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    Sundance Dramatic Competition Film "Half Nelson" Goes to ThinkFilm

    ThinkFilm has acquired worldwide rights to Ryan Fleck's Sundance '06 dramatic competition films, "Half Nelson," starring Ryan Gosling and surprising newcomer, Shareeka Epps. The film centers on an improbable friendship between an idealistic Brooklyn history high school teacher (Gosling) struggling with a crack habit, and a student (Epps) facing life with an absent father and overworked mother. A source close to the film said that the company is planning a late summer or early fall release. Gosling and Epps performances have received much positive buzz since the film's first screening at Sundance, which received a strong word-of-mouth from ind...

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    Katapult Acquires non-North American Rights to Sundance Doc "TV Junkie"

    Foreign sales rep Katapult has purchased the worldwide rights excluding North America for producer/co-director Michael Cain and editor/co-director Matt Radecki's Sundance competition documentary "TV Junkie." ICM is co-repping the documentary with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Roger Kass of Ring the Jing Entertainment Ltd. and are in discussions for theatrical distributors for the North American theatrical rights. Thomas Mai negotiated on behalf of Katapult. "TV Junkie" is a portrait of Rick Kirkham and his struggles to balance his personal life as a father and husband with his career as a professional journalist, while dealing wi...

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    Films Philos Takes Rights to Sundance Film "Man Push Cart"

    Films Philos and sales company WIDE Entertainment reached agreement on distribution for Ramin Bahrani's Sundance Film Festival '06 Spectrum feature "Man Push Cart" following its opening screening. Films Philos will release the American indie in late fall/winter 2006 in the U.S. and English speaking Canada. The film is the story of a New York City push cart vendor and his struggles with life in the city, "Man Push Cart" had its world premiere at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival, and later went on to win the FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the London Film Festival, and both the audience award and best actor award at the The...

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    Sundance Dramatic Competition Film "Stay" Picked Up by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films

    Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films today announced the joint acquisition of Bob Goldthwait's Sundance dramatic competition film, "Stay." The film is a heartwarming comedy about Amy, a young school teacher with a bright future and nice-guy fiance who is haunted by an impulsive sexual encounter from her past. Advised by her friends, family and fiance that a successful marriage requires complete honesty, Amy reveals her secret and all hell breaks loose. The deal was negotiated by Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions, Peter Goldwyn, vice president, acquisitions for Samuel Goldwyn Films, and William Morris Independent on b...

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    Momentum Gets UK Rights To "Foot Fist"

    Momentum Pictures has announced its acquisiition of all UK rights to Jody Hill's "The Foot Fist Way," at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is described in an announcement as "a martial arts screamer" that "tells the story of a small town Tae Kwon Do instructor, Mr. Fred Simmons, who tries to deal...

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    Miramax Takes Rights to "Night Listener"

    Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films co-production, "Night Listener," company president Daniel Battsek announced Tuesday from the Sundance Film Festival. Directed and co-written by Patrick Stettner ("The Business of Strangers") "Night Listener," tackles the narrative of Armistead Maupin's story in which popular public radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete (Rory Culkin) and the social worker who rescued him from a life of abuse (Toni Collette). But Gabriel soon comes to the startling realization that ...

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    BBC Acquires "This Film Is Not Yet Rated"

    The Independent Film Channel has announced that the BBC has acquired British broadcasting rights to Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick's documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated". The film critically examines the Motion Picture Association of America's role in assigning film ratings, and investigates, among other things, why sex and violence receive such discordant treatment, and why the ratings are so secret. "Kirby's film makes a globally universal statement against censorship and about the importance of artistic freedom," said IFC Executive Vice President/General Manager Evan Shapiro in today's announcement. "We're extremely pleased that U...

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    Picturehouse Snags "Pan's Labyrinth"

    Picturehouse has acquired all North American rights to "Pan's Labyrinth," the latest film by director Guillermo del Toro. The film stars Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, and Doug Jones. "This film has been the single most fulfilling creative experience of my career," said del Toro in a pr...

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    The Weinstein Company Acquires "Factory Girl"

    The Weinstein Company has announced its acquisition of "Factory Girl," directed by George Hickenlooper and starring Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce, Mena Suvari and Jimmy Fallon. The announcement was made Monday, January 23rd, at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City. The film is cur...

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    Warner Independent Gets Gondry For $6 Million

    Warner Independent Pictures has announced its acquisition of Michel Gondry's latest film, "The Science of Sleep," which debuted last night here at the Sundance Film Festival. U.S., Canadian, and U.K. rights to the movie, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, were acquired for $6 mill...

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