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Insights from home entertainment industry experts. Home Media blogs give you the inside scoop on entertainment news, DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, and the happenings at key studios and entertainment retailers. “TK's Take” analyzes and comments on home entertainment news and trends, “Agent DVD Insider” talks fanboy entertainment, “IndieFile” delivers independent film news, “Steph Sums It Up” offers pithy opinions on the state of the industry, and “Mike’s Picks” offers bite-sized recommendations of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases.

September 16, 2010
IFC Gets Rights to ‘Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project’

IFC Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, Barry Avrich's documentary about the co-founder of Miramax Films. 

The film follows Weinstein from concert promoter to his first movie deal at the Cannes Film Festival to winning an Oscar, featuring insight into his relationship with his brother, family and Hollywood at large, with interviews with industry insiders.

“I believe that great stories must be told,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Films. “Harvey and Bob Weinstein, without a question, redefined so many rules of Hollywood marketing, distribution and filmmaking that you simply can't ignore their impact on history."

Unauthorized joins IFC Films’ other acquisitions at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s Super, starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Werner Herzog’s 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams. IFC Films distributes films simultaneously in theaters and through cable’s on-demand platform and through pay-per-view.

By: Billy Gil

August 19, 2010
Image Gets Rights to ‘Damned By Dawn’

Image Entertainment has gotten rights to horror film Damned By Dawn, which is said to pay homage to the “Evil Dead” franchise and Hammer Horror films.

Damned By Dawn is full of fright and fun,” said Mark Ward, VP of acquisitions for Image Entertainment. “The film is sure to become a cult classic and we’re proud to be adding it to the Image Entertainment lineup for 2010.”

From Australian director Brett Anstey (The Amazing Krypto Bros.), the film follows a girl who, after receiving a mysterious gift from her dying grandmother, takes her new boyfriend to visit her family in an isolated home, where they are haunted by the Screaming Banshee and her army of undead. The horror-fest darling is an official selection at Fright Fest and A Night of Horror International Film Festival, and was shown at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival. There’s no word yet on a DVD release date.

By: Billy Gil

August 18, 2010
Film Movement Gets Award Winner ‘If I Want to Whistle’

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Film Movement has acquired If I Want to Whistle, a Romanian-language thriller from newcomer Florin Serban. The film will hit theaters in New York City Jan. 5th, 2011, followed by a Cable VOD and DVD release later in 2011. The film follows a young man who is nearly out of a juvenile detention center when he is conflicted by the return of his long-absent mother, who returns to take away the brother he raised as a son, as well as by feeling for a beautiful social worker. The film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, among other accolades.

By: Billy Gil

July 14, 2010
Magnolia Gets Rights to ‘I’m Still Here’

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the rights to Casey Affleck’s directorial debut, I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix.

The film depicts a year in the life of Oscar-nominated, beard-wearing, bizzaro actor Joaquin Phoenix as he announces his retirement from filmmaking in the fall of 2008 to focus on, oh God, rapping.

Whatever you think of his new guise as a homeless Eminem, Phoenix is one of the best actors around — check out his 2008 film Two Lovers, co-starring an also excellent Gwyneth Paltrow, on DVD or Blu-ray from Magnolia for another excellent performance from the (former?) actor.

The movie comes out in theaters Sept. 10, in what MTV.com says will be a limited release followed by a wider release a week later. There’s no word yet on a DVD release.

By: Billy Gil

July 01, 2010
Microcinema Acquires Six Alex Cox Films

Alex Cox, famed director of Sid and Nancy and Repo Man, will have six of his films released by Microcinema International.

Films include Straight to Hell Returns (which was acquired directly from Cox) while Searchers 2.0, El Patruellero/Highway Patrolman, 3 Businessmen, Death and the Compass, and Revenger’s Tragedy also will be released and were acquired from HanWay Films (U.K). Microcinema will hold exclusive home video, digital, broadcast and theatrical rights for the United States and Canada.

“Microcinema is one of the only distributors remaining who truly understands the auteur filmmaker, and I am proud to have my films alongside the likes of Luis Buñuel, Maya Deren, Salvador Dalí, Hal Hartley, the ‘Loose Change’ franchise, and many other fine films and filmmakers,” Cox said.

First up is Searchers 2.0, coming to DVD Oct. 26. Straight to Hell Returns, with Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Costello, Sy Richardson, Shane McGowan, Dick Rude, Jim Jarmusch and Grace Jones (phew!), streeting before the end of the year.

By: Billy Gil


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