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    iW NEWS | Weinsteins Make "Contact"

    Easternlight has sold the North American rights for its Hong Kong martial arts film "Fatal Contact" to The Weinstein Company. It was jointly announced at Cannes today by Ying Ye, Director of Easternlight Films and Gary Hamilton, Managing Director for parent company Arclight Films. Ye and Hamilton ...

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    iW NEWS | American Cinema International Takes "The Butcher"

    Producer and distributor American Cinema International has secured the international rights to horror film "Ed Gein The Butcher of Plainfield." The film tells the true story of serial killer Ed Kein, who was responsible for a series of murders in 1950s rural Wisconsin. It stars Kane Hodder and Mic...

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    iW NEWS | Echo Bridge Secures "Ruins"

    Echo Bridge has secured the international rights "My Life in Ruins," a romantic comedy with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Nia Vardalos. The film is set to be produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman of Playtone (who also produced "Wedding,") and Nathalie Marciano and Michelle Chydzik of 26 Films. ...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia and Red Envelope Get "Hallam Foe"

    Magnolia Pictures and Red Envelope Entertainment have announced the joint acquisition of all North American rights to David Mackenzie's "Hallam Foe," which debuted earlier this year at the 2007 Berlinale. The film, starring Jamie Bell, Sophia Myles, and Claran Hinds, is described as the story of a voyeur who, in the words of an announcement, "driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city of Edinburgh for love." In a statement, company acquisutions head Tom Quinn enthused, "It's sexy, adventurous, intimate and delightful all at once. The scene stealing chemistry between Jami...

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    iW NEWS | American World Pictures Takes Two To Cannes

    American World Pictures has acquired the worldwide rights to both "One Long Night" and "Triloquist," and will screen both for buyers around the world in the Cannes Market. "Night" is a Latin-themed comedy thriller starring Alison Eastwood, Karen Black, Ed Begley Jr. and Jon Seda. Directed by David Alfaro Siquerios (who recently won the Houston Film Festival's Best Director award for the film), the film "appeals to a worldwide audience," says American World Pictures President Mark Lester. Lester's other acquisition, "Triloquist," is written and directed by Mark Jones ("Leprechaun.") It follows two teenagers on the run from their murderous d...

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    iW NEWS | "Ghostwood" and "Speed Dating" are NonStop

    NonStop Sales has picked up the worldwide rights to thriller "Ghostwood" and romantic comedy "Speed Dating." Supernatural "Ghostwood" is Justin O'Brien's directorial debut and stars Alan Devine and Patrick Bergin. "Speed Dating," winner of the Audience Award at the European Independent Film Festiva...

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    iW NEWS | Omega To Distribute "Anna Nicole"

    A deal has been closed by Swiss and UK based financing, production and sales company Omega Entertainment to distribute "Anna Nicole," a biopic starring singer Willa Ford as the deceased model and reality TV star. The filming was financed by Montage Entertainment and Nasser Entertainment, with Nasse...

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    iW NEWS | High Point Acquires "Plague"

    London based sales company High Point Films, run by Carey Fitzgerald and part of the High Point Media Group, acquired world rights (outside of the UK) for British urban drama "The Plague." Directed by Greg Hall, the film follows four struggling multi-ethnic friends in London. "It is exactly this so...

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    iW NEWS | THINKFilm Sprints for "The Walker" in North America

    THINKFilm has acquired all North American rights to writer/director Paul Schrader's "The Walker," the company's Head of U.S. Theatrical, Mark Urman announced Friday. Urman and Randy Manis, THINKFilm's SVP of Acquisitions and Business Affairs, negotiated on behalf of the distributor, and Cinetic Media represented the filmmakers in the deal. The company plans to release the 2007 Berlinale film in late 2007 to "qualify for Oscar consideration," according to a THINKFilm release. The film "centers around Carter Page (Woody Harrelson), a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol's ...

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    iW NEWS | U.S. Rights to "Ira & Abby" Go to Magnolia Pictures

    U.S. rights to Robert Cary's romantic comedy "Ira & Abby," written by and starring Jennifer Westfeldthave been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, the company announced Friday. Magnolia's Head of Acquisitions, Tom Quinn and Head of Business Affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Rena Ronson and Phil Alberstat of William Morris Independent and producer Brad Zions. Foreign sales will be handled at the Cannes Market by Odd Lot International. Chris Messina also stars, as a neurotic New Yorker with major issues. He is at a standstill, but this changes when he meets the free spirited Abby (Westfeldt) and the impossible happens: they fall in lo...

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