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    iW NEWS | Lightning Acquires "Linea"

    The international distribution rights to James Cotten's "La Linea," a crime drama starring Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Bruce Davidson, have been acquired by Lightning Entertainment. The deal was negotiated by Lightning Senior Vice President of Acquisitions Joseph Dickstein and Guardian with the prod...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Elephant" Is King

    A late reporter sneaked in to top the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. Seth Grossman's "The Elephant King," from Unison Films, grossed $15,959 on a sole NYC screen. More in this week's box office column, which was published last night.

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    iW BOT | "Frontrunners" Leads Openers, Madonna Battles Exes

    Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners" led all limited release newcomers this weekend, grossing $6,888 from its sole run. The Oscilloscope Pictures release topped its nearest freshman competitors, Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?," which averaged $5,347 from 36 runs, and Madonna's "Filth and Wisdom," w...

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    iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Lucky" Leads, Guy Beats Madonna

    According to estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" led indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) - which ranks the per theater average of all reporting specialty films. The Miramax release averaged $12,222 in its second weekend, grossing $110,000 from 9 locations. The top specialty opener that reported estimates was Caroline Suh's "Frontrunners," which grossed $7,364 on 1 screen for Oscilloscope Pictures. Other openers included Magnolia Pictures' "What Just Happened?," which grossed $216,000 on 36 screens for a decent $6,000 average, and IFC Films' "Filth and Wisdom," which grossed $5,149 from its one run. While...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Gets "Easy"

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced its acquisition of the US, South African, and Latin American rights to Ealing Studios' "Easy Virtue." Directed by Stephan Elliott, the film stars Jessica Biel, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes. The 1930s set romantic comedy made its debut at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. "I think Sony Pictures Classics is a perfect home for this very contemporary take on a period movie," said Ealing Studios' head Barnaby Thompson in a statement. The deal was negotiated with Ealing Studio International's Natalie Brenner, Endgames' Douglas Hansen and Ealing Studios' Barnaby Thompson. [Peter...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Knows "Joe"

    Robert Celestino's "Yonkers Joe"'s North American rights have been acquired by Magnolia Pictures. The film, a family drama starring Chazz Palminteri, Christine Lahti and Tom Guiry, premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The film will be released on Ultra VOD platforms on December 5th, 2008, a...

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    iW NEWS | "Lymelife" Goes To Screen Media

    The U.S. distribution rights for Derick Martini's "Lymelife" have been acquired by Screen Media Films. "Lymelife," which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, depicts two families in 1970s Long Island and stars Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Cynthia Nixon, Timothy Hutton and Kieran Culkin. It won the International Critics Prize for the Discovery section in Toronto. "This is the kind of film we are most interested in releasing," said Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films, in a statement. "'Lymelife' is a beautifully shot film, with extraordinary performances and a powerful story that is moving, as well as intrigui...

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    iW BOT | Latest From Ritchie and Leigh See "Lucky" Numbers

    Two rhythmically titled films from two very different British directors saw promising debuts this weekend. Guy Ritchie's "RockNRolla," from Warner Brothers, grossed $144,701 from 7 screens, while Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" took in $73,867 from 4 screens for Miramax. And while Jonathan Demme's "R...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Gets "Sparrows"

    Regent Releasing has announced its deal for U.S. rights to Majid Majidi's "The Song of Sparrows," the Iranian submission for the best foreign language Oscar. The film is set for a theatrical release next spring. Regent's Mark Reinhart brokered the deal with Fortissimo's Winnie Lau. Set in today's Tehran among the underprivileged, the film is described as exploring, "how a world of material goods and technology can corrupt man - making him lose spiritual purity and all-important connections to family, friends and nature." Anthony Kaufman recently took a closer look at this year's foreign language film Oscar race for indieWIRE. [Eugene Hernand...

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    iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "RockNRolla," "Happy" Open Big

    According to estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Guy Ritchie's "RockNRolla" led indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) - which ranks the per theater average of all reporting specialty films. The Warner Brothers release averaged $20,143, grossing $141,000 from just 7 locations. Its total since opening Wednesday is $199,885. Just behind was the release of Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky." On 4 screens, the Miramax release grossed $80,000 for a $20,000 average. Last weekend's opener, Jonathan Demme's "Rachel Getting Married," continued to do stellar business. On an expanded 27 screens, the Sony Pictures Classics' film grossed $464,336, av...

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