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    Reuters: Artie Lange film lands indie distributor

    Indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment has bought North American rights to the comedy feature "Beer League," starring Artie Lange, a sidekick on Howard Stern's syndicated radio show. Echo Bridge plans a theatrical release in the spring. Lange co-wrote the script with Frank Sebastiano, who makes...

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    Weinstein Company Takes Rights to Produce "The Equalizer"

    The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to develop and produce a feature film based on the original hit television series "The Equalizer" in which Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative seeking redemption for his darker exploits, quits a CIA-like agency and puts an advertisement in the newspaper that reads, "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call 'The Equalizer.'" The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. Mace Neufeld ("The Sum of All Fears," and "Clear and Present Danger") Tony Eldridge and Michael Sloan will serve as producers on the film. The rights were acquired from Michael Sloan a...

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    Fortissimo Gets "Wisdom"

    Fortissimo Films has announced its investment in and acquisition of worldwide sales rights outside of Asia to Jacob Cheung's "A Battle of Wisdom." Andy Lau will star in the historical martial arts epic with Korean actor Ahn Sung-ki, Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing, Chinese actor Wang Zhiwen, and Choi Si-won. The $16 million film began production in September and is based on a popular animated series about China's warlord period, according to an announcement. Cheung is producing, along with Iseki Satoru, Lee Jooick and Huang Jianxin. Yoshitsuru Yoshimitsu is co-producing. Iseki Satoru of World Top (H.K.) Ltd negotiated the deal with Michael J ...

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    THINKFilm and Screen Media Lure "Loverboy" to North America

    THINKFilm in partnership with Screen Media Films has acquired North American theatrical rights to "Loverboy" a drama starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon, it was announced by THINK's theatrical division head, Mark Urman, and Screen Media's president, Robert Baruc. The film had its world premiere at Sundance in January and was a featured presentation at the Hamptons InternationalFilm Festival last month. THINK will release "Loverboy" next spring to coincide with the launch of the second season of Sedgwick's popular dramatic series, "The Closer." Based on the highly regarded novel by Victoria Redel, "Loverboy" tells the story of E...

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    Magnolia's Plans Spring '06 Release for French Parkour Action Title, "District 13"

    Magnolia Pictures has announced its deal for North American rights to "District 13" ("Banlieue 13") written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel. The film, which debuted earlier this year at the Seattle International Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, ...

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    IFC Set With "Duane Hopwood"

    IFC Films is planning a regional release this month for Matt Mulhern's "Duane Hopwood." The film, which premiered at Sundance in January, stars David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo and will roll out nationally later this year.

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    Strand Releasing Sings to "Crossing the Bridge"

    Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Fatih Akin's "Crossing the Bridge" from Bavaria Film International, the company announced Wednesday. Strand co-president John Gerrans negotiated the deal prior to the opening of the American Film Market (AFM) with Thorsten Schaumann, head of Bavarian Film International. No date for a theatrical release was given. The film, which premiered as an official selection at the Cannes International Film Festival, portrays the music scene of Istanbul, and its "pulsating Bosporus metropolis," spotlighting the cultural versatility of Turkey in general and its largest city, Akin's favorite and "second home."...

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    For U.S. Buyers at AFM (and AFI Fest), Not A Lot of Dealmaking But Still Announcements to Make

    Buyers from American distribution companies have been taking meetings, popping in and out of screenings, and power-lunching in Southern California for the past few days, but most have stayed well west of the 405 Freeway, mingling and networking in Santa Monica with European, Asian, and Latin America...

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    TLA Releasing Acquires James Franco's "The Ape"

    On its first day at the American Film Market (AFM), TLA Releasing has acquired rights to actor James Franco's directorial debut, "The Ape." Franco -- perhaps best known to some as Peter Parker's best-friend-turned-nemesis Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" movies -- directed from a script that he co-w...

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    THINKFilm Takes "The Boys of Baraka" to Theaters

    THINKFilm has acquired theatrical rights to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's doc "The Boys of Baraka." They will roll it out with an initial two-week run at New York's Film Forum beginning November 30. The doc focuses on a group of boys from the tough streets of inner city Baltimore who leave home to ...

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