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    Lionsgate Buys Comic-Con Hit Kick-Ass

    As I suspected, Lionsgate has acquired Matthew Vaughn's violent action comedy Kick-Ass, which wowed audiences at Hall H in Comic-Con. It was one of several indie pics that used Comic-Con fan reaction to try to land an distributor. In this case, the strategy worked.

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    Docu-Weeks Round-Up

    There happen to be a surfeit of good docs going the rounds right now, which will be available through various media, theatrical, online and if you need to check where to find something, you can look things up on SpeedCine or SnagFilms. Currently playing there is Zombie Girl: The Movie, directed by ...

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    NYFF Will Screen Wild Grass, Broken Embraces, Antichrist

    Cannes critics' fave Wild Grass, directed by Alain Resnais, will open the 2009 New York Film Festival on September 25, 2009. The fest closer will be another Cannes title, Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces, on October 11. Lee Daniels' Sundance hit Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire will be...

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    Coens Short from Chacun Son Cinema

    One of the pleasures of Cannes a year ago was the Chacun son Cinema shorts collection from les meilleurs auteurs du monde--including the Coens. [Hat Tip: Jim Emerson.]

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    Young Victoria Goes to Apparition

    Over the weekend, Apparition closed a U.S. distribution deal for Toronto Film Festival closer The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt in what could be her breakout role carrying a movie as the youngest British monarch. As is typical these days, the new distrib run by Bob Berney and backer Bill Pohl...

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    Fox, Cody, Kusama, Reitman Talk Jennifer's Body

    The prospects for smart horror comedies are dicey. Audiences tend to get confused when their genres get too mixed up: are they supposed to laugh or be terrified? Look at the lackluster summer b.o. for Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell. Mixing sex and horror is also risky, as the feminist thriller comedy T...

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    Iron Man 2 Comic-Con Footage

    The Iron Man 2 footage that was screened at Comic-Con has showed up online at Worst Previews. It's shaky-cam. Looks like great smart fun to me. (Note how Don Cheadle deals with his replacing Terrence Howard.) We have to wait until May 2010. It hasn't been edited into a movie yet.

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    Berney and Pohlad Announce Apparition, Malick's Tree of Life

    Finally, ex-Picturehouse chief Bob Berney and Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment have announced their new company, Apparition, on the eve of taking Jane Campion's Cannes entry Bright Star to Telluride (my spies predict) and Toronto for a September 18 release.

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    Downey Banks on Franchises Iron Man 2 and Sherlock Holmes

    What a difference a year makes. With Iron Man and an Oscar nom for Tropic Thunder behind him, A-list movie star Robert Downey, Jr. had a good Comic-Con. Backstage after Iron Man 2, he suggested that he's uncomfortable marketing movies, although he knows he has to do it, and that he hated the whole H...

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    Comic-Con Aids Independents

    Producer-turned-director Matthew Vaughn needs a hit. Layer Cake was a great audition piece, but Stardust was a flop. Much is riding on his next indie venture, the indie-financed $45 million action picture Kick-Ass, which no studio would finance. In an unusual move, Vaughn took 11-minutes of footage ...

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