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    iW NEWS | 3-Day Weekend Estimates: "Django" Leads, "Hamlet" Tanks

    According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, First Look's "Sukiyaki Western Django" led the reporting specialty films in the three-day portion of Labor Day weekend, grossing $10,236 on one screen. Behind it was the opening of Sony Pictures Classics's "I Served The King of England," which grossed $53,554 on 8 screens for a $6,694 average. The real winners of the the rather slow weekend, though, were a pair of Penelope Cruz holdovers. Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" remained on 692 screens and fell just one tenth of a percent from last weekend, grossing $3.00 million and taking its total ...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Films Conquers "Flame & Citron" for the U.S.

    US rights to Ole Christian Madsen's Danish drama "Flame & Citron" have been acquired by IFC Films, the company announced Thursday afternoon. The film, which will have its world premiere this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival followed by a screening at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, stars Mads Mikkelsen ("After the Wedding") and Thure Lindhardt ("Into the Wild"). The film will be released in 2009 theatrically through IFC Films and on VOD through its day and date distribution platform. Arianna Bocco, Vice President of Production and Acquisitions for IFC Films negotiated the deal with Michael Weber from The Match Factory....

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    iW NEWS | Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire" Set for Searchlight/Warner Bros.

    Fox Searchlight and Warner Bros. are partnering on Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire," the companies announced today. Searchlight is set to handle the marketing and distribution of the film, written by Simon Beaufoy and starring Dev Patel, Madhur Mittal, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. ...

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    iW NEWS | Truly Indie Takes "Gun"

    Greenwood Hill Productions has signed on with Truly Indie's self-distribution company to release its first feature film, "Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun." The film, an adaptation of the 1982 award-winning play, takes place in the mind of an American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of WWI. It stars Ben McKenzie ("Junebug"), and will have its World Premiere on September 22nd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin prior to beginning a rollout on September 26th. A portion of the film's proceeds will be donated to the Fallen Patriot Fund, a non-profit organization established to help families of U.S. military personnel who were ...

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    iW NEWS | here! Takes "Queen"

    here! Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Olaf de Fleur's "The Amazing Truth About Queen Raquela." The film has won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Sister company Regent Releasing will distribute the film for here! in select cities this Fall starting with New York and Los Angeles on September 26th. "We are thrilled to be working with such an innovative, emerging talent like Olaf de Fleur," said Mark Reinhart, West Coast General Manager and EVP, Distribution and Acquisitions, Regent, in a statement. "'Queen Raquela' is refreshing and ins...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires "Food"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its acquisition of the documentary feature "Food, Inc.," which will have its world premiere at next week's Toronto International Film Festival. Produced and directed by Robert Kenner, the Participant Media-River Road Entertainment presentation draws upon Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan's investigation into "the growth of big business and the ways in which it has impacted upon how and what we eat." The deal, for worldwide rights excluding North America, was brokered between Fortissimo's Senior Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions Winnie Lau, Participant Media's Executive Vice President, Business Affairs Jeff...

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    iW BOT | Sundance Trio Takes On The Specialty Box Office

    Three very different Sundance acquisitions found their way into the specialty marketplace this weekend. Two led the iW BOT, which ranks based on per-theater-averages, in small bows. Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Katrina doc, "Trouble the Water," grossed $28,606 on 3 screens for Zeitgeist Films," and Azazel Jacobs' "Momma's Man" grossed $11,072 from one engagement in New York for Kino International. The film with the most box office potential of the three, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2," was also the most disappointing, grossing $439,925 on 103 screens. That gave the Focus Features purchase a $4,271 average. Meanwhile, two Penelope Cruz starrers,...

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    iW NEWS | Visit Films Acquires "Adela"

    Visit Films has announced its worldwide acquisition of Toronto International Film Festival title "Adela." Screening it Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema section, the film is directed by Filipino Adolfo Alix Jr.. It tells the story of a former radio personality who is celebrating her 80th birthday in the slums of Manila. "This film marks a significant move forward for Visit," said Visit Films partner Sylvain Tron in a statement. "We have acquired a top tier international project from a director whose first film was the Filipino entry for the Academy Awards Foreign Language category. The film is deeply poetic and addresses the basic need to ...

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    iW NEWS | Weekend Estimates: "Water" Leads, "Hamlet" So-So

    According to indieWIRE Box Office Tracking (iW BOT) estimates from Rentrak this afternoon, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's Sundance winner, "Trouble the Water," looks to lead the iW BOT, averaging $9,427 from 3 screens for a $28,281 total. That total was overwhelmingly from the Zeitgeist release's IFC Center engagement, were it grossed $21,501. Another Sundance alum, Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2," opened below rather huge expectations. Opening on 103 screens before a wide release next weekend, the Focus Features release grossed a mild $435,294, averaging $4,226. Another opener, Patrick Creadon's "I.O.U.S.A.," debuted on 18 screens and also found...

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    iW NEWS | SPC Buys "Paris"

    Christophe Barratier's "Paris 36" (Faubourg 36), which opened the Montreal World Film Festival last night, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. The company announced today a deal for U.S., Australasian and Scandinavian rights rights to the movie. Described as the story of "a bygone era in France," the film is Barratier's follow-up to "The Chorus" (Les Choristes). The film was produced by Jacques Perrin, and Nicolas Mauvernay and  co-produced by Romain Le Grand for Pathe. "This is one of those amazing populist movies no one seems to make anymore: a big, boisterous, moving 1930's music hall movie with perfect attention to detail in perf...

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