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    Fox Searchlight Nabs Worldwide Rights to "Little Miss Sunshine"

    Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that the company has acquired worldwide rights to Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine", which had its world premiere last night at the Sundance Film Festival. Fox would not confirm a figure for the deal, but insider buzz pegged the pact at ...

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    The Buying Game: indieWIRE's 2006 Guide to Acquisitions

    This is the third edition of indieWIRE's guide to acquisitions executives. The list is designed, we hope, to give insight to indieWIRE readers, especially emerging filmmakers and producers, who may not be familiar with some of the people behind this fundamental aspect of the film business. Additiona...

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    Picturehouse and New Line International Take Rights to "Silk"

    Picturehouse and New Line International have acquired all rights to Francois Girard's romantic drama "Silk" starring Michael Pitt ("Last Days"), Keira Knightley ("Pride & Prejudice"), Koji Yakusho ("Memoirs of a Geisha") and Alfred Molina ("Spiderman II"), Bob Berney, president of Picturehouse, Rolf Mittweg, president and COO of New Line Worldwide Distribution and Marketing and Camela Galano, president of New Line International announced Thursday. Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, "Silk" is the story of Herve Joncour, a 19th century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan and begins a clandestine and forbidden roma...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Roadside & Netflix Get "The Puffy Chair" From Sundance '05; IFC Films Nabs

    With heavy snow falling from a big winter storm in Park City this afternoon (and buyers back in New York City wondering how the weather might impact travel plans), a trio of acquisitions deals were announced today on the eve of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. A highlight of last year's Sundance Fil...

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    "Puffy Chair" Finds a Home

    Roadside Attractions and Netflix have announced a joint venture deal for Jay and Mark Duplass' 2005 Sundance entry, The Puffy Chair. The film will be released this Spring. [indieWIRE will publish a complete story later today.]

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    First Look Gets "Fish"

    Following a recent announcement that Ruth Vitale has joined the company as its new president, First Look Studios has acquired the Australian hit "Little Fish," starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Rowan Woods. The film will open in March. The film won four Australian Film Institute Awards and has broken box office records Down Under. The film is described as "a powerful drama about breaking free. Trying to escape her drug addicted past, Tracy Heart (Blanchett) is seduced into one last criminal venture by her brother and ex-boyfriend as she struggles towards a better life." It was written by Jacquelin Perske and produced by Vincent Sheehan ...

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    TLA Gets Paige's "Uncle"

    TLA Releasing has announced a deal for Queer As Folk star Peter Paige's "Say Uncle, acquiring the North American theatrical and home entertainment rights to the film. The company is planning a theatrical release this June and a DVD release this Fall. Paige wrote and directed the film and he also sta...

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    THINKFilm Bites "Eat" for the North America

    THINKFilm has picked up all North American theatrical rights to Nina Davidovich and Salvador Litvak's "When Do We Eat?", which the company calls "the first Passover comedy."  The film, starring Ben Feldman ("Perfect Man"), Michael Lerner ("Barton Fink"), Jack Klugman ("Twelve Angry Men") and Lesley Ann Warren ("Desperate Housewives"), will be released April 7th to coincide with the Passover celebration. The film is the story of a tough-love dad (Lerner) has to deal with hosting his father (Klugman) who never unpacks, his wife (Warren), who is intent on creating the perfect Seder, and his children who go out of their way to make the night an ...

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    Lions Gate Nabs U.S. Rights to 2005 Venice Pic "Don't Tell"

    Lionsgate announced today it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cristina Comencini's Italian Oscar entry "Don't Tell" ("La bestia nel cuore"). A Cattleya and Rai Cinema production, the film premiered at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, where its female star, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, won the Volpi Cup for best female performance. "Don't Tell" narrates the story of Sabina (Mezzogiorno), a young woman whose peaceful existence is shattered by a series of nightmares that open a window of memories to her inner world: her childhood, her family and the rites of a strict yet reassuring middle-class upbringing. Seeking answers, she flies to America t...

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    IFC Films Takes North American Rights to "Brothers of the Head"

    IFC Films and Tartan Films have picked up North American and U.K. distribution rights respectively to FilmFour's "Brothers of the Head," directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe. The film premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and IFC Films is planning a July release. "Brothers of the Head" is centered on the odyssey of conjoined twins Tom and Barry Howe who were plucked from obscurity by a 1970s music promoter and groomed into a boy band. Grappling with impossible love, artistic rivalry, and a dark inner life, the twins embrace their freakishness and spit it back in the form of searing punk rock. The North American deal ...

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