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    "Farce of the Penguins"...THINKFilm Says Yes

    An insider commenting on a press release received today by indieWIRE doubted that it was legit, but here it is...THINKFilm has announced the acquisition of a new movie dubbed "Farce of the Penguins." The movie, by Bob Saget (featured in "The Aristocrats" and star of "Full House"), is described as "comedic adventure that will combine spectacular and heartwarming wildlife photography with an irreverent and decidedly R-rated theme and soundtrack." In the spirit of his voiceovers from "America's Funniest Home Videos," Saget will give life to penguins images after coming up with the idea "organically" -- "I was watching the "March" movie at a scre...

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    THINKFilm Gets "Awesome" Beastie Boys Doc

    A new Beastie Boys performance doc, shot by their fans and directed by the band's Adam Yauch, a.k.a. M.C.A. (using the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower), has been nabbed by THINKFilm. The movie, dubbed "Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That," features footage filmed by 50 fans at a Madison Square Garden concer...

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    WMM Set to Release "The Grace Lee Project"

    Women Make Movies has closed a deal for North American rights to Grace Lee's "The Grace Lee Project." The film, described as "a humorous exploration of what it means to be an Asian woman in America," premiered at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival and also screened at SXSW,...

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    Picturehouse Makes a Deal for Altman's Latest, "Prairie Home Companion"

    Picturehouse has acquired Robert Altman's "A Prairie Home Companion," nabbing North American rights to the film just days after it first screened for buyers in New York and Los Angeles. Written by Garrison Keillor, host of the popular long-running weekly radio program, the film revolves around the p...

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    THINKFilm Takes "The Big Question" to Theaters Next Spring

    THINKFilm has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari's doc "The Big Question," the Film Sales Company, which handled the negotiation, confirmed Friday. The company's head, Andrew Herwitz represented the film on behalf of the filmmakers, while Daniel Katz and Richa...

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    Skouras Gets "Swimmers"

    Skouras Films has announced a deal for U.S. rights to Doug Sadler's "Swimmers." The company plans to release the movie in major markets next year and Sundance Channel has secured pay television rights, in a deal negotiated by Cinetic Media. Melanie Backer, David W. Leitner, and Michael Yanko produced the movie, which won the Grand Jury Prize Award for Best New American Film at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival. It debuted earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is described as the "inspiring story of human frailty and individual strength in the face of a fracturing American dream." Tara Devon Gallagher, featured a...

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    Balcony Releasing Gets "39 Pounds of Love" and "Trudell"

    Balcony Releasing has acquired two new feature films for release in the United States and Canada. Dani Menkin's "39 Pounds of Love" is about a 34-year-old man who was born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy and given six years to live. The film recently received the 2005 Ophir for Best Documentary, the Israeli equivalent of an Academy Award. "39 Pounds of Love" will open in New York City on Dec. 23. In "Trudell," which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Heather Rae presents the story of Native-American activist and poet John Trudell. The film is expected to open in New York City and Los Angeles in January. Connie Whit...

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    Meadowbrook Formed For "Lobster" Release

    Kevin Jordan's "Brooklyn Lobster," kicking off the release on November 4th in New York theaters and then a national rollout, will be distributed by Meadowbrook Pictures, formed by the filmmaker and his brother. The film, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, stars Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin in the story of a patriarch facing the closure of his Brooklyn lobster shop and a separation from his wife. It was inspired by filmmaker Jordan's own family lobster business and the film is being presented by Martin Scorsese. Jordan and his brother formed Meadowbrooks Picture to handle the "Lobster" release and are working w...

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    IFC Films Executes U.S. Rights to "Pierrepoint"

    IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Adrian Shergold's "Pierrepoint" (formally titled "The Last Hangman"), which premiered at the recently concluded Toronto International Film Festival, IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring announced Monday. The deal was negotiated by IFC VP of acquisitions Sarah Lash and Sehring with Jane Barclay of Capital Films represented by Ronna Wallace. A release date has not been set, but a 2006 roll out is planned. The film follows the story of Britain's most prolific hangman, Albert Pierrepoint, portrayed by Timothy Spall ("Topsy Turvy," "Nicholas Nickleby"), who single handedly performed 450 hangings be...

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    TLA Takes Broadcast and Home Entertainment Rights to "Evilenko"

    TLA Releasing has acquired the North American home entertainment and broadcast rights from Blue Star Movies to the Italian-Russian psychological thriller "Evilenko," by Italian director David Grieco (who wrote the book on the story) and starring Malcolm McDowell. The film is a true-life account of A...

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