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    "Gabrielle" and "Oblivion" Score a Wondrous Mid-Summer Weekend

    An ingenuous example of alternative programming produced a "wondrous" result on this week's indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), as Palm Pictures' "Wondrous Oblivion" came out of nowhere to take second place. The iWBOT is based on per-location grosses of independent/specialty films, which sometimes but not always are the same as per-screen grosses, and is based on numbers provided by Rentrak Theatrical. The film, an inspirational "dramedy" starring Delroy Lindo about how cricket brings together German-Jewish and Jamaican families in a bigoted English neighborhood, did $11,749 last weekend during its American theatrical premiere at Wa...

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    Magnolia Hues Up for Animation "The Hero of Color City"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired North America distribution rights to its CG-animated feature "The Hero of Color City," Exodus Film Group announced Monday. The film is a tale chronicling the adventures of a colorful and diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect their magical, multi-hued homeland from an evil tyrant that threatens to rid their world of joy and color. The screenplay was written by J.P. McCormick and Rich Raczelowski and is targeted for a fall 2007 release. "We're excited to be partnering with Exodus on 'The Hero of Color City,'" commented Magnolia Pictures president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "They've put together a gr...

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    Picture This Gets Award-Winning "A Love To Hide"

    Picture This! Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the Outfest 2006 award winner, "A Love To Hide" (Un Amour A Taire). Christian Faure's film, described by the company as a "heart-wrenching gay drama set during the Nazi occupation of France in 1942," will be releases in the U.S. and Canada in November. The film shared the audience award for best feature and also won the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among numerous other fest awards. The deal was negotiated by Douglas Witkins, President of Picture This! Entertainment, and Dimitri Stephanides of TF1 International. "This picture depicts ...

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    French Films Storm the U.S. Specialty Box office Fortress

    The French are coming! The French are coming! Fears that American audiences for independent/specialty films have tired of artful, adult-oriented French movies seem to be premature, given results of the latest indieWIRE Box-Office Tracking Report (iWBOT). Based on per-theater grosses as reported to Rentrak Theatrical, it shows French films - featuring some of that nation's biggest stars - in the top three positions. They are Andre Techine's "Le Temp Qui Changent" (Changing Times) from Koch Lorber, Laurent Cantet's "Heading South" (Vers Le Sud) from Shadow Distribution, and Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle" from IFC's First Take. A fourth, Francois...

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    Lionsgate Gets "Deliver Us From Evil"

    Lionsgate has announced its acquisition of Amy Berg's "Deliver Us From Evil," winner of the Target Documentary Award for best doc feature at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival last month. A release this fall is planned. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    Despite a "Pirates" Weekend, Specialty Titles Not Sunk

    How well did independent/specialty films work as counterprogramming against a movie, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," that had the biggest weekend opening in history by seemingly appealing to everyone? Not bad, it turns out, according to the latest indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT), which is based on per-location average and uses numbers provided by Rentrak Theatrical. Three films did especially well - Richard Linklater's "A Scanner Darkly," French director Laurent Cantet's "Heading South" and the Amy Sedaris-starring "Strangers With Candy" finished 1-2-3 with per-location averages above the $10,000 mark. And the World...

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    Magnolia Takes English Territory Rights to "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all English language territories (North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand) for Tribeca Film Festival entry "Cocaine Cowboys" directed by Billy Corben ("Raw Deal: A Question of Consent"). Magnolia's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn, and head of business and legal affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Andrew Hurwitz and Dan O'Meara of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein. A fall release is planned. The film is described as a "portrait of the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today. The film features interviews with some of the era's...

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    4th of July Weekend a Dud; "Strangers with Candy," "Rockers" and "Cohen" Strong

    With one spectacular exception - the Amy Sedaris-starring "Strangers With Candy" - and several smaller ones, the five-day Fourth of July holiday didn't produce fireworks for independent/specialty films, based on the results of the latest indieWire Box Office Tracking Report (iWBOT). Only three films...

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    Dimension Goes for Teen Sex Comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested"

    Dimension Films has acquired all rights to writer-directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's teen sketch sex comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested," which stars an ensemble cast lead by Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Jamie Kennedy ("Scream" trilogy) Matthew Lillard ("Scream"). Andy Samberg and Will Forte who star in "Saturday Night Live," wrote segments of the screenplay with Epstein, Jacobson, John Solomon and fellow "SNL" writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The film marks the directorial debut of Epstein and Jacobson, who co-wrote "Not Another Teen Movie." Barry Littman, executive vice president of business and legal aff...

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    indieWIRE BOT: "Wassup" Rocks Box Office With Strong Weekend in NYC; LA and Chicago Up Next

    After following "Kids" with several movies so tough in their sex, violence and pessimism they barely found audiences, Larry Clark's change-of-pace "Wassup Rockers" seemed to be just what independent/specialty filmgoers wanted last weekend. It finished first on the indieWIRE Box Office Tracking Repor...

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