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Watch: 5 Great Impressions From 'The Trip' With Steve Coogan & Rob Brydon As IFC Picks Up Sequel 'The Trip To Italy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 11:11 AM
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Has it really been that long? It was two years ago that Michael Winterbottom's hilarious "The Trip" hit theaters, landing on our feature The Best Films Of 2011...So Far list, and indeed was a highlight for the entire year for many Playlist staffers. The road trip comedy paired real-life pals Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalized versions of themselves, traveling through the British countryside, with the former on assignment doing restaurant reviews. But it was really just an excuse for the pair to improvise, talk, squabble, deliver endlessly quotable one-liners, and perform a string of celebrity impressions. Talk has been brewing for a while now of a follow-up, and it's now officially happening.

IFC Films Picks Up Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons' For Summer Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2013 11:56 AM
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After buzz, rumor, speculation and in the past few weeks, some pretty explosive headlines thanks to a pretty saucy New York Times Magazine profile, as well as word that both Sundance and SXSW turned down the low budget film, Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" has indeed found a home.

IFC Films Picks Up Michael Cera's 'Crystal Fairy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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While many deals at the Sundance Film Festival are written on napkins and closed by downing Sambuca shots in Park City, some movies require a little more negotiating to get contracts signed. And even though Michael Cera arrived in Utah with two movies -- the thriller "Magic Magic" and the comedy "Crystal Fairy," both directed by Sebastian Silva -- they are only now starting to find a home.

Check Into 'The Shining' Documentary 'Room 237' On March 29th

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 25, 2013 12:34 PM
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Premiering last year at the Sundance Film Festival, and making its way around the world with stops in Cannes, Moscow, Locarno, Deauville, Austin and more, the obsessive documentary “Room 237” finally has an official North American release date. So put your “Apollo 11” sweater on and get your calendar ready.

Sundance: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Magnolia Loads 'S-VHS' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 8:34 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival says farewell today as the 2013 shindig comes to a close, but deals are still being made, and one of the most hotly buzzed movies of the past week has found a home.

'The Spectacular Now,' 'Austenland' & 'The Look Of Love' Lead First Wave Of Sundance Acquisitions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 21, 2013 9:19 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival has been underway for a few days now, but the buyers' market has been slow to get moving. It's not entirely surprising; as we documented last week, a run of disappointments has left distributors a little more cautious than in the past, and with few films attracting across-the-board raves, there's further reason to keep the purse strings tightened until most of the major films have screened.

IFC Films Feels 'Passion' For Brian De Palma's Latest

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 25, 2012 11:16 AM
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When was the last time you were excited about a Brian De Palma film? Was it during the last decade? Well, his latest, the sexy, psychological thriller “Passion” starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, might get your pulse racing in another way. It’s a remake of Alain Corneau’s posthumously released 2010 film “Love Crime” (which starred Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas) in which a young businesswoman plots revenge after being ritually humiliated and threatened and having her ideas stolen by her boss and mentor.

IFC Films To Distribute Noah Baumbach/Greta Gerwig Telluride & TIFF Hit 'Frances Ha'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 13, 2012 10:19 AM
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Shot in near-complete secrecy and unannounced until just this past July, it's suitably consistent that director Noah Baumbach's seventh feature, “Frances Ha,” would also become one of the surprise highlights of the festival circuit this year. Co-written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, who also stars, the film already garnered a fantastic reception at Telluride this year (from us included), and now, following a similar performance in Toronto, it appears distribution for the comedy-drama is coming together.

IFC Picks Up Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium,' Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Nab 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 6:01 PM
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After a slow start, acquisitions at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the key dates in the diary for the independent film world, continue to gather apace. Following on from "A Place Beyond The Pines," "Stories We Tell," "Lords of Salem," "Imogene," "The Unknown Known" and various others, two other high-profile pictures landed a home today.

IFC Films Pick Up James McAvoy/Mark Strong Thriller 'Welcome To The Punch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2012 3:17 PM
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The release schedule for the rest of the year is starting to shape up, but there's still a few question marks, and one of the film's we're eager to get a date on is "Welcome To The Punch." The film is the sophomore feature from writer-director Eran Creevy, who made an impressive debut with "Shifty" a few years ago, and he's stepping up in a big way for his follow-up, an ambitious crime thriller, compared to "Heat" and "The Last Boy Scout," with a top-notch cast led by James McAvoy and Mark Strong.

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