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Hayao Miyazaki

For bringing magic back to animation, and not just for kids.

Sweet story of two sisters out in the country, and their adventures with the forest spirits. The cat bus is so adorable, I still giggle thinking about it.

This one will really wow you, with its epic battle scenes and beautiful landscapes. There are conflicts on so many levels, as mankind seeks to wipe out the spirits of the forest.

By far my favorite animated film. Young Chihiro is "spirited away" to a different world, and becomes employed in the bathhouse of the gods in order to try and change her parents back from pigs.

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The Early Report for August 4, 2008: Part One

August 4th, 2008

This first section of The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of all films scheduled to be released in the upcoming eight weeks, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings. This week's report covers 71 known new movies opening in theatres between Wednesday 8/6/08 and Friday 9/19/08, plus dozens more titles expanding their runs during this timeframe.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Bottle Shock
Logline: A small California winery dares to compete in a Paris wine tasting contest
Featuring: Eliza Dushku, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, Freddy Rodríguez, Rachael Taylor
Director: Randall Miller
Writers: Jody Savin & Randall Miller and Ross Schwartz, story by Ross Schwartz & Lannette Pabon and Jody Savin & Randall Miller
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the North Pointe Market 8 in Alpharetta GA, the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the Boston Commons 19 in Boston, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas and the River East 21 in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark's Main Art Theatre in Detroit, the CineArts 6 in Evanston IL, the Glen 10 in Glenview IL, the Grapevine 30 in Grapevine TX, Landmark's Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the King of Prussia Cinemas in King of Prussia PA, the Livonia 20 in Livonia MI, the Cinema 1 2 3, the Empire 25, the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and the Union Square 14 in New York City, the Palo Alto Square Cinemas in Palo Alto CA, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark's Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Angelika Film Center and the Legacy 24 in Plano TX, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas and the Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, the Santana Row Cinemas in San Jose, the Fiesta 5 in Santa Barbara, Laemmle's Monica 4 in Santa Monica, Landmark's Guild 45th Theatre and the Meridian 16 in Seattle, the Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks CA, the Forum 30 in Sterling Heights MI, the Ritz 16 in Voorhees NJ, Landmark's Embassy Cinemas in Waltham MA, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles on August 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual content and a scene of drug use
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital
CREDIT ABUSE: There are THIRTEEN producers, co-producers and executive producers credited for this film

Patti Smith: Dream of Life
Logline: Documents the life and works of the musical artist and poet
Director: Steven Sebring
Distributor: Palm Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 6
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Pineapple Express
Logline: A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after the pothead witnesses a cop commit a murder
Featuring: James Franco, Bill Hader, Amber Heard, Rosie Perez, Seth Rogen
Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, story by Rogen & Goldberg & Judd Apatow
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on August 6
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual references and violence
Running Time: 112 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Logline: The continuing adventures of four friends and the pair of blue jeans that bind them together
Featuring: Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn
Director: Sanaa Hamri
Writer: Elizabeth Chandler, based on the novels by Ann Brashares
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on August 6
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature material and sensuality
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
CREDIT ABUSE: There are nine producers and executive producers credited for this film

Friday, August 8, 2008

Beer for My Horses
Logline: Two best friends defy the law and head off on an outrageous road trip to save a girlfriend from drug lord kidnappers
Featuring: Rodney Carrington, Toby Keith, Brit Morgan, Ted Nugent, Greg Serano
Director: Michael Salomon
Writers: Rodney Carrington and Toby Keith
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens in Buffalo, Indianapolis, Little Rock, Louisville, Milwaukee, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tulsa (25 locations total) on August 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence, sexual humor and dialogue, language, drug content and brief nudity
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Elegy
Logline:
Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, Penélope Cruz, Deborah Harry, Dennis Hopper, Ben Kingsley, Peter Sarsgaard
Director: Isabel Coixet
Writer: Nicholas Meyer, based on the novel by Philip Roth
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark's Embarcadeo Center Cinemas in San Francisco, Landmark's Seven Gables Theatre in Seattle, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional locations in major markets on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for sexuality, nudity and language
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Hell Ride
Logline: A gorup of bikers set out to avenge the death of one of their own at the hands of a rival gang
Featuring: Eric Balfour, David Carradine, Dennis Hopper, Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen
Director: Larry Bishop
Writer: Larry Bishop
Distributor: Third Rail Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, the Chinese 6 in Hollywood, Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Bridge Theatre in San Francisco, the Criterion 6 in Santa Monica, the Universal City 19 in Universal City CA, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional locations in select markets (50 playdates total) on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue, language and drug use
Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Red
Logline: A reclusive man sets out for justice and redemption when three troublesome teens kill his dog for no good reason
Featuring: Brian Cox, Shiloh Fernandez, Noel Fisher, Kyle Gallner, Tom Sizemore
Directors: Trygve Allister Diesen & Lucky McKee
Writer: Stephen Susco, based on the novel by Jack Ketchum
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for violence and language
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

What We Do Is Secret
Logline: The true-life story of Darby Crash, who became an LA punk music icon as the front-man for The Germs before taking his own life in 1980
Featuring: Bijou Phillips, Rick Gonzalez, Tina Majorino, Noah Segan, Shane West
Director: Rodger Grossman
Writer: Rodger Grossman, story by Rodger Grossman and Michelle Baer Ghaffari
Distributor: Peace Arch Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to Landmark's Sunshine Cinemas in New York City on August 8
MPAA Rating: R for drug use, language and brief sexuality
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo
CREDIT ABUSE: There are FOURTEEN producers, co-producers, line producers, executive producers and co-executive producers credited for this film
FilmJerk.com Review: Read Edward Havens's review of "What We Do Is Secret"

Expanding today
Alexandra: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and the George Eastman House in Rochester NY
American Teen: Opens at Landmark's Harbor East Cinemas in Baltimore, Landmark's Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH, Landmark's Mayan Theatre in Denver, Landmark's River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark's La Jolla Village Cinemas in La Jolla CA, Landmark's Downer Theatre in Milwaukee, Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis and in additional locations in select markets
Baghead: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle and in additional locations in select markets
Boy A: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Landmark's Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco, Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and in additional locations in select markets
Brick Lane: Opens at Landmark's Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis
Bustin' Down the Door: Opens at the Oaks 10 in Melbourne FL
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill NY
In Search of a Midnight Kiss: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA
A Jihad for Love: Opens at Landmark's Dobie Theatre in Austin and Landmark's Ken Cinema in San Diego
Love and Honor: Opens at the Angelika FIlm Center in Dallas
Man on Wire: Opens at the Albany Twin in Albany NY, the Shirlington 7 in Arlington VA, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Arbor Cinemas in Great Hills in Austin, Landmark's Harbor East 7 in Baltimore, Landmark's Bethesda Row Cinemas in Bethesda MD, the BAM Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn, Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Camera 7 in Campbell CA, Landmark's Century Centre Cinemas in Chicago, at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, Landmark's Esquire Theatre in Denver, Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino CA, Landmark's Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington NY, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA, the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Malverne Cinemaa in Malverne NY, Landmark's Uptown Cinemas in Minneapolis, the Cinemas Palme D'Or in Palm Desert CA, Landmark's Aquarius Twin in Palo Alto CA, Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, Landmark's Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA, the Camelview 5 in Scottsdale AZ, Landmark's Egyptian Theatre in Seattle, Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
The Order of Myths: Opens at Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles
Ripple Effect: Opens at the Putnam Theatre in Keene NH
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired: Opens at the Cleveland Cinematheque in Cleveland and the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville
Savage Grace: Opens at Landmark's Keystone Art Cinema in Indianapolis
Tell No One: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Flicks Movie Theatre in Boise and the Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville FL
Tuya's Marriage: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark's Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis
Up the Yangtze: Opens at the Varsity Theatre in Ashland OR, the Bantam Cinemas in Bantam CT, the Bethel Cinemas in Bethel CT, the Real Art Ways in Hartford CT and the Circle Cinemas in Tulsa OK
When Did You Last See Your Father?: Opens at Landmark's Maple Art Theatre in Detroit
Yella: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Tropic Thunder
Logline: A group of actors making a war movie find themselves in the middle of a real war
Featuring: Jack Black, Steve Coogan, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Ben Stiller
Director: Ben Stiller
Writers: Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen, story by Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux
Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures/Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus locations on August 13
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, August 15, 2008

Bachna ae Haseeno
Logline: A womanizer learns the hard way about the dangers of his actions. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Bipasha Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Minissha Lamba, Deepika Padukone
Director: Siddharth Anand
Writers: Siddharth Anand
Distributor: Yash Raj Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select marktes on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Fly Me to the Moon
Logline: Three flies stowaway on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon
Featuring the voices of: Buzz Aldrin, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Begley Jr., Philip Daniel Bolden, Tim Curry, Trevor Gagnon, David Gore, Christopher Lloyd, Robert Patrick, Kelly Ripa, Nicolette Sheridan
Director: Ben Stassen
Writer: Domonic Paris
Distributor: Summit Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 plus Digital 3D and IMAX 3D locations on August 15
MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Girl Cut In Two
Logline: A television weather girl is pursued by two very different men. In French with subtitles
Featuring: François Berléand, Benoît Magimel, Mathilda May, Ludivine Sagnier, Caroline Sihol
Director: Claude Chabrol
Writers: Claude Chabrol and Cécile Maistre
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City on August 15
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Henry Poole is Here
Logline: A man believing he is dying finds renewed faith in life when a nosy neighbor spots what she believes to be an image of Jesus in a water stain on his garage wall
Featuring: Cheryl Hines, George Lopez, Radha Mitchell, Luke Wilson
Director: Mark Pellington
Writer: Albert Torres
Distributor: Overture Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements and some language
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Jack Brooks, Monster Slayer
Logline: A young man whose family was killed by monsters in his childhood tries to rid of world of the inhuman scourge
Featuring: Robert Englund, Daniel Kash, Trevor Matthews, Rachel Skarsten, James A. Woods
Director: Jon Knautz
Writers: John Ainslie & Jon Knautz, story by John Ainslie & Jon Knautz & Trevor Matthews & Patrick White
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Two Boots Pioneer Theatre and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on August 15
MPAA Rating: R for horror violence and gore, and for language
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Mirrors
Logline: An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home
Featuring: Cameron Boyce, Erica Gluck, Paula Patton, Amy Smart, Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Alexandre Aja
Writers: Alexandre Aja & Gregory Levasseur, based on the Korean motion picture "Geoul Sokeuro" written by Sung-ho Kim
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on August 15
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Logline: As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace
Featuring the voices of: Anthony Daniels, Ashley Drane, Seth Green, Tom Kane, Matthew Wood
Director: Dave Filoni
Writers: Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching and Scott Murphy, story by George Lucas
Distributor: Warner Brothers Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Vicky Christina Barcelona
Logline: Two American women find themselves falling for the same guy while on vacation in Spain
Featuring: Javier Bardem, Patricia Clarkson, Penelope Cruz, Kevin Dunn, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations on August 15
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic material involving sexuality and smoking
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
Alexandra: Opens at the Angelika FIlm Center in Houston
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul: Opens at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor
Bottle Shock: Opens at Landmark's Albany Twin in Albany CA, the Hoffman Center 22 in Alexandria VA, the Aliso Viejo 20 in Aliso Viejo CA, the Quality 16 in Ann Arbor, the Parks 18 in Arlington TX, the Great Lake Crossing 25 in Auburn Hills MI, Landmark's Harbor East 7 in Baltimore, the Neshaminy 24 in Belsalem PA, Landmark's California Theatre in Berkeley, the Shadowood 16 in Boca Raton, the Fenway 13 in Boston, the Bronxville Cinemas in Bronxvile NY, the Pavilion 9 in Brooklyn, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr PA, the Burbank 16 in Burbank CA, the Emagine 20 in Canton MI, the Chelsea Cinemas in Chapel Hill NC, the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, the Cherry Hill 24 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Mariemont Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Cinemas in Cleveland, the Showplace 16 in Coon Rapids MN, the Cranford Theatre in Cranford NJ, the Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers MA, the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA, the East Hampton Theatre in East Hampton NY, the Monmouth Mall 15 in Eatontown NJ, the Eden Prarie 18 in Eden Prairie MN, the Edgewater Cinemas in Edgewater NJ, the Greenburgh Cinemas in Elmford NY, the Fairfax Corner 14 in Fairfax VA, the Farmingdale 14 in Farmingdale NY, the Foothill Center 22 in Foothill Ranch CA, the Framingham 15 in Framingham MA, the Rio 18 in Gaithersburg MD, the Firewheel 18 in Garland TX, the Hollywood 20 in Greenville SC, the Hamilton 24 in Hamilton NJ, the Egyptian 24 in Hanover MD, the Island 16 in Holtsville NY, the Marq*E 23 in Houston, Landmark's Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis, the Showplace 16 in Inver Grove Heights MN, the Palace 15 in Kansas City MO, the Kew Gardens Cinemas in Kew Gardens NY, the Marketplace 6 in Long Beach CA, the Baxter Avenue 8 in Louisville, the Malverne Cinemas in Malverne NY, the Manhasset Cinemas in Manhasset NY, the Manhattan Village 5 in Manhattan Beach CA, the Manville 12 in Manville NJ, the Tysons Corner 16 in Mclean VA, the Studio on the Square 5 in Memphis, the South Beach 18 in Miami, Landmark's Edina 4 in Minneapolis, the Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair NJ, the Osio 6 in Monterey, the Green Hills 16 in Nashville, the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven, the Kips Bay 15 in New York City, the Island 7 in Newport Beach, the Tilton 6 in Northfield NJ, the Garden Cinemas in Norwalk CT, the Novi 18 in Novi MI, the Studio 30 in Olathe KS, the Ontario Mills 30 in Ontario CA, the Block 30 in Orange CA, the Glenwood Arts Cinemas in Overland Park KS, the Garden State 16 in Paramus NJ, the Manor Theatre in Pittsburgh, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Rialto Cinema in Raleigh, the Showcase Cinemas in Randolph MA, the Rockaway 16 in Rockaway NJ, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Hollywood 20 in Sarasota FL, the Camelview 5 in Scottsdale AZ, the Southgate 20 in Southgate MI, the Town Square 14 in Southgate TX, the River Park Square 20 in Spokane WA, Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in St. Louis, the Grandview Twin and the Highland Twin in St. Paul, the Marketplace 20 in Sterling Heights MI, the Stony Brook 17 in Stony Brook NY, the First Colony 24 in Sugarland TX, the Sunrise Cinemas in Sunrise FL, the Tampa Theatre in Tampa, the Rolling Hills 20 in Torrance CA, the Warrington Crossing 22 in Warrington PA, Laemmle's Fallbrook 7 in West Hills CA, the Palisades Center 21 in West Nyack NY, the Parisian 20 in West Palm Beach, the Raceway 10 and the Westbury 12 in Westbury NY, the Village 20 in Winter Park FL, the Tinseltown 17 in The Woodlands TX and the Showcase Cinemas in Ypsilanti MI
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Broadway Center Cinemas in Salt Lake City and Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Frozen River: Opens at Landmark's Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Harvard Exit Theatre in Seattle and in additional locations in select markets
Holding Trevor: Opens at the Drexel Theatre in Columbus OH
The Last Mistress: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta and Landmark's Dobie Theatre in Austin
Love and Honor: Opens at the South Dekalb Funplex 12 in Atlanta and the Angelika Film Center in Houston
Love Comes Lately: Opens at Landmark's Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco
Man on Wire: Opens at the Bantam Cinema in Bantam CT, Landmark's Maple Art Theatre in Detroit, Landmark's River Oaks Theatre in Houston, Landmark's Keystone Art Cinemas in Indianapolis, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Nickelodeon 4 in Santa Cruz CA and Landmark's Plaza Frontenac Cinema in St. Louis
Murder.com: Opens at the Cinemas Palme D'Or in Palm Desert CA
Ripple Effect: Opens at the El Morro Theatre in Gallup NM and the Cinema Cafe in Santa Fe
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired: Opens at the Key Cinema in Indianapolis
Stealing America: Vote by Vote: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, Landmark's Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver and Landmark's Main Art Theatre in Detroit
Up the Yangtze: Opens at the Minor Theatre in Arcata CA, the Institute of Art Theatre in Detroit and the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota
What We Do Is Secret: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
Yella: Opens at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland OR

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cirque du Soliel: Delirium
Logline: Documents the popular live show as it is performed for the final time
Directors: Michel Lemieux & Victor Pilon
Distributor: The Hot Ticket/Sony Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 750 plus digital engagements on August 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Factoid: This show will play once nightly on Wednesday August 20, Thursday August 21, and once during the afternoons on Saturday August 23 and Sunday August 24

Richard Serra: Thinking on Your Feet
Logline: Documents the life and works of the American artist of steel sculptures. In English and in German with subtitles
Director: Maria Anna Tappeiner
Distributor: German United Distributors
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Forum in New York City on August 20
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The Rocker
Logline: A failed drummer is given a second chance at fame
Featuring: Christina Applegate, Fred Armisen, Jane Lynch, Emma Stone, Rainn Wilson
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Writers: Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky, story by Ryan Jaffe
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2350 plus locations on August 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cthulhu
Logline: A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, discovers aspects of his father's New Age cult which take on a dangerous and apocalyptic significance
Featuring: Cara Buono, Jason Cottle, Scott Patrick Green, Robert Padilla, Tori Spelling
Director: Dan Gildark
Writers: Grant Cogswell and Dan Gildark, based on the story by H.P. Lovecraft
Distributor: Regent Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexuality, nudity and violence
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Death Race
Logline: A famed stock car driver convicted of murdering his wife is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory
Featuring: Joan Allen, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane, Robin Shou, Jason Statham
Director: Paul WS Anderson
Writer: Paul WS Anderson, based on the screenplay to the 1975 film "Death Race 2000" by Robert Thom and Charles B. Griffith, story by Ib Melchoir
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2750 plus locations on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

The Errand of Angels
Logline: A wide-eyed sister missionary arrives in Austria to begin her 18-month-long mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finding herself teamed with another missionary she neither understands nor particularly likes
Featuring: Erin Chambers, Rachel Emmers, Eunicia Jones, Katrin Mayer, Bettina Schwarz
Director: Christian Vuissa
Writer: Christian Vuissa, story by Heidi Johnson
Distributor: Excel Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Utah regional release on August 22
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic material
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Fifth Commandment
Logline: In Bangkok, an assassin who turns down a job that hits too close to home finds himself targeted by the elite members of his profession
Featuring: Keith David, Dania Ramirez, Bokeem Woodbine, Roger Yuan, Rick Yune
Director: Jesse V. Johnson
Writer: Rick Yune
Distributor: Freestyle Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1200 plus locations on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and brief language
Running Time: 128 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Hamlet 2
Logline: A struggling high school drama teacher writes a kooky musical sequel to Shakespeare's play, in the hopes it will save his program
Featuring: David Arquette, Marshall Bell, Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, Elisabeth Shue
Director: Andrew Fleming
Writers: Pam Brady and Andrew Fleming
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references, brief nudity and some drug content
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

The House Bunny
Logline: A disgraced Playboy Bunny must become the ward of a sorority house after being kicked out of the Playboy mansion
Featuring: Kat Dennings, Anna Faris, Dana Goodman, Colin Hanks, Emma Stone
Director: Fred Wolf
Writers: Karen McCullah & Kirsten Smith
Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on August 22
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related humor, partial nudity and brief strong language
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

I.O.U.S.A
Logline: Documents the current fiscal crisis in America
Director: Patrick Creadon
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

I Served the King of England
Logline: A young man enjoys the privledges of the glamorous life at an old-world Prague hotel in the days leading up to World War II. In Czech with subtitles
Featuring: Ivan Barnev, Martin Huba, Julia Jentsch, Oldrich Kaiser, Marián Labuda
Director: Jirí Menzel
Writer: Jirí Menzel, based upon the novel "Obsluhoval Jsem Anglického Krále" by Bohumil Hrabal
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Quad Cinema in New York City and in additional locations in major markets on August 22
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content and nudity
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Longshots
Logline: A pre-teen girl becomes the first female to play in a Pop Warner football tournament
Featuring: Matt Craven, Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Glenn Plummer, Tasha Smith
Director: Fred Durst
Writers: Doug Atchison and Nick Santora
Distributor: Dimension Films/MGM
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3000 plus locations on August 22
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements, mild language and brief rude humor
Running Time: 86 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Momma's Man
Logline: A thirtysomething man finds new ways to stay at his parents' loft in New York City after a consulting job is over, causing friction between himself, his parents and his wife, still at their home with their newborn child
Featuring: Matt Boren, Richard Edson, Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Dana Varon
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Writer: Azazel Jacobs
Distributor: THINKFilm
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on August 22
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
Bottle Shock: Opens at the Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville NC, the Greene 14 in Beavercreek OH, the Summit 16 in Birmingham AL, the Flicks in Boise, Landmark's Gateway 8 in Columbus OH, the Carousel 15 in Greensboro NC, the Beach Boulevard 18 in Jacksonville, the Rancho Niguel 8 in Laguna Niguel CA, the Village Square Cinemas in Las Vegas, Landmark's Canal Place Cinemas in New Orleans, the Century Park Lane 18 in Reno NV, the Empire 3 in San Francisco and the El Con 20 in Tucson
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Red River Theatre in Concord NH, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville and the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville ME
Eight Miles High: Opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago
Elegy: Opens at Landmark's Renaissance Place Cinemas in Highland Park IL, the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets
Frozen River: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX and in additional locations in select markets
A Jihad for Love: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Ritz and the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco
A Man Named Pearl: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston
Man on Wire: Opens at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, the Esquire Theatre in Cincinnati, the Cedar Lee Theatres in Cleveland, the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY, the Tivoli at Manor Square Cinemas in Kansas City MO, the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville NY, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento and the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota FL
No Regret: Opens at the Living Room Theatres in Portland OR
Ripple Effect: Opens at the Uptown 8 in Birmingham MI
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired: Opens at the Lyric Theatre in Fort Collins CO
Stealing America: Vote by Vote: Opens at Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Theatre in Philadelphia
Tuya's Marriage: Opens at Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle
Up the Yangtze: Opens at the Ross Media Art Center in Lincoln NE and the Film Streams Theatre in Omaha
What We Do Is Secret: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the University Town Center 6 in Irvine CA and Landmark's Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles

Wedensday, August 27, 2008

Traitor
Logline: A special operative working with a terrorist group becomes the target of the CIA
Featuring: Don Cheadle, Jeff Daniels, Neal McDonough, Guy Pearce, Saïd Taghmaoui
Director: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Writer: Jeffrey Nachmanoff, story by Steve Martin and Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Distributor: Overture Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2000 plus locations on August 27
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
Hamlet 2 (Focus Features): Expands into 500 plus locations

Friday, August 29, 2008

Babylon A.D.
Logline: A mercenary is hired to deliver a "package" - an innocent young woman raised in a monestary - from the ravages of a post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe to New York
Featuring: Gerard Depardieu, Vin Diesel, Charlotte Rampling, Melanie Thierry, Michelle Yeoh
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Writers: Eric Besnard and Mathieu Kassovitz and Joseph Simas, based on the novel by Maurice G. Dantec
Distributor: Twentieth Century-Fox
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on August 29
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, language and some sexuality
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

College
Logline: A wild weekend is in store for three high school seniors who visit a local college campus as prospective freshmen
Featuring: Drake Bell, Haley Bennett, Andrew Caldwell, Kevin Covais, Gary Owen, Nick Zano
Director: Deb Hagan
Writers: Dan Callahan and Adam Ellison
Distributor: MGM
Opening Week Release Pattern: 1750 plus locations on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive crude and sexual content, nudity, language, drug and alcohol abuse
Running Time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Disaster Movie
Logline: Over the course of one evening, an unsuspecting group of twenty-somethings find themselves bombarded by a series of natural disasters and catastrophic events
Featuring: Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian, Roland Kickinger, Matt Lanter, Vanessa Minnillo, Nicole Parker
Directors: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Writers: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2650 plus locations on August 29
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, drug references and comic violence
Running Time: 85 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Goal 2: Living The Dream
Logline: After gaining experience with the football club Newcastle United, a young American soccer phenom gets a huge break when he's transferred to Real Madrid
Featuring: Kuno Becker, David Beckham, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, Rutger Hauer, Alessandro Nivola
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writers: Mike Jefferies and Adrian Butchart and Terry Loane, story by Mike Jefferies
Distributor: Peace Arch Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 250 plus locations on August 29
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for for some sexual content
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Hijack
Logline: A man goes into action when he discovers the plane his daughter is flying on has been hijacked. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Shiney Ahuja, Mona Ambegaonkar, Esha Deol, Kaveri Jha, K K Raina
Director: Kunal Shivdasani
Writers: Kunal Shivdasani and Gavendra Agarwal, story by Kunal Shivdasani
Distributor: Eros Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

House of the Sleeping Beauties
Logline: A man in his late sixties becomes an obsessed with the young girls at a local brothel. In German with subtitles
Featuring: Mona Glass, Vadim Glowna, Maximilian Schell, Birol Ünel, Angela Winkler
Director: Vadim Glowna
Writer: Vadim Glowna, based on the novel "Das Haus der Schlafenden Schönen" by Yasunari Kawabata
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: DOlby Digital

Sukiyaki Western Django
Logline: Two gangs face off in a small town while a gunman comes to the aid of its townfolk
Featuring: Masanobu Ando, Yusuke Iseya, Takaaki Ishibashi, Hideaki Ito, Koichi Sato, Quentin Tarantino
Director: Takashi Miike
Writera: Takashi Miike & Masa Nakamura, inspired by Sergio Corbucci's 1966 film "Django"
Distributor: First Look Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in additional locations in major markets on August 29
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, including a rape
Running Time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

>Year of the Fish
Logline: An optimistic young girl travels alone to New York City where she hopes to earn money to send home to her ailing father, only to find herself working for a distant cousin who runs a seedy massage parlor
Featuring: Tsai Chin, Randall Duk Kim, Ken Leung, An Nguyen
Director: David Kaplan
Writer: David Kaplan
Distributor: Gigantic Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Young People Fucking    *** NEW TITLE ***
Logline: Five couple discover new things about themselves and each other over the course of one very dirty evening
Featuring: Aaron Abrams, Diora Baird, Sonja Bennett, Callum Blue, Kristin Booth, Josh Cooke, Josh Dean, Ennis Esmer, Natalie Lisinska, Peter Oldring, Carly Pope
Director: Martin Gero
Writers: Martin Gero & Aaron Abrams
Distributor: Blowtorch Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on August 29
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Angelika Film Center in Houston and the Film Streams Cinemas in Omaha NE
Love and Honor: Opens at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills and Laemmle's One Colorado Plaza Cinemas in Pasadena
Man on Wire: Opens at the Varsity Twin in Chapel Hill, the Red River 3 in Concord NH, the New Neon Movies in Dayton OH, the Cape Cinema in Dennis MA, the Triplex Cinemas in Great Barrington MA, the Colonial Theatre in Keene NH, the Sundance Cinemas in Madison WI, the Nickelodeon 5 in North Falmouth MA, the Capitol Theatre in Olympia WA, the Camelot Theatre in Palm Springs, the Avon Cinema in Providence RI, the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe and the Railroad Square Cinemas in Waterville ME
No Regret: Opens at Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco
Stealing America: Vote by Vote: Opens at Landmark's Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis, the DeVargas Mall 6 in Santa Fe and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
What We Do Is Secret: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Gateway Theatre in Columbus OH, Landmark's Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC

Friday, September 5, 2008

Ballast
Logline: One man's suicide affects the lives of three people
Featuring: Johnny McPhail, Tarra Riggs, JimMyron Ross, Micheal J. Smith Sr.
Director: Lance Hammer
Writer: Lance Hammer
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Bangkok Dangerous
Logline: A hitman in Bangkok to pull off a series of jobs falls for a local woman and bonds with his errand boy
Featuring: Nicolas Cage, Chakrit Yamnam, Charlie Yeung
Directors: Oxide Pang and Danny Pang
Writers: Jason Richman, based on the screenplay for the 1999 film by Oxide Pang and Danny Pang
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3250 plus locations on September 5
MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some sexuality
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Everybody Wants to be Italian
Logline: Two non-Italians pretend to be Italian to win each others hearts in Boston's North End
Featuring: John Enos III, Jay Jablonski, John Kapelos, Richard Libertini, Cerina Vincent
Director: Jason Todd Ipson
Writer: Jason Todd Ipson
Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 5
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual references
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Hounddog
Logline: A troubled 12-year-old girl who finds solace from an abusive life through the blues and the music of Elvis Presley
Featuring: Dakota Fanning, Piper Laurie, David Morse, Robin Wright Penn
Director: Deborah Kampmeier
Writers: Deborah Kampmeier
Distributor: Empire Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 500 plus locations on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

The House of Adam    *** NEW TITLE ***
Logline: The murder of a gay recluse by small town religious fanatics forces the dead man's lover, a closeted divorced police detective, to find the remains of his former lover and come to terms with his loss
Featuring: Jared Cadwell, Reeve Howard, Lexi Karriker, Tiffany McFarland, John Shaw
Director: Jorge Ameer
Writer: Jorge Ameer
Distributor: Hollywood Independents
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Chelsea Cinemas in Los Angeles on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Mister Foe
Logline: A young man spies on people to find out why his mother died
Featuring: Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, Claire Forlani, Ciarán Hinds, Sophia Myles
Director: David Mackenzie
Writers: David Mackenzie and Ed Whitmore, based on the novel "Hallem Foe" by Peter Jinks
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika Film Center in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Ping Pong Playa
Logline: A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes
Featuring: Roger Fan, Jim Lau, Khary Payton, Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo
Director: Jessica Yu
Writers: Jessica Yu & Jimmy Tsai
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco on September 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, including some sexual remarks and drug references
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

A Secret
Logline: A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Mathieu Amalric, Patrick Bruel, Cécile De France, Julie Depardieu, Ludivine Sagnier
Director: Claude Miller
Writer: Claude Miller, based on the novel by Philipe Grimbert
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the IFC Film Center and the Paris Theatre in New York City on September 5
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 105 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Surfer, Dude
Logline: A pro surfer finds life becoming more complicated when he is offered his own television show
Featuring: Matthew McConaughey
Director: Rob Bindler
Writer: S.R. Bindler, based on the books "Surfer Dude" by Mark Gustawes and "Killer Surf" by George Mays
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Austin exclusive on September 5
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive drug use, language and nudity
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
Bab'Aziz: The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul: Opens at Landmark's Lagoon Cinemas in Minneapolis and the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR
CSNY: Déjà Vu: Opens at the Cinema 21 in Portland OR
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Cinemas in Atlanta, Landmark's Gateway Cinemas in Columbus OH and the Cinemapolis in Ithaca NY
A Jihad for Love: Opens at Landmark's Varsity Theatre in Seattle and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
Man on Wire: Opens at the Majestic 3 in Gettysburg PA
Ripple Effect: Opens at the Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago and the Uptown 3 in Seattle
Stealing America: Vote by Vote: Opens at the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Lumiere 3 in San Francisco and Landmark's Varsity 3 in Seattle
Up the Yangtze: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas and the Angelika Film Center in Houston
What We Do Is Secret: Opens at Landmark's Ken Cinemas in San Diego
Young People Fucking: Opens in Los Angeles

Friday, September 12, 2008

Burn After Reading
Logline: A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it
Featuring: George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton
Directors: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Distributor: Focus Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on September 12
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Flow: For the Love of Water
Logline: Documents the disturbing reality that our crucial resource is dwindling and how greed just may be the cause
Director: Irena Salina
Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and Laemmle's Sunset 5 in West Hollywood on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Greetings from the Shore
Logline: Still reeling from the death of her father, a young girl spends one last summer at the Jersey Shore before heading off to college
Featuring: David Fumero, Jay O. Sanders, Andrew Shaifer, Kim Shaw, Paul Sorvino
Director: Greg Chwerchak
Writers: Gabrielle Berberich & Greg Chwerchak
Distributor: NewStyle Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 118 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Moving Midway
Logline: Documents the efforts of a family to relocate their family home off a Civil War-era plantation
Director: Godfrey Cheshire
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Stereo

Phoebe in Wonderland
Logline: Confounded by her clashes with the seemingly rule-obsessed world, a little girl seeks enlightenment from her unconventional drama teacher
Featuring: Patricia Clarkson, Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scott
Director: Daniel Barnz
Writers: Daniel Barnz
Distributor: THINKFilm
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Stereo

Proud American
Logline: Half drama/half documentary about life in America
Featuring: Jonathan Banks, Grant Goodeve, Dennis Haskins, Ken Howard, Mark McClure, James B. Sikking, Yakov Smirnoff
Director: Fred Ashman
Writers: Fred Ashman & Rolland Smith
Distributor: Slowhand Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: 250 plus 35mm and IMAX locations on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Righteous Kill
Logline: Two police officers trail a serial killer who is murdering felons the duo has arrested over the years
Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Carla Gugino, Curtis Jackson, Al Pacino, Donnie Wahlberg
Director: Jon Avnet
Writers: Russell Gerwitz
Distributor: Overture Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Towelhead
Logline: A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War
Featuring: Maria Bello, Summer Bishil, Toni Collette, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi
Director: Alan Ball
Writer: Alan Ball, based on the novel by Alicia Erian
Distributor: Warner Independent Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City and in additional locations in Los Angeles and New York City on September 12
MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing sexual content and abuse involving a teen, and for language
Running Time: 124 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
Logline: Two families from different walks of life learn to work together
Featuring: Kathy Bates, Cole Hauser, Sanaa Lathan, Tyler Perry, Alfre Woodard
Director: Tyler Perry
Writers: Tyler Perry
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2150 plus locations on September 12
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Women
Logline: The friendship between a clothing designer and a fashion magazine editor is tested when the designer's husband begins an affair with a spritzer girl at Saks Fifth Avenue
Featuring: Annette Bening, Candace Bergen, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Bette Midler, Meg Ryan, Jada Pinkett Smith
Director: Diane English
Writer: Diane English, based on the play by Clare Boothe Luce and the screenplay for the 1939 film by Anita Loos and Jane Murfin
Distributor: Picturehouse
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2500 plus locations on September 12
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sex-related material, language, some drug use and brief smoking
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Expanding today
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Burns Court Cinemas in Sarasota
The House of Adam: Opens at the Beverly Center 13 in Los Angeles
Surfer, Dude: Expands to 50-100 playdates
What We Do Is Secret: Opens at the Starz Film Center in Denver

Friday, September 19, 2008

Battle in Seattle
Logline: The city of Seattle finds itself embroiled in a series of protests against the World Trade Organization which become ever-increasing in their violence and insanity
Featuring: Andre Benjamin, Chris Evans, Woody Harrelson, Martin Henderson, Ray Liotta, Susan Sarandon, Charlize Theron
Director: Stuart Townsend
Writer: Stuart Townsend
Distributor: Redwood Palms
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinemas in San Francisco, the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and in Seattle on September 19
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

The Duchess
Logline: An 18th century aristocrat revels in her extravagant political and personal life
Featuring: Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Ralph Fiennes, Keira Knightley, Charlotte Rampling
Director: Saul Dibb
Writers: Jeffrey Hatcher and Anders Thomas Jensen and Saul Dibb, based on the novel "Georgiana. Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman
Distributor: Paramount Vantage
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 19
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Fanboys
Logline: A group of friends decide to drive cross-country and break into George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, to watch "Episode One" before one of them dies
Featuring: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Dan Fogler, Sam Huntington, Christopher Marquette
Director: Kyle Newman
Writers: Ernest Cline and Adam F. Goldberg
Distributor: The Weinstein Company/MGM
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 19
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Ghost Town
Logline: Revived after being dead for seven minutes, a man discovers he can see ghosts
Featuring: Billy Campbell, Ricky Gervias, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni, Kristen Wiig
Director: David Koepp
Writers: David Koepp & John Kamps
Distributor: DreamWorld Pictures/Paramount Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2450 plus locations on September 19
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Elite Squad
Logline: A special police force in Rio de Janiero must clean up the streets and inside its own department before a Papal visit. In Portuguese with subtitles
Featuring: Caio Junqueira, Fernanda Machado, Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Maria Ribeiro
Director: José Padilha
Writers: Bráulio Mantovani & José Padilha & Rodrigo Pimentel, based on the book "Elite da Tropa" by André Batista & Rodrigo Pimentel & Luiz Eduardo Soares
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Los Angeles and New York City on September 19
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content
Running Time: 115 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS

Igor
Logline: A mad scientist's hunchbacked assistant has big dreams of becoming a scientist and winning the covted first place award at the annual Evil Science Fair
Featuring the voices of: Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, John Cusack, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Molly Shannon, Christian Slater
Director: Anthony Leondis
Writer: Chris McKenna
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2850 plus locations on September 19
MPAA Rating: PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

Lakeview Terrace
Logline: A young inter-racial couple becomes the target of their neighbor, who disapproves of their relationship
Featuring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Patrick Wilson
Director: Neil LaBute
Writers: David Loughery and Howard Korder
Distributor: Screems Gems
Opening Week Release Pattern: 2250 plus locations on September 19
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense thematic material, violence, sexuality, language and some drug references
Running Time: 110 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital/DTS/SDDS

Management
Logline: A traveling art saleswoman tries to shake off a flaky motel manager who falls for her and won't leave her alone
Featuring: Jennifer Aniston, Gavin Bristol, Woody Harrelson, Fred Ward, Steve Zahn
Director: Stephen Belber
Writer: Stephen Belber
Distributor: MGM
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets on September 19
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Running Time: Not yet set
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

My Best Friend's Girl
Logline: A man faces the ultimate test of friendship when his best friend hires him to take his ex-girlfriend out on a lousy date in order to make her realize how great her former boyfriend is, only to fall for the woman himself
Featuring: Diora Baird, Alec Baldwin, Jason Biggs, Dane Cook, Kate Hudson
Director: Howard Deutch
Writer: Jordan Cahan
Distributor: Lionsgate
Opening Week Release Pattern:
MPAA Rating: R for strong language and sexual content throughout, including graphic dialogue and some nudity
Running Time: 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers
Logline: A retired widower from Beijing comes to the United States to visit his only daughter, who is going through a divorce. In English and in Mandarin and Persian with subtitles
Featuring: Vida Ghahremani, Pasha Lychnikoff, Henry O, Faye Yu
Director: Wayne Wang
Writer: Michael Ray, based on the stories by Yiyun Li
Distributor: Magnolia Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: New York City exclusive on September 19
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

12
Logline: 12 jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen teenager charged with murdering his stepfather. In Chechen and Russian with subtitles
Featuring: Sergey Garmash, Sergei Gazarov, Nikita Makhalkov, Sergey Makovetsky, Aleksey Petrenko, Yury Stoyanov
Director: Nikita Mikhalkov
Writers: Nikita Mikhalkov & Vladimir Moiseyenko & Aleksandr Novototsky, based on the play "12 Angry Men" by Reginald Rose
Distributor: Sony Pictues Classics
Opening Week Release Pattern: Major markets on September 19
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violent images, disturbing content, thematic material, brief sexual and drug references, and smoking
Running Time: 159 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
Sound Format: Dolby Digital

Expanding today
The Edge of Heaven: Opens at the Cine Theatre in Athens GA, the New Art Cinema in Provincetown MA and the Screen Cinemas in Santa Fe
Flow: For the Love of Water: Opens at Landmark's Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley, Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, Landmark's Lumiere Theatre in San Francisco and Landmark's E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
A Jihad for Love: Opens at Landmark's Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta
Love and Honor: Opens at the NAZ 8 Cinemas in Artesia CA, the Gardena Cinemas in Gardena CA and the Festival Cinemas in Vancouver BC
Patti Smith: Dream of Life: Opens in Columbus OH and Denver


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