A young filmmaker in Rome becomes the object of affection of an obsessive tour guide
Featuring: Echo Danon, Rodolphe Marconi, Andrea Necci
Director: Rodolpho Marconi
Writer: Rodolpho Marconi
Distributor: Strand
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 7
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, nudity and language
Running Time: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Martin and Orloff
Logline: The unsuccessful suicide attempt of a sad-sack is just the beginning of an absurdist downward spiral involving a mad psychiatrist whose therapies may yet be successful in bringing about the young man's suicide
Featuring: David Cross, Tina Fey, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Andy Richter, Ian Roberts, Matt
WalshDirector: Lawrence Blume
Writers: Ian Roberts, Katie Roberts, Matt Walsh
Distributor: Spit & Glue Distribution
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinema in New York City on November 7
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Expanding Today
Elephant: Expands into top twenty markets
Girlhood: Opens in Los Angeles
The Gospel of John: Opens in Atlanta and select locations in the Southeast and Midwest
Khachaturian: Opens at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles
Melvin Goes To Dinner: Opens at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence
Shattered Glass: Expands to 35 locations
Venus Boyz: Opens at the Laemmle Fairfax in Los Angeles

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
My Architect
Logline: The illegitimate son of Louis I, Kahn, considered by many to be the greatest architect of the second half of the twentieth century, documents the life of the father he never knew, in order to understand him better
Featuring: Frank O. Gehry, Philip Johnson, Nathaniel Kahn, I.M. Pei
Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Distributor: New Yorker Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on November 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 14, 2003
Anything But Love
Logline: A corporate lawyer is caught in a love triangle with an ambitious cabaret singer
Featuring: Cameron Bancroft, Eartha Kitt, Andrew McCarthy, Isabel Rose
Director: Robert Cary
Writers: Robert Cary, Isabel Rose
Distributor: IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in the Los Angeles metro area, Miami, New York, Philedelphia and San Diego on November 7
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some language and innuendo
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Big Empty
Logline: A budding actor, months behind on his rent and very much in debt, accepts an unusual offer to deliver a package to the Death Valley town of Baker to get himself back in black
Featuring: Joey Lauren Adams, Sean Bean, Rachael Leigh Cook, Bud Cort, Jon Favreau, Kelsey Grammer, Daryl Hannah
Director: Steve Anderson
Writer: Steve Anderson
Distributor: Artisan
Opening Week Release Pattern: Limited release on November 14
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual dialogue
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

A House on a Hill
Logline: An elderly architect who has pretty much given up on life finds a new lease when a young couple wishes to purchase an uncompleted hillside house he began building decades ago.
Featuring: Philip Baker Hall, Shirley Knight, Laura San Giacomo
Director: Chuck Workman
Writers: Chuck Workman
Distributor: Unknown as of this writing
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York exclusive on November 14
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: Unknown as of this writing
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Looney Tunes Back in Action
Logline: A studio guard enlists the help of the Looney Tunes characters to find his father, an adventurer lost trying to find the mythical Blue Diamond
Featuring: Joan Cusack, Timothy Dalton, Jenna Elfman, Heather Locklear, Steve Martin
Director: Joe Dante
Writer: Larry Doyle
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on November 14
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and innuendo
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
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Master and Commander the Far Side of the
World
Logline: The captain of a ship pits his crew against a much better armed and ruthless privateer, in a chase that takes him all the way to the far side of the world
Featuring: Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, Russell Crowe
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: John Collee and Peter Weir, based on the novel by Patrick O'Brian
Distributor: Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations release on November 14
MPAA Rating: PG13 for intense battle sequences, related images and brief language
Running Time: 138 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital EX, DTS, SDDS

The Singing Forest
Logline: A young couple is killed during the Holocaust and reincarnated in the present day
Featuring: Jorge Ameer, Erik Morris, Shelley Price
Director: Jorge Ameer
Writer: Jorge Ameer
Distributor: Hollywood Independents
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 14
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)
Sound Format: Mono

Tupac Resurrection
Logline: Documentary about the late rap artist, featuring interviews, home movies, journal and poetry readings, and never-before-seen concert footage
Director: Lauren Lazin
Distributor: MTV Films/Paramount
Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 plus locations release on November 14
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and images of drugs, violence and sex
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Expanding today
Carnage: Opens in Los Angeles
The Gospel Of John: Adds thirty screens in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington DC
Love Actually: Expands to 1200+ locations
Melvin Goes To Dinner: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas
Red Betsy: Opens in Chicago, Columbus, Cleveland and Kansas City
Shattered Glass: Expands to select markets

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
The Missing
Logline: In 1886 New Mexico, a father returns home to try and salvage a relationship with the daughter he abandoned as a child. She refuses to allow him back into her life, until calling upon his help when her husband is killed and her daughter is kidnapped
Featuring: Cate Blanchett, Jenna Boyd, Tommy Lee Jones, Val Kilmer
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Ken Kaufman, based on the novel "The Last Ride" by Thomas Eidson
Distributor: Sony
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 19
MPAA Rating: R for violence
Running Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ticket to Jerusalem
Logline: A travelling Palestinian projectionist is asked to bring his show to some students in Jerusalem. In Arabic with English subtitles
Featuring: Gassan Abbas, George Ibrahim, Areen Omari
Director: Rashid Masharewi
Writers: Rashid Masharewi
Distributor: Unknown as of this writing
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 19
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Friday, November 21, 2003
American Storytellers
Logline: Four American Filmmakers talking about life and movies with a silent host
Featuring: John McNaughton, Kevin Mukherji, Harold Ramis, John Sayles, Forest Whitaker
Director: Kevin Mukherji
Distributor: Indican Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Released exclusively in Los Angeles and Austin on November 21
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Barbarian Invasions
Logline: A French-Canadian man dying of cancer tries to find peace in his final days, bringing together his ex-wife, estranged son, friends and former lovers. In English and French with English subtitles
Featuring: Dorothee Berryman, Marie-Josee Croze, Pierre Curzi, Remy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau
Director: Denys Arcand
Writer: Denys Arcand
Distributor: Miramax
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 21
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual dialogue and drug content
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Blindness
Logline: A blind Asian-American woman who lives with her son and his wife finds her late husband accused of murder by an old family friend, who was sent to prison for murdering his father
Featuring: Joe Lando, Lisa Lu, Vivian Wu
Director: Anna Chi
Writers: Anna Chi, Jared Rappaport
Distributor: Pathfinder Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles exclusive on November 21
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Blue Gate Crossing
Logline: A Taiwanese high school romantic triangle, as two female friends find their friendship in question when one of the girls suspects she is in love with the other. In Mandarin with English subtitles
Featuring: Bo-Lin Chen, Joanna Chou, Lun-Mei Guey, Shu-Hui Liang
Director: Chin-Yen Yee
Writer: Chin-Yen Yee
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on November 21
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Cat in the Hat
Logline: Dr. Seuss's most famous book is brought to life, as a mischevious cat with a magical hat helps a young brother and sister pass a rainy day
Featuring: Alec Baldwin, Spencer Breslin, Dakota Fanning, Mike Myers, Kelly Preston
Director: Bo Welch
Writers: Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Distributor: Universal
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations release on November 21
MPAA Rating: PG for mild crude humor and some double-entendres
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Gothika
Logline: A psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum she worked at, with no memory of the incidents which leads her to be incarcerated
Featuring: Halle Berry, Penelope Cruz, Robert Downey. Jr.
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Writer: Sebastian Gutierrez
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations release on November 21
MPAA Rating: R for violence, brief language and nudity
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

El Leyton
Logline: A long missing fisherman reappears, leaving the lives of his family in chaos. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Francisca Arze, Gabriela Hernández, Ramón Llao, Siboney Lo
Director: Gonzalo Justiniano
Writers: Fernando Aragón, Gonzalo Justiniano
Distributor: Unknown as of this writing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York on November 21
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Mono

21 Grams
Logline: A freak accident brings together a critically ill mathematician, a grieving mother and a born-again ex-con
Featuring: Benicio Del Toro, Clea DuVall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston, Sean Penn, Naomi Watts
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 21
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexuality, some violence and drug use
Running Time: 126 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
Love Actually: Adds an additional 600 locations (1800+ runs total)
Melvin Goes To Dinner: Opens at the Silver Theatre in Silver Springs MD
Red Betsy: Opens in Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Madison, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and St. Louis
Shattered Glass: Additional expansion into select markets

Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Bad Santa
Logline: Two con men who work as a department store Santa and his elf use their seasonal gig to rob stores blind on Christmas Eve.
Featuring: Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, John Ritter, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Writers: John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, Arnie Marx and Terry Zwigoff
Distributor: Dimension
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1500 locations release on November 26
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, strong sexual content, and some violence
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

El Bonaerense
Logline: A satire of the rampant corruption of Argentina, through the story of a provincial locksmith who becomes a Buenos Aires cop and discovers that everyone is on the take.
Featuring: Mimi Ardu, Dario Levy, Jorge Román
Director: Pablo Trapero
Writers: Nicolas Gueilburt, Ricardo Ragendorfer, Dodi Shoeuer, Pablo Trapero, Daniel Valenzuela
Distributor: Menemsha Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: November 26
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Cooler
Logline: The unluckiest man in Las Vegas finds a job at a mob-run casino to slow down the actions of high rollers
Featuring: Alec Baldwin, Maria Bello, Joey Fatone, William H. Macy
Director: Wayne Kramer
Writers: Frank Hannah, Wayne Kramer
Distributor: Lions Gate
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York and Los Angeles on November 26
MPAA Rating: R for strong sexuality, violence, language, and some drug use
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Haunted Mansion
Logline: A family visits a haunted mansion that turns out in the end to help them become a stronger, more loving family
Featuring: Don Knotts, Eddie Murphy, Wallace Shawn, Terence Stamp, Jennifer Tilly
Director: Rob Minkoff
Writer: David Berenbaum
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations release on November 26
MPAA Rating: PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

In America
Logline: A family emigrates from Ireland to New York City in pursuit of a dream, using ingenuity and sheer strength of will to make the most of their new life
Featuring: Emma Bolger, Sarah Bolger, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton
Director: Jim Sheridan
Writers: Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Opening Week Release Pattern: Released in New York City and Los Angeles on November 26
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sexuality, drug references, brief violence and language
Running Time: 103 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Timeline
Logline: A team of student archaeologists find themselves in 14th century feudal France while on a dig at a medieval site
Featuring: Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Anna Friel, David Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Paul Walker
Director: Richard Donner
Writer: George Nolfi, based on the novel by Michael Crichton
Distributor: Paramount
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 locations release on November 26
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense battle sequence and brief language
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.40:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Triplets Of Belleville
Logline: Animated feature in which a grandmother seeks out the renowned Triplets of Belleville to help rescue her kidnapped grandson. In French with subtitles
Featuring the voices of: Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Viegas
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Writer: Sylvain Chomet
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 26
MPAA Rating: PG13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby SR

Expanding today
The Missing: Opens in 2000+ locations

Friday, November 28, 2003
Independent Spirits: The Faith and John Hubley Story
Logline: Documentary about the husband and wife Disney animation team who helped bridge the older, naturalistic animation style of the early days of the studio to the modernistic styles of the 1950's
Director: Sybil DelGaudio
Distributor: Unknown as of this writing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Released at the Quad in New York on November 28
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 76 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Mono

The Legend of Leigh Bowery
Logline: Documents the entertaining, uncensored, and multifaceted portrait of Leigh Bowery, costume/clothing designer, nightclub impresario, performer and musician, and of the times in which he lived
Featuring: Leigh Bowery, Boy George, Damien Hirst
Director: Charles Atlas
Distributor: Palm Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York on November 28
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 60 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)
Sound Format: Mono

My Flesh and Blood
Logline: Documents the struggles of a California woman who has adopted ten special needs children, while she battles with her own emotionally disturbed teenage son
Director: Jonathan Karsh
Distributor: Strand/HBO Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City and Los Angeles on November 28
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Mono

Valley of Tears
Logline: Documents the lives of Mexican-American migrant farm workers in Raymondville, Texas, and the terrible conditions they had to endure
Director: Hart Perry
Distributor: Seventh Art Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Two Boots Pioneer Theater in New York on November 28
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16mm (1.33:1)
Sound Format: Mono

Expanding today
21 Grams: Expands into top ten markets

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