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    Weinsteins Buy Wong's "Blueberry"

    The Weinstein Company has nabbed all U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights," described as a romantic comedy in a TWC announcement. The filmmaker's English language debut stars Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman, was writ...

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    "Solo Dios Sabe" Set at Palm

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Carlos Bolado's "Solo Dios Sabe," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "The film follows the relationship of Mexican journalist Damian, played by Diego Luna and Brazilian student Dolores, played by Alice Braga. The company is planning an early 2007 theatrical release of the film. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures, and Rosanne Korenberg on behalf of the filmmakers. "Palm Pictures really works with directors and thinks like them," said filmmaker Bolado, in a statement. "I love their catalog! We're ...

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    First Independent Goes "Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired US, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights to Paul Fox's "Everything's Gone Green," written by Douglas Coupland. The company is planning a Spring 2007 theatrical release in a deal brokered by Shoreline Entertainment. The film debuted at the Toronto ...

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    Strand Gets "Syndromes" and "Sleep" From Fortissimo

    Strand Releasing closed a pair of pacts with Fortissimo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, acquiring Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes of the Century" and Tsai Ming-liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Both movies were commissioned as part of the City of Vienna's New Crowned Hope ser...

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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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