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    Sony Classics Closes Deal for Sundance Double Award Winner, "Quinceanera"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's "Quinceanera," winner of the dramatic grand jury prize and audience award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The company has closed a pact for North American and Latin American rights to the film. The coming-of-age story...

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    Lionsgate Nabs Rights To Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"

    Lionsgate (in conjuction with Mark Amins Sobini Films) announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior." The film, which stars Nick Nolte and Amy Smart is based on the bestselling novel by Dan Millman entitled "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The film tells the story of the young Dan Millman who aspires for Olympic glory as a college gymnast. But, a chance encounter with a stranger (Nick Nolte) changes his life and helps him realize what he must leave behind in order to fulfill his apsirations for greatness. Mark Amins, of Sobini Films, is one of the film's producers, along with Sobini Presi...

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    Cinema Libre Takes Rights to Doc "Giuliani Time"

    Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Kevin Keating's doc "Giuliani Time," which will premiere in New York at the Landmark Sunshine on May 12th the company announced recelntly. The documentary, which screened at the Rotterdam and Vancouver film festivals, examines former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his policies and his often touted turnaround of New York City. Utilizing a range of personalities and experts from high-level city officials to community activists, lawyers and politicians, Keating's film analyzes Giuliani's personal background, his record and the methods he employed to enforce the 'Quality of Life' and 'Zero Toler...

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    Palm Pictures Takes U.S. and Caribbean Rights to Sundance Winner "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time Georgian filmmaker Gela Babluani's "13 (Tzameti)," winner of this year's world cinema grand jury prize for dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Palm Pictures, the company announced Thursday. David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures a...

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    A Soft Awards Week in the Specialty Box office; "Tsotsi" Solid

    Now that this year's Academy Awards broadcast is history, the film in the best position theatrically to capitalize on an Oscar win may be "Tsotsi." Director Gavin Hood's South African drama, which won in the Best Foreign-Language Film category, finished first on the latest indieWIRE Box Office Track...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal For Punk Rock Doc, "American Hardcore"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Mexican, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to director Paul Rachman's 2006 Sundance Film Festival world premiere doc "American Hardcore," written by Steven Blush, and inspired by his book "American Hardcore: A Tribal History." The film give...

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    Weinstein Company Sketches "Arthur and the Minimoys" in English Territories

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in all English speaking territories to the CGI animated family film "Arthur and the Minimoys," based on Luc Besson's best selling children's book by the same title. The screenplay was adapted by Besson, the award winning writer/director/producer behind such ...

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    In Spirit Awards Spotlight, "Room" Secures U.S. Distribution Deals

    Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinc...

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    Wolfe Takes All U.S. Rights to Director's Cut of "3 Needles"

    Wolfe Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles," starring Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis and Shawn Ashmore, the company announced Wednesday. Wolfe will release the director's cut of the film in theaters this fall, which includes 20 minutes of extra footage, including a controversial sex scene featuring Channing in a Montreal strip club and will vary in structure, content and length from the Canadian release version that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Bay Area-based company. "3 Needles" is a portrait of people all over the world w...

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    "Tsotsi" Tops BOT in Debut, "CSA" & "Sophie" Expand

    "Tsotsi's" initial success -- it ranks first on this week's indieWIRE Box Office Tracker (iWBOT) with a $12,721 per-screen average -- has gotten the "new" Miramax Films off to a strong start. (The iWBOT is based on per-screen averages.) Overall, foreign-language dramas and English-language documentaries made a strong showing on the indie/specialty circuit last weekend. But it was a slower weekend than the previous holiday one, however. Only one film ("Tsotsi") finished with a per-screen average greater than $10,000 as such recent past high-performers as "Night Watch," "CSA: Confederate States of America" and "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days" sa...

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