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    "Transamerica" Mounts a Box Office Grab

    The Weinstein Company and IFC Films' joint release "Transamerica" traveled to two locations over the weekend, sashaying atop the specialty box office's offerings on a per screen basis, while THINKFilm's "The Boys of Baraka" joined the theatrical race with a second place showing, also in limited release. Palm Pictures' "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" joined the iW box office table with a third place showing, while other newcomers varied on the chart comprised of Friday-Sunday results. Focus Features' behemoth "Pride and Prejudice" maintained its reign over the iW BOT with a huge weekend gross, although its per screen showin...

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    Weinstein Company Takes Rights to Produce "The Equalizer"

    The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to develop and produce a feature film based on the original hit television series "The Equalizer" in which Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative seeking redemption for his darker exploits, quits a CIA-like agency and puts an advertisement in the newspaper that reads, "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call 'The Equalizer.'" The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. Mace Neufeld ("The Sum of All Fears," and "Clear and Present Danger") Tony Eldridge and Michael Sloan will serve as producers on the film. The rights were acquired from Michael Sloan a...

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    "The Libertine" is a Specialty Box Office Seductress; "Pride and Prejudice" Expands

    The Weinstein Company and Miramax Films' joint release "The Libertine" seduced the specialty box office over the holiday weekend, grabbing the premiere position on the indieWIRE box office table as ranked on a per screen basis. Also taking b.o. kudos over Thanksgiving (figures included in this artic...

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    Fortissimo Gets "Wisdom"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its investment in and acquisition of worldwide sales rights outside of Asia to Jacob Cheung's "A Battle of Wisdom." Andy Lau will star in the historical martial arts epic with Korean actor Ahn Sung-ki, Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing, Chinese actor Wang Zhiwen, and Choi Si-won. The $16 million film began production in September and is based on a popular animated series about China's warlord period, according to an announcement. Cheung is producing, along with Iseki Satoru, Lee Jooick and Huang Jianxin. Yoshitsuru Yoshimitsu is co-producing. Iseki Satoru of World Top (H.K.) Ltd negotiated the deal with Michael J ...

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    "Risque" and "Breakfast on Pluto" Rule an Otherwise Dull Specialty B.O.

    Rialto Pictures' redue "Classe Tous Risques" sashayed atop the indieWIRE box office table, opening at a single location attracting heavy audience traffic over the weekend, which saw huge studio offerings, including the latest "Harry Potter" installment. Sony Pictures Classics' "Breakfast on Pluto" had its theatrical debut at limited sites, grabbing the second position on the iW BOT as ranked on a per screen basis. Last week's number one film "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" remained strong at fourth place in its second weekend out, following an expansion. Newcomers "The Syrian Bride" and "Zizek!" from Koch Lorber and Zeitgeist respectively o...

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    THINKFilm and Screen Media Lure "Loverboy" to North America

    THINKFilm in partnership with Screen Media Films has acquired North American theatrical rights to "Loverboy" a drama starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon, it was announced by THINK's theatrical division head, Mark Urman, and Screen Media's president, Robert Baruc. The film had its world premiere at Sundance in January and was a featured presentation at the Hamptons InternationalFilm Festival last month. THINK will release "Loverboy" next spring to coincide with the launch of the second season of Sedgwick's popular dramatic series, "The Closer." Based on the highly regarded novel by Victoria Redel, "Loverboy" tells the story of E...

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    Magnolia's Plans Spring '06 Release for French Parkour Action Title, "District 13"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its deal for North American rights to "District 13" ("Banlieue 13") written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, ...

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    "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic" is a Box office Rapture

    Roadside Attractions laughed all the way to the box office with the release of "Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic," which opened on limited screens, capturing the premiere position on the indieWIRE box office table as ranked on a per screen basis. Fellow newcomer "Pride & Prejudice" from Focus Features debuted in over two-hundred theaters, instantly becoming the iW BOT's overall top earner and ranking second on the chart with a plush screen average, while other weekend openers including Magnolia Pictures' "Pulse" and Fox Searchlight's "Bee Season" also placed on the chart's top five. Sony Classics' "Capote" and Warner Independent Pictures' ...

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    IFC Set With "Duane Hopwood"

    IFC Films is planning a regional release this month for Matt Mulhern's "Duane Hopwood." The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, stars David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo and will roll out nationally later this year.

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    Strand Releasing Sings to "Crossing the Bridge"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin's "Crossing the Bridge" from Bavaria Film International, the company announced Wednesday. Strand co-president John Gerrans negotiated the deal prior to the opening of the American Film Market (AFM) with Thorsten Schaumann, head of Bavarian Film International. No date for a theatrical release was given. The film, which premiered as an official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival, portrays the music scene of Istanbul, and its "pulsating Bosporus metropolis," spotlighting the cultural versatility of Turkey in general and its largest city, Akin's favorite and "second home."...

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