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    Magnolia and Shorts International Set Oscar Shorts Release

    Magnolia Pictures and leading short film company Shorts International will again partner to bring Academy Award nominated live action and animated short films to U.S. theatres prior to the February 25, 2007 Oscar ceremony. The films will later be available through Magnolia's Home Entertainment division and across other platforms that include ShortsTV on mobile phones. In a statement, Magnolia president Eamonnn Bowles said in a statement:We were extremely excited with how the Academy Shorts performed for us last year. Making them available before the actual ceremony made all of the difference. If you want to get a leg up on your office pool,...

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    First Independent Pictures Acquires Rights to "Everything's Gone Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired the US, Australian, New Zealand and South African distribution rights for the indie comedy "Everything's Gone Green" by Paul Fox from Shoreline Entertainment, with a theatrical release set for Spring 2007, the company announced Monday. The film stars Paulo Costanzo ("Road Trip") as an underachiever tempted into a money-laundering scheme who struggles morally with his ill-gotten gains. The film, which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Douglas Coupland, the author credited with coining the term 'Generation X.' "Douglas Coupland's work is renowne...

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    Strand Takes US Rights to Bosnia Herzegovina Oscar Entry "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams"

    US rights to Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" have been picked up by Strand Releasing from Match Factory Films, the Los Angeles-based distributor announced Monday. The film, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, is Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The deal was negotiated by Strand's Jon Gerrans and Match Factory's Michael Weber at the American Film Market (AFM), currently underway in Santa Monica, CA. The film screens Tuesday night at AFI Fest, also underway in Los Angeles. Set in a contemporary Sarajevo still reeling from the aftermath of war, t...

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    Weinsteins Get Macdonald's "My Enemy's Enemy"

    "My Enemy's Enemy," a new doc by "The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald has been acquired by The Weinstein Company (TWC), in a deal with Wild Bunch. The company has secured U.S. and Canadian rights to the movie, described in an announcement, "an uncompromising, troubling and provocative journey into the history of Klaus Barbie, also known as 'The Butcher of Lyon'. the former Gestapo commander who terrorized Lyon and the surrounding region from November 1942 to August 1944." The film is being produced by Rita Dagher ("Fahrenheit 9/11") through her production company Yalla Films. Laine Kline, SVP of business and legal affairs, and...

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    Regent Releasing Takes Worldwide Rights to "Freshman Orientation"

    Regent Releasing has acquired the worldwide rights to Ryan Shiraki's comedy "Freshman Orientation," with Regent Worldwide Sales handling international sales at this year's American Film Market (AFM). The film, produced by Element Films, will be released in Spring 2007. The film centers on a typical Midwestern 18-year-old freshman (Sam Huntington) at a large state university eager to begin his wild college party life, but he instead discovers that school is not the beer-driven, sexual fantasy of his imagination. Determined to do anything to win over a beautiful sorority girl, he decides to pose as gay in order to entrench himself in her life. ...

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    Palm, Arthouse and Bright Plan Peter Beard Doc Release

    Palm Pictures, Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Jean-Claude Luyat & Guillaume Bond's "Peter Beard: Scrapbooks from Africa & Beyond." An early 2007 theatrical release is planned for the film, described as the "definitive portrait of the world's greatest adventurer photographer." Both Taschen Books and Empire Editions are prepping books for publication near the time of the release. David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures & Arthouse Films and Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment negotiated along with James Crump of James Crump Productions on behalf of the...

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    Magnolia Gets Thai Martial Arts Title, "Dynamite Warrior"

    With the American Film Market (AFM) kicking off in Southern California, Magnolia Pictures announced its acquisition of all North American rights to "Dynamite Warrior" (Tabunfire) from Thailand. The film will be released in Thailand next month and Magnolia will distribute the movie in U.S. theaters next summer. The martial arts film, produced by Prachya Pinkaew ("Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior") is described as the story of "a young man riddled with grief and bent on revenge after witnessing his parents' murder by a callous and malicious killer." In the words of an announcement Wednesday:"The only information Zieng has as to the killer's identity i...

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    IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights to "My Best Friend"

    IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Toronto International Film Festival gala title "My Best Friend" by French director Patrice Leconte, starring Daniel Auteuil. Auteuil portrays Francois, an arrogant antique dealer who is confronted by the fact that those closest to him do not like him. His business partner bets him a Greek vase that he cannot find a single person that truly calls him a friend, so Francois meets and asks a likable taxi driver, Bruno, to teach him how to be lovable. IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, and the company's Elizabeth Nastro and Ryan Werner negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton on behalf o...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Hip Hop Project"

    ThinkFilm will hit the upcoming American Film Market with "The Hip Hop Project," a new film directed by Matt Ruskin. The company has acquired worldwide rights to the movie and will release it next Spring, but plans to unveil it for international buyers at AFM in Santa Monica. Described as, "a powerful and inspiring film about a young man who uses hip hop music as a force for hope, healing and the realization of dreams," the film was produced by Scott K. Rosenberg and executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. It stars Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Diana "Princess" Lemon, and Christopher "Cannon" Mapp, with appearances by Russell Simmons, Br...

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    IFC Gets New Von Trier Film

    Lars Von Trier's latest, the Danish comedy "Boss of It All," has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. The company is planning a Spring 2007 release via its IFC First Take day-and-date label. Produced by Vibeke Windelov, Meta Foldagers and Von Trier's Zentropa Entertainment, the film was written by Von Trier and stars Danish actors Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Louise Mieritz, Iben Hjejle, Mia Lyhne, Henrik Prip and Casper Christensen. In an announcement, IFC described the film as: A comedy about the owner of an IT firm who wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company pre...

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