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    iW NEWS | Here! Gets "Fat Girls"

    Here! Films has acquired North American rights to Ash Christian's "Fat Girls," which debuted the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The film is described (in an announcement) as a coming-of-age comedy about "the trials and tribulations of Rodney Miller (Christian), a gay theater-obsessed high school senior who has his heart set on becoming a Broadway star. With his overweight best friend and fellow social outcast Sabrina (Ashley Fink) by his side, the pair tries to find dates for their high school graduation dance sending them on a journey of self-discovery." It will be released theatrically by Here's sister company, Regent Releasing. Here! EVP Mark...

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    iW NEWS | Lionsgate Gets Untitled Larry Charles/Bill Maher Doc

    Lionsgate has announced its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to "Borat" director Larry Charles' untitled documentary about world religion. Produced by Jonah Smith and Palmer West of Thousand Words, the film features Bill Maher in a humorous (and likely controversial) exploration of the world's major religious institutions. The company is planning a Spring '08 release. IM Global, which is handling international sales, screened selections from the film during private showings at their Cannes Market suite in May. The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by theatrical president Tom Ortenberg, acquisitions VP Eda Kowan and EVP Wendy Jaffe with...

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    iW NEWS | Anywhere Road Gets "Black Irish"

    San Franciso-based indepedent distribution company Anywhere Road has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Brad Gann's "Black Irish," starring Michael Angarano, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Guiry, Melissa Leo and Emily Van Camp. Gann's directorial debut is described as, " a contemporary Irish-American family drama set in South Boston." The film will be released in theaters this fall. The deal was negotiated by producer J. Todd Harris on behalf of the film with Anywhere Road president Robert Ogden Barnum and EVP Kaiser Wahab. The deal marks the second acquisition for the new company, which also recently acquired the Brazilian mu...

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    iW News | Anywhere Takes U.S. Rights to "Black Irish"

    San Francisco-based Anywhere Road has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to writer-director Brad Gann's film "Black Irish," the company announced Monday. Gann, who wrote the screenplay for the feature film "Invincible," makes his directorial debut with this film, a contemporary Irish-American family drama set in South Boston. Fifteen-year-old Cole (Michael Angarano) is a sweet-natured, baseball-loving, obedient teenager who yearns for the attentions of his emotionally remote father (Brendan Gleeson). Cole is by turns nurtured and abandoned by the rest of his family; his pregnant unmarried sister (Emily Van Camp), a troubled bully for a bro...

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    iW NEWS | Magnolia Sets Dates for "Cashback" and "Closing Escrow"

    Magnolia Pictues has announced plans for Summer day-and-date releases of Sean Ellis' "Cashback" and Armen Kaprelian's "Closing Escrow." Ellis' "Cashback," which debuted at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, will debut on HDNet on July 18 and in theaters two days later, hitting DVD on July 24t...

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    iW NEWS | IFC Set To Take "Hannah" to Theaters

    IFC First Take has set an August 22nd release date for Joe Swanberg's "Hannah Takes The Stairs," which debuted in March at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. The latest film from a loose collective of filmmakers, nicknamed Mumblecore (or sometimes Mumblecorps), Swanberg's "Hannah" stars actors Greta Gerwig and Kent Osbourne alongside a host of American indie filmmakers, including Mark Duplass, Andrew Bujalski, and Ry Russo-Young. In "Hannah," Gerwig stars as a post-college woman who dates three very different colleagues that work together. Duplass plays a cool former musician, Bujalski is an intellectual workaholic and Kent Osborne is somewher...

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    iW NEWS | Arthouse Goes to "Cool School"

    Arthouse Films has announced its acquisition of worldwide rights to Morgan Neville's "The Cool School," debuting in the documentary competition this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The story of L.A.'s influential Ferus Gallery which, from 1957 - 1968, nutured artists such as Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin, the film is narrated by Jeff Bridges and will be released in theaters early next year and will also air nationally on PBS' Independent Lens. The deal was negotiated by David Koh from Arthouse Films and Lilly Bright from Curiously Bright Entertainment along with Julie Goldman of Cact...

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    iW NEWS | Cinema Guild Gets "Yella"

    Christian Petzold's "Yella," from the 2007 Berlinale, has been acquired by The Cinema Guild in a deal for U.S. distribution rights. Described as "a daring metaphysical thriller about a young woman's efforts to escape her past," the film will open in theaters later this year. At the Berlin International Film Festival, lead actress Nina Hoss won the Silver Bear for best actress. Ryan Krivoshey, Director of Distribution for The Cinema Guild negotiated the deal with Michael Weber for The Match Factory. "'Yella' is an extraordinary film that uses the conventions of a Hollywood thriller to offer a bracing critique of our capitalist society," commen...

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    iW NEWS | Maya Acquires "August" at LA Film Fest

    Chris Eska's first feature "August Evening" has been acquired by Moctesuma Esparza's upstart distribution company Maya Entertainment, in a deal signed after the film's debut this week at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The LAFF competition title is the story of an undocumented worker and his widowed daughter-in-law dealing with a tragedy. "We're excited to launch our distribution division with a beautiful film like 'August Evening'," said Esparza, compay co-chairman and CEO, in a statement. "We're confident it will satisfy both traditional art house audiences and break through to the mainstream Latino market, achieving both critical and financ...

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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber and Red Envelope Take "Water Lilies"

    All U.S. and Canadian rights to Celine Sciamma's "Water Lillies" (La Naissance des Pieuvres) have been acquired in a joint deal by Koch Lorber Films and Red Envelope Entertainment, the companies announced Monday. The film, set in the summer at a suburban Parisian municipal swimming pool, debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Richard Lorber from Koch Lorber and Liesl Copland from Red Envelope negotiated the pact with Film Distribution's Nicolas Brigaud-Robert and Didar Domehri. Koch Lorber is planning a national theatrical release beginning early next year, followed by a DVD release later in the year. [...

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