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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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    iW NEWS | Magnet Scares up North American Rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman"

    North American distribution rights to "Kiltro" and "Mirageman" have been picked up by Magnet, the newly formed genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, the group has announced. The deal for the two action films, written, directed and edited by Ernesto Diaz Espinoza, was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia SVP, Tom Quinn, and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego, with producer Derek Rundell and producer's rep Houston King. Magnet will also produce Zaror's next film, which will be announced soon. "I've never seen anyone with Marko's power and size exhibit such agility and acrobatic skill. He's amazing to watch," commented Quinn in a statement. "I haven't be...

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    iW NEWS | IFC First Take Picks up Sundance winner "Padre Nuestro"

    Sundance '07 Grand Jury winner "Padre Nuestro" has been acquired by IFC First Take and will be released in Spring of 2008, according to a Friday announcement. [Brian Brooks]

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