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    iW NEWS | Regent Eyes "Hottie and the Nottie" for North America

    Tom Putnam's romantic comedy "The Hottie and the Nottie," starring Paris Hilton, Joel David Moore and Christine Lakin has been picked up for North American distribution rights by Regent Releasing. The company plans a Valentine's Day theatrical release (February 8). In addition to North America, Regent has also secured distribution for Central America, the Caribbean and Greenland. Stephen P. Jarchow and Hadeel Reda negotiated the deal on behalf of Regent Releasing and Purple Pictures, respectively. Jon Shiffman negotiated the deal on behalf of Media Rights Capital. Regent Worldwide Sales will sell the title at the upcoming American Film Mark...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Goes "Black White + Gray"

    Fortissimo Films announced that it has acquired the worldwide sales rights to James Crump's documentary, "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff & Robert Mapplethorpe." The film documents the relationship between world renowned collector and curator Sam Wagstaff, controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician Patti Smith. It received its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and opened theatrically earlier this month in New York. Madman Entertainment recently acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand, Sundance Channel acquired rights for US Television and Arthouse Films will handle domestic distribution in coll...

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    iW INSIDER | Major Pre-Fest Buy Blooms; Summit Makes Blind Eight-figure Deal for Rian Johnson's "Bro

    A script and just two minutes of footage were enough to sell upstart distribution company Summit Entertainment on North American rights to the unfinished sophomore feature from filmmaker Rian Johnson ("Brick"). In one of the most aggressive acquisitions ever, Summit poached "The Brothers Bloom," a m...

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Gets "Chorus Line" Doc

    Fortissimo Films has annouced the acquisition of worldwide sales rights -- with the exception of North America and Japan -- to James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's "Every Little Step: The Journey of a Phenomenon," about the hit Broadway musical, "A Chorus Line." The film, from Endgame Entertainment, will be pre-sold at next week's upcoming American Film Market. It marks the third doc for Stern and Del Deo, after "The Year of the Yao" and "...So Goes The Nation." "When Jim and Adam first described this project to us, we knew that they would be producing a film with a great story, class, charm, music, and great commercial potential -- and we had t...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Aquires "Timecrimes"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world rights (excluding Spain) to director Nacho Vigalondo's "Timecrimes." "Timecrimes," which won the Best Feature Prize and the Silver Medal for Audience Award at the 2007 Fantastic Fest in Austin, details a man who discovers the perils of time travel. It is the feature film debut of Vigalongo, who previously was nominated for an Academy Award for the short film "7:35 in the Morning." "Working with Magnolia on 'Timecrimes' is a dream come true. Knowing that my film is going to be shown in USA is something I can't describe," said Vigalongo. Magnolia will release the film theatrically in 2008. [Peter Knegt...

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    iW NEWS | Belladonna Unveils Mickle's "Mulberry," "July" Deals

    Rene Bastian, Linda Moran, and Adam Folk's Belladonna Productions has announced a pair of deals for projects by Jim Mickle. The filmmaker's "Mulberry Street," which had its North American premiere at SXSW in March and later screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, is set for theatrical distribution on 300 screens via the After Dark Horrorfest with LIONSGATE handling DVD distribution of the event's eight films. Belladonna also announced that it has optioned Joe R. Lansdale's novel Cold in July for Mickle to direct and adapt with "Mulberry Street" co-writer Nick Domici. A graduate of film school at NYU, Mickle recently signed with UTA and the Ben...

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    A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod

    A record 63 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 80th Academy Awards, AMPAS President Sid Ganis announced Wednesday. Among the entries released by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are Israel's "Beaufort," after "The Band's Vi...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets 2 From NYFF: "Girl" & "Actresses"

    IFC Entertainment has announced its acquisition two French films screening at the New York Film Festival, Claude Chabrol's "A Girl Cut in Two" and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "Actresses." Already a box office hit in France, Chabrol's thriller opened there this summer and also screened at the Toronto an...

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    iW NEWS | NonStop Acquires Two

    NonStop Entertainment has acquired Ken Loach's "It's a Free World" and Rodrigo Pla's "La Zona," which won the FIPRESCI prize in Toronto and the best first feature award at Venice. NonStop will hold the rights to "World" in Scandinavia and Iceland and for "Zona" in Scandinavia and the Baltics. [Peter...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Gets Sokurov's Latest

    Alexander Sokurov's "Alexandra" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by The Cinema Guild, the company announced today. Described as the story of "a Russian grandmother who travels to a remote military outpost to visit her grandson," "Alexandra" is set to screen later this week at the New York Fil...

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