After scoring solid opening weekend numbers in its single New York location last weekend, the widely praised gay romance Weekend is set to hit the LA area on September 30th while also hitting VOD for those who don’t live in NY or LA. It will make another expansion into Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and (read…)

Tilda Swinton’s well-received I Am Love parlays festival critical success into a distribution deal with Magnolia

As the so-called mini-majors have mostly folded up their tents, Sony Pictures Classics continues to prove it’s the place to be for higher end foreign and indie films with cross-over aspirations. With that in mind, the company announced today it has picked up Samuel Maoz’s Venice Golden Lion-winning Lebanon. Already in the pipeline from SPC: (read…)

In advance of it’s September 15th world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs (formerly known as Micmacs a tire-larigot) with plans for a 2010 release.

It’s not official yet, but it appears that Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus is finally on the verge of getting US distribution as Variety confirmed SlashFilm‘s earlier investigative speculation that Sony Pictures Classics will be doing the honors. Perhaps rumors of a December 25th release date will also prove correct.

Zhang Yimou’s remake of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Blood Simple has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics

Even if you don’t like zombie movies, you have to admire Marc Price who wrote Colin, shot it on a camcorder and then edited it while working as a courier – all for around $75. What’s more, the film which tells its story from a zombie’s point of view has been picked up for UK (read…)

Because of our embarrassing man-crush on George Clooney, we’re constitutionally required to pass along all movie-related Clooney news we hear that is not gossip. With that in mind, here we go with two unrelated Clooney items… Variety reports out of Cannes that Clooney will star in Anton (Control) Corbijn’s A Very Private Gentleman for Focus (read…)

As Sundance kicks off today, there’s still a lot of hand-wringing going on in the independent film business and plenty of uncertainty about the future. However, proving where there’s a good film there’s a way, some filmmakers are taking matters into their own hands. Most recently of course Lance Hammer chose to self-release his festival favorite (read…)

In the wake of John Hillcoat’s The Road officially getting bumped to 2009, the LA Times’ Patrick Goldstein spoke with Harvey Weinstein about the juggling going on with a number of his other films. Speculation is that The Weinstein Co. is low on money, but Harvey has a rational answer for each move. Fanboys. The (read…)

Forget about the rumors that Magnolia would be distributing Steven Soderbergh’s Che. Variety’s Pamela McLintock is reporting this morning that IFC has picked the film up for distribution in North America and plans a one-week Oscar qualifying run in NY and LA in December. IFC will then release the film in theaters and through video-on-demand in (read…)

I’m liking the idea of compiling the odd development, production and distribution tidbits into one post so Loose Ends might become an irregular feature. Here’s what’s been going on for the last few days: Summit Entertainment has picked up US rights to The Hurt Locker, Kathryn Bigelow’s well-received Iraq action picture about a bomb squad (read…)

The ever vigilant Nick Plowman of Fataculture just gave me the heads up to Anne Thompson’s Variety report that Fox Searchlight beat out Lionsgate, Overture, The Weinsteins, Sony and others for the rights to distribute Darren Aronofsky’s much praised film The Wrestler starring Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei. Which studio’s logo appears on the (read…)

Bradley Cooper in Midnight Meat Train Back in June, horror fans Internet-wide got their Freddy Krueger underoos in a bunch over news that distributor Lionsgate Films was drastically scaling back the release of its upcoming R-rated horror film Midnight Meat Train, playing it on only 100 screens before a planned quick dump to DVD. Cinematical’s Scott (read…)

In brighter indie news, the report we previously passed along that Sony Pictures Classics was close to picking up Charlie Kaufman’s Cannes pic Synecdoche, New York was confirmed by the company today and a release is currently planned for October. I can’t wait for the real movie season to start. How about you? Source: Variety

Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, one of the more anticipated films around the LiC offices, may soon be picked up by Sony Pictures Classics for distribution in the US. The Hollywood Reporter’s Gregg Goldstein and Steven Zeitchik describe the process as being in “advanced negotiations.” Normally this is where I’d tell you what the film (read…)

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