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    "Tree of Life" Finally Takes Root as Fox Searchlight Makes Deal

    Terrence Malick's highly anticipated and long delayed "The Tree of Life" has finally found a plan of release. Fox Searchlight Pictures announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights from River Road Entertainment for the film, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn and was previously set for...

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    ATO Seizes "Casino Jack" Ahead of TIFF Debut

    The initial biz in Toronto has started with this morning's announcement that ATO Pictures has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to George Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack" ahead of its world premiere at the festival, which begins today. ATO, aka "Art Takes Over," picked up the theatrical rights from Roller...

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    Drafthouse Films Forms With "Four Lions"

    Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse has announced that it is expanding its brand into film distribution, with Chris Morris's Sundance fave "Four Lions" coming along with it. "Lions" was acquired as the first film under the new Drafthouse Films label, CEO and Founder Tim League announced today.

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    Hamptons Fest Locks "Barney's Version," "Kings Speech," "Black Swan"

    Richard J. Lewis' "Barney's Version" and Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" will open this year's Hamptons International Film Festival and Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" will close the event next month. Organizers added that "Version," just acquired by Sony Classics, will formally open the fest on Oc...

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    For New Film, Harmony Korine Joins Rotterdam Fest Crowd Funding Initiative

    Harmony Korine is literally and figuratively seeking coins online to fund and release a new film. The director will produce and premiere his next film as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Cinema Reloaded program. Launched earlier this year, The Cinema Reloaded platform allows filmm...

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    Fantastic Fest Adds Premieres & Sneaks to Sept. Lineup

    U.S. genre event, Fantastic Fest, unveiled its second round of titles Wednesday, including the U.S. debut of Guy Moshe's "Bunraku," a sneak preview of Darren Bousman’s new horror-thriller film, "Mother’s Day," and the world premiere of "Agnosia," the latest film from Fantastic Fest 2005 alumnus Euge...

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    It's "Saturday Night" For Oscilloscope

    Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired the North American rights to James Franco’s directorial debut "Saturday Night," which follows a week in the making of an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’. The film premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival and will be released in theaters early 2011.

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    Sony Classics Has "Barney's Version"

    Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all US rights to "Barney's Version" from producer Robert Lantos ("Eastern Promises," "Being Julia"). Directed by Richard J. Lewis and based upon Mordecai Richler's novel, the film is currently in competition at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at this ye...

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    Lorber Takes Frammartino's "Quattro"

    Lorber Films announced today the acquisition of all U.S. rights to Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino's "Le Quattro Volte." The film debuted to much acclaim in the Director's Fortnight section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and is screening this month as an official selection of the Tel...

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    Box Office: "Train Home" Leads Labor Day Debuts; "Tillman," "Get Low" Hang On Nicely

    At a single New York City theater, Lixin Fan's critically acclaimed doc "Last Train Home" led all specialty debuts this Labor Day weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, the film, which follows a Chinese couple who move away from their rural village to earn money in a big...

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