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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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    Films Philos Takes Rights to Sundance Film "Man Push Cart"

    Films Philos and sales company WIDE Entertainment reached agreement on distribution for Ramin Bahrani's Sundance Film Festival '06 Spectrum feature "Man Push Cart" following its opening screening. Films Philos will release the American indie in late fall/winter 2006 in the U.S. and English speaking Canada. The film is the story of a New York City push cart vendor and his struggles with life in the city, "Man Push Cart" had its world premiere at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival, and later went on to win the FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the London Film Festival, and both the audience award and best actor award at the The...

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    Sundance Dramatic Competition Film "Stay" Picked Up by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films

    Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films today announced the joint acquisition of Bob Goldthwait's Sundance dramatic competition film, "Stay." The film is a heartwarming comedy about Amy, a young school teacher with a bright future and nice-guy fiance who is haunted by an impulsive sexual encounter from her past. Advised by her friends, family and fiance that a successful marriage requires complete honesty, Amy reveals her secret and all hell breaks loose. The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, Peter Goldwyn, vice president, acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films, and William Morris Independent on b...

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    Momentum Gets UK Rights To "Foot Fist"

    Momentum Pictures has announced its acquisiition of all UK rights to Jody Hill's "The Foot Fist Way," at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is described in an announcement as "a martial arts screamer" that "tells the story of a small town Tae Kwon Do instructor, Mr. Fred Simmons, who tries to deal...

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    Miramax Takes Rights to "Night Listener"

    Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films co-production, "Night Listener," company president Daniel Battsek announced Tuesday from the Sundance Film Festival. Directed and co-written by Patrick Stettner ("The Business of Strangers") "Night Listener," tackles the narrative of Armistead Maupin's story in which popular public radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete (Rory Culkin) and the social worker who rescued him from a life of abuse (Toni Collette). But Gabriel soon comes to the startling realization that ...

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