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    iW NEWS | Kelly's "Southland Tales" Coming to U.S. Theaters in November

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced the U.S. release of Richard Kelly's "Southland Tales." The company is planning a theatrical debut on November 9 in partnership with Destination Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. The film, which debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival and has since been completed, stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Justin Timberlake, Mandy Moore, Cheri Oteri, Kevin Smith and Amy Poehler among others, with original music by Moby, a music sequence by Timberlake and a soundtrack that includes The Killers, The Pixies, Muse, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Radiohead, a...

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    iW NEWS | Balcony Bringing "Kurt Cobain About A Son" to U.S. Theaters

    Balcony Releasing has announced the theatrical release of A.J. Schnack's "Kurt Cobain About A Son," debuting at the IFC Center in Manhattan on October 3rd and opening two days later at The Nuart in Los Angeles. The Sidetrack Films production, which will then open at The Varsity in Seattle on October 12, debuted last year at the Toronto International Film Festival (where indieWIRE first reported on the film). Additional cities are still to be announced, according to Balcony's Greg Kendall. "Kurt Cobain About a Son" recounts the life of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, in his own words. The portrait features audio interviews Cobain conducted with ...

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    iW BOT | Vive "My Best Friend!" French Lure Audiences Again; "Talk to Me" Opens Solid

    France has seemingly continued its sizzling summer affair with audiences in the U.S. specialty market with IFC Films' "My Best Friend" opening strongly in limited release. Compatriot "Lady Chatterley," meanwhile, showed some regal strength following a small expansion in its one month mark out in theaters, while Stateside title "Talk to Me" opened solidly in nearly three dozen venues, placing second on the iW BOT as measured on a per screen basis. "Sicko" continued its spread to new screens, though its average dipped noticeably. Still, Michael Moore's health care documentary is on track to overtake his earlier effort "Bowling for Columbine" in...

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    iW NEWS | Here! Gets "Fat Girls"

    Here! Films has acquired North American rights to Ash Christian's "Fat Girls," which debuted the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is described (in an announcement) as a coming-of-age comedy about "the trials and tribulations of Rodney Miller (Christian), a gay theater-obsessed high school senior who has his heart set on becoming a Broadway star. With his overweight best friend and fellow social outcast Sabrina (Ashley Fink) by his side, the pair tries to find dates for their high school graduation dance sending them on a journey of self-discovery." It will be released theatrically by Here's sister company, Regent Releasing. Here! EVP Mark...

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    iW NEWS | Lionsgate Gets Untitled Larry Charles/Bill Maher Doc

    Lionsgate has announced its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to "Borat" director Larry Charles' untitled documentary about world religion. Produced by Jonah Smith and Palmer West of Thousand Words, the film features Bill Maher in a humorous (and likely controversial) exploration of the world's major religious institutions. The company is planning a Spring '08 release. IM Global, which is handling international sales, screened selections from the film during private showings at their Cannes Market suite in May. The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by theatrical president Tom Ortenberg, acquisitions VP Eda Kowan and EVP Wendy Jaffe with...

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    iW NEWS | Anywhere Road Gets "Black Irish"

    San Franciso-based indepedent distribution company Anywhere Road has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Brad Gann's "Black Irish," starring Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry, Melissa Leo and Emily Van Camp. Gann's directorial debut is described as, " a contemporary Irish-American family drama set in South Boston." The film will be released in theaters this fall. The deal was negotiated by producer J. Todd Harris on behalf of the film with Anywhere Road president Robert Ogden Barnum and EVP Kaiser Wahab. The deal marks the second acquisition for the new company, which also recently acquired the Brazilian mu...

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    iW BOT | "Sicko" Remains in Top Ten; SF Audiences Embrace "City Lights," "Dynamite Warrior" Bombs

    The race for documentary kingpin status is not between Michael Moore and Al Gore; star of last year's specialty film hit "An Inconvenient Truth," but between Moore and himself. It took the global warming film "An Inconvenient Truth" around six weeks to earn $11 million by early July 2006, a mark 'Si...

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    iW News | Anywhere Takes U.S. Rights to "Black Irish"

    San Francisco-based Anywhere Road has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Brad Gann's film "Black Irish," the company announced Monday. Gann, who wrote the screenplay for the feature film "Invincible," makes his directorial debut with this film, a contemporary Irish-American family drama set in South Boston. Fifteen-year-old Cole (Michael Angarano) is a sweet-natured, baseball-loving, obedient teenager who yearns for the attentions of his emotionally remote father (Brendan Gleeson). Cole is by turns nurtured and abandoned by the rest of his family; his pregnant unmarried sister (Emily Van Camp), a troubled bully for a bro...

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    iW BOT | Audiences for "Sicko" Grow; "Ghosts of Cite Soliel" Finds Fans in NY; "Le Doulos" Still Pop

    As good a reason as anyone else, credit filmmaker Michael Moore for snapping a four-week skid of slumping Hollywood box office revenues. Weekend estimates show a 2% increase from the same weekend last year with the top twelve movies, including Moore's healthcare documentary "Sicko," earning $146.7 m...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Sets Dates for "Cashback" and "Closing Escrow"

    Magnolia Pictues has announced plans for Summer day-and-date releases of Sean Ellis' "Cashback" and Armen Kaprelian's "Closing Escrow." Ellis' "Cashback," which debuted at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, will debut on HDNet on July 18 and in theaters two days later, hitting DVD on July 24t...

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