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‘The Master’, ‘Arbitrage’, ‘Francine’, ‘Liberal Arts’, ‘Step Up To The Plate’: Specialty Box Office Preview

By | Friday September 14, 2012 @ 3:20pm PDT

Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.

After making a splash in both Toronto and Venice (where it picked up awards, but not without controversy), The Weinstein Company’s The Master takes to screens amidst festival Oscar buzz this weekend. Joining the anticipated title are Sundance Film Festival heavyweights Arbitrage starring Richard Gere and Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts, in which he stars opposite Elizabeth Olsen. Also rolling out in select theaters are Francine, starring Melissa Leo and French-centered documentary, Step Up To The Plate.

The Master
Director-writer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Price Carson
Distributor: The Weinstein Company

Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest movie heads to theaters following awards controversy at the Venice Film Festival and a lauded North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend where it generated a good dose of Oscar buzz. Writer-director Anderson dismissed – at least verbally – any association with Scientology at a press conference in Toronto and expressed gratitude for the film’s Venice wins for Best Actor (shared by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix) and his Silver Lion for Best Director. The story follows a naval vet who arrives home to an uncertain future but finds solace from a charismatic leader. “Over the years, Paul has become a freer director [and] more organic,” producer JoAnne Sellar said in Toronto. “For … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Liberal Arts’

By | Monday August 6, 2012 @ 5:43pm PDT

Directed and written by and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother), Liberal Arts has an international trailer that just surfaced. The Sundance hit also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser. IFC Films opens the movie September 14 in New York and Los Angeles, expanding to additional markets September 21.

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Picturehouse, Revolver Acquire ‘Liberal Arts’, ‘Imposter’ For UK: Sundance

Revolver Entertainment and Picturehouse Entertainment have jointly acquired all UK rights to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and Bart Layton’s feature documentary The Imposter. Both films premiered in Sundance this week. Liberal Arts stars Radnor along with Elizabeth Olsen, Zac Efron, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney, John Magaro and Elizabeth Reaser. Radnor plays a divorcee who returns to his alma mater and falls for a sophomore (Olsen). Earlier this week, IFC acquired the film for North America. The Imposter is a stranger-than-fiction tale about the disappearance of a Texas boy who later resurfaces in Spain with a shocking story of kidnap and torture – but all is not what it seems. Produced by Dimitri Doganis, the film is an A&E IndieFilms, Film4 and Channel 4 presentation of a RAW Production in association with Red Box Films and Passion Pictures. Executive producers on the film are John Battsek and Simon Chinn. The Liberal Arts deal was struck between Revolver’s Dave Bishop, Picturehouse’s Clare Binns and Hyde Park International’s Ruzanna Kegeyan and Gersh’s Jennifer Dana and Jay Cohen. The Imposter deal was handled by Bishop, Binns and Protagonist CEO Ben Roberts. The joint acquisition is a first for Picturehouse and Revolver.

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IFC Acquires Josh Radnor’s ‘Liberal Arts: Sundance

By | Wednesday January 25, 2012 @ 9:44pm PST
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IFC acquired North American rights to Liberal Arts, written and directed by Josh Radnor. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen and Richard Jenkins. Radnor stars as a divorcee who returns to his alma mater and falls for a sophomore (Olsen). IFC will release later this year.

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