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    Paramount Gets Gore Doc

    The company known as 'Paramount's Specialty Division' has acquired David Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," according to a Hollywood Reporter story (via Reuters). The film, about global warming, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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    Producer Lang Acquires Film Rights to Gay Comic Drama "The Dreyfus Affair"

    Producer Andrew Lang ("Loverboy") has acquired the film rights to author Peter Lefcourt's "The Dreyfus Affair." The book -- loosely based on the Dreyfus espionage controversy in France -- is about an affair that takes place between the shortstop and second baseman of a major league baseball team and...

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    Fortissimo Goes For "Fabulous"

    Worldwide sales rights (outside the U.S.) for the new Independent Film Channel documentary Fabulous! The Story Of Queer Cinema" -- premiering February 12th -- have been acquired by Fortissimo Films, the company announced today. Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg directed the film, which looks at queer fi...

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    Berlinale Adds "The Night Listener"

    Patrick Stettner's "The Night Listener" has been added to the lineup of the 2006 Berlinale as a special surprise screening. The film, based on Armistead Maupin's novel, debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Robin Williams, Tony Collette, Rory Culkin, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Morton and Sandra Oh (the director and the author are expected to travel to Berlin for the film's European premiere on February 12th. Miramax acquired North American rights to the movie shortly after its debut. Heading into Berlin's European Film Market, the film's sales company, Fortissimo Films said Wednesday that it is racking up sizable sales on the t...

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    Weinstein Company Embarks on "Lovewrecked" in North America

    The Weinstein Company has acquired all North American rights to "Lovewrecked," by Stephen Langford from Media 8 Entertainment, the company's co-chairman Harvey Weinstein announced Monday. The romantic comedy stars Amanda Bynes ("What a Girl Wants"), Chris Carmack ("The O.C."), Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("The Sopranos") and Jonathan Bennett ("Mean Girls") about 18-year-old, Jenny (Bynes), who finds herself stranded on a deserted island with her favorite rock star (Carmack), after being thrown overboard from a cruise ship. In order to win him over, Jenny fails to tell him that the tropical resort she works for is just around the corner. Michelle Krumm...

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    THINKFilm Sweetens to "Strangers With Candy"

    THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to "Strangers With Candy," a feature film adaptation of the Comedy Central series of the same name, it was announced today by the company's president and CEO, Jeff Sackman, and head of U.S. theatrical, Mark Urman. Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, who wrote and starred in the series, repeat those chores here, with Dinello also directing. In the film, Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, a 46 year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who decides to get a fresh start in life and regain the trust of her family, by returning to high school. The deal was negotiated by Randy Manis, THINKFilm EVP of acquisitions and ...

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    Magnolia Planning Summer '06 Release of "The Pusher Trilogy"

    Magnolia Pictures announced today the acquisitions of Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Pusher Trilogy," comprised of three feature films: "Pusher," "With Blood on My Hands," and "The Angel of Death." Set in the Danish underworld, the overlapping stories feature actors who were once actual criminals. Supp...

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    "Fearless" Set for Rogue Release

    Rogue Pictures will distribute Jet Li's final martial arts picture, "Fearless," directed by Ronny Yu. It is described by Rogue parent, Focus Features as featuring Li in the role of "real-life martial arts legend Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. He faced incredible personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, forever defining himself at a tournament for the honor of his country and the true spirit of martial arts." Action director Yuen Wo Ping choreographed the movie. The film opened last week, timed to the Chinese New Year, in Southeast Asia, C...

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    Sundance Dramatic Competition Film "Half Nelson" Goes to ThinkFilm

    ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to Ryan Fleck's Sundance '06 dramatic competition films, "Half Nelson," starring Ryan Gosling and surprising newcomer, Shareeka Epps. The film centers on an improbable friendship between an idealistic Brooklyn history high school teacher (Gosling) struggling with a crack habit, and a student (Epps) facing life with an absent father and overworked mother. A source close to the film said that the company is planning a late summer or early fall release. Gosling and Epps performances have received much positive buzz since the film's first screening at Sundance, which received a strong word-of-mouth from ind...

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    Katapult Acquires non-North American Rights to Sundance Doc "TV Junkie"

    Foreign sales rep Katapult has purchased the worldwide rights excluding North America for producer/co-director Michael Cain and editor/co-director Matt Radecki's Sundance competition documentary "TV Junkie." ICM is co-repping the documentary with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of Ring the Jing Entertainment Ltd. and are in discussions for theatrical distributors for the North American theatrical rights. Thomas Mai negotiated on behalf of Katapult. "TV Junkie" is a portrait of Rick Kirkham and his struggles to balance his personal life as a father and husband with his career as a professional journalist, while dealing wi...

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