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Sundance Deal: Millennium Picks Up Paranormal Thriller "Red Lights"

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 25, 2012 at 3:33PM

In today's Sundance news, Millenium Entertainment has signed a deal for the U.S. distribution rights to "Red Lights," the new thriller from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortés that premiered at the festival last Friday.
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In today's Sundance news, Millennium Entertainment has signed a deal for the U.S. distribution rights to "Red Lights," the new thriller from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortés that premiered at the festival last Friday.

Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver and Elizabeth Olsen star as a team of paranormal skeptics out to debunk a famous telekinetic played by Robert De Niro.

Just two days ago, we wrote that "Red Lights" hadn't yet been snapped up by one of the many hungry buyers at Sundance, receiving a lackluster response at its premiere.  "The slightly ragged movie," TOH's Anne Thompson wrote, "delivers genuine thrills and strong performances from the two leads ... and could be edited into submission."  At the Eccles Theater premiere of "Red Lights" were Bob and Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser, Summit's Erik Feig and Michael Schaefer, IFC's Jonathan Sehring, Tony Safford of Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics' Michael Barker, Howard Cohen and Eric D'Arbeloff of Roadside Attractions and former Film District execs Bob and Jeanne Berney.

Last week at Sundance, Millennium picked up the romantic dramedy "A Little Bit of Heaven," starring Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal.  Unlike "Heaven," for which Millennium is planning a multi-platform release, "Red Nights" will be deployed under a more a standard theatrical distribution plan.

This article is related to: Sundance 2012 News, Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Rodrigo Cortés


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.