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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Metallica Through The Never’, ‘Muscle Shoals’, ‘Shepard & Dark’, ‘We Are What We Are’, ‘Morning’, ‘The Wicker Man’, ‘On The Job’, ‘The Network’

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Picturehouse makes a heavy metal return with the roll out of Metallica Through The Never. The reincarnation of the brand once a Time Warner entity, is taking a unique approach to its first release with an exclusive IMAX weekend run. September is going out with a bang in terms of number of releases. The weekend is packed once again, though one exec told me off the cuff that he sees it as “lifting all boats,” while another disagreed. The Specialty Box Office has had more losers than winners – though isn’t that always the case – theatrically, though last week’s Enough Said managed great numbers despite the flood of fellow newcomers. Docs make a plentiful showing this weekend including Magnolia’s Muscle Shoals, which debuted at Sundance and Music Box’s TIFF ’12 premiere Shepard & Dark along with SXSW’s The Network, which FilmBuff will roll out theatrically. Entertainment One will open the English-language version of We Are What We Are, while TV actor Leland Orser takes a turn as film director with Anchor Bay’s Morning. Rialto has three openers this weekend including the 40th anniversary restoration of The Wicker Man and Well Go USA will bow its Cannes premiere, On The Job.

Metallica Through The Never
Director-writer: Nimród Antal
Writers: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich
Subjects: Dane DeHaan, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Jeremy Raymond, Mackenzie Gray, Toby Hargrave
Distributor: Picturehouse

Action/music feature Metallica Through The Never is the first release of the second manifestation of Picturehouse, the former New Line Cinema and HBO Films label formed in 2005 that later closed house and then was revived by its head, veteran film exec Bob Berney along with wife/partner Jeanne Berney. The feature centers on Trip, a young roadie for Metallica who is sent on a mission during the band’s show, but what was meant to be a simple assignment turns into a surreal adventure. Read More »

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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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Hot Sundance Trailer: ‘Muscle Shoals’

By | Wednesday January 16, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST

The likes of the Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, the Staples Singers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Wilson Pickett and others were drawn to the Alabama town that producer Rick Hall’s FAME Studio and Muscle Shoals Recording Studios called home. Director Greg “Freddy” Camalier brings the rich history of the “Muscle Shoals sound” to life in his documentary feature entry at Sundance, which also has Dave Grohl’s Sound City, about the famed San Fernando Valley recording studio.

WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE: Muscle Shoals – Official Sundance Trailer

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Sundance 2013 Adds Four Films To Lineup

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 1:25pm PST

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute today announced the addition of four films to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, including Magic Magic (Director: Sebastián Silva), Muscle Shoals (Director: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier) and Wrong Cops (Director: Quentin Dupieux) as well as El Mariachi (1993) for the From the Collection screening. The 2013 Festival will be January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

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