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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Croons to "Glass"

    Oscar nominee Scott Hicks' ("Shine") latest doc "Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts" has been acquired by Koch Lorber Films, the company announced Thursday afternoon. The film explores the contemporary composer's creative process in opera, concert and film along with glimpses of his personal and spiritual life. The U.S. theatrical and home video distribution rights deal was negotiated by Koch Lorber Films president Richard Lorber and Film Sales Company president Andrew Herwitz on behalf of Mandalay Motion Pictures and Independent Media. The film will premiere at New York's IFC Center in April. "Scott's unique perspective and talents ...

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    iW NEWS | Laemmle/Zeller Bring "The First Basket to North America

    All North American rights to David Vyorst's doc "The First Basket" have been acquired by Laemmle/Zeller Films. The filml, Vyorst's first theatrical release, Laemmle/Zeller Films explores the influence that basketball had on modern Jewish History, as well as the impact that unsung Jewish sports pioneers had on the evolution of basketball, as it grew from a game played with ash-cans on tenement steps to the second most popular sport in the world. Laemmle/Zeller plans an October theatrical release. "The First Basket reveals the rich history and amazing contributions of Jewish athletes," commented Greg Laemmle and Steven Zeller in a joint stateme...

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    iW NEWS | "Chris and Don" Acquired by Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all North American rights to Guido Santi and Tina Mascara's "Chris and Don. A Love Story." The deal was brokered by the film's executive producer Andrew Herwitz from The Film Sales Company. The crowd pleaser, which debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and then screened at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, will be released this summer, starting in New York and L.A. to qualify for Oscar consideration, according to an announcement. It will then expand to other national markets. The film, produced by Julia Scott and James White along with Mascara and Santi, is the story of a 30 year lover affair between writer Christopher I...

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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Gets Bahrani's "Chop Shop"

    Ramin Bahrani's "Chop Shop" has been acquired by Koch Lorber for a February 2008 release that will kick-off at Film Forum in New York City. The company, which also handled the DVD release of his previous film, "Man Push Cart" earlier this year, acquired the film from Big Beach in a deal brokered by Cinetic Media. "In only a few short years, Ramin has proven to be one of his generation's most original new voices," said Lorber. "Following the storytelling success of 'Man Push Cart', 'Chop Shop', which received universal acclaim at the world's most prestigious film festivals, is certain to strike an emotional chord with audiences. We're excited...

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    iW NEWS | Goldwyn and Red Envelope Scribe for "Trumbo"

    Peter Askin's "Trumbo" has been jointly acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films and Red Envelope Entertainment, the groups announced Thursday. Based on the play "Trumbo," by his son Christopher, the film focuses on Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and his journey from Hollywood royalty to blacklisted writer to Academy Award winner. The film includes contemporary interviews and features Brian Dennehy, Paul Giamatti and Nathan Lane who performed in the play as well as Joan Allen and Michael Douglas and others. Samuel Goldwyn and Red Envelope, the original content division of NetFlix, plan a Spring 2008 release. Goldwyn's vice president of acqu...

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    HR: "Half Nelson" duo playing ball with HBO Films

    HBO Films has snapped up distribution rights to "Sugar," a fish-out-of-water story about immigration and baseball from the duo behind the 2006 indie hit "Half Nelson." Steven Zeitchik reports.

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    iW NEWS | Strand Acquires "Heaven"

    Strand Releasing announced that it has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven," Germany's entry for this year's Academy Awards. "Heaven" won the Prix du Scenario Award at this past Cannes Film Festival, and its Akin's fifth feature, following the success of "Head-On." "We're thri...

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    iW NEWS | Focus Set with Van Sant's "Milk"

    Focus Features has announced a deal for Gus Van Sant's "Milk," starring Sean Penn as the former San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk. Produced by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the film will be co-financed by Michael London's Groundswell Productions and Focus Features, and distributed worldwide by Focu...

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    INSIDE WORD | Sony Classics Eyeing "King of England"; Film's Screenings Canceled at Denver Fest

    We hear that... The Czech Republic's 2007 Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film, director Jiri Menzel's "I Served the King of England" (Ogsluhoval Jsem Anglickeho Krale) is closing in on a deal with Sony Pictures Classics.The distributor did not respond to requests for comment on Thursday and Friday. Adapted from Bohumil Hrabali's novel by Jiri Menzel, the film is described as a "tragicomic slice of Czech [life that captures] the rise and fall of a social climber who finds himself on the losing side of WWII." The film had been slated to screen in the narrative competition this weekend at the 30th Denver International Film Fe...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Acquires "Romulus"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to Arclight Films' Australian drama "Romulus, My Father." The directorial debut of actor Richard Roxburgh, "Romulus" stars Eric Bana and Franka Potente and was recently nominated in every single category at the Australian Film Awards, making it the most...

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