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    First Independent Pictures Acquires Rights to "Everything's Gone Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired the US, Australian, New Zealand and South African distribution rights for the indie comedy "Everything's Gone Green" by Paul Fox from Shoreline Entertainment, with a theatrical release set for Spring 2007, the company announced Monday. The film stars Paulo Costanzo ("Road Trip") as an underachiever tempted into a money-laundering scheme who struggles morally with his ill-gotten gains. The film, which had its world premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, was written by Douglas Coupland, the author credited with coining the term 'Generation X.' "Douglas Coupland's work is renowne...

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    Strand Takes US Rights to Bosnia Herzegovina Oscar Entry "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams"

    US rights to Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams" have been picked up by Strand Releasing from Match Factory Films, the Los Angeles-based distributor announced Monday. The film, which won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in February, is Bosnia and Herzegovina's official entry for the 2006 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The deal was negotiated by Strand's Jon Gerrans and Match Factory's Michael Weber at the American Film Market (AFM), currently underway in Santa Monica, CA. The film screens Tuesday night at AFI Fest, also underway in Los Angeles. Set in a contemporary Sarajevo still reeling from the aftermath of war, t...

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    "Lonelygirl15" Creators and Richard Linklater on Tap for SXSW '07

    The three creators of online sensation "Lonelygirl15," Miles Beckett, Mesh Flinders, and Greg Goodfried are among the panelists slated to take part in the SXSW Film Festival & Conference, taking place March 9-17 in Austin, TX. Also on tap for the '07 event is a conversation with director Richard Linklater, who will be interviewed by John Pierson of Grainy Pictures, who helped shepherd Linklater's first feature, "Slacker," to international acclaim. "The 'Lonelygirl15' creators are an exciting example of old-fashioned filmmaking ingenuity combined with new media technology," commented SXSW Festival producer Matt Dentler in a statement. "We're j...

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    Weinsteins Get Macdonald's "My Enemy's Enemy"

    "My Enemy's Enemy," a new doc by "The Last King of Scotland" director Kevin Macdonald has been acquired by The Weinstein Company (TWC), in a deal with Wild Bunch. The company has secured U.S. and Canadian rights to the movie, described in an announcement, "an uncompromising, troubling and provocative journey into the history of Klaus Barbie, also known as 'The Butcher of Lyon'. the former Gestapo commander who terrorized Lyon and the surrounding region from November 1942 to August 1944." The film is being produced by Rita Dagher ("Fahrenheit 9/11") through her production company Yalla Films. Laine Kline, SVP of business and legal affairs, and...

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    Regent Releasing Takes Worldwide Rights to "Freshman Orientation"

    Regent Releasing has acquired the worldwide rights to Ryan Shiraki's comedy "Freshman Orientation," with Regent Worldwide Sales handling international sales at this year's American Film Market (AFM). The film, produced by Element Films, will be released in Spring 2007. The film centers on a typical Midwestern 18-year-old freshman (Sam Huntington) at a large state university eager to begin his wild college party life, but he instead discovers that school is not the beer-driven, sexual fantasy of his imagination. Determined to do anything to win over a beautiful sorority girl, he decides to pose as gay in order to entrench himself in her life. ...

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    Palm, Arthouse and Bright Plan Peter Beard Doc Release

    Palm Pictures, Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Jean-Claude Luyat & Guillaume Bond's "Peter Beard: Scrapbooks from Africa & Beyond." An early 2007 theatrical release is planned for the film, described as the "definitive portrait of the world's greatest adventurer photographer." Both Taschen Books and Empire Editions are prepping books for publication near the time of the release. David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures & Arthouse Films and Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment negotiated along with James Crump of James Crump Productions on behalf of the...

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    Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club" In Production in L.A.

    Currently in production in Los Angeles through December is Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club," new film adapted from Karen Joy Fowler's best-selling novel. Sony Pictures Classics has worldwide rights to the movie. The cast includes Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Marc Blucas, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Grace, Lynn Redgrave, Jimmy Smits and Kevin Zegers. The film is written and directed by Swicord (screenwriter of 'Little Women' and 'Memoirs of a Geisha'); Producers are John Calley, Julie Lynn and Diana Napper. Sony Pictures Classics has the worldwide rights on the film. In the words of an announcement, "As five women a...

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    REVIEW | A Million Little Pieces: James Longley's Iraq in Fragments

    It seems nary a month goes by without a new documentary about the Iraq War arriving at the local art house, with results ranging from the political thesis on the current U.S. military industrial complex in "Why We Fight" to brutal firsthand accounts of combat in "Occupation: Dreamland" and "The War ...

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    Darren Aronofsky @ Apple Store Soho

    indieWIRE continues its monthly series with Apple Store - SoHo that presents indie film professionals discussing various aspects of the filmmaking process. On Monday, November 13th (7:00pm - 8:30pm), Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream") will discuss his upcoming film, "The Fountain," which is "an odyssey about one man's thousand-year struggle to save the woman he loves. As a 16th century Conquistador, a modern-day scientist, and a 26th century astronaut, he searches for the secret to eternal life." Starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, "The Fountain" is being released by Warner Brothers Pictures November 22. The event will b...

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    BOX OFFICE: Early Weekend Estimates

    Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" opened with big numbers this weekend, earning an estimated 202,243 on 5 screens, for an estimated per screen average of 40,449, according to Sony Pictures Classics. Meanwhile, from Paramount Vantage, "Babel" expanded to 13 markets and earned an estimated $918,464 at 35 the...

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