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    Despicable Me Tops Box Office; Family Titles Offer Counter Programming

    Things are looking good for family films and 3D. The same goes for alien hunters and Adrien Brody. Reporter Anthony D'Alessandro has tallied the numbers for this weekend's box office.

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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: H - L

    Hanway has licensed Nowhere Boy to Gaga for Japan. It presold David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method to Lionsgate for U.K. Universal Pictures International (UPI) for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and South Africa. Picture will start in May. Mars picked it up for France, E1 for Canada, Transmission for Australia and Cineartfor Benelux. It is based on the true-life turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and his patient Sabina and is adapted by screenwriter Christopher Hampton from his play The Talking Cure. Focus has North American rights. U.K. is still available. Made in Dagenham w...

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    Rights Round Up Cannes 2010 by International Sales Agent: M - R

    m-appeal ♀ licensed Sasha to Strand for U.S. The film played in official selection at the Frameline Festival and the San Francisco International LGBT film festival and will screen at Outfest in Los Angeles in July.

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    Lincoln Center Film Society's Manus is Out, Kuo is In

    The AFI Fest's ex-artistic director Rose Kuo was originally up for the job of executive director at the august Film Society at Lincoln Center, which mounts the New York Film Festival every year. But two years ago the board picked Mara Manus, who had toiled both in Hollywood at a major studio (Univer...

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    Ari Emanuel vs. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson is not having a good month. His ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, fighting him in court, taped him saying nasty racist things and went public with them. He's being investigated for domestic abuse. His beloved agent of 32 years, Ed Limato, passed away last weekend after a long illness. An...

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    Miramax Going Forward: What Will Happen?

    So it appears that Disney is dead-set on selling its asset Miramax Films, a library of about 611 titles that generates $350 million a year, to a group led by billionaire Ronald Tutor including James Robinson's Morgan Creek, Thomas Barrack's Colony Capital, Abu Dhabi's Gulf Capital and David Bergstein's Pangea Media. Yes, the legally beleaguered Bergstein is still in the mix, although Disney would like to sweep the disreputable businessman under the rug. The Guilds have been protesting any deal that includes Bergstein, who is still in bankruptcy court. THR reports that he will have no active role in Miramax going forward if the deal goes throu...

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    Sorcerer's Apprentice: Early Reviews are Dismissive

    Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who released The Prince of Persia on audiences this summer, isn't out of the dog house yet. Early reviews are negative on Disney's latest, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, directed by Jon Turtletaub and starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and ubiquitous villain-du-jour Alfred M...

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    DocuWeeks 2010 Unveils Oscar-Qualifying Lineup

    In its fourteenth year, DocuWeeks, a three week exhibition of documentary films in Los Angeles and New York will screen seventeen feature films and five shorts from July 30 to August 19. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the ArcLight Hollywood, and the New York screenings will take plac...

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