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    iW NEWS | First Independent Snags "Sixty Six"

    It was announced on Monday that First Independent Pictures ("New York Doll," "Edmond") has acquired US distribution rights for the coming of age/Bar Mitzvah film, "Sixty Six," from Working Title Films. Directed by Paul Weiland ("Made of Honor"), the comedy's title refers to the singular year that England won the World Cup. Already garnering attention from US Jewish Film Festivals, the film, originally intended for international audiences, seems potentially viable as a crossover title. Executive produced by Richard Curtis ("Bridget Jones' Diary," "Love Actually," "Notting Hill"), the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Re...

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    CANNES '08 | Focus Spotlights Amenabar's "Agora"

    Alejandro Amenabar's latest, "Agora," has landed at Focus Features International, the company announced this afternoon in Cannes. A English-language historical epic set in Roman Egypt in the 4th century AD, the film stars Rachel Weisz and is currently in production in Malta. Focus' deal includes wor...

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    iW NEWS | "How About" For Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to "How About You." "You," directed by Anthony Byrne, is the story of a young girl left in charge of a residential home over Christmas. It is based on the short story by Irish author Maeve Binchy, and stars Vanessa Redgrave, Imelda Staunton,...

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    IW NEWS | IFC Gets Assayas' Latest

    IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Olivier Assayas' "Summer Hours," starring Juliette Binoche. The company is planning a 2009 release for the French drama which is screening this week in the Marche du Film here at the Cannes Film Festival. IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with MK...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets On Gibney's "Bus"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired the worldwide rights (except the UK and US) to Jigsaw Film's new production, "Magic Bus." "Bus" will be directed by Alex Gibney, and chart the story of the infamous, LSD-fueled bus journey of avant-garde author Ken Kesey and his cohorts across America. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Alex Gibney and [the film's producer] Will Clarke on what no doubt will be a fascinating cinematic trip through the beginnings of the hippie and counter-culture movement that shook the US and the world set against the wonderful music that moved those times," said Fortissimo EVP Nicole Mackey in a statement. The...

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    iW NEWS | Magnet Takes "Surveillance"

    Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Jennifer Lynch's "Surveillance." Starring Bill Pullman, Julia Ormand and Cheri Oteri, "Surveillance" is a thriller that details the aftermath of a violent killing. "'Surveillance' is a wild, wild ...

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    IFC Brings "Pleasure" to North America

    North American rights to Cannes Directors Fortnight closing feature, "The Pleasure of Being Robbed" by co-writer/director Joshua Safdie have been picked up by IFC Films, the New York-based distributor confirmed Wednesday afternoon. [Brian Brooks/indieWIRE]

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    Elephant Eye Acquires Two

    Elephant Eye Films have two new acquisitions: Director Nate Meyer's urban drama "Frat Girl," a follow-up to "Pretty In The Face," which is starting production, and Michael Jacob's "Audience of One," a documentary about a Pentecostal minister who receives a vision from God telling him to make a scie...

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    iW NEWS | Lionsgate To Release "W"

    Lionsgate has announced that it has acquired all North American distribution rights to Oliver Stone's anticipated George W. Bush biopic, "W." Lionsgate will also distribute the film in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. "W" stars Josh Brolin as the current president, Elizabeth Banks as his wife Laura, James Cromwell and Ellen Burstyn as his parents and former first couple, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld and Ioan Gruffud as Tony Blair. The film begins production on May 12, 2008 in Louisiana, and Lionsgate will released the film on October 17, 2008, just a few weeks before th...

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    iW NEWS | Palm Pictures Croons to "Patti Smith"

    North American rights to photographer Steven Sebring's directorial debut, "Patti Smith: Dream of Life," which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival have been acquired by Palm Pictures. The deal, which encompasses North American theatrical, non-theatrical and home video and VOD distribution rights, was announced by Jan Korbelin, managing partner of Palm Pictures. The agreement was negotiated by Pierre Menahem, on behalf of Celluloid Dreams. Palm is currently planning a late summer 2008 theatrical release, followed by the DVD release in the early 2009. The doc is a portrait of poet, artist, punk pioneer and activist Patti Smith. "Palm Pi...

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