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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 which Magnolia snapped up for release. Check out the trailer:

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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 recreations, and interviews with Herman Cain, Pat Buchanan, Chris Elliott, Gloria Allred, Sally Jessy Raphael in the Tribeca 2013 selection. Magnolia is set to release the pic via Magnolia on June 7. Watch the redband trailer featuring Al Sharpton’s infamous 1988 commercial break outburst:

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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, ended up combining on the rights deal. Magnolia releases it July 19 and CNN will air it sometime in the fall.

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Hot Trailer: ‘V/H/S 2′

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 6:37pm PDT

Magnolia‘s Magnet Releasing has not one, but two morbid anthology series churning out sequels. Its summer found-footage follow-up V/H/S 2 features connected segments by Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid), Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way To Die), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Edúardo Sanchez (Lovely Molly), Gregg Hale (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (The ABCs Of Death), and Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun). Pic hits VOD on June 6 and opens July 12. Here’s the redband trailer:

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Magnolia Acquires Spanish Ensemble Comedy ‘Tasting Menu’

After hooking up on three titles at the EFM in Berlin, Magnolia Pictures has closed yet another deal on a film from Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk. Roger Gual’s Spanish ensemble comedy Tasting Menu has been acquired by the company for all rights in the U.S. while Vendetta Film has taken Australia and New Zealand. The movie follows a couple who book a table at the best restaurant in the world. But by the time the reservation rolls around, they’ve already been separated for a year. As it’s the last night before the culinary gem closes forever, they decide they can’t miss the unique event and meet at the restaurant (which sounds an awful lot like Ferran Adria’s El Bulli which shuttered in 2011). Stephen Rea, Fionnula Flanagan, Claudia Bassols, Jan Cornet and Togo Igawa star. Producer is David Matamoros for Zentropa International Spain and Subotica Limited. Executive producers are Peter Garde and Peter Aalbæk Jensen. The film’s Spanish release is set for June 14. Click over for the trailer: Read More »

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Magnolia Pictures Buys ‘Good Ol’ Freda’

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 10:38am PDT

New York, NY – April 22, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired North American rights to GOOD OL’ FREDA, a crowd-pleasing documentary about Freda Kelly, The Beatles’ lifelong secretary. Directed by Ryan White (Pelada), and produced by Kathy McCabe, White and Jessica Lawson, the doc had its US premiere at the SXSW Film Festival last month.

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. As The Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there with unfaltering loyalty and dedication as history unfolded, witnessing the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history. In GOOD OL’ FREDA, she tells her story for the first time in 50 years. One of few films with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the music industry.

Magnolia will release the film theatrically later this year.

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Hot Trailer: ‘Ragnarok’

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 6:26am PDT

Magnolia Pictures acquired Norwegian action-adventure film Ragnarok in Berlin, where sales outfit TrustNordisk did brisk international business based on a 3-minute promo. The first trailer has just dropped for the film that follows an archeologist (Kon Tiki‘s Pål Sverre Hagen) whose obsession with the Oseberg Viking ship leads him on a terrifying treasure hunt. Mikkel Sandemose directs. This was one of the hot projects at the EFM where TrustNordisk and Magnolia also closed U.S. deals on Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and thriller Pioneer from the team behind Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters. Ragnarok releases in Norway on October 4.

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires SXSW Comedy ‘I Give It A Year’

By | Monday April 1, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT

The British comedy written and directed by Borat and Bruno scribe Dan Mazer already has premiered in the UK, France and Germany via Studiocanal and had its North American premiere last month at SXSW. Rose Byrne, Anna Farris, Simon Baker, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver and Stephen Merchant star in the ensemble, which Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to and plans a theatrical and VOD release in its Ultra VOD program this year. Both a romantic comedy and a send-up of the genre, I Give It A Year picks up where other rom-coms end — after the glamour of a fairy tale romance and wedding has worn off and the realities of marriage start to sink in. “Dan Mazer is a terrific writer who has managed to both skewer and celebrate the romantic comedy genre and also deliver a gut-bustingly funny picture,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Director of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemburg and StudioCanal SVP International Sales Vanessa Saal.

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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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SXSW: Magnolia Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘Muscle Shoals’

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 8:10am PDT

BREAKING: Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Muscle Shoals, the documentary about the iconic Alabama recording studio that hatched some of music’s great tunes. Directed by Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, the film features interviews with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Alicia Keys, Bono and many others.

The docu first played at Sundance in January, and the deal comes as the film makes its debut at SXSW. Pic is about how Rick Hall overcame crushing personal hardship to put together a recording studio and house band (the Swampers) that became legendary for its electrifying musical chemistry. Luring some of the biggest figures in 20th century pop music, like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Staples Singers, the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Simon and Garfunkel, the studio produced all-time classic songs like “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved A Man,” “Wild Horses” and many more, uniting black and white musicians in the deep South during an incendiary period of racial hostility. Read More »

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Touchy Feely’

By | Thursday March 7, 2013 @ 2:15pm PST

Magnolia Pictures has acquired world distribution rights to Touchy Feely from writer/director Lynn Shelton. Touchy Feely, which made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Josh Pais and Ellen Page and is Shelton’s follow-up film to Your Sister’s Sister. Touchy Feely takes an intimate look at a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly Read More »

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Ragnarok’ In Another Norway Deal

By | Tuesday February 19, 2013 @ 8:05am PST

Berlin was very kind to Magnolia Pictures and Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk, with this the third tie-up between the companies out of the market there following the high-profile deal for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the pact for Norwegian oil saga Pioneer. Magnolia previously released Norway-made pics Headhunters from the Jo Nesbo book and Troll Hunters. Here’s today’s release about Ragnarok:

US distributor Magnolia has acquired the Norwegian action-adventure film RAGNAROK from TrustNordisk.

Magnolia concluded the deal based on a 3-minute promo shown during the European Film Market in Berlin. The deal was negotiated between SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg from Magnolia and CEO Rikke Ennis and Head of Sales Susan Wendt from TrustNordisk.

“We are very excited about RAGNAROK, which has all the makings of a terrific action adventure. We are especially pleased to be working with our friends at TrustNordisk again to bring more great Scandinavian cinema to US audiences”, says President of Magnolia Pictures, Eamonn Bowles.

“I can’t recall having seen an action adventure film of this standard and production value coming out of Scandinavia. I am thrilled to have a partner like Magnolia aboard and can’t wait to present the film to the American audiences”, says Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.

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Berlin: Magnolia, TrustNordisk Link Up Again On ‘Pioneer’

By | Thursday February 14, 2013 @ 6:25am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac.

The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. Read More »

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BERLIN TOLDJA!: Magnolia Closes U.S. Deal For Lars Von Trier-Helmed Shia La Beouf Boff-A-Rama ‘Nymphomaniac’

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 6:22am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 6:22 AM:: Magnolia Pictures and TrustNordisk have confirmed Deadline’s scoop that they’ve made one of the big deals at Berlin for U.S. rights to provocateur helmer Lars von Trier‘s full monty film Nymphomaniac. We heard it was around a $2 million deal. The press release runs beneath Deadline’s original break on the story.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, MONDAY PM: After a little late night deal making hanky panky in Berlin, Magnolia Pictures is the frontrunner in talks to consummate a deal for domestic rights to Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac for around $2 million, Deadline hears. The film’s about a nymphomaniac who recounts her sordid life to a stranger after he saves her from a beating. It stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell and Christian Slater. Read More »

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Magnolia Acquires Comedy ‘Best Man Down’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 10:15am PST

New York, NY– February 6, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired North American rights to BEST MAN DOWN, a warmly funny new comedy from writer/director Ted Koland, starring Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin and Frances O’Connor. The film was produced by David Abbitt, Jen Roskind and Sharyn Steele. When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (Weixler) and Scott (Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realize that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye. Magnolia plans a summer release through their Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms a month prior to its theatrical release. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s Director of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemberg with Preferred Content and Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers. BEST MAN DOWN was financed by Koda Entertainment.

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Sundance: Magnolia Headed Toward ‘S-VHS’ Deal

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 11:24am PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Magnolia Pictures is wrapping up a deal worth north of $1 million for S-VHS, after an auction that included Lionsgate and Drafthouse. The deal beats the sum for the first film VHS, which Magnolia also released. The film, which premiered Saturday in Sundance‘s Park City At Midnight section, is a found-footage pic where two private investigators looking for a missing student break into an abandoned house and find a collection of mysterious VHS tapes. They are horrific and shine a light on the motives behind the student’s disappearance. There is a gangbang of directors on this one: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Eduardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener wrote and directed the pic. WME Global‘s Mark Ankner conducted the auction.

Related: Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Prince Avalanche’

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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures Acquires ‘Prince Avalanche’

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 9:49am PST
Mike Fleming

Park City, UT – January 23, 2013 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to PRINCE AVALANCHE after its rapturously received Sunday premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, PRINCE AVALANCHE stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, and was produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel (director of Magnolia’s 2012 release Compliance), James Belfer and David Gordon Green.

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Sundance: Magnolia Pictures And CNN Films Reel In ‘Blackfish’

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 11:25am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films have confirmed this. I’m putting the release at the bottom of the original break.

EXCLUSIVE: Another Sundance deal! I’m hearing that Magnolia Pictures and upstart film company CNN Films will reel in Blackfish, the documentary about the notorious killer whale Tilikum that is responsible for the deaths of three individuals, including a top trainer of killer whales. The film had numerous distributors swirling since it first screened Saturday night at the Temple Theatre in Park City. The film was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Appropriate for a fish tale, the film was repped by Submarine. There was keen interest from TWC-Radius, Lionsgate, eOne, HBO and Sony Pictures Classics.

Park City, UT, Tuesday, January 22 — CNN Films, a production and acquisition unit of CNN Worldwide, and the Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s buzzed about documentary Blackfish at the Sundance film festival.

Thrilling, thought provoking and thoroughly entertaining, Blackfish traces a 39 year history of killer whales in captivity leading up to a 2010 incident where an experienced Sea World trainer was killed by the 12,000 lb. Orca whale Tilikum, a whale previously associated with the death of two other people. Blackfish chillingly shows that this incident of violence is hardly an isolated one, along the way exploring the extraordinary nature of

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Magnolia Picks Up Big Star Documentary

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 1:54pm PST

Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired the North American rights to Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me. The distributor plans a theatrical release of the documentary about the influential 1970s band later this year. Big Star was formed in 1971 in Memphis by former Box Tops lead singer Alex Chilton and Chris Bell. Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel filled out the original lineup. While the band never achieved mainstream success, it became a big influence on the likes of REM, the Flaming Lips and more. After breaking up in the md-’70s, Chilton reformed the band with Stevens for several years in the 1990s; Chilton passed away in 2010 just before the band was scheduled to play SXSW. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me was directed by Drew DeNicola and Oliva Mori. It’s produced by Mori and Danielle McCarthy,executive produced by John Fry with Gill Holland and David Armillei, and co-produced by Brian Sprouse. Magnolia SVP Acquisitions Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine.

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