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    iW NEWS | In Toronto, ThinkFilm Makes Deal for Helen Hunt Film

    ThinkFilm has acquired U.S. rights to Helen Hunt's "Then She Found Me," which debuted on Friday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival, with TVA Films taking Canadian rights after overnight negotiating. The actress' directorial debut -- produced by Killer Films -- stars Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick and was adapted by Hunt, Vic Levin and Alice Arlen from a novel by Elinor Lipman. International sales on the film are being shopped in Toronto by Odyssey Entertainment. Think's Mark Urman and Randy Manis closed the deal with CAA and Yves Dion negotiated for Equinoxe, according to an announcement today. The Hollywood ...

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    iW NEWS | Weinstein Co. Goes for Toronto Fests "Boy A"

    The Weinstein Company has announced a deal for worldwide rights (excluding UK TV) to John Crowley's Toronto International Film Festival title "Boy A," described as a touching drama about a man, "released from prison at the age of 24, having been institutionalized for most of his life after he and another boy murdered a child, when they were themselves children." Adapted by Mark O'Rowe -- from Jonathan Trigell's novel -- the film stars Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullen, Shaun Evans, and Katie Lyons and was produced by Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston, Tally Garner and Liza Marshall. Cuba Pictures first production, the film will debut on Saturday at TIF...

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    iW NEWS | Samuel Goldwyn Scares up Rights for "Roman de Gare"

    Claude Lelouch's Cannes '07 thriller "Roman de Gare" has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company announced Thursday. Peter Goldwyn, VP of acquisitions and Shane Starr, manager of acquisitions at Samuel Goldwyn Films negotiated the deal with and Jean-Paul De Vidas on behalf of Les Films 13. The U.S. release is scheduled for first quarter 2008. Cesar nominee Dominique Pinon and Cesar winner Fanny Ardant star in the film about a popular novelist who researches unlikely sources to find characters for her next bestseller. "We feel privileged to work with Claude on such a fantastic, exciting and explosive title," commented Meyer Gottlie...

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    iW NEWS | THINKFilm Adopts "My Brother is an Only Child" for North America

    North American rights to Daniele Luchetti's "My Brother is an Only Child" (Mio Fratello e Figlio Unico) have been acquired by THINKFilm with a planned March, 2008 theatrical release, Mark Urman, the company's theatrical division head announced Wednesday. The film, which will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, was represented by THINKFilm International for worldwide sales in Cannes where it screened in the official selection. THINKFilm International Head of Sales, Eve Schoukroun, along with THINK executives Urman, Randy Manis and Ben Stambler sealed the arrangement with Marco Chimenz, who produced the film with Riccard...

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    Herwitz' Company to Remake "Live-In Maid"

    Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company announced that his company has acquired English language remake rights to Jorge Gaggero's "Live-In Maid." Rodrigo Garcia attached to write and direct the film, marking the first production for Herwitz' five year old company, which is currently handling distri...

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    HR: Roadside takes "Bella" on U.S. trip

    In its first acquisition since a recent partnership with Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions has acquired all U.S. rights to "Bella," winner of the People's Choice Award at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. Gregg Goldstein reports.

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    iW NEWS | Red Envelope and New Line Home Entertainment to Spawn "The Business of Being Born"

    North American rights to Abby Epstein's "The Business of Being Born" have been acquired by Red Envelope Entertainment and New Line Home Entertainment, the companies announced Wednesday. Red Envelope Entertainment head Bahman Naraghi saw the doc, produced by former talk show host Ricki Lake, during the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. Red Envelope plans a theatrical release in "key U.S. cities" in October, followed by the film's Netflix launch. New Line Home Entertainment is planning a traditional DVD launch in the first quarter of 2008, according to Kevin Kasha, SVP of acquisitions and programming at the company. Compelled to find answers after th...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Takes U.S. Rights for "The Unforeseen"

    U.S. rights to Laura Dunn's Sundance '07 feature "The Unforeseen" have been picked up by The Cinema Guild, the group's president Philip Hobel announced Monday. Ryan Krivoshey, the company's director of distribution negotiated the deal with with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of RingTheJing Entertainment on behalf of the filmmakers. Cinema Guild plans a fall '07 roll out in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national release. The film centers around a Texas farm boy who becomes a developer who threatens to transform the pristine hill country into large-scale subdivisions, threatening a fragile limestone aquifer. "The...

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    iW NEWS | Celluloid Gets Miike's "Western"

    Takashi Miike's "Sukiyaki Western Django" has been acquired by Celluloid Dreams. The film, screening in competition in Venice in the Midnight Madness section in Toronto, is described by the company as an homage to the spaghetti western. The company is handling worldwide sales for the film, excluding...

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    HR: Three at fest headed to IFC

    IFC Films has nabbed three features that have North American premieres at next month's Toronto International Film Festival: Harmony Korine's pop-culture fantasia "Mister Lonely," starring Diego Luna and Samantha Morton; Jacques Rivette's French period romance "The Duchess of Langeais," starring Guil...

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