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Music Box Acquires Ira Sachs' Gay Relationship Drama 'Keep the Lights On'

Music Box Films will distribute Ira Sachs' "Keep the Lights On" throughout North America. The film debuted at Sundance 2012 and won Berlin's Teddy Award (the prize for best film with an LGBT theme). The film is headed to April's Tribeca Film Fest...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 12, 2012 2:17 PM
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Gravitas and Variance Team for Theatrical & VOD Releasing; Hunting Titles at SXSW

Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films announce their partnership to acquire and co-release seven to eight films per year with day and date theatrical and VOD releases throughout North America. Starting at SXSW, Gravitas and Variance will search for the best indies...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 2:29 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Spotlight, Cinemania, Special Screenings, ESPN Sports Fest Lineup

Tribeca announces the lineups for their Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and titles playing in the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival. The lineups are listed below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival to Honor Kim Novak

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs in Hollywood from April 12 to15, will honor Kim Novak with a celebration of her work, including a screening of "Vertigo" which the actress will introduce.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 6, 2012 3:45 PM
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The Long Gestation of Cannes-Bound 'On the Road,' From Coppola to Salles

After 44 years, possibly the longest gestation period in cinema history, the film version of Jack Kerouac’s classic Beat novel "On the Road" is finally hitting the big screen. Francis Ford Coppola, then a rising director-screenwriter still in his 20s, bought the film rights to it back in 1968...
  • By David Gritten
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  • March 5, 2012 3:03 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Takes Ponsoldt's 'Smashed,' Starring Winstead, Paul & Oscar-Winner Spencer

Sony Pictures Classics has taken worldwide rights for James Ponsoldt's "Smashed" after its Sundance debut. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul Paul and Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer lead a sprawling cast including Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Mary Kay Place.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 5, 2012 12:38 PM
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Composer Alan Menken Over-Achieving in March with Three Broadway Musicals and (Woeful-Looking) 'Mirror Mirror'

Though Relativity Media's "Mirror Mirror" looks like an embarrassing made-for-the-Disney-channel movie from the mid '90s, the film's original score still marks composer Alan Menken's fourth accomplisment in March...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 2, 2012 3:37 PM
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David Ayer Returns to Los Angeles Streets with Handheld 'End of Watch'; In Theaters September 28

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña's "End of Watch" will land in theaters September 28, through Open Road. Written and directed by David Ayer (writer-director of "Street Kings," "Harsh Times"; writer of "Training Day," "The Fast and the Furious"), the film returns to the gritty streets of Los Angeles.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 2, 2012 3:03 PM
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Sundance's Artists Services Initiative Releases Ten New Titles on Netflix

Sundance Institute's "Artists Services Initiative," which offers Sundance artists a way to self-distribute, announces ten new titles now streaming on Netflix...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:15 PM
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First Look: Gosling Looks Badass in Refn's 'Only God Forgives'; Weinsteins' Radius Acquires Film for Multi-Platform Release

The "Drive" bromance of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling continues; they are currently shooting crime thriller "Only God Forgives" in Bangkok, Thailand. The Weinsteins' Radius-TWC has acquired U.S. rights to the film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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