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QuickShots | “Light” Pick up, Taiji Backlash, Scorsese Delay, White Directors & Venice Adds 4

QuickShots | "Light" Pick up, Taiji Backlash, Scorsese Delay, White Directors & Venice Adds 4

Variance Films Goes to the “Light”

US theatrical rights to Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell’s “Until the Light Takes Us” have been nabbed by Variance Films, the company announced. The film will open November 20 in NYC at Cinema Village and in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse, and December 11th in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Sunset 5, with more dates to be added throughout December and January. The film is the first documentary to go behind the scenes of black metal. Originating in Norway, black metal is a scene that is equal parts music genre, terrorist movement, and postmodern art scene. Rising to worldwide notoriety after a series of church burnings in Norway in the early nineties, the media was quick to assign the “Satanist” label to both the genre and founders.

Broome to cut sister city ties with Taiji

Louie Psyihoyos’ “The Cove” has prompted Broome, Australia to cut its “sister city” tie with Taiji, Japan. “The Cove” uncovers a horrific slaughter of dolphins in the small coastal city’s picturesque shoreline. Additionally, Taiji has become a major gateway for dolphins to be captured and sold to water parks and “swim with the dolphins” encounters worldwide. Commented Psyihoyos about Taiji: “To this day, the Taiji mayor continues to allow over a thousand tons of dolphin meat to be sold throughout Japan under the guise of “scientific whale” meat. The Japanese government continues to position its argument for killing dolphins as a cultural issue and insist that we, as outsiders, should respect their tradition. But this is no tradition – the dolphin drive has only been going on since 1933. The tradition argument falls apart when human lives and health are severely threatened, and people must take a stand.”

Venice festival adds four titles

The Venice Film Festival has added four works to its official selection, including Angela Ismailos’ “Great Directors” about 10 contempo helmers, including Todd Haynes, Richard Linklater and John Sayles who will tubthump the documentary on the Lido. It is joined by 21-year-old Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days,” a docudrama with footage from the recent Iranian unrest.The Lido’s other additions are helmer Joe Dante’s “The Movie Orgy — Ultimate Version,” a new 280-minute cut of Dante’s compilation tribute to the B-movies of the 1950s and 1960s; and Peter Greenaway’s 40-minute “The Marriage,” a high-tech rendition of “The Wedding at Cana,” painted in 1563 by Italian Renaissance master Paolo Veronese. Nick Vivarelli reports in Variety.

DGA Awards set for Jan. 30

The 62nd annual DGA Awards dinner is Jan. 30 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Gregg Kilday reports in HR.

See Any Similarities in These Directors?

If you are splashing around with a bunch of guys who are 93 percent white, an average of 45.62 years old and look as if they’ve done this before, you must be swimming in the studio directors’ pool. Such is the profile of studio filmmakers, based on a survey of those who directed the 85 or so live action movies that have been released, or will be, in 2009 by the six biggest film companies. Michael Cieply reports in the Los Angeles Times.

BAFTA’s TV Tea Party in LA

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles(R) (BAFTA/LA) will host its 7th Annual TV Tea Party on Saturday, September 19 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City to benefit BAFTA/LA’s philanthropic efforts. The TV Tea celebrates the 2008-2009 Emmy nominees and talent from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand on the Saturday prior to Primetime Emmy Awards. For more information, visit their website.

Scorsese’s Shutter Island delayed until February

Shutter Island, an early frontrunner in next year’s Oscar race, may have fallen at the first hurdle with the announcement that its release has been pushed back from the start of October to the middle of February. Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the film, blames the current recession for the hasty changes to its autumn schedule. The Guardian reports.

Vault above Marilyn Monroe sold

The burial vault above the remains of Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe has been sold for more than $4.6m. More than 20 offers, starting at $500,000, were received for the space, located in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles. BBC reports.

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