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TIFF: Lionsgate and Roadside Buy Redford's The Conspirator

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 15, 2010 at 5:09AM

Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford's historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.
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Lionsgate specialty division Roadside Attractions has bought U.S. distribution rights for Robert Redford's historical thriller The Conspirator, which premiered in Toronto last Saturday.

Written by James Solomon, The Conspirator is based on the true story of the only woman (Robin Wright) charged in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, and the young attorney (James McAvoy) who defends her.  Also starring are Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Danny Huston, Justin Long, Colm Meaney and James Badge Dale. It's the first film produced by The American Film Company. Roadside plans a spring 2011 release. Reaction in Toronto was mixed. Here's the WSJ's interview with Redford.

Premium channel Epix (which is also a video-on-demand and online service), is acquiring exclusive Pay-TV distribution rights--Lionsgate is partnered in the service with Paramount and MGM.

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Independents, Reviews, Toronto, Thriller, Drama, Lionsgate/Roadside


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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.