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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Prince Avalanche’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Off Label’, ‘In A World’, ‘I Give It A Year’

By | Thursday August 8, 2013 @ 6:08pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Magnolia Pictures will bow two Specialty titles this weekend including the latest by David Gordon Green who made a return to a relative micro-budget film he shot quickly earlier this year starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Prince Avalanche was adapted from an Icelandic film he saw at a New York film series last year. Magnolia will also open comedy I Give It A Year by Borat scribe, Dave Mazer. UTV Communications will open Chennai Express, one of India’s most anticipated blockbusters in North America in a comparatively large number of theaters numbering under 200 targeting the South Asian audience here. Oscilloscope and doc filmmakers Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri take on pharmaceuticals in Off Label, while Roadside Attractions’ In A World is possibly a showcase for rising talent, Lake Bell.

Prince Avalanche
Director-writer: David Gordon Green
Writer: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson (Original story)
Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Lynn Shelton
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Austin-based director David Gordon Green returns to his indie roots with his latest film Prince Avalanche, albeit with a couple of recognizable names in the form of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. The filmmaker adapted the story from Icelandic film Either Way which he caught at a festival spotlighting the country’s cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Rudd and Hirsch star as two highway workers spending the summer of ’88 away from the city in an isolated landscape where their misadventure finds them at odds with themselves and the women they left behind. “We conceived of the movie in February ’12 and we were sound mixing by July,” said Green who added that the planned 18-day shoot finished two days ahead of schedule from a loose 65-page script. Green decided to adapt Either Way to Bastrop, TX in an area that had been devastated by fire. “It’s a conflict of characters and you turn it on its ass and find out that they’re not what you expect them to be,” said Green. “I also wanted to take what you know about Paul Rudd and what you comedically know about Paul and show the depth and tenderness to him. And I wanted to take what you know about Emile from watching his movies, the dramatic side to him, and show you how funny that kid is…” Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Rupert Murdoch Eyeing Financial Times?; Ruling On Hacking Appeal; ‘Either Way’ Helmer’s Next Pic

Report: Rupert Murdoch, Abu Dhabi Media Group Eyeing Financial Times
A report out of Malaysia circulated this morning which claimed Rupert Murdoch and the state-owned Abu Dhabi Media Group are in talks to acquire The Financial Times Group for $1.2B. News Corp. said, “This is completely untrue” and FT owner, Pearson, also denied the report saying, “The Financial Times is not for sale, and Pearson is not in any talks to sell it.” The talks, reported by Malaysian political and business magazine The Edge Review, cited financial executives familiar with the negotiations which had purportedly been going on for the past month. The Financial Times Group includes the flagship Financial Times newspaper as well as The Economist magazine. Per AFP, the report said the Abu Dhabi group is eyeing a 75% stake with Murdoch’s new News Corp. taking 25%. News Corp. officially split into two entities today. In an interview published in the FT website on Thursday evening, chief executive of the publishing business, Robert Thomson, said News Corp. could use its $2.6B of net cash for acquisitions, but there was no mention of the FT, and he also played down expectations of a bid for the Los Angeles Times. Thomson is a former U.S. managing editor of the FT.

Judges Deny Appeals To Drop Charges Against Hacking-Scandal Figures
In other News Corp.-related news, former News International chief Rebekah Brooks, and former News Of The World editor Andy Coulson have both been denied appeals to have criminal charges against them dropped. Neither appeared in a London court Friday, but three judges there dismissed the appeal that had been brought by Brooks, Coulson and three others, The Guardian said. Brooks and Coulson’s trials begin in September, when they will face charges related to phone hacking. The appeals were fashioned on the grounds that the law does not extend to voicemails that already had been listened to. 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 an unlikely friendship after they  decide to spend the summer of 1988 painting traffic lines on a very rural highway. Lance LeGault also stars in the film produced by Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng, Craig Zobel, James Belfer and Green, who also wrote the script. Magnolia Pictures — which picked up Prince Avalanche after its Sundance premiere in January — opens the R-rated pic in theaters August 9, day-and-date with its iTunes debut:

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