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    Palm Pictures to Canvas "Who Gets to Call it Art?" in North American and Caribbean Theaters in '06

    Palm Pictures announced Thursday it has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Peter Rosen's feature film "Who Gets to Call it Art?" The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures and Arthouse Films and David G. Lubell of Propp Lubell & Lapidus on behalf of Rosen of Peter Rosen Productions. Palm Pictures plans a theatrical release in early 2006 followed by a DVD release under the Arthouse Films label. The deal was closed at the Goldeneye Film Festival in Jamaica, an annual event organized by Koh and Palm Pictures founder, Chris Blackwell. The film explores the 1960's New York art scene wit...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Ropes in First Round of Suburbs and Dominates Specialty Box Office

    Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" climbed atop the specialty box office crest over the weekend once again, racking up a blockbusteresque screen average following an expansion. The film topped not only the indieWIRE Box Office table, ranked on a screen average basis, but also grossed the highest absolute dollars despite its still limited reach. The Weinstein Company's "Mrs. Henderson Presents" took the chart's second position, while the company's joint release with IFC Films, "Transamerica," added one location falling to third. Sony Pictures Classics' "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" was the only newcomer in the top five, although ...

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    Wellspring Gets U.S. Rights to Chereau's Latest, "Gabrielle"

    Wellspring has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Patrice Chereau's "Gabrielle," starring Isabelle Huppert and Pascal Greggory in an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's short story, "The Return." The company, owned by Genius Products, which recently announced a deal with The Weinstein Company, acquir...

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    Shadow Distribution to Open "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in the U.S.

    Shadow Distribution will handle the U.S. release of Liz Mermin's doc "The Beauty Academy of Kabul," which will open in New York at the Angelika Film Center on March 24 and in Los Angeles in April. Other cities will follow, according to the company. The film follows Western women (some of whom emigrated from Afghanistan in the early 1980s), who return to Kabul to open an American-style school for beauticians. Mermin and her crew of three other women, plus a female translator, spent 10 weeks in Kabul building trust on camera and off, and documenting the subtle transformations and amusing cultural exchanges that took place over three intense mon...

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    "Brokeback Mountain" Lassoes a Mammoth Limited Opening

    Focus Features opened its anticipated Venice, Telluride and Toronto fest feature "Brokeback Mountain," scoring the highest per screen average of any specialty release since this column began two-and-a-half years ago. The film easily lead the herd of specialty releases, handily taking the number one position on the chart, as ranked on a per screen basis, and had the second-highest overall gross. The indieWIRE Box Office Table (iW BOT) saw only a few additional titles opening aside from "Brokeback Mountain," including The Weinstein Company's "Mrs. Henderson Presents," the only other newcomer to enter the chart's top five. Last week's number one...

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    Koch Lorber Acquires Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis"

    Koch Lorber Films has announced a deal for U.S. and Canadian theatrical and DVD rights to Rachel Boynton's "Our Brand Is Crisis." The film, produced by Steve Shainberg, shared the International Documentary Association's top prize for best documentary this year, to be presented tonight (December 9th)...

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    Reuters: Artie Lange film lands indie distributor

    Indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has bought North American rights to the comedy feature "Beer League," starring Artie Lange, a sidekick on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show. Echo Bridge plans a theatrical release in the spring. Lange co-wrote the script with Frank Sebastiano, who makes...

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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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