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    iW BOT UPDATE | "Wackness" At The Top

    Jonathan Levine's "The Wackness" from Sony Pictures Classics is atop the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. The film earned $172,179 on 6 screens over the four-day weekend, for a $28,697 average. More in this week's box office column, which was published last night.

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    iW NEWS | Screen Media Heads To "Lake City"

    Screen Media Films announced that they have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Hunter Hill and Perry Moore's directorial debuts, "Lake City." The film, which stars Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn and Dave Matthews, had its world premiere earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is a Southern drama about a mother (Spacek) and son (Garity) who reunite years after a family tragedy drove them apart. Robert Baruc, President of Screen Media Films and David Fannon, Executive Vice President of Screen Media Ventures negotiated on behalf of Screen Media Films. Sixty-Six Productions, which produced "City," was repr...

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    iW NEWS | Oscilloscope Gets "Frontrunners"

    Beastie Boy Adam Yauch's Oscilloscope Pictures has announced a worldwide rights deal for Caroline Suh's documentary "Frontrunners." The SXSW Film Festival premiere follows a New York City high school campaign for student council president and will debut on October 15th at Manhattan's Film Forum, followed by a national theatrical release and a DVD debut next year. "Caroline did an amazing job of documenting the insanity of a political race, while capturing the endearing human quality of these quirky school candidates," Yauch said in statement. "I loved seeing the dynamics of a fully functioning political system within the microcosm of Stuyvesa...

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    iW BOT | Audiences High on Sony Classics' 'Wackness'

    Filmmaker Jonathan Levine enjoyed sophomore success thanks to a sky-high response to his '90s nostalgia tale "The Wackness." Featuring Josh Peck as a high school grad and Ben Kingsley as his crazy Manhattan psychiatrist, "Wackness" earned $172,179 for Sony Pictures Classics from six debut runs since opening July 3. "Tell No One," French director Guillaume Canet's thriller about a grieving husband who believes his murdered wife may be alive, debuted in the second spot on the iWBOT top five, which ranks films by per-screen average. "Tell No One" earned $169,707 from eight runs for Music Box Films and $220,679 since July 2. Rounding out the iWBO...

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    iW BOT | Kit Kittredge' Keeps Picturehouse On Top; 'Last Mistress' Seduces NY

    Veteran French filmmaker Catherine Breillat enjoyed her strongest U.S. debut thanks to a lusty response from New York audiences to "The Last Mistress," a period drama featuring Asia Argento as a woman jealous of her younger lover's plans to marry. "Last Mistress" earned a sizzling $33,554 for IFC Films from two debut runs in New York. "Trumbo," director Peter Askin's documentary about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, also debuted in the iWBOT top five, which ranks films by per-screen average. "Trumbo" earned $28,125 from three runs for Samuel Goldwyn Films. Picturehouse continued to rack up sky-high grosses for its family movie "Kit Ki...

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    INSIDE WORD | Kino Getting "Momma's Man" From ThinkFilm

    Azazel Jacobs's "Momma's Man," a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is instead being released by Kino International after the filmmakers' deal with ThinkFilm evaporated in the wake of financial problems at Think. According to insiders, without a signed contract, the filmmakers returned to Kino, a company that pursued the movie back in Park City. Kino is intending to stick with the film's original August 22nd release date at the Angelika Film Center and other NYC theaters. A formal announcement is expected tomorrow (Friday). Meanwhile, a ThinkFilm email message to journalists today referred inquiries about the film to Kino. [Eugene He...

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    iW NEWS | First Independent Takes "Beautiful"

    First Independent Pictures has announced the acquisition of selected US theatrical rights to Darryl Roberts' "America the Beautiful." The film, which recently completed a run in Chicago, is a documentary that looks at America's unhealthy obsession with physical perfection. "Beautiful" made its deb...

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    iW NEWS | Liberation Takes "Eden"

    Liberation Entertainment announced today the acquisition of North American rights to the award-winning Irish drama, "Eden." Directed by Declan Recks, the film is adaptation of Eugene O'Brien's Play that follows a troubled marriage in a small provincial town. The film had its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival last month where Eileen Walsh won the Best Actress Award. "This is a film that grabs hold of you and won't let go," commented Liberation CEO Jay Boberg. "We were completely taken by the power of the performances and Declan Recks' unique take on the material." The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of...

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    iW BOT UPDATE | "An American Girl" On Top

    Patricia Rozema's "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." from Picturehouse is atop the weekly iW BOT box office chart, which was published this afternoon. The film earned $220,297 on 5 screens over the weekend, for a $44,059 average. More in this week's box office column, which was published last night...

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    iW BOT | Picturehouse On Fire Thanks to "Kit Kittredge" and "Mongol"

    The Warner Bros. specialty shingle Picturehouse continued to be on fire thanks to a strong expansion of its Genghis Khan epic "Mongol" and a rare excursion into the family movie biz, with its limited debut of "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." In its third week and on 94 screens, "Mongol" averaged $8,287 as the top foreign-language drama on the iWBOT, which ranks films by per-screen average. "Kit Kittredge," directed by veteran indie filmmaker Patricia Rozema and starring Abigail Breslin, earned an impressive $220,297 from five runs; far ahead its competitors for the top of the specialty charts. Rounding out the iWBOT top five were "Encounter...

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