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    iW NEWS | GreeneStreet Takes "Motion"

    It was announced Tuesday that GreeneStreet Films International has acquired Craig Lucas' "Laws of Motion." Lucas ("The Dying Gaul") will direct Matthew Perry, Ben Foster and Hilary Swank in this comedy about three adult siblings reconnecting. The film begins shooting In June in southern Connecticut ...

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    iW NEWS | Warhol Doc Acquired By Arthouse and Netflix

    Esther Robinson's award-winning documentary, "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Andy Warhol Factory," has been picked up in a partnered acquisition between Art House Films, in association with Curiously Bright Entertainment, and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment. The companies will share the North American rights and will release the film theatrically and on DVD. Arthouse individually acquired the Worldwide rights and will represent the film during the Cannes Market. The deal was negotiated between David Koch, Head of Acquisitions & Productions for Arthouse Films, Arthouse partner Lily Bright and her company, Curiously Bright ...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Make "Contact"

    Easternlight has sold the North American rights for its Hong Kong martial arts film "Fatal Contact" to The Weinstein Company. It was jointly announced at Cannes today by Ying Ye, Director of Easternlight Films and Gary Hamilton, Managing Director for parent company Arclight Films. Ye and Hamilton ...

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    iW NEWS | American Cinema International Takes "The Butcher"

    Producer and distributor American Cinema International has secured the international rights to horror film "Ed Gein The Butcher of Plainfield." The film tells the true story of serial killer Ed Kein, who was responsible for a series of murders in 1950s rural Wisconsin. It stars Kane Hodder and Mic...

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    iW NEWS | Echo Bridge Secures "Ruins"

    Echo Bridge has secured the international rights "My Life in Ruins," a romantic comedy with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos. The film is set to be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone (who also produced "Wedding,") and Nathalie Marciano and Michelle Chydzik of 26 Films. ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia and Red Envelope Get "Hallam Foe"

    Magnolia Pictures and Red Envelope Entertainment have announced the joint acquisition of all North American rights to David Mackenzie's "Hallam Foe," which debuted earlier this year at the 2007 Berlinale. The film, starring Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, and Claran Hinds, is described as the story of a voyeur who, in the words of an announcement, "driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city of Edinburgh for love." In a statement, company acquisutions head Tom Quinn enthused, "It's sexy, adventurous, intimate and delightful all at once. The scene stealing chemistry between Jami...

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    iW NEWS | American World Pictures Takes Two To Cannes

    American World Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to both "One Long Night" and "Triloquist," and will screen both for buyers around the world in the Cannes Market. "Night" is a Latin-themed comedy thriller starring Alison Eastwood, Karen Black, Ed Begley Jr. and Jon Seda. Directed by David Alfaro Siquerios (who recently won the Houston Film Festival's Best Director award for the film), the film "appeals to a worldwide audience," says American World Pictures President Mark Lester. Lester's other acquisition, "Triloquist," is written and directed by Mark Jones ("Leprechaun.") It follows two teenagers on the run from their murderous d...

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    iW NEWS | "Ghostwood" and "Speed Dating" are NonStop

    NonStop Sales has picked up the worldwide rights to thriller "Ghostwood" and romantic comedy "Speed Dating." Supernatural "Ghostwood" is Justin O'Brien's directorial debut and stars Alan Devine and Patrick Bergin. "Speed Dating," winner of the Audience Award at the European Independent Film Festiva...

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    iW NEWS | Omega To Distribute "Anna Nicole"

    A deal has been closed by Swiss and UK based financing, production and sales company Omega Entertainment to distribute "Anna Nicole," a biopic starring singer Willa Ford as the deceased model and reality TV star. The filming was financed by Montage Entertainment and Nasser Entertainment, with Nasse...

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    iW NEWS | High Point Acquires "Plague"

    London based sales company High Point Films, run by Carey Fitzgerald and part of the High Point Media Group, acquired world rights (outside of the UK) for British urban drama "The Plague." Directed by Greg Hall, the film follows four struggling multi-ethnic friends in London. "It is exactly this so...

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