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‘To Rome With Love’ Tops In Debut; ‘Moonrise’, ‘Marigold’ Strong: Specialty B.O.

European settings continues to be a treasure rove for Woody Allen. Though the opening weekend numbers are not quite as stratospheric as last year’s Midnight In Paris, the filmmaker’s latest To Rome With Love are nonetheless impressive. The Sony Pictures Classics release debuted in 5 theaters, grossing $379K on this side of the Atlantic, averaging just under $76K, Allen’s second-best in per-theater terms. Allen’s previous feature set in the City of Lights bowed in 6 theaters back in May of last year, averaging an astounding $99,834 and went on to gross slightly under $57M domestically. SPC’s Michael Barker said the distributor plans to roll out Allen’s latest more quickly than Paris, going “much wider” July 6th. “We think it will be great light entertainment for audiences here.” As he said just before the weekend, “It’s tonic for the summer studio films.”
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‘The Invisible War,’ ‘To Rome With Love,’ ‘Kumaré,’ ‘Stella Days’: Specialty Box Office

By | Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 10:36pm PDT

Two U.S. documentaries and two European-set narratives are among this weekend’s roster of new specialty offerings. Of the latter, there’s Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, for which Sony Pictures Classics anticipates a warm reception following the success of Allen’s last movie, Midnight In Paris. His latest turns to the eternal city with an all-star cast. Veteran documentarian Kirby Dick’s The Invisible War debuts following festival screenings at Sundance and Provincetown. The other doc, Kumaré, which opened Wednesday, has been compared to Catfish (2010) in terms of controversy. Tribeca Film is rolling out in limited release the other narrative feature Stella Days starring Martin Sheen. Read More »

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Cinedigm And New Video Take Rights To Sundance Winner ‘The Invisible War’

By | Monday March 5, 2012 @ 11:24am PST

(Los Angeles, CA, March 5, 2012) – Cinedigm Entertainment Group, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) and entertainment distributor New Video have jointly acquired North American distribution rights to The Invisible War, winner of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s “U.S. Documentary Audience Award.” Theatrical distribution rollout will commence this summer and continue throughout the fall. The Invisible War marks the first acquisition under the recently announced partnership between Cinedigm and New Video to acquire and distribute independent films theatrically in North America and across on-demand and digital platforms and DVD/Blu-ray.

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2012 Sundance: Fest Veterans Returning With New Work

As part of our Sundance kickoff, Deadline posted a list of the famous and about-to-be-famous whose films are premiering at the festival. Now with the first full day of the event underway, I’m spotlighting a dozen Sundance veterans who have new work screening this year:

Christine Vachon, executive producer Shut Up And Play The Hits — It’s hard to imagine Sundance or even independent film without this producing tour de force. Her credits include I Shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven and many others. For this year’s edition she’s executive producing along with Keith Wood and The Creators Project on a doc spotlighting LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden featuring an intimate portrait of James Murphy and his lead-up to the final concert.

Mary Jane Skalski, producer Hello I Must Be Going — Skalski has also made an indelible mark on the Sundance landscape with films stretching back into the ’90s. This century her Sundance portfolio includes The Station Agent, Mysterious Skin, The Hawk Is Dying and last year’s Pariah and Win Win. She returns as producer on Todd Louiso’s competition feature Hello I Must Be Going about a down-and-out 35-year-old woman who finds solace from a 19-year-old boy after returning home to live with her parents.

Eugene Jarecki, director of The House I Live In — Jarecki previously has taken on America’s conflicts abroad, but now turns the lens on the war on drugs which has cost 45 million arrests over four decades — making America the world’s top jailer. Jarecki’s first short, Seasons Of The Lifterbees debuted at Sundance in 1993. He won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and a Peabody Award for 2005′s Why We Fight and premiered his HBO doc Reagan at the festival last year.

Paul Dano, executive producer/actor in For Ellen — Dano may be a name in a good number of households following his stints in Fast Food Nation, There Will Be Blood and Meek’s Cutoff. In 2006, Little Miss Sunshine took Sundance by storm, in which he starred along with then-newcomer Abigail Breslin. He’s back again, starring in and executive producing For Ellen directed by So Yong Kim (also a Sundance vet who took a Special Jury Prize for In Between Days at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival). Dano plays Joby, a struggling musician who takes an overnight long-distance drive to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.
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