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    Picture This Gets Award-Winning "A Love To Hide"

    Picture This! Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the Outfest 2006 award winner, "A Love To Hide" (Un Amour A Taire). Christian Faure's film, described by the company as a "heart-wrenching gay drama set during the Nazi occupation of France in 1942," will be releases in the U.S. and Canada in November. The film shared the audience award for best feature and also won the jury and audience prizes at the 2006 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, among numerous other fest awards. The deal was negotiated by Douglas Witkins, President of Picture This! Entertainment, and Dimitri Stephanides of TF1 International. "This picture depicts ...

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    Lionsgate Gets "Deliver Us From Evil"

    Lionsgate has announced its acquisition of Amy Berg's "Deliver Us From Evil," winner of the Target Documentary Award for best doc feature at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival last month. A release this fall is planned. [Eugene Hernandez]

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    Magnolia Takes English Territory Rights to "Cocaine Cowboys"

    Magnolia Pictures has acquired all English language territories (North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand) for Tribeca Film Festival entry "Cocaine Cowboys" directed by Billy Corben ("Raw Deal: A Question of Consent"). Magnolia's head of acquisitions Tom Quinn, and head of business and legal affairs Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Andrew Hurwitz and Dan O'Meara of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein. A fall release is planned. The film is described as a "portrait of the cultural explosion sparked by the drug trade in 1980s Miami that still echoes as Hollywood myth today. The film features interviews with some of the era's...

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    Dimension Goes for Teen Sex Comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested"

    Dimension Films has acquired all rights to writer-directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson's teen sketch sex comedy "Parental Guidance Suggested," which stars an ensemble cast lead by Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle"), Jamie Kennedy ("Scream" trilogy) Matthew Lillard ("Scream"). Andy Samberg and Will Forte who star in "Saturday Night Live," wrote segments of the screenplay with Epstein, Jacobson, John Solomon and fellow "SNL" writers Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The film marks the directorial debut of Epstein and Jacobson, who co-wrote "Not Another Teen Movie." Barry Littman, executive vice president of business and legal aff...

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    Sony Classics Gets Zhang Yimou's New Film

    Zhang Yimou's period epic "Curse of the Golden Flower" has been nabbed by Sony Pictures Classics. The company nabbed North American and Latin American rights to the period epic, according to an announcement today. The film, currently shooting in China, stars Chow Yun Fat and Gong Li and marks the ninth time that Zhang Yimou and the Sony Classics team with work together. In an announcement, the company described the film's plot as being about "the volatile balance of power between the King (Chow Yun Fat) and the Queen (Gong Li) and his three sons, which entails betrayal, deceit and passion, pitting King against Queen and father against sons." ...

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    Al Franken Doc, "God Spoke," Coming to Theaters This Fall; Balcony Planning Pre-Election Release

    Fresh from the festival circuit, Nick Doob and Chris Hegedus' "Al Franken: God Spoke" is set for a theatrical release later this year from Balcony Releasing. The film, shot over the course of two years, is a mostly verite look at the life of author and political satirist Al Franken.

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    Sony Classics Acquires Francis Verber's "The Valet" for U.S.

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired from Gaumont the U.S. rights to "The Valet" (La Doublure) directed and written by Francis Veber ("The Closet"). According to SPC, “'The Valet' focuses around Veber's reoccurring protagonist Francois Pignon, who this time is played by Gad Elmaleh. Pignon and his best friend Richard (Dany Boon) are unassuming car valets at a posh Paris restaurant. After a paparazzi photograph of tycoon Pierre Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) is published kissing the famous Elena, (Alice Taglioni) who also happens to be his mistress, the tycoon needs an airtight excuse to avert his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) from divorcing him. E...

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    Palm Gets "Idols"

    Palm Pictures has announced its acquisition of North American and Caribbean rights to S.A. Crary's "Kill Your Idols" and the company will release the movie in theaters early next month. A July 7th release date has been set for the documentary about New York's underground post-punk music scene. "We are excited to bring 'Kill Your Idols" to the widest possible audience and continue our tradition of putting out the best music films and documentaries," said Palm Picture's head of acquisitions and production David Koh, in a statement. He concluded the deal with Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Films, who executive produced the film. The DVD ...

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    "Shortbus" Inks North American Deal With ThinkFilm; UK Rights Go To The Works

    ThinkFilm has acquired all North American rights to John Cameron Mitchell's "Shortbus," perhaps the most talked about film at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and, in a separate pact, The Works U.K. Distribution has secured UK rights to the new movie. A sexually explicit, strikingly artistic and ultimately hopeful new film, "Shortbus" is the story of a group of New Yorkers -- straight and gay, male and female -- coping with life and love in the modern day big city. They come together weekly at a polysexual, bohemian Brooklyn salon that features music, art and yes, sex. The follow-up to Mitchell's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Shortbus" features ...

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    Roadside/Goldwyn Take Rights to "Boynton Beach Club"

    Independent film distributors Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced Tuesday the joint acquisition of North American rights to Susan Seidelman's new film "Boynton Beach Club." The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, Meyer Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Susan Seidelman on behalf of the filmmakers. Based on an original story by Florence Seidelman, Susan Seidelman's 74 year-old mother, the film revolves around five people living in an active adult community in Boynton Beach, Florida. Their lives intersect when they meet at a bereavement group and soon each find themselves o...

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