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    TLA Releasing Gets "Poor Boy's Game"

    TLA Releasing has acquired all distribution rights in the United Kingdom for "Poor Boy's Game" directed by Clement Virgo. The film, about a young white boxer who upon his release from prison for the brutal beating of a black man, is coached by the victim's father, stars Danny Glover ("Lethal Weapon"...

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    iW NEWS | Koch Lorber Has Designs on Marconi Doc "Lagerfeld Confidential" for North America

    Koch Lorber Films has acquired theatrical, home entertainment, TV and digital rights in North America for director Rodolphe Marconi's "Lagerfeld Confidential," the company announced from Cannes Friday. Lorber plans an October U.S. roll out of the Berlinale '08 doc in October, followed by a DVD, tele...

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    iW NEWS | "Pirate Radio" Goes B-Side

    Austin, Texas-based specialty distributor B-Side Entertainment has secured worldwide distribution rights to doc "Pirate Radio USA" by Jeff Pearson, the company announced Wednesday. The film will be released initially on May 22 via DRM-free download on Bside.com, the company's forthcoming online marketplace for independent films. The digital launch will be escalated in mid-Summer with a "widespread grassroots screening release." The film focuses on the underground world of illegal radion in America in which people play and say what they wish, unless they're caught by the FCC. The film uses a "DIY approach" to show low-wattage radio "Davids" as...

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    iW MARKET NEWS | Strand Gets "Irina Palm"

    Surely not a second-hand movie! A Berlinale 2007 sensation, Sam Garbarski's "Irina Palm" has just been sold by Pyramide International to Strand Releasing for a U.S. release on the arthouse circuit. No release date has been set. The movie has already been sold in most major territories worldwide since its Berlinale debut, including: Italy (Teodora), Germany (X-Verleih), Spain (Golem), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Scandinavian territories (Sandrew Metronome), Poland (Gutek Films), Brazil (Imovision), Mexico (Cine TV & Video) and Taiwan (Swallow Wings). Only two major territories are still unsold: discussions are underway in Japan and rights in th...

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    iW NEWS | GreeneStreet Takes "Motion"

    It was announced Tuesday that GreeneStreet Films International has acquired Craig Lucas' "Laws of Motion." Lucas ("The Dying Gaul") will direct Matthew Perry, Ben Foster and Hilary Swank in this comedy about three adult siblings reconnecting. The film begins shooting In June in southern Connecticut ...

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    iW NEWS | Warhol Doc Acquired By Arthouse and Netflix

    Esther Robinson's award-winning documentary, "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Andy Warhol Factory," has been picked up in a partnered acquisition between Art House Films, in association with Curiously Bright Entertainment, and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment. The companies will share the North American rights and will release the film theatrically and on DVD. Arthouse individually acquired the Worldwide rights and will represent the film during the Cannes Market. The deal was negotiated between David Koch, Head of Acquisitions & Productions for Arthouse Films, Arthouse partner Lily Bright and her company, Curiously Bright ...

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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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