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    iW NEWS | Weinstein To "Walk All Over Me"

    The Weinstein Company has acquired the U.S. rights to "Walk All Over Me" from Vancouver-based IndustryWorks Distribition. Directed by Robert Cuffley and starring Leelee Sobieski, Tricia Helfer, Jacob Tierney and Lothaire Bluteau, the film is noted as a "coming of age thriller" about a small-town girl (Sobieski) who assumes the identity of a dominatrix (Helfer) to pay the bills. "We were very pleased at the overwhelming response "Walk All Over Me" had in Cannes and Toronto," says Evan Tylor, president and founder of IndustryWorks. "With its obvious commercial appeal, we look forward to a great success in the closing the remaining territories a...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Gets Kalin's "Grace," Lin's "Game"

    Tom Kalin's "Savage Grace" and Justin Lin's "Finishing the Game" have been acquired by IFC Entertainment. Kalin's "Grace," from this year's Cannes Film Festival, is only the director's second feature after his acclaimed early-90s indie, "Swoon" (although he produced "Go Fish" and "I Shot Andy Warhol"). Produced by Killer Films, Monfort Producciones, and Celluloid Dreams, Kalin's film stars Julianne Moore in the true story of Barbara Baekeland. It was written by Howard Rodman. Lin's "Finishing The Game," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, is a mockumentary about casting a replacement for Bruce Lee in an unfinished f...

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    iW NEWS | Myriad Planning North American Release of Argento Film; Weinsteins Make DVD/TV Deal

    Following a recent Toronto International Film Festival debut, Myriad Pictures has announced that it will release Dario Argento's "The Mother of Tears" theatrically in North America, while the company also said Tuesday that The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. DVD and TV rights (as well as Canadi...

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    HR | SPC commits to 'Married'

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Ira Sachs' "Married Life," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which screened at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, is set for the upcoming New York Film Festival.

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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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