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    Goldcrest Gets "Son"

    Goldcrest Films International has aquired the worldwide sales rights to Andrew Walton's "Arctic Son," described as a doc about "family, dependence and self reliance in the Canadian Yukon." The film will have its world premiere this weekend at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, NC. It will also screen later this month at IFP Independents Night at the Walter Reade Theater, and at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, followed by a screening at Hot Docs in Canada. The film is a production of Arts Engine Inc./Big Mouth Films. Arts Engine is planning to excecute a national outreach campaign for distributing the film, with the g...

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    The Top Ten So Far...

    Each Monday, indieWIRE receives the final weekend numbers for specialty releases in theaters. This is our top ten for the past weekend so far, with most numbers already in. The top ten is subject to change before the final chart is published tomorrow and the weekly box office column is written. Thre...

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    Random House and Focus Features Acquire Rights to New Koontz Novel

    Author Dean Koontz has sold his forthcoming novel, "The Husband" to Focus Features and Random House Films, the two comanies heads, James Schamus and Peter Gethers announced today. The story, which will be published on May 30th in hardcover in the U.S. and Canada, is the story of an ordinary working man whose love for his wife is put to a harrowing series of tests over a 60-hour period, beginning when his peaceful workday is shattered by a phone call from a stranger. "The Husband" is the third Random House, Inc. title acquired by the joint venture. In the multi-year deal announced last November between the publisher and Focus Features, the com...

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    H'wood Reporter: Starbucks building buzz for spelling bee movie

    Starbucks will officially launch its first foray into the movie business Tuesday with a groundbreaking marketing campaign for the drama "Akeelah and the Bee," which opens April 28. The coffee retailer hopes the campaign will not only boost box office revenue -- since Starbucks will share in the prof...

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    Goldcrest Packs in "39 Lbs." to Sales Line up

    London-based film production, sales and distribution company Goldcrest Films has acquired all rights to Dani Menkin's doc "39 Pounds of Love" outside of the U.S. and Israel, the company announced Monday. The film is the story of Ami Ankilewitz, an American born Israeli who was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular dystropy that renders him immobile, except for one finger. His doctor predicted he'd die before the age of six but over thirty years have passed and Ami, weighing only 39 pounds, still survives. The film follows a riveting cross-country journey that Ami took with friends across the USA to look for the doctor who thought he wouldn...

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    18 Filmmakers Set for Cannes Atelier du Festival Program

    For the second Atelier du Festival this year, 18 filmmakers have been selected to travel to France during the event to participate (along with their producers) in meetings intended to further new projects. Chosen for this year's program, organized by the Cannes Cinefondation, are Teboho Mahlatsi (South Africa), Santiago Palavecino (Argentina), Christina Andreef (Australia), Bernard Bellefroid (Belgium), Jose Luis Torres Leiva (Chile), Wang Bing (China), Goran Rusinovic (Croatia), Luiso Berdejo (Spain), Cruz Angeles (United States), Richard Press (United States), Fabrice Genestal (France), Michelange Quay (Haiti), Dev Benegal (India), Dover Ko...

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    Simpsons (Finally) On the Big Screen

    Teaser trailers this weekend (in front of "Ice Age 2") announced the long-awaited first Simpsons movie, set for release next summer. The film will include the regular cast of characters, according to a Hollywood Reporter story (via Reuters), as well as a new character voiceed by Albert Brooks. The story further describes the teaser:The animated 28-second clip opens on a giant superhero "S" shield. "Leaping his way onto the silver screen," intones a narrator, "the greatest hero in American history!" Cut to Homer sitting on his couch in his tightly whities and T-shirt. "I forgot what I was supposed to say," Homer says. The narrator continues," ...

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    Movielink Unveils Movie Download Service for PC; Deal Announced With All Hollywood Studios Except Di

    Movielink, the VOD company, announced that today it is unveiling its new broadband video-on-demand service giving viewers a chance to buy movie downloads or rent them for a day, via VOD. All of the major Hollywood studios, except Disney have signed deals with the company and the first title to be released on DVD and VOD on the same day will be Oscar winner, "Brokeback Mountain." The service is only available to PC users, but Apple's iTunes is expected to launch a movie download section in the future. With the new Movielink service, audiences can view downloads on up to three PC computers, transfer the movie to DVD in Windows Media format, or ...

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    Chema Rodriquez's "The Railroad All Stars" To Open 13th Hot Docs Fest

    Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival announced that the North American premiere of Chema Rodriquez's film, "The Railroad All Stars" will open the festival, to run April 28-May 7 in Toronto. Hot Docs is one of North America's largest documentary festivals, and the 13th edition is set ...

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    City Of Lights, City Of Angels Fest To Kick Off A Week Of French Film Premieres In Los Angeles

    The City of Lights, City of Angels festival will open its 10th anniversary edition in Los Angeles April 3rd. The festival, which runs through April 9th, is a week-long celebration of French film premieres, and the lineup features an eclectic mix of films, from Francis Veber's international premiere ...

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