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    First Look and Weinsteins Get "Dedication"

    The Weinstein Company and First Look Pictures have confirmed their joint worldwide rights acquisition of Justin Theroux's "Dedication" from Plum Pictures. The romantic comedy is described as "a love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children's book series (Billy Crudup) is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator (Mandy Moore) after his best friend and creative collaborator (Tom Wilkinson) passes away." It also stars Bob Balaban and Dianne Weist and was written by David Bromberg. The two companies will partner on the worldwide release of the movie. The deal was negotiated by TWC's Harvey Weinstein and Mich...

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    "The Signal" Lands at Magnolia

    Magnolia Pictures has officially announced a seven-figure deal for all English language rights to David Bruckner, Dan Bush, and Jacob Gentry's "The Signal" in a pact with Shoreline Entertainment and Popfilm. Described as an "apocalyptic horror film," the movie screened in the Sundance FIlm Festival's midnight section. The acquisition marks the second of the festival for Magnolia, after acquiring Dan Klores' "Crazy Love." In a statement, company president Eamonn Bowles said, "It's become obvious over the course of the last few years that genre filmmaking is where to look for the most exciting new talent. 'The Signal' isn't just a great horror...

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    Paramount Vantage Gets "How She Move"

    In the latest deal annonuced at the Sundance Film Festival, Paramount Vantage, in association with MTV Films, have acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Ian Iqbal Rashid's "How She Move" from the Sundance Film Festival's world dramatic competition. Produced by Sienna Films, the move is described as, "an inspiring, coming of age film set in the competitive step-dancing world." It was produced by Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny and Brent Barclay. In a statement, EVP of acquisitions and production Amy Israel said, "'How She Move' is a crowd-pleasing hip-hop film that has incredible dancing and a real heart. Director Ian Iqbal Rashid’s h...

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    Weinstein Co. and Fox Searchlight Jointly Take Rights for "La Misma Luna"

    Continuing a flurry of acquisition biz at the Sundance Film Festival that has taken place in the past few days, Fox Searchlight Pictures and The Weinstein Company have aligned to create a joint acquisitions agreement for the worldwide distribution rights to "La Misma Luna" the directorial debut feature from Patricia Riggen. TWC and Fox Searchlight will share equally in the film's worldwide revenues and the two companies are currently discussing which entity will distribute in which territory worldwide, based on "their respective resources and desires." The joint announcement was made today by Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight and Harve...

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    Fortissimo Films Acquires International Rights To "Nanking"

    Fortissimo Films announced today that it has acquired all international rights (except China) to "Nanking," which was produced by Ted Leonsis and directed by Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman. The film had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the Documentary Competition category....

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    Paramount Vantage Acquires "Son of Rambow"

    Paramount Vantage has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Japan, Germany, and French Free TV) to "Son of Rambow", which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film, a coming-of-age comedy written and directed by Garth Jennings, is set in the 1980's and centers on two young English boys who are inspired to make a Rambo movie of their own after seeing "Rambo: First Blood." "'Son of Rambow' is a funny, moving and beautifully crafted tale of friendship and the poignant journey of filmmaking," said John Lesher, President of Paramount Vantage, in a prepared statement. "We are thrilled to be distributing 'Son of Rambow and welcome dir...

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    WIP Gets "Clubland'; SPC Acquires "Kid"

    Warner Independent Pictures has acquired rights in multiple territories to Cherie Nowlan's "Clubland," from the Premieres section at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was reported at about $4 million by sources, but Warner Independent would not confirm the price of the pact. It was brokered by Ca...

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    "Waitress" Acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Today at the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to "Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. The film stars Keri Russell with supporting roles from Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith and is produced by Michael Roiff. "Waitress" is a story about one woman's secret dream (Russell) to earn enough money through waitressing so that she can leave her controlling husband (Sisto). "Shelly's film represents a view of the world that is at once surprising, optimistic and infused with humor," said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Ric...

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    ThinkFilm Snags Apollo Mission Doc "In The Shadow of the Moon"

    ThinkFilm has secured a North American deal to David Sington's "In The Shadow of the Moon," a new documentary about the Apollo space program. Characterized as a multiple seven-figure deal, the pact will likely put the film in theaters this Fall in association with Discovery Films with ThinkFilm eyeing a big audience for the documentary. The film, premiering in the world documentary competition at Sundance is a riveting, first hand account from the Apollo astronauts that also offers a lot of rarely seen NASA footage that makes for a gorgeous big screen experience. Calling the documentary "epic," ThinkFilm head of theatrical distribution Mark U...

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    Magnolia Pictures Nabs North American Rights to "Crazy Love"

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Dan Klores' Sundance doc competition film "Crazy Love" in a mid-six-figure deal, confirming speculation over the weekend in Park City that the company had acquired the film. The company's president Eamonn Bowles as well as head of acquisitions, Tom Quinn and head of business affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Klores and Endeavor Independent's Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner. Foreign sales are being handled by Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company. "Crazy Love" tells the story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach. Burt, a 32 year-old married ...

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