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    Picture This! Gets "The Masseur"

    Picture This! Entertainment has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's "The Masseur" (Masahista), which premiered at the Locarno festival this year where it shared the Golden Leopard Prize. Starring Alan Paule, the film is the story of a romance novel writer who vi...

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    First Look Studios Takes U.S. Rights to Hillcoat's "The Proposition"

    First Look Studios has acquired all U.S. rights to "The Proposition," directed by John Hillcoat and written by rock music icon Nick Cave, it was announced Sunday night by Henry Winterstern, CEO and co-chairman, and Bill Lischak, president and COO of First Look Studios. The deal was negotiated by First Look's Peter Lawson and The Works' Joy Wong. Chosen as an Official Selection of the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Proposition" is the story of two brothers in conflict. The feature's international cast includes Emily Watson ("Life and Death of Peter Sellers"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"); Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast"), Danny Huston ("2...

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    Critics Diary: The 'O Word', "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

    As always, the "O word" is on everybody's lips at the Toronto International Film Festival. It's still a bit early in the festival to start calling favorites, but as far as this critic is concerned, Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" and Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" lead the...

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    For the Boys: Paul Etheridge-Ouzts' "HellBent"

    Though it's far from the "first gay slasher film," as it has been momentously touted (hello? "A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" anyone?), Paul Etheridge-Ouzts's "HellBent" might be the first horror movie that's quite so unapologetically gay-friendly. Serial killer films have been chocka...

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    Offshore Entertainment Launches with Morgan J. Freeman's "Just Like the Son"

    The new film, television and music production company Offshore Entertainment made its official launch on Sept. 8. Its film arm, Offshore Pictures, will premiere Morgan J. Freeman’s “Just Like the Son,” featuring Rosie Perez in a "story of a juvenile delinquent who befriends a second grader while doing community service, and learns about responsibility as they take a road trip across America." Offshore Entertainment's CEO Christopher Woodrow and LaSalleHolland’s Lillian LaSalle are the executive producers of this debut film, with Jamin O’Brien and LaSalleHolland’s Gill Holland and Mathew Parker as producers...

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    HDNet Unveils Slate of 7 More Digital Features, Soderbergh Project About Spalding Grey On Tap

    HDNet Films, here at the Toronto International Film Festival with three new digital features, has announced plans to make seven new more high definition movies, including a unique project by Steven Soderbergh about Spalding Gray. At an early morning breakfast event today, HDNet's Jason Kliot and Joa...

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    Reitman's "Smoking" Apparently Acquired; Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics Each Claiming Separa

    Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics are at odds over which company has acquired the rights to Jason Reitman's debut feature "Thank You For Smoking". The film was apparently acquired in a pact that closed Saturday night here in Toronto, however it remains unclear who will be releasing the new film...

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    Sony Classics Adds Tommy Lee Jones' "Three Burials" To Large Toronto Slate

    Indiewood companies are active here at the Toronto International Film Festival, buying and showcasing new films at this increasingly important event. Sony Pictures Classics in particular has increased its large slate of Toronto titles, acquiring North American and South American rights to Tommy Lee ...

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    Fest Dispatch: Toronto Comes Out, with Gays, Terrorists and Historical Injustice

    Only four days into the Toronto International Film Festival and losers and winners have already been declared, trends have been spotted, and the perennial complaining about the pre-screening official trailers has reached a fever pitch. This year's "turn off your cell phone" spot, directed by student...

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    Barkins and Kaplan Unveil Applehead Pictures

    Actress Ellen Barkin and writer George Barkin have launched Applehead Pictures, with Caroline Kaplan leaving IFC Films to join them in forming the New York-based independent production company. The first project on tap for the new partnership is Richard Yates' 1976 novel "Easter Parade", the story of two sisters told over a period of 40 years. George Barkin, Ellen's older brother and former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Lampoon, is writing the screenplay. "While we don't see ourselves producing the next 'Fantastic Four', we certainly plan on developing a wide range of material and don't want to label ourselves as a company limited by a small...

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