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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Gets Miike's "Western"

    Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" has been acquired by Celluloid Dreams. The film, screening in competition in Venice in the Midnight Madness section in Toronto, is described by the company as an homage to the spaghetti western. The company is handling worldwide sales for the film, excluding...

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    HR: Three at fest headed to IFC

    IFC Films has nabbed three features that have North American premieres at next month's Toronto International Film Festival: Harmony Korine's pop-culture fantasia "Mister Lonely," starring Diego Luna and Samantha Morton; Jacques Rivette's French period romance "The Duchess of Langeais," starring Guil...

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    First Independent and Magnolia Set "McAllister" Date

    Opening on September 14th from First Independent Pictures, with a DVD deal from Magnolia Home Entertainment, is Ben Gourley's "Moving McAllister." The comedy stars the filmmaker as a law firm intern dreaming of becoming parter someday. Co-stars include Mila Kunis and Jon Heder. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    Palm Gets Hockey Film

    Palm Pictures has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Charles Biname's "The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard." The film, winner of nine 2007 Genie Awards, is a biographical sports film about the famed Canadian hockey player, played by Roy Dupuis. Company head of theatrical distribution Ed Ar...

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    VAR | SPC Gets Demme's Carter Doc

    Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains," from Participant Productions, according to Variety. The trade reports the the film will debut at the Venice Film Festival before screening in Toronto next month.

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    iW BOT | Hot in Theaters: Audiences Sweat It Out for Environmental doc '11th Hour'; 'Manda Bala" is

    Weekend earnings of $60,853 shot the environmental documentary "The 11th Hour" to the top of the iW BOT, as well as the top per-screen performer for all Warner Independent films since their 2006 comedy "For Your Consideration." Thanks to large crowds at New York's Angelika Film Center, City Lights' ...

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    VAR | Strand Gets Hopkins Film

    Strand Releasing has acauired Anthony Hopkins "Slipstream," reports Variety. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group's Peter Schlessel nabbed DVD rights, according to the trade paper.

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires Toronto '07 Film "Love Comes Lately"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Germany to "Love Comes Lately" by Jan Schuette from zero fiction film/zero west filmproduktion. The film, based on a series of short stories by Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Isaac Bashevis Singer and shot in English in several US locations including New York and Los Angeles, starts Otto Tausig ("Nocturne Indienne") and Elizabeth Pena ("Transamerica") "deals with human longings, both real and imagined, and the never ending dream of love and the power of fiction" according to Fortissimo. The film is slated to screen as a Special Presentation in the upcoming Toronto Internationa...

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    IFC Takes New Breillat Film, "The Last Mistress"

    IFC First Take has announced the acquisition of all North American rights to to Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress," which is set to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (see indieWIRE lineup article). The film, starring Asia Argento, debuted this year in Cannes and was produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit. Set in 19th century France, it is described as the story of, "the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished well-bred Ryno de Marigny." IFC's acquisitions VP Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions Liz Nastro negotiated the deal with Eric Lagesse and Valentina Merli from Pyramide International...

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    iW BOT | Cinema Magnifique! '2 Days in Paris' Pulls In Crowds

    A terrific per-screen average placed director/actress Julie Delpy's filmmaking debut "2 Days in Paris" atop the iWBOT. The sexy, couple-in-crisis comedy was the top limited-release debut for Samuel Goldwyn Films (which is releasing the film with Red Envelope) since 2005's "The Squid and the Whale" a...

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