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SXSW Horror Title 'Stage Fright' Goes to Magnolia's Magnet

The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, Magnet Releasing, has acquired U.S. rights to genre film "Stage Fright," a horror/comedy/musical about "bloodthirsty gorehounds and musical theatre geeks," says rookie writer/director Jerome Sable, whose short “The Legend of Beaver Dam" cut a swath on festival circuit. "Stage Fright," which world premieres in the Midnighters section at March's SXSW Film Festival, stars Allie MacDonald and Douglas Smith, with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2014 5:24 PM
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Sundance Buy: Magnolia Grabs CNN Ebert Doc 'Life Itself'

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures has acquired US theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to "Life Itself," Steve James' heart-tugging documentary about the life of Roger Ebert. The film brought audiences to tears at January's Sundance Film Festival as they grieved the loss last year of their beloved Chicago film critic after a long battle with cancer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 4, 2014 7:16 PM
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Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' Gets US Release Dates from Magnolia

Magnolia has announced the stateside release dates for Lars von Trier's hotly anticipated "Nymphomaniac." It will be broken up into two films, with "Nymphomaniac Part 1" hitting theaters March 21, 2014 (and VOD March 6), and "Part 2" arriving on April 18, 2014 (and VOD April 3).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 5, 2013 12:02 PM
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Magnolia Nabs 'The Double,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska (TRAILER)

Magnolia Pictures has snapped up US rights to Richard Ayoade's TIFF dark comedy "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Check out the atmospheric trailer, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2013 2:09 PM
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Magnolia Snaps Up Joe Swanberg's SXSW Hit '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.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 2:51 PM
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Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it took home the Audience Award...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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TIFF: Magnolia Acquires 'The Brass Teapot,' in which Temple and Angarano Strike Deal with Dishware

Magnolia Pictures has picked up distribution rights for "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, following the film's debut at TIFF. The black comedy follows a broke newlywed couple who discover a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with cash.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 14, 2012 12:08 PM
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Oscar Watch: Magnolia Juggles Mads Mikkelsen's 'Royal Affair,' 'The Hunt'

It's a Mads Mads Mads world. In May at Cannes, Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor for his stunning performance as an ostracized, falsely accused pederast in Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt," which was swiftly acquired by Magnolia Pictures. That distributor has been specializing in Scandinavian fare of late, turning "Headhunters" into a smarthouse hit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 2, 2012 1:42 PM
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Magnolia's on a Roll, from 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' and 'Marley' to Twisty Stylish Thriller 'Headhunters'

"Headhunters" is a smart pick-up. It's basically the most commercial movie Norway has to offer, based on Joe Nesbo's global detective bestseller, starring rising star Aksel Hennie ("Max Manus") and Danish "Game of Thrones" baddie Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and directed with style by top commercial director Morten Tyldum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2012 10:41 PM
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Magnolia Pictures Buys US Rights to "Steve Jobs: The Last Interview"

Not wasting any time as Walter Isaacs' bestselling Steve Jobs biography continues to fly off shelves, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to documentary "Steve Jobs" The Lost Interview."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2012 2:47 PM
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