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    Sony Classics Closes Deal For Punk Rock Doc, "American Hardcore"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Mexican, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to director Paul Rachman's 2006 Sundance Film Festival world premiere doc "American Hardcore," written by Steven Blush, and inspired by his book "American Hardcore: A Tribal History." The film give...

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    Weinstein Company Sketches "Arthur and the Minimoys" in English Territories

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in all English speaking territories to the CGI animated family film "Arthur and the Minimoys," based on Luc Besson's best selling children's book by the same title. The screenplay was adapted by Besson, the award winning writer/director/producer behind such ...

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    In Spirit Awards Spotlight, "Room" Secures U.S. Distribution Deals

    Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinc...

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    Wolfe Takes All U.S. Rights to Director's Cut of "3 Needles"

    Wolfe Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles," starring Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis and Shawn Ashmore, the company announced Wednesday. Wolfe will release the director's cut of the film in theaters this fall, which includes 20 minutes of extra footage, including a controversial sex scene featuring Channing in a Montreal strip club and will vary in structure, content and length from the Canadian release version that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Bay Area-based company. "3 Needles" is a portrait of people all over the world w...

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    Pastor Brothers At Paramount

    John Lesher, president of Paramount's new, unnamed specialty division, has announced a deal to bring a new project by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, "The Untitled Pastor Project," to the company. The film, described as "a topical post-apocalyptic thriller," is being produced by This Is That's Anthony Bregman. Alex Pastor will direct the script, further described as the story of, "four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American west who ultimately discover that they are more dangerous to each other than any virus." Alex Pastor recently won the jury prize for international short for his film, "The Natural Route" (La Ruta Natural)....

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    Film Movement Goes for "Maximo Oliveros"

    Film Movement announced its acquisition of the North American rights to Filipino director Auraeus Solito's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," at the Berlin International Film Festival recently. According to a release, the story is about "the purity of love pitted against the squalor and corruption found in the slums of Manila. Gay, pre-teen Maxi serves as 'mother' to his all-male family of small-time criminals. He cooks and cleans for his father and older brothers, who accept his femininity and adore Maxi as much as he adores them. Their love and trust is threatened by the arrival of Victor, a handsome and unusually honest police officer. M...

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    Paramount Gets Gore Doc

    The company known as 'Paramount's Specialty Division' has acquired David Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," according to a Hollywood Reporter story (via Reuters). The film, about global warming, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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    Producer Lang Acquires Film Rights to Gay Comic Drama "The Dreyfus Affair"

    Producer Andrew Lang ("Loverboy") has acquired the film rights to author Peter Lefcourt's "The Dreyfus Affair." The book -- loosely based on the Dreyfus espionage controversy in France -- is about an affair that takes place between the shortstop and second baseman of a major league baseball team and...

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    Fortissimo Goes For "Fabulous"

    Worldwide sales rights (outside the U.S.) for the new Independent Film Channel documentary Fabulous! The Story Of Queer Cinema" -- premiering February 12th -- have been acquired by Fortissimo Films, the company announced today. Lisa Ades and Lesli Klainberg directed the film, which looks at queer fi...

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    Berlinale Adds "The Night Listener"

    Patrick Stettner's "The Night Listener" has been added to the lineup of the 2006 Berlinale as a special surprise screening. The film, based on Armistead Maupin's novel, debuted last month at the Sundance Film Festival and stars Robin Williams, Tony Collette, Rory Culkin, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Morton and Sandra Oh (the director and the author are expected to travel to Berlin for the film's European premiere on February 12th. Miramax acquired North American rights to the movie shortly after its debut. Heading into Berlin's European Film Market, the film's sales company, Fortissimo Films said Wednesday that it is racking up sizable sales on the t...

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