DAILY NEWS: Newmarket Gets "Lilja," Weekend Box Office, NYFF Avant Garde Films and Stephen Glass Bio
by Eugene Hernandez, Matthew Ross and Wendy Mitchell/indieWIRE
>> Newmarket Acquires "Lilja 4-Ever"
(indieWIRE: 09.17.02) -- Further building its slate, Newmarket Films, the
newly launched distribution arm of Newmarket Capital Group, has acquired all
U.S. rights to "Lilja 4-Ever," the new film from Lukas Moodysson
("Together," "Show Me Love"). The deal was made at the 2002 Toronto
International Film Festival.
"'Lilja 4-Ever' is an extremely powerful film that shows Lukas Moodysson to
be a brilliantly versatile storyteller and reaffirms his talent for finding
and working with young actors," said Newmarket president Bob Berney in a
Written and directed by Moodysson and produced by Lars Jonsson, "Lilja
4-Ever" tells the story of a Russian teenager who is left with an aunt after
her mother moves to America.
Newmarket plans on releasing up to 10 films a year, the first of which will
be Patricia Cardoso's "Real Women Have Curves," which won this year's
Sundance audience award. Prior to joining Newmarket, Berney was responsible
for releasing a number of successful specialty pics, including "Memento," "Y
Tu Mama Tambien" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."
The company recently acquired Jonas Akerlund's "Spun," which stars
Jason Schwartzman, Brittany Murphy, John Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, and Mickey Rourke, and it also bought Susanne Bier's drama "Open Hearts," which was shot in accordance with Dogme 95 rules. [Matthew Ross]
>> "One Hour Photo" Tops as It Expands to 1,200 Screens
(indieWIRE: 09.17.02) -- Fox Searchlight's "One Hour Photo" is on the verge
of $15 million. It earned $8 million on more than 1,200 screens this
weekend, for a new average of $6,606 and a new total of $14.5 million so
far. "The Good Girl" earned $1.2 million on 669 screens for an average of
$1,879, and a new total of $11.6 million.
Focus Features' "Possession" earned $773,532 on 619 screens for an average
of $1,249 and a new cume of $9 million. The company's release of "The Kid
Stays in the Picture" earned $52,515 for a average of $1,641 and a new total
of $1.3 million.
Manhattan Pictures continued its release of Jean Luc Godard's "In Praise
of Love." The film earned $30,450 on 8 screens reporting for an average
of $3,806 per screen. It has a cumulative gross to date of $90,309. The
company's releae of "Enigma" earned $38,381 on 22 screens for an average
of $1,745 per screen and a total of $4.2 million.
Over at Magic Lamp Releasing, "Amy's Orgasm" earned $23,239 on 8 screens for $2,905 per screen average and a new total $119,664. "Sex & Lucia"
(distributed by Palm Pictures through Magic Lamp Releasing) earned $63,061
on 30 screens, with an average of $2,102 and a new cume of nearly $1.2
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was again at the number two slot for the weekend.
It earned more than $10.7 million on 1,764 screens for an average of $6,040
and it has a total of $110 million so far. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> NYFF's Avant-Garde Line-Up To Feature 8 Programs
(indieWIRE: 09.16.02) -- The Film Society of Lincoln Center has the line-up
for 40th New York Film Festival's sixth installment of its
"Views from the Avant-Garde" program. Curators Gavin Smith and Marc McElhatten selected more than 40 eight experimental works, divided into
eight programs, for this year's "Views." In addition to several programs
devoted to new works from various artists, there will also be programs by
Heinz Emigholz, Pat O'Neil, Ken Jacobs, Michelle Smith, and Ernie Gehr. "Views" will run at the Walter Reade Theatre October 12 and 13, with the festival.
In other Lincoln Center news, the film society announced that its ongoing
Golden Silents series will host two silent French films accompanied my music
on October 16 and 17. "Seraphin ou les jambes nues" and "Paris qui dort"
will screen, with new scores by Antonio Coppola, performed by the nine-piece
ensemble Octuor de France. [Wendy Mitchell]
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>> Hayden Christensen Stars As Stephen Glass In Biopic
(indieWIRE: 09.17.02) -- "Star Wars" star Hayden Christensen is taking on a
bit more down-to-earth role: as tainted journalist Stephen Glass in the
biopic "Shattered Glass." Production on the film has started in Montreal,
and shooting will continue this month. Billy Ray is making his directorial
debut with this film using his screenplay based on a 1998 article by H.G.
Bissinger in Vanity Fair. The Lions Gate production is slated for worldwide theatrical distribution in 2003.
Glass was the staff writer for The New Republic and freelance writer for
Rolling Stone, Harper's, and George who was busted for fabricating parts of his stories. "This is a cautionary tale -- a story about the difference
between being a good reporter and being a hot one," said writer-director Ray
in a prepared statement.
Supporting cast members include Peter Sarsgaard and Hank Azaria as New
Republic editors, Chloe Sevigny as Glass' co-worker, and Steve Zahn and
Rosario Dawson as Forbes reporters who discover Glass' secrets. Christensen has taken on troubled characters in the past -- before his "Star Wars" fame, Christensen received Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as a drug-addicted teen in "Life as a House."
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner of Cruise/Wagner, and Lions Gate executives Michael Paseornek, Marc Butan, and Tom Ortenberg are executive producing, with Craig Baumgarten, Adam Merims, Gaye Hirsch, and Tove Christensen producing. [Wendy Mitchell]