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    iW NEWS | Magnet Pokes "Splinter" in Early North American Buy

    Magnolia Pictures' Magnet label has pre-bought North American rights to Toby Wilkins' horror-thriller "Splinter," the company announced Thursday. The film, which is currently nearing completion, is described as the story of a couple held hostage by an ex-convict on the run besieged in an isolated ga...

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    iW NEWS | K5 Secures World Rights To "The Visitor"

    K5 International, the newly established worldwide sales company based in Germany and the UK, announced that they have acquired the world sales rights to Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor." "The Visitor," starring Richard Jenkins, was warmly recieved at the Toronto International Film Festival and North American distributor Overture Films is planning a spring release domestically. "'The Visitor' represents exactly the kind of film we want to work with at K5 International", said Bill Stephens, Daniel Baur and Oliver Simon of K5 International. "It is intelligent, beautifully made, very well acted, emotionally engaging and has a great deal to say about ...

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    iW NEWS | TLA Gazes on "Dreamt" for English-speaking N. America

    TLA Releasing has secured all rights to French director Hormoz's "I Dreamt Under Water" (J'ai reve sous l'eau) for the U.S., English-speaking Canada and the U.K., the company announced Thursday. Currently in post-production, the film will open under the TLA Releasing label in 2008. The deal was finalized at the American Film Market (AFM), currently underway, by TLA's VP of acquisitions, Jennifer Arndt-Johns and Loic Magneron from Paris-based sales company WIDE Management. "'I Dreamt Under the Water' represents the unique qualities of French cinema to tell a fresh story," commented Arndt-Johns in a statement. "We know the film's themes of tole...

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    Magnet Fells "Eden Log" for North America

    Magnolia Pictures' genre label Magnet has acquired North American rights to Franck Vestiel's sci-fi/horror epic "Eden Log," now in post production. Magnolia's SVP Tom Quinn and head of business affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Elisabeth Perlie of BAC Films, who is selling the rights to the rest of the world. The film will be released theatrically in 2008. "Eden Log" tells the story of a man who wakes up in total darkness at the bottom of a deep cave, unaware of how he got there. All he knows is that he is being pursued by a frightening creature, and needs to climb back to the surface through a cemetery like maze abandoned by a m...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Eyes "Hottie and the Nottie" for North America

    Tom Putnam's romantic comedy "The Hottie and the Nottie," starring Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore and Christine Lakin has been picked up for North American distribution rights by Regent Releasing. The company plans a Valentine's Day theatrical release (February 8). In addition to North America, Regent has also secured distribution for Central America, the Caribbean and Greenland. Stephen P. Jarchow and Hadeel Reda negotiated the deal on behalf of Regent Releasing and Purple Pictures, respectively. Jon Shiffman negotiated the deal on behalf of Media Rights Capital. Regent Worldwide Sales will sell the title at the upcoming American Film Mark...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Goes "Black White + Gray"

    Fortissimo Films announced that it has acquired the worldwide sales rights to James Crump's documentary, "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff & Robert Mapplethorpe." The film documents the relationship between world renowned collector and curator Sam Wagstaff, controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician Patti Smith. It received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened theatrically earlier this month in New York. Madman Entertainment recently acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand, Sundance Channel acquired rights for US Television and Arthouse Films will handle domestic distribution in coll...

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    iW INSIDER | Major Pre-Fest Buy Blooms; Summit Makes Blind Eight-figure Deal for Rian Johnson's "Bro

    A script and just two minutes of footage were enough to sell upstart distribution company Summit Entertainment on North American rights to the unfinished sophomore feature from filmmaker Rian Johnson ("Brick"). In one of the most aggressive acquisitions ever, Summit poached "The Brothers Bloom," a m...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets "Chorus Line" Doc

    Fortissimo Films has annouced the acquisition of worldwide sales rights -- with the exception of North America and Japan -- to James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step: The Journey of a Phenomenon," about the hit Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line." The film, from Endgame Entertainment, will be pre-sold at next week's upcoming American Film Market. It marks the third doc for Stern and Del Deo, after "The Year of the Yao" and "...So Goes The Nation." "When Jim and Adam first described this project to us, we knew that they would be producing a film with a great story, class, charm, music, and great commercial potential -- and we had t...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Aquires "Timecrimes"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world rights (excluding Spain) to director Nacho Vigalondo's "Timecrimes." "Timecrimes," which won the Best Feature Prize and the Silver Medal for Audience Award at the 2007 Fantastic Fest in Austin, details a man who discovers the perils of time travel. It is the feature film debut of Vigalongo, who previously was nominated for an Academy Award for the short film "7:35 in the Morning." "Working with Magnolia on 'Timecrimes' is a dream come true. Knowing that my film is going to be shown in USA is something I can't describe," said Vigalongo. Magnolia will release the film theatrically in 2008. [Peter Knegt...

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    iW NEWS | Belladonna Unveils Mickle's "Mulberry," "July" Deals

    Rene Bastian, Linda Moran, and Adam Folk's Belladonna Productions has announced a pair of deals for projects by Jim Mickle. The filmmaker's "Mulberry Street," which had its North American premiere at SXSW in March and later screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, is set for theatrical distribution on 300 screens via the After Dark Horrorfest with LIONSGATE handling DVD distribution of the event's eight films. Belladonna also announced that it has optioned Joe R. Lansdale's novel Cold in July for Mickle to direct and adapt with "Mulberry Street" co-writer Nick Domici. A graduate of film school at NYU, Mickle recently signed with UTA and the Ben...

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