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Specialty Box Office: ‘Woman Thou Art Loosed’ Solid In Debut Weekend

By | Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 12:59pm PDT

Code Black Entertainment’s Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day hit the ground running among specialty releases, averaging a solid $6,376 in 102 locations, managing a higher per theater average than any other movie among the top 15 grossers. Outside the top 15 but not far behind it in per-theater business, Music Box’s Monsieur Lazhar averaged $6,310 in 19 sites. Loosed and Lazhar generated some sparks in the overall North American box office which is down 11% from the comparable weekend last year. Roadside Attractions debuted Blue Like Jazz in 136 locations, taking in nearly $270K, with a less impressive $1,963 average, while Anchor Bay bowed Touchback in 50 theaters, averaging $1,500. And Variance Films opened Hole documentary Hit So Hard at one location in New York City over the weekend, which even brought out a “reunion” of the band fronted by Courtney Love at a party for the film. The doc took in $6,500.

Among second-weekend holdovers, Sony Classics’ Damsels In Distress, averaged $4,229 in 18 additional theaters from its debut, vs. the feature’s $16,050 in 4 theaters Easter weekend. Sundance Selects added a dozen locations for its Cannes ’11 feature We Have A Pope, averaging $3,600 (versus an average $10,133 in three theaters last weekend). The distributor’s other foreign-language release, The Kid With A Bike continued its rollout with 16 additional theaters in its fifth weekend out. The Cannes ’11 prize-winner is now the Dardennes Brothers’ highest … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Bully’, ‘Damsels In Distress’ Solid; ‘Comic-Con’ Not So Much

Damsels In Distress and We Have A Pope lead a new crop of specialty releases for the holiday weekend: Sony Pictures Classics’ Damsels averaging a robust $16,050 in four theaters and a total of $64,200 while Sundance Selects’ Pope averaged a solid $10,133 at three locations and total of $31,500. Director Whit Stillman’s first feature since Last Days Of Disco (1998), Damsels had originally been intended for release by the now long defunct Warner Independent when the director first approached Castle Rock with the concept, but was eventually picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Disco opened back in May of ’98 at 22 theaters, averaging $12,618 and eventually taking in just over $3 million. SPC will continue to expand the film slowly with additional cities in the coming weeks.

Fairing more modestly in its opening weekend is Wrekin Hill’s documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which launched at one theater each in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Director Morgan Spurlock, who lead the multi-camera collaboration that captured the scene at last year’s annual mammoth comic book extravaganza Comic-Con, attended one screening in each city participating in post-screening Q&As. “The film opened [in these cities] so Morgan could be in each city,” a spokesperson for Wrekin Hill told Deadline. “The numbers were generally skewed by … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Comic-Con Episode IV,’ ‘Damsels In Distress,’ ‘The Hunter,’ ‘We Have A Pope’

By | Friday April 6, 2012 @ 9:00am PDT

Among the upcoming Easter weekend’s new specialty releases is a feature about a fictional election of a reluctant pope, a fan’s view of a uber popular summer festival, a Willem Dafoe starrer set in one of earth’s most remote corners and a long awaited return of Metropolitan director Whit Stillman. Morgan Spurlock explains why he firmly remained behind the camera in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. IFC Films is playing up the humor factor in its latest Cannes release We Have A Pope. A producer from The Hunter explains how the harsh elements in one of Australia’s most remote areas posed both a challenge and a reward for their production and Damsels In Distress producer Martin Shafer offers insight on the slow but evolving process to bring Stillman’s latest to the screen.

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Director Morgan Spurlock
Writers: Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Subjects: Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, San Lee and more
Distributor: Wrekin Hill
A veteran both in front of the camera and behind for his previous documentaries including Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock pitched the idea for Comic-Con Episode IV to potential investors as one in which he would firmly stay behind the limelight. “As much as I’m a fan of Comic-Con, I didn’t want it to be about me going in,” Spurlock told Deadline. … Read More »

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68th Venice Film Festival Sets Fall Lineup

By | Thursday July 28, 2011 @ 4:36am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 68th Venice Film Festival has unveiled its film lineup of pictures that will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10. It begins with the George Clooney-directed The Ides of March and concludes with Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress. Every fall fest tries to be a harbinger of Oscar gold, but last year’s winner, the Sofia Coppola-directed Somewhere, became mired in controversy and was a total non-factor in an Oscar race that was shaped by film launches in rival festivals that included Toronto, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. Here are the films that will play in Venice:

In Competition

The Ides Of March, George Clooney (US)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Tomas Alfredson (UK, Germany)
Wuthering Heights, Andrea Arnold (UK)
Texas Killing Fields, Ami Canaan Maan (US) (second work)
Quando La Notte, Cristina Comencini (Italy)
Terraferma, Emanuele Crialese (Italy/France)
A Dangerous Method, David Cronenberg (Germany/Canada)
4:44 Last Day On Earth, Abel Ferrara (US)
Killer Joe, William Friedkin (US)
Un Ete Brulant, Philippe Garrel (France/Italy/Switzerland)
A Simple Life (Taojie), Ann Hui (China/Hong Kong)
The Exchange (Hahithalfut), Eran Kolirin (Israel) (second work)
Alps (Alpeis),Yorgos Lanthimos (Greece)
Shame, Steve McQueen (UK) (second work)
L’ultimo Terrestre, Gian Alfonso Pacinotti (GIPI) (Italy) (first work)
Carnage, Roman Polanski (France/Germany/Spain/Poland)
Chicken With Plums, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (France/Belgium/Germany)
Faust, Aleksander Sokurov (Russia)
Dark Horse,Todd Solondz (US)
Himizu, Sion Sono (Japan)
Seediq Bale, Wei Te-Sheng (Taiwan) (second work)
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Whit Stillman’s ‘Damsels In Distress’ To Close Venice Film Festival

The Venice International Film Festival announced today that Whit Stillman’s comedy Damsels in Distress will be the closing-night film for the fest’s 68th edition, which opens Aug. 31 with George Clooney’s The Ides of March, which was just tapped for a Gala Presentation spot at the Toronto festival. Stillman’s pic, which stars Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody, will have its world premiere in Venice on Sept. 10 following the festival’s awards ceremony. The full lineup is set to be announced Thursday.

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Sony Pictures Classics To Release Whit Stillman’s ‘Damsels In Distress’

By | Tuesday March 29, 2011 @ 6:33am PDT
Mike Fleming

NEW YORK, NY (March 29, 2011) –Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Oscar nominated Whit Stillman’s latest film Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS worldwide. Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer produced alongside Stillman, who also wrote the screenplay.

The film stars Greta Gerwig (GREENBERG, upcoming ARTHUR remake), Adam Brody (THE ROMANTICS, upcoming SCREAM 4) and Analeigh Tipton (CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE with Steve Carrell, America’s Next Top Model).

Violet Wister’s DAMSELS IN DISTRESS is a comedy that follows a trio of beautiful girls who set out to revolutionize life at a grungy East Coast university – the dynamic leader Violet Wister (Gerwig), principled Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and sexy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They welcome transfer student Lily (Tipton) into their group which seeks to help severely depressed students with a program of good scent and musical dance numbers. The girls become romantically entangled with a series of men –including slick Charlie (Brody), dreamboat Xavier (Hugo Becker) and the mad frat pack of Frank (Ryan Metcalf) and Thor (Billy Magnussen)—who threaten the girls’ friendship and sanity.

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