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    "Eleven Men Out" Goes to here! for North America

    here! Films has acquired North American rights to Icelandic soccer (football) "dramedy" "Eleven Men Out" by Robert Douglas. here! Films' sister company Regent Releasing will handle the film's theatrical release slated for Summer 2007. Written by Jon Atli Jonasson and Douglas, "Eleven Men Out" centers on Ottar Thor, the star of KR, the Icelandic soccer team. After he surprisingly comes out of the closet to a reporter in front of his teammates, the controversy surrounding his coming out leads him on a journey to discovery himself, and a journey off the KR team. "here! Films is thrilled to be bringing this fun yet emotional import to audiences e...

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    Coppola's Latest, "Youth Without Youth," Lands at Sony Classics

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to "Youth Without Youth," the first film in a decade by Francis Ford Coppola. The company is planning a late Fall release this year. Adapted from a novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade, Coppola wrote, directed and produced the new film, w...

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    Palm Gets "Your Gonna Miss Me," Plans Summer Release

    Palm Pictures has announced a deal for North American rights to Keven McAlester's "Your Gonna Miss Me," which was nominated for best documentary at this year's Independent Spirit Awards. The company is planning a Summer 2007 release, according to an annoucement from Palm Pictures Manager Lisa Nishim...

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    IFC Gets Resnais and Honore's Latest for First Take Slate

    IFC Gets Resnais and Honore's Latest for First Take Slate

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    WIP Gets Green's "Angels"

    David Gordon Green's "Snow Angels" has landed at Warner Independent Pictures with the company planning to release the movie next year. In a deal negotiated by WIP SVP Paul Federbush and Cinetic Media, Warner Independent acquired worldwide rights outside of Latin America, Spain, Mexico and a few other territories. Produced by Crossroads Films' Dan Lindau & Paul Miller, as well as long-time Green producer Lisa Muskat along with Cami Taylor, the film is adapted from the novel of the same name by Stewart O'Nan. An emotional tale of love and loss, "Snow Angels" stars Sam Rockwell, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Angarano, Griffin Dunne, Amy Sedaris and O...

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    Sony Classics Nabs North American Rights to "The Counterfeiters"

    North American rights to writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky's ("The Inheritors") Nazi--era drama "The Counterfeiters" have been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. On the heels of receiving seven LOLA nominations (the German equivalent to an Oscar) including Best Feature, "The Counterfeiters" is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. After purchasing this year's Academy Award winning Best Foreign Language film, "The Lives of Others" from Beta Cinema, SPC re-teams with the group's managing director Dirk Schuerhoff on "The Counterfeiters." "We are very proud and honored that Sony Pictures...

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    Fortissimo "Eyes" Sales Rights to Hong Kong Opener

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights to Hong Kong International Film Festival opener, "Eye In the Sky" from Sundream Motion Pictures. The deal excludes Asia aside from Japan and Korea. The film is the directorial debut of scriptwriter, Yau Nai Hoi ("Election"). The deal was completed by Fortissimo's co-chairman Michael J. Werner and Sundream Motion Picture's VP of distribution Otto Leong. "Yau is destined to be one of Hong Kong's rising stars; already in his first film he has created a masterful story with a distinctive flair," commented Werner in a statement. "We are pleased to be working with him, Sundream and the Milkyway t...

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    Magnolia Gets Zobel's "Great Word of Sound"; Fall Release Planned

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Craig Zobel's "Great World of Sound" which is screening this week in Austin at the SXSW Film Festival and had its world premiere at Sundance in January where Magnolia execs first saw the movie. In the words of an announcement, "Existing at the darkly comic intersection of the 'American Idol' phenomenon, 'Glengarry Glen Ross', and The Maysles Brothers' revered documentary 'Salesman', 'Great World of Sound' stars Patrick Healy and Kene Holliday as Martin and Clarence, two average southern guys who get involed in the excitement of a record industry talent scouting scheme...

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    Sony Classics Gets Buscemi's "Interview" for U.S. Summer Release

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Steve Buscemi's "Interview," based on the late Theo Van Gogh's film of the same name. Buscemi wrote and directed the movie and stars alongside Sienna Miller in a story described as, "a passionate drama about two polar opposite characters and their unforeseen encounter." Sony Classics' Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner, who are planning a Summer release, acquired the film from Cinemavault Releasing. "We have always wanted to work with Steve Buscemi, and we've admired Sienna Miller's work over the last several years," the SPC execs said in a statemant. "We're thrilled to ...

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    Picturehouse to Bring "The Fox & the Child" to U.S.

    Picturehouse has acquired the U.S. rights to "The Fox & the Child," the first narrative film from the team that created the box-office hit "The March of the Penguins," Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse announced Monday. The film is directed by Luc Jacquet and produced by Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud and Emmanuel Priou. Picturehouse by SVP of acquisitions, Sara Rose and Carolyn Blackwood, EVP of business affairs and co-productions, New Line brokered the deal for the company. Based on Jacquet's own experience as a child, the film tells the story of "a little girl who enters the familiar landscape of the forest surrounding her home but, ...

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