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    NEON Acquires Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor’

    If there’s one studio that will come out strong following the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s NEON. Just a few days ago, the studio acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the SXSW hit “She Dies Tomorrow” and followed it up yesterday with the domestic rights to “Pig” starring Nicolas Cage. Earlier this year, the studio made some […] More

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    Casey Affleck’s Directorial Effort ‘Light of My Life’ Picked Up by Saban Films

    Though he helmed the documentary/mockumentary “I’m Still Here” about his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, Casey Affleck had never directed a narrative feature until recently. “Light of My Life,” his second effort behind the camera, had a debut at the Berlin Film Festival recently, getting some good notices. That caught the attention of Saban Films, who picked […] More

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    IFC Films Acquires ‘Mary Magdalene’ with Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix

    One of the many titles to fall into no man’s land when The Weinstein Company folded was “Mary Magdalene.” The Rooney Mara led biblical drama was initially put forward as an Oscar vehicle. A festival bow came and went, with not a whole lot heard about when it might see the light of day. Then, […] More

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    Focus Features to Produce Jon Stewart’s Political Comedy ‘Irresistible’

    Back in 2014, while still hosting “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart took a sabbatical in order to write and direct his first film. That was the drama “Rosewater,” which suggested a bright future behind the camera for Stewart. It took a few years, but he’s mounting his sophomore effort, this time with more of a […] More

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    Netflix Acquires Malaysian Drama ‘Rise’

    Yesterday, Netflix saw a number of Academy Awards get added to their mantle, even if the big one eluded them. They also debuted a Teaser for Martin Scorsese‘s “The Irishman” during the Oscars. Today, they’re back at work focusing on 2019 titles. The streaming service has always had an eye for interesting foreign fare, making […] More

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    Jennifer Aniston to Play the President in Tig Notaro’s Netflix Political Comedy ‘First Ladies’

    If you blink, you’re likely to miss about a dozen new films dropping on Netflix. Initially the realm of ambitious original series and popular recent movies/shows, the streaming giant has made massive efforts to stack their shelves with original films. Barely a week goes by that a Netflix Original isn’t released on the series, if […] More

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    The Orchard Picks Up ‘All About Nina’

    Last month, we raved about Eva Vives‘ movie “All About Nina,” which was one of the big success stories of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. In our review, star Mary Elizabeth Winstead was called nomination worthy. Here’s a sample bit: “Blisteringly funny, unexpectedly emotional, and filled with justified anger, there’s a lot to say within […] More

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    Sundance Selects Acquires Ethan Hawke’s ‘Blaze’

    Sundance Selects announced on Tuesday that it has acquired the US rights to “Blaze,” a film directed by Ethan Hawke. The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, and tells the story of Outlaw Country singer/songwriter Blaze Foley. In addition to directing, Hawke co-wrote the script with Foley’s wife, Sybil Rosen. It is […] More

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    TIFF 2017: Byron Allen Shells Out $4 Million for Keanu Reeves’ ‘Replicas’

    The first acquisition deal of 2017’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will bring a Keanu Reeves sci-fi thriller to North America. Byron Allen has made a $4 million commitment via his banner Entertainment Studios for the North American rights to “Replicas,” according to Deadline. The deal sets the stage for a public release of the […] More