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    Sony Classics Nabs "House of Sand"; Focus Gets "Block Party"

    Having been in Toronto for a week, many buyers and sellers started heading back home Wednesday, with industry attendance noticeably lighter today. While there are still many more screenings and events at the Toronto International Film Festival, those in town purely for the market side of the event t...

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    "Chappelle's Block Party" Deal Rumored

    Word on the Toronto fest party circuit Tuesday night was that Focus Features has nabbed Michel Gondry's "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" in a multi-million dollar deal. A deal has not yet been formally announced.

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    Here! Gets "Queens" From Fortissimo

    Here! Films has nabbed North American rights to Manuel Gomez Pereira's "Queens" (Reinas), from Fortissimo Film Sales. The company is planning a release early next year in conjunction with regent Releasing. The film is described as as "ensemble comedy that finds five headstrong mothers coping with the personal family conflicts surrounding the impending marriages of their gay sons at a mass wedding." Written by Yolanda Garcia Serrano, Joaquin Oristrell and Pereira, the film stars Marisa Paredes, Carmen Maura, Veronica Forque, Mercedes Sampietro, and Betiana Blum, along with "the sons," Gustavo Salmeron, Unax Ugaldo, Hugo Silva, Paco Leon, Danie...

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    Warner Gets "Metal" Doc From Seville

    Seville International has sold all U.S. rights to Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Jessica Joy Wise's "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey" to Warner Home Video. The film, having its world premiere here at the Toronto International Film Festival follows a professional anthropologist, and metal fan, as he explo...

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    Searchlight Gets "The Man", But Buyers Moan About Unsold '05 Toronto Fest Offerings

    Searchlight has apparently struck again here in Toronto. Peter Rice, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures, confirmed his company's acquisition of Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man" from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment Tuesday afternoon. The Indiewood division then sent out a press release announcing the...

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    Fox Searchlight Gets "Trust The Man"

    In a deal that is expected to be announced shortly here in Toronto, Fox Searchlight has acquired Bart Freundlich's "Trust The Man", which debuted at the festival last night. Company president Peter Rice confirmed the pact for indieWIRE shortly after today's crowded press and industry screenings at t...

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    Ivan Reitman Sums It Up

    With the deal for "Thank You For Smoking" unresolved and Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics battling it out, in the Toronto Star Martin Knelman comes up with the best quote so far on the matter, from the the director's father Ivan Reitman:"A lot of movies at this festival were struggling to find...

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    Picture This! Gets "The Masseur"

    Picture This! Entertainment has announced its acquisition of North American rights to Brillante Mendoza's "The Masseur" (Masahista), which premiered at the Locarno festival this year where it shared the Golden Leopard Prize. Starring Alan Paule, the film is the story of a romance novel writer who vi...

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    First Look Studios Takes U.S. Rights to Hillcoat's "The Proposition"

    First Look Studios has acquired all U.S. rights to "The Proposition," directed by John Hillcoat and written by rock music icon Nick Cave, it was announced Sunday night by Henry Winterstern, CEO and co-chairman, and Bill Lischak, president and COO of First Look Studios. The deal was negotiated by First Look's Peter Lawson and The Works' Joy Wong. Chosen as an Official Selection of the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, "The Proposition" is the story of two brothers in conflict. The feature's international cast includes Emily Watson ("Life and Death of Peter Sellers"), Guy Pearce ("Memento"); Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast"), Danny Huston ("2...

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    Reitman's "Smoking" Apparently Acquired; Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics Each Claiming Separa

    Fox Searchlight and Paramount Classics are at odds over which company has acquired the rights to Jason Reitman's debut feature "Thank You For Smoking". The film was apparently acquired in a pact that closed Saturday night here in Toronto, however it remains unclear who will be releasing the new film...

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