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    "The Signal" Lands at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has officially announced a seven-figure deal for all English language rights to David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry's "The Signal" in a pact with Shoreline Entertainment and Popfilm. Described as an "apocalyptic horror film," the movie screened in the Sundance FIlm Festival's midnight section. The acquisition marks the second of the festival for Magnolia, after acquiring Dan Klores' "Crazy Love." In a statement, company president Eamonn Bowles said, "It's become obvious over the course of the last few years that genre filmmaking is where to look for the most exciting new talent. 'The Signal' isn't just a great horror...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Jessica Yu: "I was intrigued by the path of someone who tries to shape his

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "How She Move"

    In the latest deal annonuced at the Sundance Film Festival, Paramount Vantage, in association with MTV Films, have acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Ian Iqbal Rashid's "How She Move" from the Sundance Film Festival's world dramatic competition. Produced by Sienna Films, the move is described as, "an inspiring, coming of age film set in the competitive step-dancing world." It was produced by Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny and Brent Barclay. In a statement, EVP of acquisitions and production Amy Israel said, "'How She Move' is a crowd-pleasing hip-hop film that has incredible dancing and a real heart. Director Ian Iqbal Rashid’s h...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Masha Novikova: "I wanted to make a film about the two wars in Chechenya,

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight Jointly Take Rights for "La Misma Luna"

    Continuing a flurry of acquisition biz at the Sundance Film Festival that has taken place in the past few days, Fox Searchlight Pictures and The Weinstein Company have aligned to create a joint acquisitions agreement for the worldwide distribution rights to "La Misma Luna" the directorial debut feature from Patricia Riggen. TWC and Fox Searchlight will share equally in the film's worldwide revenues and the two companies are currently discussing which entity will distribute in which territory worldwide, based on "their respective resources and desires." The joint announcement was made today by Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight and Harve...

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    Fortissimo Films Acquires International Rights To "Nanking"

    Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired all international rights (except China) to "Nanking," which was produced by Ted Leonsis and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. The film had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition category....

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    Paramount Vantage Acquires "Son of Rambow"

    Paramount Vantage has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Japan, Germany, and French Free TV) to "Son of Rambow", which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film, a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Garth Jennings, is set in the 1980's and centers on two young English boys who are inspired to make a Rambo movie of their own after seeing "Rambo: First Blood." "'Son of Rambow' is a funny, moving and beautifully crafted tale of friendship and the poignant journey of filmmaking," said John Lesher, President of Paramount Vantage, in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled to be distributing 'Son of Rambow and welcome dir...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Beautiful Squalor: Steve Berra's "The Good Life"

    The standout surprise on the slow burning melodrama "The Good Life" never appears on-screen. It has more to do with its origins. Writer/director Steve Berra is a top skateboarder turned self-taught filmmaker but "The Good Life," his solid debut effort, has little to do with skateboarding and takes p...

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    PARK CITY '07 WORLD CINEMA NOTEBOOK | "Khadak" Stands Out in World Cinema Program; Docs "Kahloucha"

    [EDITORS NOTE: This is part one of two features that indieWIRE is publishing about the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema program.]

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Heartache Free of Language Barriers: Christopher Zalla's "Padre Nuestro"

    Good ambiguity is a film that enthralls audiences and yet, manages to give a variety of pleasures. That's "Padre Nuestro," a wonderful Spanish-language debut from writer/director Christopher Zalla and arguably the best dramatic feature I've watched so far at the festival. My initial response would b...

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