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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Guy Maddin Film in Toronto

    As the Toronto International Film Festival winds down, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin's "My Winnipeg" has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. In the words of a festival description, Maddin's playful, docu-style rumination on his hometown, "continues in the freewheeling, genre-bending tradition that has made him one of Canada's most consistently intriguing and internationally respected artists." The filmmaker performed a live narration for the film at its Toronto festival premiere last week. Canadian rights to "My Winnipeg" are set with Maximum Films, while London-based Soda Pictures has nabbed rights for the fil...

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    HR | 'Bill' sees dollar signs in Toronto

    Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann's "Bill" has been acquired by First Look Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, from GreeneStreet Films, stars Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, among others. It was produced by John Penotti, Fisher Stevens, and Matthew Rowland.

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    HR | Weinsteins find 'Joy' with docu buy

    The Weinstein Company has acquired Grant Gee's new documentary, "Joy Division," which debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The company is also releasing Anton Corbijn's "Control," about the band, which it acquired back in Cannes.

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    iW NEWS | Think Gets "Battle"

    ThinkFilm has acquired U.S. rights to Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle," the company announced tonight (Thursday) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Produced by Mary Aloe, Kirk Shaw, and Maxime Remillard, the film follows a mix of fictional stories connected to the World Trade Organizat...

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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Get "Dead"

    The Weinstein Company has closed a deal for North American rights, including Mexico, to "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead." Cinetic Media brokered the deal, which closed tonight (Tuesday) at the Toronto International Film Festival. Described by the festival as "his first independently produced z...

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    HR | Overture Films buys McCarthy's 'Visitor'

    Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor" has been acquired by Overture Films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the trade paper, Greg Goldstein writes that the pact is valued at, "more than $1 million plus boxoffice bonuses for the filmmakers."

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    iW NEWS | Magnet: Magnolia Branding Genre Titles

    Magnolia Pictures is launching Magnet, a new label for its genre film productions and acquisitions, distinguising horror, action, comedy and Asian cinema titles from the independent and documentary films released under the Magnolia label. First up under the new banner will be Jeremy Saulnier's "Murder Party," on DVD next month, followed by a new slate of theatrical and DVD releases. "Some of the best, most imaginative, wild and forward-thinking cinema in the world today is being done in the context of genre filmmaking," Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said today in a statement. The initial slate of Magnet titles will include Hitoshi Matsumot...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse and Red Envelope Snap "Black White + Gray"

    First-time director James Crump's "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe" has been acquired by Arthouse Films and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainemnt, the companies announced Monday. The joint deal was negotiated by David Koh and Lilly Bright for Arthouse and Stanley Buchthal of LM Media GmbH, along with Rob Williams, Liesl Copland, Thom Zadra and Bahman Naraghi for Red Envelope Entertainment. The film recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will open theatrically in New York and LA at the end of the year followed by a DVD release on the Arthouse Films label and via Netflix service sometime early ...

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    iW NEWS | Strand Picks Up "Before I Forget" for North America

    All North American rights to Jacques Nolot's "Before I Forget" (Avant Que J'Oublie) have been acquired by Strand Releasing, the company announced late Saturday night. The film is currently screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto International Film Festival and was also in the Director's Fortnight in Cannes in May. The deal was negotiated between Strand bo-president, Jon Gerrans and Claude Nouchi, a consultant for Colifilms Diffusion. The film deals with Pierre (played by Nolot) as an aging writer facing writers block, dealing with hustlers, anti-depressants, while keenly facing his fears and addressing them in an edg...

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    iW NEWS | Miramax Makes Meirelles Deal, Pre-Buys "Blindness"

    In Toronto tonight, Miramax Films may be celebrating this evening's TIFF debut of The Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men," but company president Daniel Battsek can also toast his pre-buy of U.S. rights to filmmaker Fernando Meirelles' "Blindess." The film has been shooting locally ahead of the production moving to Meirelles' native Brazil and was adapted from Jose Saramago's acclaimed novel. The in-production project was described by Miramax tonight as follows: "When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine." Wr...

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