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Mike Cahill on Crazy Sidetrack to Mind-Blowing 'I Origins,' Working with Michael Pitt, Opening Karlovy Vary

I think I have very specific passions, I guess, one is science and one is existentialism, part of science, the question why are we here, what is all this about if universe 3.7 billion years and we only have 100, how do we negotiate those numbers and making meaning out of our lives, both of them come from my attempt to answer or fulfill a fantasy of a primal fear.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2014 5:24 PM
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Fox Searchlight Dates Sundance Hit 'Calvary,' Starring Brendan Gleeson

Fox Searchlight picked up at the Sundance Film Festival "Calvary," writer-director John Michael McDonagh's follow-up to the masterful "The Guard," also starring Brendan Gleeson. The distributor has now booked a summer release date.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 14, 2014 4:28 PM
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Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Calvary' In Second Buy of Sundance

In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2014 4:12 PM
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Why '12 Years a Slave' Is Returning to Theaters

Fox Searchlight is not out of the woods with "12 Years a Slave." The movie has been praised by critics and pulled a remarkable number of moviegoers in its run so far. What's too worry? Why the film will be re-released in select cities on January 17.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • December 18, 2013 2:58 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Enough Said' Scores Big for Searchlight, 'Rush' Decent for Universal

The race to open films shown at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals began with two significant platform releases. This sets the pattern from now until the end of the year. Leading the way was Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said," with a surprisingly stellar gross, driven by rave reviews and curiosity about the late James Gandolfini's second to last film. It outpaced the other new limited opening, Universal's action biopic "Rush," which with top-end urban moviegoer appeal grabbed a decent sampling to go with its strong festival reaction and decent reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 22, 2013 11:50 PM
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Festival Hits 'Prisoners,' 'Enough Said' and 'Rush' Post Strong Openings

Three film festival hits, "Prisoners" (Warner Bros.), "'Enough Said" (Fox Searchlight) and "Rush" (Universal) launched the parade of awards contenders at the fall box office. All three showed solid initial results. Wide release "Prisoners" easily took the #1 slot on Friday. Among the two limited platform openers Nicole Holofcener's romantic comedy "Enough Said," starring the James Gandolfini and Julia-Louis Dreyfuss, scored an upset by having a slightly better per screen average than Ron Howard's Formula One biofilm "Rush" in their New York/Los Angeles debuts.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 21, 2013 3:32 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Hitchcock' and 'Rust and Bone' Fight for Attention

In a weekend that had adult audiences flocking to theaters in numbers rarely seen apart from Christmas and New Year's weeks, core specialized theaters struggled to get their normal share of the action. Three potentially award-contending films opened, all with the kind of pedigree expected to make them stand out in the crowd. All of them did gain some traction, but none marked a successful Thanksgiving weekend opening.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 25, 2012 4:27 PM
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Producers Berger and Yerxa Talk 'Ruby Sparks,' 'Nebraska,' 'Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,' 'Louder than Bombs'

At a time when it has never been tougher to get a movie made, credit is due to indie producers Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, who have slowly but surely turned out quality indie pics ever since they hung their Bona Fide Productions shingle back in 1993. Their most recent film, romantic comedy "Ruby Sparks," marks the return to the screen of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, the husband and wife team who directed sleeper hit "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2012 4:19 PM
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Indies React to Tugg, Which Lets You Choose What Will Play at Your Movie Theater, Adds 'Tree of Life' and 'Bullhead' to Roster

New startup Tugg, launched Wednesday, lets audiences choose what will screen at their local multiplex. We polled several indie exhibitors and distribs for feedback (below).
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 23, 2012 2:38 PM
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