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Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno' Gets Picked Up, Sequel In The Works & More TIFF Acquistions

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 10:58 AM
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The feeding frenzy that is the backstage wheeling-and-dealing at a major film festival has come to Toronto, and bobbing up from the churning waters are a number of intriguing bodies... We hear from our friends at Hitfix that CBS Films has nabbed “The F Word,” not (sadly?) the feature-length Gordon Ramsay movie we've all been waiting for, but rather a “(500) Days of Summer”-esque rom-com, starring Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe, and word around the fest has been pretty positive by those who've seen it. It's directed by Michael Dowse ("Fubar," "Take Me Home Tonight") and also features Rafe Spall and “Girls” star Adam Driver.

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.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions Pick Up Kristen Wiig Starrer 'Imogene,' RADiUS-TWC Take Errol Morris' Latest

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 11, 2012 10:45 AM
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More Toronto International Film Festival acquisitions abound, including the comedy "Imogene" and the documentary "The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld," right on the heels of Roadside Attractions picking up Sarah Polley's documentary "Stories We Tell."

Toronto Acquisitions : Roadside Attractions Takes Sarah Polley Doc 'Stories We Tell,' Three Studios Bid For Rob Zombie's 'Lords of Salem'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2012 6:55 PM
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In Toronto, the newest film from Sarah Polley, the documentary "Stories We Tell," was picked up by Roadside Attractions, while in anticipation of its midnight debut, Rob Zombie's witchy "Lords of Salem" has a trio of studios courting him, with Anchor Bay leading the pack.

Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions Get Dirty With Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' Starring Matthew McConaughey; Eyeing 2013 Release Date

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 16, 2012 9:36 AM
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Fans of Jeff Nichols’ 2011 film “Take Shelter” may be slightly disappointed to hear they'll have to wait a bit longer to see the director’s latest. “Mud” stars Matthew McConaughey (continuing his remarkable career turnaround) as the eponymous fugitive who forms an unlikely friendship with a pair of Arkansas teens who help him evade capture and reunite with his soulmate Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Oh, and this being a Jeff Nichols movie, Michael Shannon also stars – no surprise there.

Watch: Trailer For SXSW Pic 'Blue Like Jazz' Picked Up By Roadside Attractions

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 12:21 PM
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After going up the mountains at Sundance, and crossing the Atlantic for Berlin, buyers will be adding to their frequent flyer miles again soon as they head to Austin for SXSW, but some deals are already being inked.

Sundance: Buzz Films 'Arbitrage,' 'Liberal Arts,' 'Robot & Frank' & 'V/H/S' All Find Distribution

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 26, 2012 10:40 AM
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As ever, Park City is quieting down again, with many journalists heading home after a week of Sundance madness. We've still got plenty of coverage to come, don't get us wrong, but as is so often the case with festivals, things tend to be a little front-loaded. Except, that is, on the business end; now that most films have unspooled, the acquisitions folk are ready to start handing out the checks. We've already seen a few big sales: Fox Searchlight took two of the best-reviewed films of the festival, "The Surrogate" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," while "For A Good Time Call," "Lay The Favorite," "Black Rock," "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "Red Lights," among others, have all found homes.

'Albert Nobbs' With Glenn Close Set For Fall Awards Season Release

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 5, 2011 10:25 AM
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Liddell Entertainment & Roadside Attractions Snag U.S. RightsSummer hasn't even started to wind down yet, and blockbusters are already getting looked over in favor of Oscar predictions and upcoming fall festivals. It seems like every other day this year's Oscar race is picking up with the "War Horse" trailer hitting last week and The Weinstein Company already staking out their fall dates. Though it's small news, it looks to be big for the Best Actress category as earlier today it was announced that "Albert Nobbs," starring Glenn Close was picked up for distribution by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions with a fall awards season release and campaign in the works.

Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

Sundance Selects Picks Up 'Mad Bastards'; Roadside Attractions Gets 'The Music Never Stopped'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 3:17 AM
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As luck would have it, two Sundance bound films have already found homes. When the list of titles were announced for this year's Sundance festivities, those included were a tad underwhelming and we were starting to wonder if it was going to be a lackluster year for the snowy peaks of Park City.Sundance Selects and Roadside Attractions hope that is not the case, as both have acquired films two weeks prior to the kick off of the prestigious film festival.

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