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February 6, 2006 7:38 AM
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THINKFilm Sweetens to "Strangers With Candy"

THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to "Strangers With Candy," a feature film adaptation of the Comedy Central series of the same name, it was announced today by the company's president and CEO, Jeff Sackman, and head of U.S. theatrical, Mark Urman. Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, who wrote and starred in the series, repeat those chores here, with Dinello also directing. In the film, Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, a 46 year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who decides to get a fresh start in life and regain the trust of her family, by returning to high school. The deal was negotiated by Randy Manis, THINKFilm EVP of acquisitions and business affairs, and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Warner Independent Pictures originally acquired theatrical rights to the comedy at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, but later dropped the film when they were unable to conclude the deal. "At this important stage of our company's development, we were looking for a film that combined all of the best qualities of 'Crash,' 'Brokeback Mountain,' and 'Capote," said Urman in a statement. "'Strangers with Candy' has ethnic slurs, clandestine gay sex, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. What more could we want?" [Brian Brooks]

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