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    ThinkFilm Gets "Candy"

    ThinkFilm has announced the acquisition of North American rights to Neil Armfield's "Candy," the Berlinale debut starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush. Armfield's feature debut is based on Luke Davies notel and is scheduled to be released later this year. The film, described as a love triangle involving "a boy, a girl and a drug," is the story of "a charming but reckless young poet who has fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that [the poet] has long since embraced." In a statement, company head of theatrical distr...

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    Pressman Corp. Takes Rights to "Infinity"

    Edward R. Pressman Film Corp. announced Wednesday that the company has acquired the motion picture rights to "The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan", Robert Kanigel's 1991 biography of Srinavasa Ramanujan Iyengar. The biography chronicles the life of the self-taught mathematical prodigy, who left the slums of Madras for the courts of Cambridge during World War I. Sondervan first brought the project to Pressman in late 2003 when working at ContentFilm, but Pressman and Sondervan determined the movie could not be made at the company because its "epic" nature was beyond the company's financial scope, according to a company re...

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    Sony BMG Gets "Sasquatch"

    Tim Skousen's "Sasquatch Dumpling Gang," which debuted at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, has been acquired by Sony BMG Entertainment's film division. The movie, a double award winner at the recent U.S. Comedy Arts Film Festival in Aspen, was produced by Jeremy Coon ("Napoleon Dynamite" along w...

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    Four-Letter Word Film Acquired by THINKFilm; Doc Set for Theatrical Release, Showtime Deal Also Inke

    THINKFilm has acquired worldwide rights to Steve Anderson's "FUCK," the doc about the four-letter expletive that debuted last year at the AFI FEST and screened last week at SXSW. The film features interviews with Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Billy Connolly, Sam Donaldson, Janeane Garofolo, Ice-T, Ron Jere...

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    Winterbottom's Provocative Guantanamo Film Acquired by Roadside, Set for Summer Release in U.S.

    Roadside Attractions has acquired North American rights to Michael Winterbottom and Matt Whitecross's "The Road to Guantanamo," which premiered at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival and won the Silver Bear prize for best director. The true story of three British men who were held in an American military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the hybrid doc/dramatization blends news images, documentary footage, and dramatic re-creations of the lads' experiences as detainees for more than two years at the detention center. It will have its U.S. festival debut next month at the Tribeca Film Festival and Roadside is planning an early summer rel...

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    The Weinstein Company Adopts "Bobby" and "Miss Potter" for Release

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to two films, including Emilio Estevez's "Bobby," and Chris Noonan's "Miss Potter," the company announced over the weekend. "Bobby," acquired from Michel Litvak's Bold Films (U.S. rights), is an ensemble political-culture drama starring Estevez, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt, Christian Slater (and more) revisiting the night Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968, and focuses on how the lives of those at the hotel that evening intersected. The project was brought to TWC by Michelle Krumm, executive vice...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal for Sundance Double Award Winner, "Quinceanera"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera," winner of the dramatic grand jury prize and audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company has closed a pact for North American and Latin American rights to the film. The coming-of-age story...

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    Lionsgate Nabs Rights To Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"

    Lionsgate (in conjuction with Mark Amins Sobini Films) announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior." The film, which stars Nick Nolte and Amy Smart is based on the bestselling novel by Dan Millman entitled "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The film tells the story of the young Dan Millman who aspires for Olympic glory as a college gymnast. But, a chance encounter with a stranger (Nick Nolte) changes his life and helps him realize what he must leave behind in order to fulfill his apsirations for greatness. Mark Amins, of Sobini Films, is one of the film's producers, along with Sobini Presi...

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    Cinema Libre Takes Rights to Doc "Giuliani Time"

    Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Kevin Keating's doc "Giuliani Time," which will premiere in New York at the Landmark Sunshine on May 12th the company announced recelntly. The documentary, which screened at the Rotterdam and Vancouver film festivals, examines former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his policies and his often touted turnaround of New York City. Utilizing a range of personalities and experts from high-level city officials to community activists, lawyers and politicians, Keating's film analyzes Giuliani's personal background, his record and the methods he employed to enforce the 'Quality of Life' and 'Zero Toler...

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    Palm Pictures Takes U.S. and Caribbean Rights to Sundance Winner "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time Georgian filmmaker Gela Babluani's "13 (Tzameti)," winner of this year's world cinema grand jury prize for dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Palm Pictures, the company announced Thursday. David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures a...

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