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AFM Briefs: Well Go USA Acquires Justin Long Pic ‘The Lookalike’; ‘Generation Iron’ Sells Overseas

By | Monday November 11, 2013 @ 1:13pm PST

Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to crime-romance The Lookalike, starring Justin Long, John Corbett, Gillian Jacobs, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon, Scottie Thompson and Luiz Guzman. Richard Gray directed and produced the pic about drug lord William Spinks, who uses his gangster pals Bobby and Frank to get to the woman of his dreams. When she dies, the duo sets out in search of a lookalike to replace her. A theatrical and VOD release is planned for Summer 2014. Arclight Films’ Ying Ye negotiated the deal with Doris Pfardrescher on behalf of Well Go USA, which is also handling international rights.

The Vladar Company’s bodybuilding docu Generation Iron sold all overseas rights over the weekend. Those pacts include theatrical deals in Germany (KSM Film), Australia and New Zealand (Madman Entertainment), and Brazil (Probiotica). Vlader is currently locking deals for additional territories including Italy, Spain, China, and the UK. The pic opened domestically in September and has grossed $800K. Pumping Iron‘s Jerome Gary produced the film, which was helmed by Vlad Yudin and features appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Mr. Olympia Phil Heath.

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Specialty Box Office: James Gandolfini Pic ‘Enough Said’ Bows Strong, ‘Thanks For Sharing’ OK

By | Sunday September 22, 2013 @ 9:54am PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

It was all about Fox Searchlight’s Enough Said in the Specialty Box Office. The feature directed by Nicole Holofcener starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini easily scored the weekend’s highest numbers, taking in $240K in 4 theaters for a $60K average. That is one of the highest PSAs of the year among limited-release titles and a career high for Holofcener. Her previous film, Please Give, opened in April 2010 in 5 theaters, averaging $23,625, while Friends With Money (April 2006) had a $21,047 PSA though that film bowed with 28 runs. It went on to cume over $13.3 million.

The average gives Enough Said bragging rights as one of the year’s best specialty openers, though the likes of Blue Jasmine ($102K average in 6 theaters), Spring Breakers ($87,667 in three theaters) and The Place Beyond The Pines ($69,864 in 4 theaters) remain at the top in terms of opening-weekend averages. Searchlight was naturally happy with the weekend results, noting the film has a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and heaped praise on the filmmaker and cast. “Audiences have been waiting for a well-written film for adults, and besides Nicole’s core audience, she seems to be reaching a new set of moviegoers who are discovering and appreciating her work,” the distributor said. “We are very happy with the outstanding opening weekend grosses, and while we knew all along that we would do well at the box office, these figures are beyond our wildest expectations.” The company will expand Enough Said to 65 new markets on Friday, while widening in NY and LA. It will head to 180-220 locations.
Roadside/Lionsgate’s Thanks For Sharing had the weekend’s biggest release, opening in 269 theaters and capitalizing on the film’s cast of recognizable names including Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Pink and Tim Robbins. The offering proved less than addictive, however, with a $2,255 average and a weekend gross over $607K. Read More »

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Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Doc ‘Generation Iron’ Gets September Release

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The Vladar Company and health & fitness publishing co. American Media Inc. will pump bodybuilding docu Generation Iron into limited release in several markets on September 20, a week ahead of this year’s Mr. Olympia muscle competition. Pic, directed and written by Vlad Yudin with narration by Mickey Rourke, follows seven of the top bodybuilders in the world as they train and compete for the coveted title. Seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger makes an appearance in the docu as do Lou Ferrigno, Jay Cutler, and strongmen Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren and Dennis Wolf. Generation Iron is produced by The Vlader Company’s Yudin and Edwin Mejia, who also tapped Pumping Iron producer Jerome Gary to executive produce.

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