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    iW NEWS | Myriad Planning North American Release of Argento Film; Weinsteins Make DVD/TV Deal

    Following a recent Toronto International Film Festival debut, Myriad Pictures has announced that it will release Dario Argento's "The Mother of Tears" theatrically in North America, while the company also said Tuesday that The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. DVD and TV rights (as well as Canadi...

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    HR | SPC commits to 'Married'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Ira Sachs' "Married Life," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, is set for the upcoming New York Film Festival.

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Guy Maddin Film in Toronto

    As the Toronto International Film Festival winds down, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. In the words of a festival description, Maddin's playful, docu-style rumination on his hometown, "continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally respected artists." The filmmaker performed a live narration for the film at its Toronto festival premiere last week. Canadian rights to "My Winnipeg" are set with Maximum Films, while London-based Soda Pictures has nabbed rights for the fil...

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    HR | 'Bill' sees dollar signs in Toronto

    Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann's "Bill" has been acquired by First Look Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, from GreeneStreet Films, stars Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, among others. It was produced by John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, and Matthew Rowland.

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    HR | Weinsteins find 'Joy' with docu buy

    The Weinstein Company has acquired Grant Gee's new documentary, "Joy Division," which debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company is also releasing Anton Corbijn's "Control," about the band, which it acquired back in Cannes.

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    iW NEWS | Think Gets "Battle"

    ThinkFilm has acquired U.S. rights to Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle," the company announced tonight (Thursday) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Mary Aloe, Kirk Shaw, and Maxime Remillard, the film follows a mix of fictional stories connected to the World Trade Organizat...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Get "Dead"

    The Weinstein Company has closed a deal for North American rights, including Mexico, to "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead." Cinetic Media brokered the deal, which closed tonight (Tuesday) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Described by the festival as "his first independently produced z...

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    HR | Overture Films buys McCarthy's 'Visitor'

    Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" has been acquired by Overture Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the trade paper, Greg Goldstein writes that the pact is valued at, "more than $1 million plus boxoffice bonuses for the filmmakers."

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    iW NEWS | Magnet: Magnolia Branding Genre Titles

    Magnolia Pictures is launching Magnet, a new label for its genre film productions and acquisitions, distinguising horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema titles from the independent and documentary films released under the Magnolia label. First up under the new banner will be Jeremy Saulnier's "Murder Party," on DVD next month, followed by a new slate of theatrical and DVD releases. "Some of the best, most imaginative, wild and forward-thinking cinema in the world today is being done in the context of genre filmmaking," Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said today in a statement. The initial slate of Magnet titles will include Hitoshi Matsumot...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse and Red Envelope Snap "Black White + Gray"

    First-time director James Crump's "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe" has been acquired by Arthouse Films and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainemnt, the companies announced Monday. The joint deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright for Arthouse and Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH, along with Rob Williams, Liesl Copland, Thom Zadra and Bahman Naraghi for Red Envelope Entertainment. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will open theatrically in New York and LA at the end of the year followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films label and via Netflix service sometime early ...

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