Sundance: Paramount & Magnolia Team For ‘Happy Christmas’

Sundance2014_badge__140109214059__140116020608The Sundance Film Festival kicks off today and already the deals are being made. Magnolia Pictures and Paramount announced today that they are collaborating on Happy Christmas. Magnolia will handle domestic theatrical and VOD distribution of the U.S. Dramatic … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ’24 Exposures’ Red Band

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 7:51pm PST

Written and directed by Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies), 24 Exposures stars Adam Wingard as Billy, a fetish photographer who specializes in photographing women in various stages of undress and death, and Simon Barrett as a police detective investigating the murder of one of Billy’s models. Producers are Alexander Motlagh and Alex … Read More »

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Magnet Releasing Dates Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’ For Summer 2014

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 11:50am PST

The Sacrament release dateAfter a buzzy festival run and Toronto pick-up by The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, Ti West‘s Jonestown-esque thriller The Sacrament has been set for a June 6, 2014 theatrical release. Before then it … Read More »

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Joe Swanberg’s ‘All The Light In The Sky’ Shines With Factory 25

By | Wednesday November 13, 2013 @ 12:03pm PST

Factory 25 has acquired U.S. rights to Joe Swanberg‘s All the Light in the Sky, the director’s follow-up to this year’s indie hit Drinking Buddies. Hung‘s … Read More »

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Fox Searchlight Acquires Pitch From ‘Drinking Buddies’ Helmer Joe Swanberg

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 6:32pm PDT
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EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has picked up a high-concept feature comedy pitch that will be written and directed Joe Swanberg, who is coming off Drinking Buddies. Shawn Levy will produce through his 21 Laps banner with Alicia Van … Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires SXSW Pic ‘Drinking Buddies’

By | Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT

SXSW Drinking BuddiesDirector Joe Swanberg brought his most accessible film yet to SXSW this year, with name actors Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick SXSW 2013 Winnersand Ron Livingston starring in the relationship comedy about a pair of Chicago craft brewery co-workers whose platonic friendship veers toward flirtation. Magnolia Pictures has taken notice, acquiring North American distribution rights today. Drinking Buddies has a more traditional look than Swanberg’s previous mumblecore releases, with Beasts Of The Southern Wild DP Ben Richardson doing the lensing. The pic was entirely improvised as the cast worked from Swanberg’s outline. Here’s today’s release announcing the deal, which will see the pic hit theaters sometime this year:

New York, NY (March 19, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director Joe Swanberg’s DRINKING BUDDIES, starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston. Produced by Dark Arts’ Alicia Van Couvering and Andrea Roa; Burn Later’s Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater; and Swanberg, the film premiered this month at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The film was executive produced by Mike Witherill, Ashley Bernon, Jessica Klapman, David Kaplan, Anish Savjani, and Wilde. Magnolia Pictures is planning a theatrical release for later this year.

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Joe Swanberg Makes Mainstream Bid With ‘Drinking Buddies’: SXSW

By | Sunday March 10, 2013 @ 8:31pm PDT

Back at SXSW to premiere his 14th feature, Drinking Buddies writer-director Joe Swanberg brought something new to the festival: A movie with name stars, a polished look, and mainstream sales potential. The relationship comedy stars Tron: Legacy‘s Olivia Wilde and New Girl‘s Jake Johnson as a pair of Chicagoan craft brewery co-workers whose platonic friendship veers toward flirtation. Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick co-star as their respective significant others in the pic which marks Swanberg’s first modestly-budgeted (vs. micro-budgeted) feature.

SXSW Drinking BuddiesDrinking Buddies has a more traditional look than Swanberg’s previous mumblecore releases thanks to Beasts Of The Southern Wild DP Ben Richardson. It was entirely improvised as the cast worked from Swanberg’s outline. “Putting dialogue in somebody else’s mouth has always seemed strange to me. The writing process shifted to the editing, so that’s when the script gets written”, Swanberg explained after Saturday’s premiere. Read More »

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