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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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    BBC Acquires "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"

    The Independent Film Channel has announced that the BBC has acquired British broadcasting rights to Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick's documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". The film critically examines the Motion Picture Association of America's role in assigning film ratings, and investigates, among other things, why sex and violence receive such discordant treatment, and why the ratings are so secret. "Kirby's film makes a globally universal statement against censorship and about the importance of artistic freedom," said IFC Executive Vice President/General Manager Evan Shapiro in today's announcement. "We're extremely pleased that U...

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    Picturehouse Snags "Pan's Labyrinth"

    Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to "Pan's Labyrinth," the latest film by director Guillermo del Toro. The film stars Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, and Doug Jones. "This film has been the single most fulfilling creative experience of my career," said del Toro in a pr...

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    The Weinstein Company Acquires "Factory Girl"

    The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of "Factory Girl," directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce, Mena Suvari and Jimmy Fallon. The announcement was made Monday, January 23rd, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. The film is cur...

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    Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million

    Warner Independent Pictures has announced its acquisition of Michel Gondry's latest film, "The Science of Sleep," which debuted last night here at the Sundance Film Festival. U.S., Canadian, and U.K. rights to the movie, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, were acquired for $6 mill...

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    TF1 International Takes non-English Territory Rights to Sundance doc "God Grew Tired of Us"

    TF1 International announced today the acquisition of international rights excluding English-speaking territories to Christopher Quinn's "God Grew Tired of Us," which has its world premiere on Sunday, January 22 at the Sundance Film Festival where it is part of the documentary competition. The film is produced by Quinn and Molly Bradford and narrated by Nicole Kidman. "God Grew Tired of Us" follows three "lost boys of Sudan" over four years as they leave Africa for New York City and attempt to make sense of their new country. After the initial culture shock, they begin to lead "normal" lives yet they remain deeply committed, both spiritually ...

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    Sony Classics Gets "Italian"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American rights to Andrei Kravchuk's "The Italian, the Russian entry for Academy Awards consideration in the best foreign language film category. The film is described as "a lyrical drama about a young child's complicated journey to finding his mother, his h...

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    Fox Searchlight Nabs Worldwide Rights to "Little Miss Sunshine"

    Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine", which had its world premiere last night at the Sundance Film Festival. Fox would not confirm a figure for the deal, but insider buzz pegged the pact at ...

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    The Buying Game: indieWIRE's 2006 Guide to Acquisitions

    This is the third edition of indieWIRE's guide to acquisitions executives. The list is designed, we hope, to give insight to indieWIRE readers, especially emerging filmmakers and producers, who may not be familiar with some of the people behind this fundamental aspect of the film business. Additiona...

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