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    "Little Birds" Director Elgin James Sentenced To Prison

    Elgin James, director of 2011 Sundance Film Festival competition entry "Little Birds," was sentenced to a year in prison last week in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune, James - a former leader of a national gang called FSU - was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Suzanne B. Conlon on Tuesday f...

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    "Conan O'Brien" Doc Closes Unique Multi-Platform Distribution Deal

    Rodman Flender’s documentary "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," which had its world premiere on Sunday afternoon at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, has closed a unique multi-platform distribution deal for U.S. release with AT&T, Abramorama and Magnolia Home Entertainment. In the deal, AT&T will come onboard as a P&A and multi-platform distribution and marketing partner, and will sneak the film to their AT&T U-verse TV subscribers on the eve of the film’s theatrical release. Abramorama has come onboard to handle theatrical distribution of the film. Magnolia Home Entertainment has acquired the remaining Video-on-Demand (VOD) and home ent...

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    Wrekin Hill & NECA Team Up for Distribution

    Wrekin Hill Entertainment and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) have partnered to distribute four to give titles theatrically a year. First up is Spencer Susser's "Hesher," currently screening at the SXSW Film Festival. Upcoming releases include Alexandre O. Phillipe's doc c...

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    Cinema Purgatorio Heads for the Light

    Cinema Purgatorio has acquired Craig MacNeill and Alexei Kalaina's "The Afterlight" and David Barker's "Daylight;" two films that share a similar title and little else in common.

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    Magnolia To Distribute "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie"

    "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," the feature film debut of cult sensations Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures just as production on the film begins this month. Financed by 2929 Productions, with Gary Sanchez Productions and its Funny or Die Films banner co-...

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    Whole Foods Market Launches Monthlong Film Festival

    Whole Foods Market has announced plans for the inaugural "Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel" Film Festival, a monthlong event that will take place in 70 markets across U.S. starting April 1st. In celebration of Earth Month, the festival is intended to "serve as reminder of small changes people ca...

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    SXSW '11 | indieWIRE's Reviews and the Best Links From Around The Web

    The 2011 SXSW Film Conference and Festival officially kicked off last week in Austin and the indieWIRE team has been on the scene to report on all the happenings at the event. Below find a list of indieWIRE's SXSW film reviews thus far, along with links to news and reviews posted by our friends at o...

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    Tribeca 2011 | Ozzy, Gibney and "An Old Fashioned Orgy" Among Fest's Announced Films

    The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. Highlights include the world premiere of Alex Gibney's "Catching Hell," documentaries focusing on Ozzy Osbourne...

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    Box Office: "Jane Eyre" Gives 2011 Its Best Specialty Debut (UPDATED)

    Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" had an extremely promising debut this weekend. According to estimates, the film is on track to gross $182,317 from just 4 screens in New York and Los Angeles, averaging $45,579, which is by far the best per theater average of 2011, more than doubling "Cedar Rapids"'s $20,198 last month (unless one counts Kevin Smith's roadshow tour of "Red State"). Distributor Focus Features will expand the feature, starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell and Judi Dench, considerably next weekend, providing an even bigger test. But clearly there is great interest in the film from s...

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    Venevision Films Takes U.S. Rights To "With or Without Love"

    Venevision International Films has acquired Spanish romantic comedy "With or Without Love" out of the Miami International Film Festival for multiplatform distribution in the United States and Puerto Rico. Starring popular Colombian actress Angie Cepeda, the film is having its East Coast premiere at ...

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