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    Picturehouse and New Line International Take Rights to "Silk"

    Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired all rights to Francois Girard's romantic drama "Silk" starring Michael Pitt ("Last Days"), Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice"), Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha") and Alfred Molina ("Spiderman II"), Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse, Rolf Mittweg, president and COO of New Line Worldwide Distribution and Marketing and Camela Galano, president of New Line International announced Thursday. Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, "Silk" is the story of Herve Joncour, a 19th century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan and begins a clandestine and forbidden roma...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Roadside & Netflix Get "The Puffy Chair" From Sundance '05; IFC Films Nabs

    With heavy snow falling from a big winter storm in Park City this afternoon (and buyers back in New York City wondering how the weather might impact travel plans), a trio of acquisitions deals were announced today on the eve of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. A highlight of last year's Sundance Fil...

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    "Puffy Chair" Finds a Home

    Roadside Attractions and Netflix have announced a joint venture deal for Jay and Mark Duplass' 2005 Sundance entry, The Puffy Chair. The film will be released this Spring. [indieWIRE will publish a complete story later today.]

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    First Look Gets "Fish"

    Following a recent announcement that Ruth Vitale has joined the company as its new president, First Look Studios has acquired the Australian hit "Little Fish," starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Rowan Woods. The film will open in March. The film won four Australian Film Institute Awards and has broken box office records Down Under. The film is described as "a powerful drama about breaking free. Trying to escape her drug addicted past, Tracy Heart (Blanchett) is seduced into one last criminal venture by her brother and ex-boyfriend as she struggles towards a better life." It was written by Jacquelin Perske and produced by Vincent Sheehan ...

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    TLA Gets Paige's "Uncle"

    TLA Releasing has announced a deal for Queer As Folk star Peter Paige's "Say Uncle, acquiring the North American theatrical and home entertainment rights to the film. The company is planning a theatrical release this June and a DVD release this Fall. Paige wrote and directed the film and he also sta...

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    THINKFilm Bites "Eat" for the North America

    THINKFilm has picked up all North American theatrical rights to Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak's "When Do We Eat?", which the company calls "the first Passover comedy."  The film, starring Ben Feldman ("Perfect Man"), Michael Lerner ("Barton Fink"), Jack Klugman ("Twelve Angry Men") and Lesley Ann Warren ("Desperate Housewives"), will be released April 7th to coincide with the Passover celebration. The film is the story of a tough-love dad (Lerner) has to deal with hosting his father (Klugman) who never unpacks, his wife (Warren), who is intent on creating the perfect Seder, and his children who go out of their way to make the night an ...

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    Lions Gate Nabs U.S. Rights to 2005 Venice Pic "Don't Tell"

    Lionsgate announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cristina Comencini's Italian Oscar entry "Don't Tell" ("La bestia nel cuore"). A Cattleya and Rai Cinema production, the film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, where its female star, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, won the Volpi Cup for best female performance. "Don't Tell" narrates the story of Sabina (Mezzogiorno), a young woman whose peaceful existence is shattered by a series of nightmares that open a window of memories to her inner world: her childhood, her family and the rites of a strict yet reassuring middle-class upbringing. Seeking answers, she flies to America t...

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    IFC Films Takes North American Rights to "Brothers of the Head"

    IFC Films and Tartan Films have picked up North American and U.K. distribution rights respectively to FilmFour's "Brothers of the Head," directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and IFC Films is planning a July release. "Brothers of the Head" is centered on the odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry, and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their freakishness and spit it back in the form of searing punk rock. The North American deal ...

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    Picture This! Entertainment to Take "Whole New Thing" to U.S. Theaters

    Picture This! Entertainment announces today its acquisition of the controversial Canadian coming-of-age, comedic drama "Whole New Thing" directed by Amnon Buchbinder. An official selection of both the 2005 Toronto and 2006 Palm Springs International Film Festivals, the film will hit U.S. theatres in Autumn 2006 after after completing its festival run. The film centers on precocious 13-year-old Emerson Thorsen, home-schooled by hippie parents Kaya and Rog in rural Nova Scotia. After enrolling in the local junior high, Emerson develops a crush on English teacher Don Grant, a gay man stuck in a life of perpetual adolescence. The U.S. acquisition...

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    Polychrome Opens Theatrical Deal for "Red Doors"

    Writer/director Georgia Lee's award-winning debut feature film "Red Doors," produced by Blanc de Chine Entertainment, will be distributed by Polychrome Pictures in association with Warner Bros. Home Video. Polychrome acquired theatrical rights to "Red Doors" and will also handle TV and home video distribution via their Warner Bros. deal. In addition, Forward Entertainment has come on board to represent the film for worldwide sales excluding North America. The deals were brokered by Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures; Deutchman is also executive producer on the film. The film premiered at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, where it was awarded b...

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