HBO acquired all television rights for the U.S. and Canada to James Toback‘s feature documentary Seduced And Abandoned. Produced by Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin and Toback and exec-produced by Morris Levy, Alan Helene, Larry Herbert and Neal Schneider, the pic will premiere as a Special Screening in the Official Selection this month at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Guided by Baldwin and Toback, Seduced And Abandoned is a cinematic exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival and cinema art, money, glamour and death. Shot during the 65th Anniversary Festival in 2012, it features original portraits of Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger and James Caan. Seduced And Abandoned is produced by Michael Mailer Films. The deal was negotiated with HBO by Jeff Berg at Resolution on behalf of the filmmakers. International sales are being handled by Hanway. Toback’s most recent film was the documentary Tyson. His other credits include Fingers, Love & Money, Exposed, The Big Bang, Two Girls And A Guy, Harvard Man, The Pick-up Artist, Black And White and When Will I Be Loved. Toback also wrote the original screenplay for the Karel Reisz film The Gambler.
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