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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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    First Independent and Magnolia Set "McAllister" Date

    Opening on September 14th from First Independent Pictures, with a DVD deal from Magnolia Home Entertainment, is Ben Gourley's "Moving McAllister." The comedy stars the filmmaker as a law firm intern dreaming of becoming parter someday. Co-stars include Mila Kunis and Jon Heder. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    Palm Gets Hockey Film

    Palm Pictures has announced a deal for all U.S. rights to Charles Biname's "The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard." The film, winner of nine 2007 Genie Awards, is a biographical sports film about the famed Canadian hockey player, played by Roy Dupuis. Company head of theatrical distribution Ed Ar...

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    VAR | SPC Gets Demme's Carter Doc

    Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to Jonathan Demme's "Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains," from Participant Productions, according to Variety. The trade reports the the film will debut at the Venice Film Festival before screening in Toronto next month.

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    VAR | Strand Gets Hopkins Film

    Strand Releasing has acauired Anthony Hopkins "Slipstream," reports Variety. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group's Peter Schlessel nabbed DVD rights, according to the trade paper.

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    iW NEWS | Fortissimo Acquires Toronto '07 Film "Love Comes Lately"

    Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide sales rights outside Germany to "Love Comes Lately" by Jan Schuette from zero fiction film/zero west filmproduktion. The film, based on a series of short stories by Nobel Prize for Literature recipient Isaac Bashevis Singer and shot in English in several US locations including New York and Los Angeles, starts Otto Tausig ("Nocturne Indienne") and Elizabeth Pena ("Transamerica") "deals with human longings, both real and imagined, and the never ending dream of love and the power of fiction" according to Fortissimo. The film is slated to screen as a Special Presentation in the upcoming Toronto Internationa...

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    IFC Takes New Breillat Film, "The Last Mistress"

    IFC First Take has announced the acquisition of all North American rights to to Catherine Breillat's "The Last Mistress," which is set to screen at the upcoming New York Film Festival (see indieWIRE lineup article). The film, starring Asia Argento, debuted this year in Cannes and was produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit. Set in 19th century France, it is described as the story of, "the love affair between tempestuous Spanish mistress Vellini and distinguished well-bred Ryno de Marigny." IFC's acquisitions VP Arianna Bocco and director of acquisitions Liz Nastro negotiated the deal with Eric Lagesse and Valentina Merli from Pyramide International...

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