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    Participant and Summit Enter Distribution Pact Through 2013

    A multi-picture, multi-year non-exclusive distribution agreement has been agreed between Summit Entertainment and Participant Media in a pact that could include up to four films per year through 2013, the companies announced Wednesday. The deal calls for Summit to distribute Participant's feature fi...

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    Searchlight Gets "Adam"

    Fox Searchlight tonight announced a worldwide deal for Max Mayer's "Adam" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving and Frankie Faison and was produced by Leslie Urdang, Miranda De Pencier and Dean Vanech. The company is planning a 2009 re...

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    McManus and Rosen Named LAFF Interim Co-Directors

    Film Independent announced today that Senior Director Sean McManus and Director of Programming Rachel Rosen will serve as Interim Co-Directors for the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, replacing Rich Raddon. Sean McManus joined Film Independent in 1998, while Rachel Rosen has over 14 years experience ...

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    Magnolia Takes "Humpday"; Film Will Go From VOD to Theatrical This Summer

    Worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” have been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, the company announced tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. Magnolia said tonight that the film will launch on VOD at the end of summer '09, followed one month later by a 15 market theatrical release. Josh Braun ...

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    "WALL-E," "Right One" Lead Online Critics' Awards

    Andrew Stanton's "WALL-E" led the Online Film Critics' Society's annual awards, taking awards for best picture, best animated feature and best original screenplay. Its three award tally was beaten only by Tomas Alfredson's "Let The Right One In," which took four awards (foreign film, adapted scree...

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    IFC Teams With SXSW To Release Swanberg's Latest, Four Others

    Among a slew of announcements today in Park City, UT, IFC Films unveiled a plan to simultaneously release Joe Swanberg's new film, "Alexander The Last," on VOD simultaneous with its world premiere at the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival. Four other SXSW '09 titles will also screen on-demand...

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    "Dynamite" Deal for Sony and Other Deals In The Works

    Hours after the film's debut last night, the North American rights to Scott Sanders' "Black Dynamite," an homage to the blaxpolitation films starring Michael Jai White, was sold to Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group for $2 million. While the deal has yet to be announced, insiders said that the pact c...

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    Weekend Estimates: Fox Searchlight Having Great MLK Weekend

    According to estimates provided by Rentrak this afternoon, Fox Searchlight's "The Wrestler" led all specialty release per-theater-averages during the three day portion of Martin Luther King Weekend. The Darren Aronofsky-directed film grossed $1,750,000 on an expanded 144 screens for a $12,153 avera...

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    Visit Films Takes Global Rights to Sundance's "Kimjongilia" and "Little Dizzle"

    Worldwide rights to Sundance world doc competition film "Kimjongilia" and Spectrum title, "The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle" have been a picked up by Visit Films, the company announced Saturday. "Kimjongilia" will have its world premiere Sunday, January 18, while "Dizzle" will debut the fo...

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    Senator Takes "Brooklyn's Finest" in First Major Deal of Sundance '09

    Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest" closed a deal on Saturday night at the Sundance Film Festival, with North American rights going to Senator Distribution, Inc. Buzz began building around the film after Friday night's world premiere at the Eccles Theater in Park City. The story of "cops and crooks"...

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