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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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    iW NEWS | Strand Picks Up "Before I Forget" for North America

    All North American rights to Jacques Nolot's "Before I Forget" (Avant Que J'Oublie) have been acquired by Strand Releasing, the company announced late Saturday night. The film is currently screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival and was also in the Director's Fortnight in Cannes in May. The deal was negotiated between Strand bo-president, Jon Gerrans and Claude Nouchi, a consultant for Colifilms Diffusion. The film deals with Pierre (played by Nolot) as an aging writer facing writers block, dealing with hustlers, anti-depressants, while keenly facing his fears and addressing them in an edg...

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    iW NEWS | Miramax Makes Meirelles Deal, Pre-Buys "Blindness"

    In Toronto tonight, Miramax Films may be celebrating this evening's TIFF debut of The Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men," but company president Daniel Battsek can also toast his pre-buy of U.S. rights to filmmaker Fernando Meirelles' "Blindess." The film has been shooting locally ahead of the production moving to Meirelles' native Brazil and was adapted from Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel. The in-production project was described by Miramax tonight as follows: "When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine." Wr...

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    iW NEWS | In Toronto, ThinkFilm Makes Deal for Helen Hunt Film

    ThinkFilm has acquired U.S. rights to Helen Hunt's "Then She Found Me," which debuted on Friday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival, with TVA Films taking Canadian rights after overnight negotiating. The actress' directorial debut -- produced by Killer Films -- stars Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick and was adapted by Hunt, Vic Levin and Alice Arlen from a novel by Elinor Lipman. International sales on the film are being shopped in Toronto by Odyssey Entertainment. Think's Mark Urman and Randy Manis closed the deal with CAA and Yves Dion negotiated for Equinoxe, according to an announcement today. The Hollywood ...

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    iW NEWS | Weinstein Co. Goes for Toronto Fests "Boy A"

    The Weinstein Company has announced a deal for worldwide rights (excluding UK TV) to John Crowley's Toronto International Film Festival title "Boy A," described as a touching drama about a man, "released from prison at the age of 24, having been institutionalized for most of his life after he and another boy murdered a child, when they were themselves children." Adapted by Mark O'Rowe -- from Jonathan Trigell's novel -- the film stars Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullen, Shaun Evans, and Katie Lyons and was produced by Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston, Tally Garner and Liza Marshall. Cuba Pictures first production, the film will debut on Saturday at TIF...

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    iW NEWS | Samuel Goldwyn Scares up Rights for "Roman de Gare"

    Claude Lelouch's Cannes '07 thriller "Roman de Gare" has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company announced Thursday. Peter Goldwyn, VP of acquisitions and Shane Starr, manager of acquisitions at Samuel Goldwyn Films negotiated the deal with and Jean-Paul De Vidas on behalf of Les Films 13. The U.S. release is scheduled for first quarter 2008. Cesar nominee Dominique Pinon and Cesar winner Fanny Ardant star in the film about a popular novelist who researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller. "We feel privileged to work with Claude on such a fantastic, exciting and explosive title," commented Meyer Gottlie...

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    iW NEWS | THINKFilm Adopts "My Brother is an Only Child" for North America

    North American rights to Daniele Luchetti's "My Brother is an Only Child" (Mio Fratello e Figlio Unico) have been acquired by THINKFilm with a planned March, 2008 theatrical release, Mark Urman, the company's theatrical division head announced Wednesday. The film, which will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, was represented by THINKFilm International for worldwide sales in Cannes where it screened in the official selection. THINKFilm International Head of Sales, Eve Schoukroun, along with THINK executives Urman, Randy Manis and Ben Stambler sealed the arrangement with Marco Chimenz, who produced the film with Riccard...

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    Herwitz' Company to Remake "Live-In Maid"

    Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company announced that his company has acquired English language remake rights to Jorge Gaggero's "Live-In Maid." Rodrigo Garcia attached to write and direct the film, marking the first production for Herwitz' five year old company, which is currently handling distri...

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