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    Regent Releasing Takes Worldwide Rights to "Freshman Orientation"

    Regent Releasing has acquired the worldwide rights to Ryan Shiraki's comedy "Freshman Orientation," with Regent Worldwide Sales handling international sales at this year's American Film Market (AFM). The film, produced by Element Films, will be released in Spring 2007. The film centers on a typical Midwestern 18-year-old freshman (Sam Huntington) at a large state university eager to begin his wild college party life, but he instead discovers that school is not the beer-driven, sexual fantasy of his imagination. Determined to do anything to win over a beautiful sorority girl, he decides to pose as gay in order to entrench himself in her life. ...

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    Palm, Arthouse and Bright Plan Peter Beard Doc Release

    Palm Pictures, Arthouse Films and Curiously Bright Entertainment have jointly acquired worldwide rights to Jean-Claude Luyat & Guillaume Bond's "Peter Beard: Scrapbooks from Africa & Beyond." An early 2007 theatrical release is planned for the film, described as the "definitive portrait of the world's greatest adventurer photographer." Both Taschen Books and Empire Editions are prepping books for publication near the time of the release. David Koh, head of acquisitions & production for Palm Pictures & Arthouse Films and Lilly Bright of Curiously Bright Entertainment negotiated along with James Crump of James Crump Productions on behalf of the...

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    Magnolia Gets Thai Martial Arts Title, "Dynamite Warrior"

    With the American Film Market (AFM) kicking off in Southern California, Magnolia Pictures announced its acquisition of all North American rights to "Dynamite Warrior" (Tabunfire) from Thailand. The film will be released in Thailand next month and Magnolia will distribute the movie in U.S. theaters next summer. The martial arts film, produced by Prachya Pinkaew ("Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior") is described as the story of "a young man riddled with grief and bent on revenge after witnessing his parents' murder by a callous and malicious killer." In the words of an announcement Wednesday:"The only information Zieng has as to the killer's identity i...

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    IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights to "My Best Friend"

    IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Toronto International Film Festival gala title "My Best Friend" by French director Patrice Leconte, starring Daniel Auteuil. Auteuil portrays Francois, an arrogant antique dealer who is confronted by the fact that those closest to him do not like him. His business partner bets him a Greek vase that he cannot find a single person that truly calls him a friend, so Francois meets and asks a likable taxi driver, Bruno, to teach him how to be lovable. IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring, and the company's Elizabeth Nastro and Ryan Werner negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch's Carole Baraton on behalf o...

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    ThinkFilm Gets "Hip Hop Project"

    ThinkFilm will hit the upcoming American Film Market with "The Hip Hop Project," a new film directed by Matt Ruskin. The company has acquired worldwide rights to the movie and will release it next Spring, but plans to unveil it for international buyers at AFM in Santa Monica. Described as, "a powerful and inspiring film about a young man who uses hip hop music as a force for hope, healing and the realization of dreams," the film was produced by Scott K. Rosenberg and executive produced by Bruce Willis and Queen Latifah. It stars Chris "Kazi" Rolle, Diana "Princess" Lemon, and Christopher "Cannon" Mapp, with appearances by Russell Simmons, Br...

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    IFC Gets New Von Trier Film

    Lars Von Trier's latest, the Danish comedy "Boss of It All," has been acquired for U.S. distribution by IFC Entertainment. The company is planning a Spring 2007 release via its IFC First Take day-and-date label. Produced by Vibeke Windelov, Meta Foldagers and Von Trier's Zentropa Entertainment, the film was written by Von Trier and stars Danish actors Jens Albinus, Peter Gantzler, Louise Mieritz, Iben Hjejle, Mia Lyhne, Henrik Prip and Casper Christensen. In an announcement, IFC described the film as: A comedy about the owner of an IT firm who wants to sell up. The trouble is that when he started his firm he invented a nonexistent company pre...

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    Films From 61 Countries Vying For Oscar Nod

    61 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 79th Academy Awards, Academy President Sid Ganis announced Thursday. The complete list is published below, but lacks Aki Kaurismaki’s “Lights in the Dusk,” which was submitted by Finland but subsequentl...

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    Byer's "AMERICANese" Acquired for IFC First Take Release

    IFC Entertainment has announced a deal for North American rights to Eric Byler's "AMERICANese," which won the audience award and an ensemble acting prize during its world premiere at SXSW this year. It is having its East Coast premiere this weekend at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Long Island, NY. Based on Shawn Wong's novel American Knees, the film was produced by Lisa Onodera and stars Chris Tashima, Kelly Hu, Allison Sie, Ben Shenkman, Sab Shimono and Michael Paul Chan. The film, to be released via the IFC First Take label in theaters and day-and-date via cable VOD, is Byler's follow-up to his 2002 feature "Charlotte Sometime...

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    IFC and Weinsteins Get "Penelope"

    Mark Palansky's "Penelope," a Toronto International Film Festival debut last month, has been jointly acquired by IFC Films and The Weinstein Company, in a deal for North American rights. IFC will lead theatrical distribution with TWC handling home video and TV, according to the annonucement. Starring Christina Ricci (with Reese Witherspoon, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara and Peter Dinklage) and written by Leslie Caveny, the film is described as "A modern-day fairy tale about love and self-acceptance." It was developed and produced by Type A Films, produced and financed by Stone Village Pictures and financed by Grosvenor Park. Producers includ...

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    Zeitgeist Gets U.S. Rights to "Into Great Silence"

    All U.S. rights to Philip Groening's "Into Great Silence" have been acquired by Zeitgeist Films. The company brokered the deal with Bavaria Film International. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and won the documentary World Cinema special jury prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, is a portrait of the Grande Chartreuse monastery in the French Alps. The company is planning a late February/early March 2007 release. Zeitgeist co-president Nancy Gerstman negotiated the deal with Thorsten Schaumann of Bavaria Film International. The company also worked with Bavaria Film on "Nowhere In Africa," winner...

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