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    "King of California" Lands at First Look

    First Look Pictures acquired Mike Cahill's "King of California," one day after the film's debut in the Premieres section at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood, is Cahill's first feature and it was produced by Alexander Payne, Michael London, Avi ...

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    Overture Films Acquires "Ferris Wheel"

    In its first acquisition ever, Overture Films has announced at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival their purchase of all US rights to "Ferris Wheel". Produced by Charlize Theron's production company, Denver and Delilah Films, in conjunction with Film Engine and NewBridge Film Capital, the film is about a young girl who forms an improbable bond with her troubled uncle in order to deal with her own mother's abandonment. The films stars include Charlize Theron as the mother, AnnaSophia Robb as the young girl, Nick Stahl as the Uncle and Woody Harrelson and Dennis Hopper co-star. "This gem of a film is perfect for Overture Films' first release," said...

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    First Look and Weinsteins Get "Dedication"

    The Weinstein Company and First Look Pictures have confirmed their joint worldwide rights acquisition of Justin Theroux's "Dedication" from Plum Pictures. The romantic comedy is described as "a love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series (Billy Crudup) is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator (Mandy Moore) after his best friend and creative collaborator (Tom Wilkinson) passes away." It also stars Bob Balaban and Dianne Weist and was written by David Bromberg. The two companies will partner on the worldwide release of the movie. The deal was negotiated by TWC's Harvey Weinstein and Mich...

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    "The Signal" Lands at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has officially announced a seven-figure deal for all English language rights to David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry's "The Signal" in a pact with Shoreline Entertainment and Popfilm. Described as an "apocalyptic horror film," the movie screened in the Sundance FIlm Festival's midnight section. The acquisition marks the second of the festival for Magnolia, after acquiring Dan Klores' "Crazy Love." In a statement, company president Eamonn Bowles said, "It's become obvious over the course of the last few years that genre filmmaking is where to look for the most exciting new talent. 'The Signal' isn't just a great horror...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "How She Move"

    In the latest deal annonuced at the Sundance Film Festival, Paramount Vantage, in association with MTV Films, have acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Ian Iqbal Rashid's "How She Move" from the Sundance Film Festival's world dramatic competition. Produced by Sienna Films, the move is described as, "an inspiring, coming of age film set in the competitive step-dancing world." It was produced by Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny and Brent Barclay. In a statement, EVP of acquisitions and production Amy Israel said, "'How She Move' is a crowd-pleasing hip-hop film that has incredible dancing and a real heart. Director Ian Iqbal Rashid’s h...

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    Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight Jointly Take Rights for "La Misma Luna"

    Continuing a flurry of acquisition biz at the Sundance Film Festival that has taken place in the past few days, Fox Searchlight Pictures and The Weinstein Company have aligned to create a joint acquisitions agreement for the worldwide distribution rights to "La Misma Luna" the directorial debut feature from Patricia Riggen. TWC and Fox Searchlight will share equally in the film's worldwide revenues and the two companies are currently discussing which entity will distribute in which territory worldwide, based on "their respective resources and desires." The joint announcement was made today by Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight and Harve...

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    Fortissimo Films Acquires International Rights To "Nanking"

    Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired all international rights (except China) to "Nanking," which was produced by Ted Leonsis and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. The film had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition category....

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    Paramount Vantage Acquires "Son of Rambow"

    Paramount Vantage has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Japan, Germany, and French Free TV) to "Son of Rambow", which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film, a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Garth Jennings, is set in the 1980's and centers on two young English boys who are inspired to make a Rambo movie of their own after seeing "Rambo: First Blood." "'Son of Rambow' is a funny, moving and beautifully crafted tale of friendship and the poignant journey of filmmaking," said John Lesher, President of Paramount Vantage, in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled to be distributing 'Son of Rambow and welcome dir...

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    WIP Gets "Clubland'; SPC Acquires "Kid"

    Warner Independent Pictures has acquired rights in multiple territories to Cherie Nowlan's "Clubland," from the Premieres section at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was reported at about $4 million by sources, but Warner Independent would not confirm the price of the pact. It was brokered by Ca...

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    "Waitress" Acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Today at the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to "Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. The film stars Keri Russell with supporting roles from Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith and is produced by Michael Roiff. "Waitress" is a story about one woman's secret dream (Russell) to earn enough money through waitressing so that she can leave her controlling husband (Sisto). "Shelly's film represents a view of the world that is at once surprising, optimistic and infused with humor," said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Ric...

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