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Wrekin Hill Teams With Movie Merchandiser On Film Distribution

By | Monday March 14, 2011 @ 12:52pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2011) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, and Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), a movie merchandising powerhouse that has become an essential tastemaker for the all-important Fanboy culture, announced today a strategic partnership whereby the two companies will join to distribute four to five titles theatrically each year. The first film to be released and marketed theatrically via this new partnership will be Spencer Susser’s HESHER, which screened last night at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. A Wrekin Hill release of a Newmarket Films/NECA Films/Corner Store Entertainment presentation acquired in conjunction with Newmarket Films, the film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson. The film has been set for a May 13th opening in major markets across the country.

Wrekin Hill and NECA have also partnered to acquire and release Alexandre O. Phillipe’s documentary comedy THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS (which premiered at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival) (all rights in English-speaking territories excluding Canada) and writer/director J.B. Ghuman Jr’s colorful and foul-mouthed musical comedy SPORK (which premiered last year at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival) (all North American rights) . Both films will be released in 2011.

Wrekin Hill is also launching a new genre label called Underhill Films. In addition to the theatrical titles that Wrekin Hill intends to release with NECA, the companies will also partner on the release of a broad spectrum

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SXSW Promises Mel Gibson, Singing Coco, A Vulgar Alien And John Mellencamp

Mike Fleming

South by Southwest 2011 has programmed a bunch of features to go with previously announced opening night premiere Source Code. Coming on the heels of Sundance, the Austin, Texas-based SXSW has put itself in position to secure films that didn’t play in Park City. Films that will create buzz include the Jodie Foster-directed The Beaver, which features Mel Gibson as a troubled exec who battles depression with the help of a beaver puppet, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, which Deadline told you last March was being filmed while O’Brien served his TV banishment by hitting the road with a 30-city comedy/musical tour. Here are the other films added to the program so far:

The Beaver (World Premiere)
Director: Jodie Foster, Writer: Kyle Killen
Summit Entertainment and Participant Media Present in Association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Anonymous Content – Two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with two-time Academy Award winner Mel Gibson in an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can’t seem to get himself back on track…until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin & Jennifer Lawrence

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop (World Premiere)
Director: Rodman Flender
After a much-publicized separation with his former employers, did Conan O’Brien … Read More »

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‘Source Code’ To Open SXSW Film Festival

Mike Fleming

The Duncan Jones-directed Source Code will be the opening night film of the South by Southwest Film Festival. The fest runs March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. The film will be released by Summit on April 1. Mark Gordon and Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet are producing.

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