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    Anchor Bay Scares Up Rights "Behind the Mask"

    Starz Media's Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all rights to Scott Glosserman's mocku-slasher "Behind The Mask: The Rise Of Leslie Vernon, Mark Ward," vice president acquisitions, Anchor Bay Entertainment announced Monday. The film, which premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival will be largest theatrical release for Anchor Bay Entertainment, which specializes in the horror genre. The company will open the film in the U.S. on Jan. 5, 2007. The film stars Nathan Baesel ("Invasion"), who plays the lead character, and Angela Goethals ("Spanglish"), as well as Robert Englund ("A Nightmare on Elm Street"), Scott Wilson ("Junebug") and Zelda R...

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    Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment Take "Out of the Blue"

    The Weinstein Company and IFC Entertainment have co-acquired all North American rights to the controversial drama "Out of the Blue," which will be released though IFC's First Take day and date banner and hit theatres simultaneously with VOD. The Weinstein Company will be releasing the film on DVD through Genius Products, LLC. The joint announcement was made today by Michelle Krumm, EVP of acquisitions for The Weinstein Company and Jonathan Sehring, IFC Entertainment President. Written by Graeme Tetley with director Robert Sarkies, the film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, is the true story of David G...

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    "Maxed Out" Set with Magnolia, Truly Indie and Red Envelope

    Magnolia Home Entertainment, Truly Indie and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have jointly acquired North American rights to James Spurlock's South by Southwest Film Festival special jury prize winner "Maxed Out" for theatrical and DVD release, the companies announced Friday. Directed by Scurlock and edited by Alexis Spraic, the feature is a journey inside the American debt-style, where, according to a release, "things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time." The film shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and reveals why the poor are getting poo...

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    Kino International Picks "In the Pit" for January Release

    Juan Carlos Rulfo's Mexican doc "In the Pit," which won the Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival has been picked up by Kino International the company announced Friday. The film, which will be released in January, 2007, is described as an "in-depth and remarkably candid portrait of the workers who built the Second Deck of Mexico City's inner Periferico freeway. Although a major architectural structure, the most impressive information about this elevated freeway is the sheer number of lives that it impacts." After opening in New York and Los Angeles, Kino will expand the film to further cities. [Brian Br...

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    Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes" at Zeitgeist

    Zeitgeist Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jennifer Baichwal's "Manufactured Landscapes," based on the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky. In the words of an announcement today, "the film takes the viewer primarily to China, where Baichwal examines the rarely witnessed sites of that country'...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Darryl Hunt" Doc

    Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," which debuted back in January at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by ThinkFilm. The company is planning a 2007 release of the film, which has just been named to the short list of films under consideration for a best documenta...

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    Weinsteins Buy Wong's "Blueberry"

    The Weinstein Company has nabbed all U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights," described as a romantic comedy in a TWC announcement. The filmmaker's English language debut stars Norah Jones, Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman, was writ...

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    "Solo Dios Sabe" Set at Palm

    Palm Pictures has acquired North American and Caribbean rights to Carlos Bolado's "Solo Dios Sabe," which debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. "The film follows the relationship of Mexican journalist Damian, played by Diego Luna and Brazilian student Dolores, played by Alice Braga. The company is planning an early 2007 theatrical release of the film. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures, and Rosanne Korenberg on behalf of the filmmakers. "Palm Pictures really works with directors and thinks like them," said filmmaker Bolado, in a statement. "I love their catalog! We're ...

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    First Independent Goes "Green"

    First Independent Pictures has acquired US, Australian, New Zealand, and South African rights to Paul Fox's "Everything's Gone Green," written by Douglas Coupland. The company is planning a Spring 2007 theatrical release in a deal brokered by Shoreline Entertainment. The film debuted at the Toronto ...

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    Strand Gets "Syndromes" and "Sleep" From Fortissimo

    Strand Releasing closed a pair of pacts with Fortissimo at the American Film Market in Los Angeles, acquiring Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Syndromes of the Century" and Tsai Ming-liang's "I Don't Want to Sleep Alone." Both movies were commissioned as part of the City of Vienna's New Crowned Hope ser...

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