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'Blue is the Warmest Color' Earns NC-17 Rating, Will Go Out Uncut (FRENCH TRAILER)

It's no surprise that Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" has earned an NC-17 rating for “explicit sexual content.” Sundance Selects/IFC Films figured that would be the case when they submitted it. They're stirring up some ratings controversy to lure people to see the lesbian romance starring two lovingly photographed nubile French actresses. They could go unrated stateside if they wanted to. They want audiences to know that the film is not trimmed or softened in any way.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 20, 2013 9:36 PM
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Sundance Selects Takes Toronto Mystery Doc 'Finding Vivian Maier'

On the heels of its inclusion in the Toronto International Film Festival documentary line-up, "Finding Vivian Maier" is going to Sundance Selects. The distributor has acquired U.S. rights to directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature doc, which they produced with executive producer Jeff Garlin. "Finding Vivian Maier" unearths the mysteries behind an undiscovered street photographer, who was a nanny in the wealthy North Shore suburbs of Chicago. Maier’s secret world is unraveled slowly through her photo collections and interviews with those who knew her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2013 3:33 PM
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New Poster Unveiled for Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Mara and Affleck

Check out the new poster unveiled by IFC Films for David Lowery's upcoming Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23, has had a stellar festival run, picking up accolades at Sundance and Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 18, 2013 12:15 PM
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IFC Films Nabs Winterbottom's Coogan Sequel 'The Trip to Italy'

IFC Films has landed US rights to Michael Winterbottom's "The Trip to Italy," a follow-up to 2010 hit "The Trip," starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Coogan and Brydon are reteaming for this new film, which is currently in production in Italy. No word yet on whether there will be any Michael Caine imitation face-offs.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 24, 2013 12:15 PM
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IFC Films Nabs 'Adult World,' Starring Emma Roberts as an Aspiring Poet-Turned-Sex Shop Employee

IFC Film has taken North American rights to Scott Coffey's comedy "Adult World," which stars Emma Roberts as an aspiring poet in need of cash who takes a day job at her local sex shop. The film recently had its North American premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Watch a clip below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 10, 2013 12:36 PM
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Sundance Selects and IFC Appoint Three New Execs for Marketing and Publicity

Sundance Selects/IFC Films has just appointed three new executives to head their marketing and publicity departments for the company's distribution labels.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 24, 2013 4:36 PM
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Sundance Deal: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

IFC has sealed a deal for U.S. rights to David Lowery's Sundance favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The acquisition reportedly came after a battle involving the company and three other distributors that lasted through the night of January 24 and into the morning of the 25th.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 25, 2013 12:11 PM
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Sundance: IFC Films Picks Up Michael Winterbottom's 'Look of Love'

IFC Films has taken North American rights from Studio Canal to Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," which premiered January 19 at the Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Steve Coogan, Imogen Poots, Anna Friel and Tamsin Egerton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2013 11:55 AM
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TIFF Deal Update: Magnolia Buys 'No Place on Earth,' IFC Nabs Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

There's usually a deal in the offing when you see a street huddle after a screening of a Toronto title with advance buzz. Yesterday I saw Eamonn Bowles and his Magnolia team in a circle, heads bowed, intensely debating the merits of something they were thinking of buying. Lo and behold, the next day they announce the acquisition of U.S. rights to "60 Minutes" producer-turned-filmmaker Janet Tobias' intense survival documentary "No Place on Earth"...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 13, 2012 5:33 PM
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Trailer Watch: This American Life's Mike Birbiglia Gropes Through Sleeping Disorder in Sundance Hit "Sleepwalk With Me"

Check out the first official trailer for Mike Birbiglia's Sundance NEXT winner "Sleepwalk With Me," which stars the stand-up comedian and Lauren Ambrose as a couple dealing with longterm-itis, and also Birbiglia's increasingly bizarre sleepwalking habits.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 11, 2012 1:36 PM
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