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    iW NEWS | Intrepid Pictures Grabs "The Expendable One"

    Intrepid Pictures has acquired the graphic novel "The Expendable One" and has brought on Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles to write the screenplay, Intrepid partners Marc D. Evans and Trevor Macy announced Monday. The action/comedy was created by Jason M. Burns and published by Viper Comics. Kuhn and Co...

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    iW NEWS | Dreamachine Gets Broomfield's Latest

    Recently formed film company Dreamachine has announced the acquisition of the international sales and distribution rights to Nick Broomfield's upcoming drama "Battle For Haditha," currently shooting on location in Jordan. The film is a dramatic reenactment of an incident that took place in Iraq in 2005 in which a group of US Marines retaliated for a roadside bombing by engaging in a house to house search which resulted in the deaths of 24 Iraqis, many of them women and children. The film is completely improvised and the unknown cast, including Iraqis and former US Marines, is working from a treatment written by Broomfield and his co-producer...

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    iW NEWS | GreeneStreet Acquires Suspense Novel The Contortionist's Handbook

    GreeneStreet Films (GSF), the prolific New York-based financing and production company founded by John Penotti and Fisher Stevens, has optioned Craig Clevenger 's 2002 suspense novel The Contortionist's Handbook through its deal with Sriram Das, who will produce, along with GSF. The novel centers on a master forger and fugitive who constantly changes identities in order to stay ahead of the law. When he meets a woman and falls in love, he teaches her his skills so she's able to come with him when he next has to run, only to find out that she is not who he thinks she is. In an announcement, Penotti remarked on the next step of the process: "...

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    iW NEWS | New Yorker Picks Up All U.S. Rights To Jia Zhang-Ke's "Still Life"

    New Yorker Films has acquired US theatrical, Home video, broadcast and cable TV rights to Jia Zhang-Ke's 2006 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner, Still Life. The film is currently screening in the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival's world narrative feature competition and will have a national release ...

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    iW NEWS | "Steel City" Is Truly Indie

    "Steel City" Is Truly Indie

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    iW NEWS | EMI Makes UK Deal for "We Are Together"

    Days after its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Paul Taylor's documentary "We Are Together" (Thina Simunye) has been acquired in a UK distribution deal with EMI that includes a theatrical, DVD and soundtrack release. The new film about the Children of Agape choir from South Africa, has stirred Tribeca festival audiences, as indieWIRE reported earlier today, drawing musicians Bono and Alicia Keys to a recent fest screening and party. A Rise Films production in association with The Channel 4 British Documentary Foundation and HBO Documentary Films, "We Are Together"'s deal was brokered by Annie Roney of ro*co films internat...

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    iW NEWS | Here! Gets Tribeca Title, "Vivere"

    Here! Films has announced a North American deal for Angelina Maccarone's German drama, "Vivere," screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Here's sister company, Regent Releasing will handle the theatrical release of the movie, in a deal brokered with Media Luna Entertainment. Produced by Anita Elsani...

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    iW News | KOCH Lorber Picks up "9 Star Hotel"

    KOCH Lorer Films has acquired U.S. rights to Israeli direcor Ido Haar's doc "9 Star Hotel" (Malon 9 Kochavim), Richard Lorber, president of the company announced Friday. The film will have its North American debut in the world documentary competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, currently underway and will have its theatrical roll out beginning at New York's Film Forum on May 23 followed by a roll out nationwide. The film tells the story of Palestinian laborers who work in the occupied territories by day where their ancestors once lived building luxury homes for Israelis, and then return to their shanty communities at night. "'9 Star Hotel' ...

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    iW NEWS | Picturehouse Scoops Vaughn's "Wild Ride"

    Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired worldwide rights to Ari Sandel's "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland," previously announced as a Weinstein Company acquisition after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Vaughn, the movie includes a mix of on-stage and behind-the-scene footage, showcasing Vaughn's month long tour with four up-and-coming comics and surprise guests. Picturehouse's Berney indicated that his company was an initial bidder on the movie and when he learned that the film was available again, he pursued a deal. Picturehouse SVP Sara Ro...

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    "Disappearances" to Make Truly Indie US Apparition

    The U.S. theatrical release of Jay Craven's mystical outlaw-adventure "Disappearances" will be handled by Truly Indie, the self-distribution arm of Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929 Entertainment. Written and directed by Jay Craven from a novel by Frank Mosher, the film is described as a "surreal journey into the northern wilderness frontier that features actor/musician Kris Kristofferson in his first lead role in 17 years. The film played at South by Southwest and AFI Fest among others. The deal was negotiated by Craven, who is also a producer on the project, with Truly Indie executive director Kelly Sanders and head of business and legal af...

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