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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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    here! To "Race You to the Bottom" Worldwide

    here! Films has acquired worldwide distribution rights to writer/director Russell Brown's "Race You to the Bottom." Set in modern day California, the film follows Nathan, a travel journalist, as he is assigned to write about romantic hotspots in the Napa Valley. He invites Maggie, the woman he has been seeing for months, to come along for a passionate weekend getaway. Trouble is, Maggie already has a boyfriend - and so does Nathan. The film, which is Brown's directorial debut, will be released theatrically in early 2007 in select cities nationwide through here! Films sister company Regent Releasing. here! Films is the theatrical distribution ...

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    Film Movement Goes "Monster" and "Cheek" in North America

    Film Movement has acquired North American rights to Norwegian writer/director Arild Ostin Ommundsen's "Monster Thursday," and Indian director Mani Ratnam's "A Peck on the Cheek," the company's president Stuart Litman announced Tuesday. According to Film Movement, "Monster Thursday" centers on Even, a young man who leads a directionless life. Tord, his best friend, is the opposite: a great surfer with a prestigious job and beautiful Karen as his bride who Even secretly desires. When Tord asks him to look after Karen while he is out of town, Even decides to clean up his act and master the waves to impress her." The film screened in competition...

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    IFC Bringing "This Film is Not Yet Rated" to Theaters

    Sundance 2006 feature "This Film is Not Yet Rated" will open September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films, the company announced Monday afternoon. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of A...

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    IFC Gets Two Argentine Films For First Take

    Fabian Bielinsky's "The Aura" and Daniel Burman's "Family Law," two acclaimed Argentine films, have been added to the slate of IFC First Take, the day and date distribution label launched this year by IFC Entertainment. The deal, with sales company Celluloid Dreams, follows the recent Cannes market ...

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