Gravitas Ventures Picks Up Sundance Comedy ‘Ass Backwards’

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael wrote and star in director Chris Nelson’s lowbrow road-trip comedy, which Gravitas Ventures will release September 30 on VOD and in theaters November 8. Ass Backwards follows two self-proclaimed … Read More »

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Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con Documentary Acquired By Wrekin Hill

By | Tuesday December 6, 2011 @ 11:58am PST
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2011) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, and Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), a movie merchandising powerhouse that has become an essential tastemaker for the all-important Fanboy culture, announced today that they have jointly acquired Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s fanboy documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2012 in conjunction with a multi-city tour of the film with major events for film and merchandising fans across the nation. Additionally, as a supplement to Wrekin Hill and NECA’s plans, the film will screen at various fan gatherings and have an online presence via one of the film’s producers, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment.

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IFC Films Lands Bruce Beresford’s Toronto Title ‘Peace, Love & Misunderstanding’

By | Monday December 5, 2011 @ 3:11pm PST

IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Bruce Beresford’s dramatic comedy Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, which stars Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Chace Crawford, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Elizabeth Olsen and first screened at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. The … Read More »

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Variance Acquires Indie ‘Trouble With Bliss’ With ‘Dexter’s Michael C. Hall

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 10:53am PST
Mike Fleming

Variance Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to The Trouble With Bliss, the Michael Knowles-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Chris Messina. The film will get a … Read More »

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Dimension Acquires Rights To Michael Keaton Thriller ‘Penthouse North’

By | Friday November 4, 2011 @ 2:00pm PDT

Dimension Films has landed U.S. distribution rights to director Joseph Ruben’s thriller Penthouse North, which stars Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan and begins shooting in December in Ottawa. David Loughery wrote the script and is producing with Ruben, Jeff Sackman … Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Acquires U.S. Rights To Fernando Meirelles Drama ’360′

Mike Fleming

Magnolia Pictures bought U.S. rights to 360, the Fernando Meirelles-directed ensemble drama that stars Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Ben Foster, Jamel Debbouze and Moritz Bleibtreu. The film is a series of intersecting storylines that deal with love … Read More »

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Roadie’

By | Tuesday October 18, 2011 @ 12:33pm PDT

Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to the Michael Cuesta-directed drama Roadie, which stars Ron Eldard as a longtime Blue Oyster Cult roadie who is fired and returns home to Queens, where he has a wild encounter with a pair … Read More »

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Sundance Selects On ‘The Loneliest Planet’

By | Tuesday October 11, 2011 @ 2:28pm PDT

IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to writer-director Julia Loktev’s festival drama The Loneliest Planet, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Hani Furstenberg and Bidzina Gujabidze in the tale of a young couple backpacking in the Caucasus mountains who … Read More »

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Sundance Selects Lands ‘First Position’

By | Thursday October 6, 2011 @ 3:15pm PDT

IFC’s Sundance Selects has landed North American rights to Bess Kargman’s documentary First Position, which offers a glimpse at six aspiring ballet dancers in training for a prestigious competition. The film bowed at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival and … Read More »

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Toronto: Lionsgate Acquires Hot Title ‘Friends With Kids’

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EXCLUSIVE: Deadline’s Mike Fleming virtually called this deal on Tuesday (then delayed confirmation after sellers indicated that their auction wasn’t fully done). Now it’s official: Friends With Kids, the hot Toronto Film Festival romantic comedy co-starring Jennifer Westfeldt — which she directed, wrote and co-produced with longtime boyfriend Jon Hamm, who also has a supporting role — has indeed officially sold to Lionsgate. This according to Westfeldt, who broke the news to me at the late-night AMC Emmy celebration party, saying she herself learned halfway through Sunday night’s Emmy ceremony that the deal was done. “The sale just closed while the Emmys were going on — we’re thrilled,” she said, even while lamenting Hamm’s fourth consecutive loss in the Best Actor in a Drama Series category (Mad Men did win an unprecedented fourth Emmy for Drama Series). The sale certainly makes Hamm’s Emmy loss easier to take as Friends With Kids was one of the hottest titles in Toronto to still be available. Read More »

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Toronto: IFC Acquires Lynn Shelton’s ‘Your Sister’s Sister’

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 2:26pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: IFC has acquired North American and Latin American distribution rights to Your Sister’s Sister, the Lynn Shelton comedic drama that premiered Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival.  At the same time, Studio Canal acquired UK rights and Madman acquired … Read More »

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Toronto: Palisades Tartan Acquires Docu About Jailed Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi; Co-Director Stopped From Attending Fest

By | Wednesday September 14, 2011 @ 11:42am PDT

Palisades Tartan Films has acquired U.S. and UK rights to This Is Not A Film, whose subject is Iranian director Jafar Panahi, under house arrest in his native country after being jailed and banned from filmmaking for 20 years for … Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Lands Bobcat Goldthwait Comedy ‘God Bless America’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures is closing a world rights deal for God Bless America, the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed killing spree comedy. The film premiered over the weekend in the Midnight Madness program. I’ve heard it’s a high six figure deal and … Read More »

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Toronto: Film Movement Buys ‘Historias’

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 2:23pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The deal volume of major festival acquisition titles has been slooow so far (see Toronto: Where Are The Film Deals?). So the small distributor Film Movement takes center stage for news that it has acquired North American … Read More »

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Well Go Lands Rights To Two Korean Pics

By | Monday September 12, 2011 @ 11:12am PDT

Well Go USA has acquired North American TV, DVD, digital, and VOD rights to the South Korean war drama My Way from CJ Entertainment. The action film is directed by Kang Je-gyu, whose 2004 movie Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of Read More »

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Toronto: Tribeca Attaches Itself To Tony Kaye’s ‘Detachment’

By | Thursday September 8, 2011 @ 10:43am PDT
Mike Fleming

Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Tony Kaye’s ensemble drama Detachment and plans a 2012 theatrical release that will run day-and-date with VOD and digital distribution. Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher who finds his … Read More »

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Toronto: Content Film Acquires Foreign Rights To ‘The Day’

Content Film announced today that it has landed foreign sales rights to Doug Aarniokoski’s action thriller The Day ahead of its world premiere screening in the Midnight Madness section of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film, which stars … Read More »

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Freestyle To Release Sarah Palin Doc ‘You Betcha!’

Mike Fleming

Days before its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Nick Broomfield’s hot-button expose documentary Sarah Palin: You Betcha! has been acquired by Freestyle Releasing. The plan is to open in New York and Los Angeles on Sept. 30 and … Read More »

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Indomina Acquires North American Rights To Johnnie To’s ‘Life Without Principle’

By | Wednesday September 7, 2011 @ 5:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

Indomina Group has acquired North American distribution rights to the Johnnie To-directed Life Without Principle, a film that premieres today at the Venice Film Festival and will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival. The pic focuses on three characters: … Read More »

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