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Hot July 4 Clip: Dinesh D’Souza Docu ‘America’ On Abraham Lincoln

By | Friday July 4, 2014 @ 6:53pm PDT

Hot July 4 Clip: Dinesh D’Souza Docu ‘America’ On Abraham LincolnIf your last film was the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, you need to think big with your follow-up. Dinesh D’Souza and his America co-director John Sullivan have certainly tried to do that. The team behind 2012′s 2016: Obama’s America asked Hillary Clinton to appear in their just released docu but she turned them down. They did get Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul and, as this clip we’ve got shows, they have an appearance from Abraham Lincoln – well, reenactments of the 16th President’s career and the terrible Civil War that defined his term and so much of America’s history since. “For me Lincoln embodies that philosophical statesmanship and practical wisdom that represents the highest achievement of a leader,” D’Souza told me today about why he wanted Honest Able depicted in the pic.

Since its initial release in Atlanta and Houston on June 28, America went wide on July 2 and jumped to 1105 screens. Sources tell me the Lionsgate distributed docu, which got an impressive A+ CinemaScore result, is doing brisk business in Southern California, the Inland Empire, Florida, Arizona and Texas. Check out the Lincoln clip, portions of which were first unveiled tonight on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File, here:

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Begin Again’ Begins On High Note; ‘America,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘YSL’ Solid

By | Sunday June 29, 2014 @ 11:14am PDT

Specialty Box Office: ‘Begin Again’ Begins On High Note; ‘America,’ ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘YSL’ SolidIt’s no way a shock that Transformers: Age Of Extinction performed spectacularly this weekend, both in the U.S. and overseas, but there are still discerning audiences out there who don’t toe the big-studio line when it comes to their movie-viewing decisions. Begin Again, another tuneful tale from the writer-director of Once, found a sliver of music-minded moviegoers to play along, grabbing the weekend’s highest PTA among newcomers. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine, it grossed more than $148K for a respectable $29,665 average.
“I think that’s solid numbers. We view this exclusive opening as a preview for Wednesday’s [expansion],” said TWC’s Erik Lomis, president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment. The film drew a heavily female audience, with a 67-33 gender split, and a mix of art-house and commercial crowds. “I think it’s a date movie and will even out as it rolls across the country,”  Lomis said. “[Women] just loved the movie.” TWC will expand Begin Again to 175 theaters in the top 45 markets, then add 60 more markets and up to 500 theaters the following week. “We love (writer-director) John Carney and the cast. There’s no explosions or anything like that. It’s a nice movie and counter programming for the summer.”
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Hot Clip: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ On Life & Death Of Aaron Swartz

Hot Clip: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ On Life & Death Of Aaron SwartzEXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton may have turned down Dinesh D’Souza and the producers of the upcoming docu America but fellow potential 2016 Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul answered the call. Unlike the former Secretary of State, the Kentucky Republican appears in the follow-up to 2012’s 2016: Obama’s America, the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time. “We wanted to have several of the leading contenders for 2016 be a part of the conversation,” producer Gerald Molen told me. “So we invited several leaders including Hillary Clinton and Rand Paul.”

In this clip from the John Sullivan co-directed pic, which comes out later this week in Atlanta and Houston and then goes wide on July 2, Rand joins D’Souza slamming the government’s relentless legal battle against Aaron Swartz:

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Hot Clip: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’

AmericaEXCLUSIVE: Co-director and host Dinesh D’Souza could face jail time after pleading guilty today to making illegal campaign contributions. But that will not stop his upcoming documentary America: Imagine A World Without Her from hitting the big screen in limited release next month and going wide July 4. A follow-up to 2012’s 2016: Obama’s America, the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, the John Sullivan-directed America seeks to respond to those who say the country’s “greatness is based on theft, plunder and oppression,” according to D’Souza. In this clip shot near Tampa, FL, D’Souza goes the re-creation route to show Christopher Columbus discovering America — a fact that a Native American activist tells D’Souza she wishes never occurred. Check it out:

Related: Lionsgate Confirms Talks To Release ‘America’ In U.S.

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Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ Docu Release Date Remains Despite Guilty Plea In Campaign Finance Case

By | Tuesday May 20, 2014 @ 8:58am PDT

dsouza3__120911233506DEADLINE_LEGAL_patten_100Dinesh D’Souza, co-director and star of the second-most-successful political documentary in U.S. box office history, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court this morning to making an illegal political contribution, part of a deal in which a second charge of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission was dropped. “I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” D’Souza said in court today according to the NY Daily News. Sentencing is set for September 23. The trial was set to start today. D’Souza was indicted in January on the two counts after the government said he donated more than $20,000 to the 2012 GOP Senate campaign of Wendy Long via other people. He originally pleaded not guilty.

Related: Hot Trailer: Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’

2016__obama_s_a6873__120824215806D’Souza’s producer Gerald Molen has been saying the indictment was politically motivated but that it will not stop the upcoming sequel to 2016: Obama’s America, which has already set a July 4 release date. “Last week I publicly urged the government to drop the charges against my friend and colleague Dinesh D’Souza,” Molen said today after the guilty plea was submitted. “Today I am delighted to learn that the more serious of the two charges has indeed been dropped. Dinesh has accepted responsibility for a technical violation of the campaign finance law. Although I would have preferred a complete vindication, I understand that he did what he felt was best for his family and our film America. We look forward to that matter being fairly resolved.”

Related: Lionsgate Confirms Talks To Release ‘America’ In U.S.

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Lionsgate Confirms Talks To Release Controversial Dinesh D’Souza Docu ‘America’ In U.S.

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 12:47pm PDT
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dineshUPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed it is in talks to buy U.S. rights to the docu America: Imagine A World Without Her, which Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan wrote and co-directed, with Gerald R. Molen producing. While word from the filmmakers was the film would be released July 4, Lionsgate will put it in limited release June 27 and open wide July 2. According to Lionsgate, D’Souza “journeys to discover what has made America great and its impact on the world. D’Souza argues that American ideals and patriotism should not be things we shy away from. He defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures itself not against a utopian ideal, but against the rest of the world.” Lionsgate handled home entertainment on 2016: Obama’s AmericaWill this have the flash and controversy of the Obama movie? It will certainly get more distribution backing than the last pic did, even if the premise is more of a think tank exercise than White House bashing.

Related: ‘2016: Obama’s America’ Filmmaker Pleads Not Guilty To Campaign Contribution Fraud

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 12:47 pm PST: After his last controversial documentary became the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, Dinesh D’Souza and the team behind 2016: Obama’s America is making a distribution deal with Lionsgate for his followup, America. I’m hearing this is a service deal, so no high minimum guarantee. There is already big … Read More »

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