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    iW NEWS | Image Entertainment Takes "$5 a Day"

    Image Entertainment announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival that it has acquired from all North American rights (except theatrical) to the comedy "$5 a Day" from Capitol Films, Ltd. The film stars Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone, Christopher Walken and Alessandro Nivola, and will screen in Toronto on Sept. 6, 7 and 12. "This film is certain to be an audience-pleaser with it all-star cast and funny storyline," said Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment, in a statement. "Amanda Peet, Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken are all hilarious in this tale of a crazy father and his not-so-crazy son." [Peter Kneg...

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    iW NEWS | "Of Time and City" For Strand

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Terence Davies' "Of Time and City" from Hurricane Films in the UK. The deal was done via sales agent Hanway Films. The film is a "poetic ode to Liverpool" which is constructed with archival footage and narrated by Davies himself. It had its World Premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival and has its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this Sunday. "We're thrilled to be working with Terence again, his loveletter to Liverpool is a true artistic inspiration to filmmaking," said Marcus Hu, Co-President of Strand Releasing, in a statement. The deal was concluded by S...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes "24 City"

    The Cinema Guild announced today at the Toronto International Film Festival the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Jia Zhangke's "24 City," which documents the conversion of an old munitions factory into a sprawling complex of luxury high-rise apartments. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Kriv...

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    iW NEWS | Samuel Goldwyn Travels Down "Dark Streets" for the U.S.

    Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up U.S. rights to Rachel Samuels' "Dark Streets," for a planned release in the fourth quarter of the year. Peter Goldwyn, vice president of acquisitions negotiated the deal with Shaun Redick at The Collective on behalf of the filmmakers. Set in the 1930s, the film is the story of a "dashing but naive playboy who owns the hottest nightclub in town. Surrounded by the blues music he adores, and caught in a love triangle between two beautiful singers, he is the envy of every man; until, his charmed life starts to spiral out of control. As he is drawn deeper into a web of lies and betrayal, he no longer knows who t...

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    iW NEWS | Regent Makes North American "Serbis" Deal

    In a deal with Fortissimo Films, North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's "Serbis." have been acquired by Regent Releasing. The company is planning a limited winter release for the film, from the competition at this year's Cannes fest. It is now screening at the Toronto fest and is on tap for th...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Builds "Architect" for English and French Territories

    English-speaking territories and French rights to Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch's doc on renowned architect "Rem Koolhaas - A Kind of Architect" has been acquired by Arthouse Films. The deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright on behalf of Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment along with John Flahive of Wavelength Pictures in the UK on behalf of the filmmakers and producers of the German production. Arthouse Films plans a release later this year or early next year. "This is a fascinating portrait of one of the world's most renowned figures in modern architecture," commented David Koh and Lilly Bright in a joint stat...

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    iW NEWS | Sony Classics Embraces New Almodovar Film

    Continuing their relationship with Pedro Almodovar, Sony Pictures Classics has announced the acquisition of Pedro Almodovar's "Broken Embraces." The film, starring Penelope Cruz, Lluis Homar, and Blanca Portilla, is currently shooting in Madrid and the Canary Islands. The company describes the film as "a four-way tale of amour-fou, shot in the style of '50s American film noir at its most hard-boiled, and will mix references to works like Nicholas Ray's 'In A Lonely Place' and Vincente Minnelli's 'The Bad And The Beautiful', with signature Almodovar themes such as Fate, the mystery of creation, guilt, unscrupulous power, the eternal search of ...

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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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