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Magnolia Snaps Up Joe Swanberg's SXSW Hit 'Drinking Buddies'

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by Beth Hanna
March 19, 2013 2:51 PM
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Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in "Drinking Buddies"
Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in "Drinking Buddies"

Magnolia Pictures has taken North American rights to Joe Swanberg's hilarious and sharply observant relationship comedy "Drinking Buddies," which had its premiere at SXSW on March 9. 

The film stars Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson ("Safety Not Guaranteed," "New Girl") and Ron Livingston ("Office Space") -- the first of Swanberg's works to feature major stars. The director foregoes his usual multi-hyphenate role as cinematographer and taps "Beasts of the Southern Wild" DP Ben Richardson for a more polished look.

Reviewing the film out of the fest, I wrote that it rivals what I think is Swanberg's best work, 2007's "Hannah Takes the Stairs."

Magnolia is planning a theatrical release for later in the year, but no word yet on specifics.

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