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AMC’s Sundance Channel Global Picks Up Five Pics At Sundance Film Festival

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The international channels unit of AMC Networks has acquired The Strongest Man and four other films from this year's Park City gathering it was announced early Monday morning. The Kenny Riches directed comedy plus Christmas, Again, the Italian Chlorine and the Canadian pics Chorus and The Amina Profile will all debut exclusively on Sundance Channel Global this spring. No details of the financial arrangements for the acquisitions are known at this time. "Our international… Read

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‘The Overnight’ Gets Late-Night Bidding Battle – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Two days after its premiere here at the Sundance Film Festival, The Overnight is getting a lot of Sunday night attention from bidders. I hear that the comedy executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass and Adam Scott and producer Naomi Scott is attracting the likes of Netflix, A24, The Orchard, Bleecker Street and Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. With ICM Partners and Submarine Films brokering things for the filmmakers, all the players are putting in… Read

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‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ In Sundance Record-Setting Deal Talks

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EXCLUSIVE: A precedent-setting deal will close tonight for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl. I hear bidding has reached $12 million for worldwide rights to the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed drama, which debuted in the U.S. Dramatic Competition on Sunday at the Eccles. I’m hearing Fox Searchlight is in the lead but there are still other bidders including Lionsgate and Focus Features. These talks could go late and they still have to work out marketing and other commitment… Read

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SAG Movies: Not Many Surprises But Hawking Vs. ‘Birdman’ Fires Up The Best Actor Oscar Race – Hammond

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As far as being a good Oscar harbinger, the SAG awards have a fairly good track record. Last year for instance, they first awarded Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong’o, and then they all went on to win Oscars. However, American Hustle took the Outstanding Cast award, but was shut out by the Academy. Cut to tonight where Birdman took the Cast award. The continuing coronation of  Julianne Moore in lead actress for Still Alice, J.K. Simmons… Read

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SAG Awards TV: Hourlong Series Sweep Drama & Comedy Races, Netflix Rises, Viola Davis Scores Freshman Win

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What does a half-hour comedy series need to do to win a comedy SAG Award these days? That was the question posed by this year’s awards, which snubbed what had been considered comedies for decades in favor of genre-bending hourlong series that straddle the worlds of drama and comedy. The three comedy series SAG Awards went to Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black (best ensemble, actress Uzo Aduba) and Showtime’s Shameless (actor William H. Macy). These were the first SAG… Read

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Sony Pictures Classics Lands ‘Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Classics is wrapping up a deal for The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, the Marielle Heller-directed drama that premiered Saturday at the Eccles Theater. Deal was seven figures for North America, plus numerous other territories around the world. Pic is about a 15-year-old aspiring comic book artist who comes of age in the hate of San Francisco in the 1970s. She’s insatiably curious about the world around her, and it was the free love era and she begins… Read

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SAG Awards Winners: What They’re Saying

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Notes from backstage at the SAG Awards: They got respect from the Producers Guild, and tonight, the cast of Fox Searchlight’s Birdman got a big endorsement from their own peers with the SAG best feature ensemble award. How could the union not laud Birdman? It's about the blood, sweat and tears that goes on when the actors' are off camera. How real and true was Birdman? Very, according to co-star Naomi Watts, among the cast who gathered backstage after their marquee win. Bi… Read

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Open Road & Sony Win Spectacular Auction For ‘Dope’ – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: In the biggest deal by far so far here at the Sundance Film Festival, Open Road Films and Sony Pictures have won a pitched bidding battle for the Rick Famuyiwa-directed Dope. The deal is worth $7 million in minimum guarantee, with a $15 million P&A. This brought multiple bidders including The Weinstein Company, A24 and Fox Searchlight, and Focus, and the auction ran through the night and all day today. Open Road releases domestically, and Sony releases… Read

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SAG Awards: ‘Birdman’ Flies Even Higher & ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Shines – List Of Winners

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Fox Searchlight’s Birdman made it two nights in a row for a top honor, taking home the SAG Awards’ cast ensemble award that stands as the guild’s closest award to the Oscar Best Picture. The win tonight over awards-season rivals Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game and The Theory Of Everything puts the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed quirky comedy in the driver’s seat for the Best Picture Academy Award, after winning the PGA Awards’ top honor on… Read

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SAG Awards 2015 Live Blog

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With Birdman pulling an upset at the first test of industry sentiment with last night's Producers Guild Awards, it continued the momentum Sunday night at the SAG Awards, taking the top film honor the cast ensemble award. On the TV side, Orange Is The New Black and Downton Abbey took the ensemble prizes. Here’s how it all went down at the Shrine… Read

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‘Hobbit’ Storms China, Crosses $600M Overseas: International Box Office Update

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UPDATE 7:10 PM PT: The holdovers had it at this weekend's international box office. The frame was up roughly 11% from last weekend across the Top 10 studio titles playing overseas, largely thanks to the China performance of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. That film now has an international cume of $616.9M and a worldwide total of about $866.5M. That's a little less than $100M off the $960M with which The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ended its run in 2014… Read

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Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie Try ‘Sleeping With Other People’ At Sundance – Video

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Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie are at Sundance, talking about Sleeping With Other People, a comedy in which they play former lovers trying to be friends. The pair talked with Deadline about how the festival has evolved since Brie’s first visit and the new film’s critical and commercial prospects. But Park City rookie Sudeikis wouldn’t look into his crystal ball to foretell how Bachlorette director Leslye Headland‘s new film, which premiered Saturday night and is a hot… Read