Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studioshas added three new titles to its 2006-2007 North American theatrical releaseslate, all of them supplied by The Weinstein Company, which will oversee theirmarketing.
The first of these MGMreleases will be Bobby, EmilioEstevez' account of the night that Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at theAmbassador Hotel in 1968. It is slated for release on Nov 22, for theThanksgiving holiday.
Written, directed andstarring Estevez, the ensemble drama also features Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore,Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Harry Belafonte, Laurence Fishburne,William H. Macy, Heather Graham, Helen Hunt and Martin Sheen.
Slated for release on Dec 29is Miss Potter, in which ReneeZellweger portrays Beatrix Potter, the British author of the beloved children'sclassic The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The film, directed by ChrisNoonan, follows Potter's struggle to overcome a domineering and unsupportivemother and the chauvinism of Victorian England.
Executive produced byZellweger, Miss Potter co-starsEwan McGregor, Emily Watson, Barbara Flynn, Bill Paterson and Lloyd Owen.
Finally, scheduled for nextyear is The Last Legion, the adventuredrama set against the fall of Rome that tells the story of its last emperor,the young Romulus Augustus, who flees the city to lead a legion of supporterson a perilous voyage to Britain.
The historical actionpicture, adapted by David Leland, is directed by Doug Lefler and stars ColinFirth, Ben Kingsley, James Cosmo, Rupert Friend and Iain Glen.
These three slate additionscome on top of the 14 films from independent production companies that MGMunveiled in March as part of its re-birth as a North American distributionoperation.
Among those previouslyannounced titles were several more from The Weinstein Co including: KevinSmith's comedy sequel Clerks II: the family film Stormbreaker; psychological thriller Awake; John Madden's Elmore Leonard adaptation Killshot; Peter Webber's Young Hannibal and Anthony Minghella's drama Breaking AndEntering (the director's firstoriginal screenplay since Truly Madly Deeply), with Jude Law and Juliette Binoche.
Several more are beingsupplied by Bauer Martinez including: Harsh Times, a crime thriller with Christian Bale; the MichellePfeiffer romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman; the Calista Flockhart mystery Fragile; and The Flock, with Richard Gere.
In some cases, noted MGM'sCOO Rick Sands at the time, a film's producer or financier would pay prints andadvertising costs while in other cases MGM would get P&A financing"from equity sources."
In addition to gaining avaluable US theatrical distribution slot, suppliers such as Weinstein Co, Bauer Martinez and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment also access MGM's lucrative pay-TV output deal with Showtime.