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    "Waitress" Acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures

    Today at the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to "Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. The film stars Keri Russell with supporting roles from Jeremy Sisto, Cheryl Hines, Nathan Fillion and Andy Griffith and is produced by Michael Roiff. "Waitress" is a story about one woman's secret dream (Russell) to earn enough money through waitressing so that she can leave her controlling husband (Sisto). "Shelly's film represents a view of the world that is at once surprising, optimistic and infused with humor," said Fox Searchlight Pictures President Peter Ric...

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    ThinkFilm Snags Apollo Mission Doc "In The Shadow of the Moon"

    ThinkFilm has secured a North American deal to David Sington's "In The Shadow of the Moon," a new documentary about the Apollo space program. Characterized as a multiple seven-figure deal, the pact will likely put the film in theaters this Fall in association with Discovery Films with ThinkFilm eyeing a big audience for the documentary. The film, premiering in the world documentary competition at Sundance is a riveting, first hand account from the Apollo astronauts that also offers a lot of rarely seen NASA footage that makes for a gorgeous big screen experience. Calling the documentary "epic," ThinkFilm head of theatrical distribution Mark U...

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    Magnolia Pictures Nabs North American Rights to "Crazy Love"

    Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Dan Klores' Sundance doc competition film "Crazy Love" in a mid-six-figure deal, confirming speculation over the weekend in Park City that the company had acquired the film. The company's president Eamonn Bowles as well as head of acquisitions, Tom Quinn and head of business affairs, Jason Janego negotiated the deal with Klores and Endeavor Independent's Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner. Foreign sales are being handled by Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company. "Crazy Love" tells the story of the obsessive roller-coaster relationship of Burt and Linda Pugach. Burt, a 32 year-old married ...

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    IFC First Take Acquires "Drama/Mex"

    IFC Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Gerardo Naranjo's Drama/Mex, which is slated to join IFC First Take, the day and date distribution banner which simulataneously premieres theatrically and on local cable's On Demand platform. Shot in the seedy tourist town of Acapulco, "Drama/Mex" is a film where the separate stories of a 15-year-old runaway, a suicidal old man and a young couple are connected at various points in time, creating an interwoven narrative. "'Drama/Mex' is a beautifully told story explored with fresh and provocative style," said IFC Entertainment President Jonathan Sehring in a prepared statement. "It re...

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    Sundance Channel Makes TV Deal for Fox's "Flying"

    Sundance Channel has annouced a deal for the U.S. TV rights to Jennifer Fox's "Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman," which is having its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week. The six-hour film, described as taking, "a personal documentary approach to being a woman in the 21st century," will air as a six-part series next year. The film is an Easy Films presentation in association with Zohe Film Productions and was is produced by Claus Ladegaard and Jennifer Fox. A founder of Zohe Films, Fox directed the ten-hour documentary series "An American Love Story," which debuted at Sundance in 1999 and later aired nationally ...

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    Atopia Takes North American Rights to "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez"

    North American rights to 2006 Sundance Film Festival doc "The Short Life of Jose Antonio Gutierrez" by Heidi Specogn as been acquired by Montreal-based Atopia Distribution. The film will be released in the U.S. and Canada in March with a DVD release to follow in early summer, according to the company. Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez was one of the 300,000 soldiers the U.S. military sent to war in Iraq in March, 2003. A few hours after the war began, his picture was broadcast all over the world: he was the first American soldier to be killed in Iraq. He was also a so-called 'green-card soldier' - one of approximately 32,000 non-U.S. c...

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    A&E IndieFilms Makes Deal for Bar-Lev's "Kid"

    North American TV rights to Amir Bar-Lev's "My Kid Could Paint That" have been acquired by A&E IndieFilms. Described as a "unique hybrid deal," the preemtive pact, announced days before the film's debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, includes a rights acquisition and an equity investment, with A&E on board as a partner with the filmmakers, according to an announcement. They will jointly go into Sundance seeking a theatrical deal for the film, just as they pursued pacts for recent docs ("Jesus Camp" with Magnolia Pictures and "Murderball" with ThinkFilm.) The documentary explores the story of acclaimed 4-year old artist Marla Olmstead, se...

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    Weinsteins Get Haynes' Dylan Film

    The Weinstein Company has acquired North American and UK rights to Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There," according to Variety, planning a 2007 release for the unconventional bio-pic that features a variety of actors (including Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett) portraying the mus...

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    ThinkFilm Touting Two Sundance Competition Docs

    Two Sundance Film Festival documentaries are set at ThinkFilm, the company confirmed Wednesday. Earlier this year, ThinkFilm pre-bought worldwide rights to Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine's "War/Dance" and Robinson Devor's "Zoo," both of which will debut in the festival's doc competition later this month. "War/Dance" is described as the story of "a group of African children who overcome the brutal realities of war by participating in a national musical competition that can change their lives immeasurably." While "Zoo" -- sure to be a hot topic at the festival -- is described as, "the story of a seemingly average businessman whose secret sexual li...

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    Digital Sales Agent

    Business Week writes about inDplay. For an 8% commission the new startup will connect films with film buyers through a process somewhere between eBay and iMDB.

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