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    Sony Makes Worldwide Deal for Stephen Chow's Latest

    Sony Pictures Classics will release Stephen Chow's latest comedy "A Hope" in North America as part of a Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia worldwide acquisition just announced. Shot in China last year, the film was written by, directed and stars Chow, a megastar in Asia who was recently seen sta...

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    Shadow to Bring "Girls Rock!" to U.S.

    U.S. theatrical and DVD rights to debut co-directors Shane King and Arne Johnson's doc "Girls Rock!" have been acquired by Shadow Distribution, the company announced Thursday. The film, about a Rock 'n' Roll camp for girls, will have its world premiere at the upcoming Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto. Shadow president Ken Eisen announced the deal, which was negotiated by Annie Roney for ro co films international. The film will open in theaters in the autumn of 2007 after screening at several more festivals. "We are extremely pleased to be acquiring 'Girls Rock!,'" commented Eisen in a statement. "We feel this film h...

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    "Tuya's Marriage" Set WIth NonStop

    NonStop Entertainment recently acquired from CineClick the Berlinale Golden Bear winner, "Tuya's Marriage," from China. Wang Quanan's film, starring Yu Nan, is described by the company as, "an unconventional Chinese love story [about] a woman who divorces her crippled husband to find another who can...

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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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