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QuickShots | Grauman's Chinese, Wolfe, Gravitas, MJ, Hughes Doc, Porn Woes & "Blair Witch"

By Brian Brooks | Indiewire August 11, 2009 at 10:48AM

Wolfe acquires "Right," "Lola," "Boy," "Je T'aime"
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Wolfe acquires "Right," "Lola," "Boy," "Je T'aime"

Wolfe Releasing has picked up gay and lesbian titles "Mr. Right", "And Then Came Lola", "Boy" and "Hollywood je t'aime." Wolfe Video will simultaneously release DVD with an expansive VOD campaign.

Gravitas takes VOD rights for three titles

Gravitas Ventures has acquired VOD rights to "Crips and Bloods Made in America," "Harvard Beats Yale: 29-29" and "Ballast." The titles are being released through its partnership with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Gravitas Ventures specializes in the aggregation of entertainment content for worldwide distribution via established and evolving platforms in the Video On Demand (VOD), broadband, mobile and airline/hospitality viewing windows.

Grauman's on the block as value peaks

Amid seismic shifts in local exhibition, Warner Bros. and Viacom are stepping up efforts to unload L.A.-area movie theaters piecemeal, including the iconic Grauman's Chinese in Hollywood. Such an exit would conclude an initially profitable but more recently tedious tenure of ownership for the studio companies. Carl DiOrio reports for HR.

John Hughes doc finds distributor

Until a few days ago, "Don't You Forget About Me" was just another Canuck feature documentary with no distributor and an uncertain future...The doc looks at the life and work of the filmmaker behind teen hits "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." Brendan Kelly reports for Variety.

Michael Jackson movie coming out Oct. 30 with 3-D sequences

Michael Jackson will be hitting the big screen on one of the toughest dates of the year at the box office. Sony Pictures today confirmed the long-reported deal that it is joining with Sony Music Entertainment to release a movie featuring behind-the-scenes and rehearsal footage from preparation for the late singer's "This Is It" concert series in London. The Los Angeles Times reports.

Ann Arbor Film Festival Launches Michigan Edition of Tour

The Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) is presenting free public screenings in a variety of Michigan communities in August and September, through a MCACA funded edition of its annual traveling tour of short films. Titles include Michael Langan's "Dahlia," Peter Rose's "Studies in Transfalumination," "Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall," "Cattle Call" by Mike Maryniuk & Matthew Rankin, Takeshi Kushida's "Reincarnation," Georges Schwizgebel's "Retouches" and "A City to Yourself" by Nicole Macdonald. For more information, visit the festival's website.

Tough times in the porn industry

The adult entertainment business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, has weathered several recessions since it took off with the advent of home video in the 1980s. But this time the industry is not dealing with just a weakened economy. A growing abundance of free content on the Internet is undercutting consumers' willingness to pay for porn, and with it the ability of many workers to earn a living in the business. Ben Fritz reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Completely Cool at the "Inglourious Basterds" Premiere

No one seemed to worry much about the graphic violence as the movie unspooled at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, especially not Brad's German-born co-star Diane Kruger, who wore a minidress made with black glass fringe and a daringly low-cut open back. Jenny Peters reports for Fashion Wire Daily.

"Sideways" director to lead humorous family drama

US Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne will direct his fifth feature, an adaptation of the family drama novel "The Descendants," AFP reports.

The legend of the Witch lives on

Now, ten years on from the original, writers/directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick - whose subsequent careers haven't quite matched the early zenith of Blair Witch - are working on another sequel. BBC reports.

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