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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Bier's In a Better World

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American rights to Susanne Bier’s In a Better World from TrustNordisk, which has sold the film to more than 30 countries. I am a huge fan of Bier's Brothers and After the Wedding, both also co-written by Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen. This is the intensely emotional drama of two Danish families. Sisse Graum Jørgensen produced the film for Zentropa Entertainments in co-production with Memfis Film International, DR, SVT, Film i Väst and Trollhättan Film.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 20, 2010 7:54 AM
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Searchlight Buys Murdoch-Produced Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Fox Searchlight acquires only a few films each year. So one reason why Fox Searchlight Pictures co-presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula picked up Wayne Wang's 19th-century drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan can be found in the producing credits.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 13, 2010 2:03 AM
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Berney Leaves Apparition on Eve of Cannes

Needless to say I will have a story for you---the whole story--when I get it. Now I'm boarding a plane to Nice en route to Cannes. (Oliver Stone, with a trim mustache, just said hi.) Look at this story on Deadline and you will see that it's from Bill Pohlad, as is the memo below. Yes, Bob Berney has left Apparition. The question is, why. He and wife Jeanne will be in Cannes, where I will find out what's going on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 1:11 AM
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Polanski Speaks Out, Wants Out

On Sunday Roman Polanski stated that "he can remain silent no longer" over his still-unresolved rape case, now 33 years old, and distributed a statement to the media. Actually his old friend Bernard-Henri Lévy sent around the 908-word statement, reports the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 2, 2010 12:18 PM
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McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network

McCarthy Joins indieWIRE Blog Network
Ex-Variety critic Todd McCarthy is joining the indieWIRE blog network. His first post goes up on Todd McCarthy’s Deep Focus Thursday night, and he'll file his first review out of the gate at the Cannes Film Festival, of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 30, 2010 2:02 AM
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Lionsgate Poison Pill Rebuffed in Canada

Lionsgate Entertainment, which is incorporated in both Vancouver and Santa Monica, is trying to fend off shareholder Carl Icahn's efforts to take over the company. But Lionsgate has met a setback, reports the LAT and Bloomberg News:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 27, 2010 11:16 AM
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Playboy's Hefner Donates $900,000 to Rescue Hollywood Sign

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Monday that Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has plunked down $900,000 to help to preserve 138-acres of land surrounding the landmark Hollywood sign, which the governator calls a "symbol of dreams and a symbol of opportunity and hope," reports the LAT:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2010 5:21 AM
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Woody Allen Names New Film Midnight in Paris

When the latest Woody Allen Untitled starts filming this summer in Paris with stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Michael Sheen, it will actually have a title: Midnight in Paris. The romantic comedy takes a family to Paris. Imagina International Sales is handling international sales for Midnight in Paris at the upcoming Cannes fest, which is showing Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger out of competition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2010 11:18 AM
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Earth Day Alert: Landmark Theaters Go Green

To celebrate Earth Day--and to do the right thing in general--Landmark Theatres is launching a new line of eco-friendly paper popcorn bags in its 55 theaters. The chain sells almost 2 million bags of popcorn every year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2010 10:20 AM
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New York Vulture Adds West Coast Editor Adalian, Newsweek.com Adds Exec Editor Snyder

New York Vulture has made a huge play in its ongoing onslaught on the online entertainment trade space: it has hired ex-Variety television reporter Joe Adalian and his TV MoJoe blog (started at TV Week) to be west coast editor. Adalian is the best-read reporter at Sharon Waxman's TheWrap, which has been seeking additional investment and potential partners. The move suggests that Adalian felt more secure (and presumably, well-paid) moving to a more established media entity.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 21, 2010 9:21 AM
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