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    Lionsgate Nabs Rights To Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior"

    Lionsgate (in conjuction with Mark Amins Sobini Films) announced today that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Victor Salva's "Peaceful Warrior." The film, which stars Nick Nolte and Amy Smart is based on the bestselling novel by Dan Millman entitled "Way of the Peaceful Warrior." The film tells the story of the young Dan Millman who aspires for Olympic glory as a college gymnast. But, a chance encounter with a stranger (Nick Nolte) changes his life and helps him realize what he must leave behind in order to fulfill his apsirations for greatness. Mark Amins, of Sobini Films, is one of the film's producers, along with Sobini Presi...

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    Cinema Libre Takes Rights to Doc "Giuliani Time"

    Cinema Libre Studio has acquired worldwide rights to Kevin Keating's doc "Giuliani Time," which will premiere in New York at the Landmark Sunshine on May 12th the company announced recelntly. The documentary, which screened at the Rotterdam and Vancouver film festivals, examines former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, his policies and his often touted turnaround of New York City. Utilizing a range of personalities and experts from high-level city officials to community activists, lawyers and politicians, Keating's film analyzes Giuliani's personal background, his record and the methods he employed to enforce the 'Quality of Life' and 'Zero Toler...

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    Palm Pictures Takes U.S. and Caribbean Rights to Sundance Winner "13 (Tzameti)"

    First-time Georgian filmmaker Gela Babluani's "13 (Tzameti)," winner of this year's world cinema grand jury prize for dramatic feature at the Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Palm Pictures, the company announced Thursday. David Koh, head of acquisitions and production for Palm Pictures a...

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    Sony Classics Closes Deal For Punk Rock Doc, "American Hardcore"

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North American, Mexican, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to director Paul Rachman's 2006 Sundance Film Festival world premiere doc "American Hardcore," written by Steven Blush, and inspired by his book "American Hardcore: A Tribal History." The film give...

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    Weinstein Company Sketches "Arthur and the Minimoys" in English Territories

    The Weinstein Company has acquired rights in all English speaking territories to the CGI animated family film "Arthur and the Minimoys," based on Luc Besson's best selling children's book by the same title. The screenplay was adapted by Besson, the award winning writer/director/producer behind such ...

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    In Spirit Awards Spotlight, "Room" Secures U.S. Distribution Deals

    Nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards this year, Kyle Henry's first fiction feature film "Room" has been acquired for U.S. DVD and pay cable distribution in separate deals with Netflix and Sundance Channel. A limited theatrical released in Texas, Henry's home state, is also on tap. The distinc...

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    Wolfe Takes All U.S. Rights to Director's Cut of "3 Needles"

    Wolfe Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Thom Fitzgerald's "3 Needles," starring Lucy Liu, Chloe Sevigny, Stockard Channing, Sandra Oh, Olympia Dukakis and Shawn Ashmore, the company announced Wednesday. Wolfe will release the director's cut of the film in theaters this fall, which includes 20 minutes of extra footage, including a controversial sex scene featuring Channing in a Montreal strip club and will vary in structure, content and length from the Canadian release version that premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, according to the Bay Area-based company. "3 Needles" is a portrait of people all over the world w...

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    Pastor Brothers At Paramount

    John Lesher, president of Paramount's new, unnamed specialty division, has announced a deal to bring a new project by Alex Pastor and David Pastor, "The Untitled Pastor Project," to the company. The film, described as "a topical post-apocalyptic thriller," is being produced by This Is That's Anthony Bregman. Alex Pastor will direct the script, further described as the story of, "four friends trying to escape a viral pandemic in the American west who ultimately discover that they are more dangerous to each other than any virus." Alex Pastor recently won the jury prize for international short for his film, "The Natural Route" (La Ruta Natural)....

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    Film Movement Goes for "Maximo Oliveros"

    Film Movement announced its acquisition of the North American rights to Filipino director Auraeus Solito's "The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros," at the Berlin International Film Festival recently. According to a release, the story is about "the purity of love pitted against the squalor and corruption found in the slums of Manila. Gay, pre-teen Maxi serves as 'mother' to his all-male family of small-time criminals. He cooks and cleans for his father and older brothers, who accept his femininity and adore Maxi as much as he adores them. Their love and trust is threatened by the arrival of Victor, a handsome and unusually honest police officer. M...

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    Paramount Gets Gore Doc

    The company known as 'Paramount's Specialty Division' has acquired David Guggenheim's "An Inconvenient Truth," according to a Hollywood Reporter story (via Reuters). The film, about global warming, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last month.

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