On Eve Of ‘Mad Men’ Premiere, Matthew Weiner Near Millennium Deal For Pic ‘You Are Here’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

you-are-here_-torontoEXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is near a deal to distribute You Are Here, the film written and directed by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that premiered at the last Toronto Film Festival.

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Millennium Sued Over Profits From Crispin Glover Pic ‘The Donner Party’

The Donner PartyThis might be as much attention as the straight-to-video pic ever got. Millennium Entertainment, which distributed The Donner Party starring Crispin Glover, is facing a breach-of-contract suit over the 2009 pic. In a lawsuit filed today in Los … Read More »

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AFM: Millennium Snags U.S. Rights To 3D Parkour Crime Thriller ‘Run’

By | Wednesday November 6, 2013 @ 4:00pm PST

EXCLUSIVE: 3D indie action crime thriller Run, starring Chronicles of Narnia actor William Moseley, has been acquired by Millennium Entertainment. The parkour flick follows American teenager Daniel Lombardi (Moseley) who uses his free-running skills to pull off small robberies with his father (Adrian Pasdar) until a new girlfriend (Kelsey Chow) and the promise of going straight encourages him to use his skills for good. Eric Roberts and Boardwalk Empire‘s Edoardo Ballerini co-star as lifelong enemies of Daniel’s dad who start closing in on the duo. As parkour movies go, the art of hurdling urban obstacles exploded with Euro actioners like 2005′s District B13 and filtered into Hollywood blockbusters including Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum – but the trend has slowed down of late. Still, Simone Bartesaghi was so enamored with the discipline and its potential for filming practical stunts that he wrote and directed Run and makes his helming debut with the film, which won Best Screenplay at the Milan International Film Festival and won Best Emerging Director and Best 3D honors at L.A.’s 3D Film Festival. Read More »

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Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp And Millennium Entertainment Heading To Altar?

By | Saturday October 12, 2013 @ 9:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I am hearing that Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is the lead horse in the quest to acquire Millennium Entertainment, the distribution arm of Avi Lerner‘s Nu Image/Millennium Films empire that was … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Charlie Countryman’

By | Tuesday October 8, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT

Shia LaBeouf stars as Charlie Countryman, an American who falls for a musician (Evan Rachel Wood) and follows her into a Romanian underworld of violent gangsters where he’s pummeled over and over in his quest to save her. Swedish commercials helmer Fredrik Bond made … Read More »

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Millennium Acquires U.S. On ‘Life Of A King’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 12:15pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Millennium Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to Life Of A King from writer-director Jake Goldberger. Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars. Co-written by Goldberger along with David Scott and Dan Wetzel, the film is based on the true story of Eugene Brown (Gooding, Jr.), an ex-con who founded the Big … Read More »

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Toronto: ‘Fading Gigolo’ Sells For $3 Million To Millennium Entertainment

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: The John Turturro-directed Fading Gigolo has sold in a $3 million deal to Millennium Entertainment, I’m hearing. The deal is for U.S. rights, and another source just told me the deal will close between $2 million and $3 million. The film stars Turturro as a man who aspires to be a professional Don Juan in order to raise money to help his friend. Woody Allen plays the pal, and he effectively becomes his pimp. The film premiered Saturday evening at the Isabel Bader Theatre and it also stars Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. QED International and ICM Partners is closing up the deal. I believe that it’s the first time that Woody has played a pimp in a feature film, so this is truly a cinematic first. Jeffrey Kusama-Hunte produced with QED’s Bill Block and Paul Hanson.

The deal will likely be the first of several over the next couple of days. It felt like all the oxygen left the room after the mammoth auctions for the Jason Bateman-directed Bad Words that was acquired by Focus and the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life?, which was acquired by The Weinstein Company after an all-night auction. A bunch of acquisition titles got good reaction, but nobody seems in that much of a hurry to close. Maybe a deal like this will get things moving.

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Millennium Inks PRIMA Cinema Home Viewing Deal

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 10:04am PDT

Watching movies on opening night from the privacy of your own home just got a little bit bigger as PRIMA Cinema announced today a deal with Millennium Entertainment to offer their film in-house so to speak. So if you have the $35,000 to buy their device that offers rentals of film the day they debut, you’re set. Here’s the release:
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Millennium Acquires Shia La Beouf Film ‘The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman;’ Film Preemed In Sundance

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Five months after it premiered at Sundance, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman has sold for U.S. rights and a theatrical release. Millennium Entertainment has paid low seven-figures to release one of the highest profile films … Read More »

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Millennium On The Block; Salem Partners To Handle Sale Of Distribution Unit

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Millennium Entertainment, the distribution arm of Avi Lerner‘s Nu Image, is officially for sale, with investment bank Salem Partners brought in to shop a deal. Nu Image holds 60% of the company, while Nigel Sinclair and Guy East’s Exclusive Media has a 20% stake and hedge fund Prentice Capital has the other 20%. A sale has been in the cards for the past year as Sinclair and East considered buying the part of the company they don’t already own, but a deal did not come to fruition. With the sale now opened to other buyers, Deadline hears there’s been “a lot of activity.” Here’s the official press release:

Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee announced today that Salem Partners, a leading Los Angeles-based investment bank and wealth management firm, has been retained to sell the company.

Millennium Entertainment enjoyed a record year in both revenue and earnings in 2012 propelled by one of 2012’s biggest indie successes, Richard Linklater’s comedy Bernie, which earned Jack Black a Golden Globe nomination.

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Millennium Acquires Sundance Horror Comedy ‘Hell Baby’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 2:52pm PDT

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon wrote, directed, produced and star in Hell Baby, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and co-stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘What Maisie Knew’

Millennium Entertainment has North American rights on What Maisie Knew which debuted in Toronto last September. Scott McGehee and David Siegel direct the film that stars Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan and revolves around the 7-year old title character who’s caught in a custody … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Iceman’

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 10:29am PST

The thriller starring Michael Shannon as real-life hitman/family man Richard Kuklinski premiered at Venice last fall and is due for to his U.S. theaters in May via Millennium Entertainment. Ray Liotta, Wynona Ryder, Chris Evans and James Franco co-star along with plenty of ’70s-era mustaches. Kuklinski was a … Read More »

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Exclusive Media Acquires Stake In Millennium Entertainment

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 12:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

In a deal that was rumored (and denied) since Cannes, Exclusive Media has acquired a minority stake in Millennium Entertainment. It gives Exclusive a distribution apparatus to go along with its production capabilities. Here’s the release:

Los Angeles, CA (Sept 25, 2012) – Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East and Millennium Entertainment and Nu Image Founders Avi Lerner and Trevor Short today announced that Exclusive Media has acquired a minority stake in US distribution company Millennium Entertainment.

Under the terms of the deal, Exclusive Releasing, the newly launched US distribution company of Exclusive Media, will have access to Millennium’s home entertainment distribution systems to supplement Exclusive Releasing’s infrastructure.

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Toronto: Millennium Buys ‘What Maisie Knew’

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 10:34pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Millennium Entertainment is closing a deal for North American rights on What Maisie Knew, the film by Scott McGehee and David Siegel that premiered last Friday at Roy Thomson Hall. Deal is worth around $2 million minimum guarantee. I hear that distribution heavyweight Bob Berney is consulting for Red Crown, which financed the film along with some private equity investors. Berney will help guide the film when it gets released next spring. Millennium Entertainment, run by Bill Lee, is coming off the indie success Bernie and has the Lee Daniels-directed The Paperboy upcoming. The plan is to try and replicate that Bernie success with a similar theatrical platform release.

The film stars Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan and revolves around the 7-year old title character, played by Onata Aprile. She is caught in a custody battle between her aging mother rock star and her art dealer father. WME Global’s Mark Ankner is negotiating this deal with Millennium’s Lee and Tristen Tuckfield. It’s the third deal that the agency was involved in today. WME and Cinetic Media rep the filmmakers along with Oasis. Read More »

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‘The Paperboy’ Gets Oct. 5 Release Date

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 12:23pm PDT

The Paperboy Release DateMillennium Entertainment will release Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy theatrically on October 5, the distributor announced today. The erotic thriller stars Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray and John Cusack. The screenplay was … Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Bernie’ Bows Hot; Others Not So Much; Holdovers OK

Millennium Entertainment scored one of the highest limited release debuts of 2012 in terms of per screen average over the weekend with director Richard Linklater‘s latest feature. Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine, … Read More »

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Millennium Entertainment Closes Credit Line With Pacific Mercantile Bank

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 11:20am PST

Los Angeles (February 14, 2012) – Millennium Entertainment has closed a revolving line of credit funded by Pacific Mercantile Bank, it was announced today by Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee. The credit line will be used to fund future acquisitions and P&A for the Millennium Entertainment.

“This deal with Pacific Mercantile will truly allow us to take the company to the next level,” stated Lee. “We look forward to bolstering our operations as we continue to grow as a company supported by this new line of credit.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become a financial partner for Millennium Entertainment and look forward to assisting them in meeting their corporate objectives,” said Art Stribley, EVP Entertainment Industries Division, Pacific Mercantile Bank.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Millennium Entertainment by Piero G. Broccardo, SVP Finance and for Pacific Mercantile Bank by Art Stribley, EVP Entertainment Industries Division and Sandy McKerroll, VP Entertainment Industries Division.

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Millennium Acquires Kate Hudson-Starrer ‘A Little Bit Of Heaven’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 10:15am PST
Mike Fleming

Millennium Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to the romantic drama/comedy A Little Bit of Heaven. The film stars Kate Hudson, Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Punch, Romany Malco, Rosemarie DeWitt, Steven Weber and Treat Williams. … Read More »

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