Magnolia Takes North American Rights To Shailene Woodley-Starrer ‘White Bird In A Blizzard’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:40am PDT

magnoliaLogoMagnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to White Bird In A Blizzard, from writer/director Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Shailene Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother disappears. As time passes, Woodley’s character comes to grips with how deeply her mother’s disappearance has affected her. She eventually finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pic was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Film is a co-production of Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch. Read More »

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Sundance: Magnolia Acquires Roger Ebert Documentary ‘Life Itself’

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ebeMagnolia Pictures acquired the Sundance documentary Life Itself, which covered the life of beloved film critic Roger Ebert. Steve James of Hoop Dreams fame directed the picture, which is being eyed for summer release followed by a broadcast … Read More »

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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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Lars Von Trier’s Racy ‘Nymphomaniac’ Gets Two-Part Release From Magnolia: Video

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 8:25am PST
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nympAfter much foreplay in the form of increasingly graphic trailers that to me skate the edges of pornography, the release plan for Lars von Trier‘s Nymphomaniac has come together. Magnolia Pictures has announced that von Trier has cut … Read More »

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Magnolia Pictures To Release James McAvoy Black Comedy ‘Filth’ In North America

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 11:13am PST
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Magnolia Pictures acquired North American rights to Filth, the adaptation of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s equally unsettling and rude black comedy that stars James McAvoy as a copper looking for a promotion and willing to go to … Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Border Drama ‘Frontera’ At Baja Int’l Film Fest

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 3:39pm PST

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. and Canada rights to Frontera, starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña. The drama directed by Michael Berry from his script with … Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Toronto Pic ‘The Double’

By | Tuesday October 15, 2013 @ 10:45am PDT

Richard Ayoade directed and co-wrote with Avi Korine The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska in an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s doppelganger tale that played at last month’s Toronto Film Festival. Magnolia Pictures has picked … Read More »

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TORONTO: Magnolia Confirms ‘The Sacrament’ Deal For Genre Label Magnet

Mike Fleming Jr broke this news from Toronto last week that Magnolia was finalizing a seven-figure deal for Ti West’s contemporary found-footage thriller that played in the Vanguard sidebar. Now Magnolia says the pic will go out through its genre distribution label Magnet Releasing sometime in 2014. The release: Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Acquires Lukas Moodysson’s Punk Rock Pic ‘We Are The Best!’

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 9:35am PDT

New York (September 18, 2013) – US distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights for Lukas Moodysson’s WE ARE THE BEST! from TrustNordisk, sales agent on behalf of producer Memfis Film. The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt , Head of Sales at TrustNordisk and Peter Van Steemburg, Director of Acquisitions at Magnolia Pictures.

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Toronto: Magnolia Nears Deal For Ti West’s ‘The Sacrament’

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 3:12pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ti West wrote and directed The Sacrament, the contemporary found-footage thriller that world premiered at Venice before showing at Toronto over the weekend in the fest’s Vanguard section. Magnolia Pictures, which lost on an Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Steve Coogan Comedy ‘Alan Partridge’

By | Tuesday August 20, 2013 @ 9:51am PDT

Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures has picked up the UK comedy Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan in the long-running character he created over two decades ago. The Baby Cow/Studiocanal production directed by Declan Lowney is … Read More »

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Hot UK Trailer: ‘How I Live Now’

Soairse Ronan stars in Last King Of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now. She plays Daisy, an American teenager who’s sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. But romance and an idyllic summer are interrupted by an escalating conflict in … Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Kevin Macdonald-Helmed ‘How I Live Now’ For Fall Release

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 11:05am PDT

New York (July 25, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to HOW I LIVE NOW, the new film from Academy Award winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, Marley) starring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, Atonement), based on the award winning novel by Meg Rosoff. The film was produced by Charles Steel, Alasdair Flind, Andrew Ruhemann and John Battsek. Set in the near-future UK, Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings, and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund (George MacKay). But on the fringes of their idyllic summer days are tense news reports of an escalating conflict in Europe. As the UK falls into a violent, chaotic military state, Daisy finds herself hiding and fighting to survive.

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Hot Clip: Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’

In what’s being referred to as an “appetizer”, here is the first clip from Danish bad boy Lars von Trier‘s sex-o-rama Nymphomaniac. The film is broken into eight chapters and the teaser below is from Chapter One: The Compleat Angler. Stacy Martin plays Young Joe, an … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Prince Avalanche’

David Gordon Green won the Silver Bear for best director at Berlin for this remake of the Icelandic comedy Either Way. Now the first trailer is out for Prince Avalanche, the character study about a guy (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend’s brother (Emile Hirsch) who form … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Drinking Buddies’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:00pm PDT

Two couples. Multiple attractions. Plenty of beer. What could go possibly wrong? The relationship comedy Drinking Buddies follows a pair of Chicago craft brewery co-workers (Jake Johnson and Olivia Wilde) whose best-friends status veers toward flirtation as another pair (Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston) complicates things. Writer-director … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Touchy Feely’

By | Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 6:11pm PDT

Rosemarie DeWitt reunites with writer-director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) in this Sundance 2013 dramedy about a massage therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to human touch. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, and Ron Livingston co-star in the pic … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’

By | Tuesday June 4, 2013 @ 2:26pm PDT

The late trash TV icon Morton Downey Jr., who paved the way for Jerry Springer, Maury Povitch and the like with his brand of combative talk show spectacle, is the subject of Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie. Directors Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger blend archival footage, animated … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Killer Whale Docu ‘Blackfish’

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 4:21pm PDT

At this year’s Sundance several buyers were interested in the Blackfish, the documentary about the notorious killer whale Tilikum that is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top trainer. Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films, which kicked off its sales activities during the festival, … Read More »

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