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    ThinkFilm Clicks with "10 Items"

    With the world premiere of Brad Silberling's "10 Items or Less" approaching at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, ThinkFilm has announced a deal to release the movie in North America. The film, written and director by Silberling, stars Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega in a comedy about a big time movie star (Freeman) who is exploring a potential as a supermarket manager when he meets a woman (Vega) who helps him discover what drew him to acting in the first place. Just weeks after the theatrical release, the movie will have its broadband premiere on ClickStar, a new online movie download service backed, in part, by Freeman. [Eugene H...

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    Block Sets Truly Indie Release for "51 Birch Street"

    Doug Block's "51 Birch Street," which debuted at last year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be released by Truly Indie on October 18th. The documentary, produced by Block and Lori Cheatle, is the story of Block's own parents -- after the death of Block's mother, he learns that his father is moving to Florida to be with his secretary from 40 years ago and over the course of the film reveals the secrets of his own family. "'51 Birch Street' is that rare film that perfectly and gracefully captures the drama of life-changing events as family secrets are uncovered," said Truly Indie's Kelly Sanders in a statement. "Done in such a profou...

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    Strand Releasing Brings "Poison Friends" to U.S.

    Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Emmanuel Bourdieu's "Poison Friends" from Les Films du Losange. The film has been selected as an official selection for the 44th edition of the New York Film Festival. "Poison Friends" follows a cadre of college intellectuals who fall prey to one of their group's seductively charming pathological liars. The feature won a prize at this year's International Critic's Week where it had its world premiere as the opening film. Strand's Jon Gerrans negotiated the deal with Les Films du Lonsange's Daniela Elstner. "We're thrilled to be working with Les Films du Losange and that the film has been selec...

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    Goldwyn/Roadside Go for "Grace"

    Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions will jointly distribute Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace" in the United States, the film (which will close the Toronto International Film Festival next month) stars Ioan Gruffudd, Romola Garai, Rufus Sewell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Youssou N'Dour, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Gambon, and Albert Finney. Lakeshore Entertainment is on board to handle international distribution and will begin selling the film at the festival. The film is the story of William Wilberforce, a young member of parliament who in the words of an annoucement, "championed the abolition of slavery in the British Empire." [Eugene Hernandez...

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    Regent Releasing Takes "Aurora Borealis" for September Release

    Regent Releasing, the theatrical distribution and worldwide sales division of Regent Entertainment, has acquired worldwide rights to James Burke's family drama "Aurora Borealis," the company announced Thursday. Starring Joshua Jackson, Donald Sutherland, Juliette Lewis and Louise Fletcher, the film is about a young man (Jackson) who works at his grandparents' senior residence and developing a bond with his ailing grandfather (Sutherland), while finding himself in a "spirited relationship" with a feisty nurse (Lewis). The film will open in select theaters nationwide September 15. The film was represented for sale by John Manulis of Visionbox P...

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    Weinsteins and IFC Team for "Indigenes" in North America

    French director Rachid Bouchareb's "Indigenes" (Days of Glory) will be distributed in North America by both The Weinstein Company and IFC Films. Set during World War II, the film stars James Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila and Roschdy Zem about four North African soldiers who came to Europe to fight for occupied France. The foursome, among 130,000 other "indigenous soldiers" sent to liberate their colonial masters, crossed the Mediterranean from France's North African colonies and fought in the French army, helping to win battles in Italy, Provence and the Vosges before finding themselves alone to defend an Alsatian village against a Ger...

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    SPC Goes for Popular Australian Film, "jindabye"

    Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed Ray Lawrence's "jindabyne," the hit Australian film starring Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne that is screening this week at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Fresh from this year's Cannes Film Festival, the movie is set to have its North American premiere at...

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    Fall Release Planned for "Dixie Chicks" Doc As Weinsteins Close Worldwide Deal

    Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck's "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing" has been acquired by The Weinstein Company, in a worldwide rights deal announced Monday ahead of the doc's upcoming debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows the female country music trio's ollercoaster thr...

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    IFC Buys "Barley"

    IFC Entertainment has nabbed rights to Ken Loach's Cannes winner, "The Wind That Shakes The Barley." The company plans to release the movie via its new IFC First Take day-and-date distribution initiative that takes films simultaneously to theaters and on-demand cable television. The film will screen...

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    H'Wood Reporter: Lionsgate on scent of "Blood Trails"

    Indie distributor Lionsgate has picked up U.S. and U.K. rights to "Blood Trails," an English-language horror film about a bike messenger whose life becomes a living hell after a one-night stand with a mysterious stranger. The German-produced feature won the audience award at Edinburgh's Dead by Dawn...

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