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September 14, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Following its world premiere last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, "The Brass Teapot" was picked up for North American distribution by Magnolia Pictures, with a current plan to release the film on video-on-demand ahead of a theatrical opening sometime in 2013. The debut feature by commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosely, the film centers on a down-on-their-luck couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano) who come into possession of an ancient artifact, the titular teapot, which dispenses money when in the vicinity of pain and suffering.
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January 30, 2014
The Writers Guild of America, West handed out its awards Saturday evening, with "Her" taking the honors for original screenplay and "Captain Phillips" winning for adapted screenplay. Below is a full list of winners and nominees. Screen nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "American Hustle," written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (Columbia Pictures) "Blue Jasmine," written by Woody Allen (Sony Pictures Classics) "Dallas Buyers Club," written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Focus Features)
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February 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If there were some kind of cinematic mad lib invented for maximum potential art house outrage, Danish filmmaker/provocateur Lars von Trier's “Nymphomaniac” -- with a cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Connie Nielson, Willem Dafoe and Udo Kier -- might be that movie. Magnolia Pictures said Tuesday it had acquired U.S. rights to the film following the screening of a promo reel at the Berlin Film Festival.
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January 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the  Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films. The deal, completed Friday morning, is the first documentary sale made since the Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday afternoon. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, "Dinosaur 13" sold for about $1 million, a robust price for a festival documentary.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Dallas Mavericks owner and media entrepreneur Mark Cuban confirmed Tuesday that he has put Landmark Theatres, the nation's leading theater chain showing specialized movies, and his production and distribution company Magnolia Pictures up for sale. "Prices for entertainment properties are up," Cuban said in an email. "If we don't get the price and premium we want, we are happy to continue to make money from the properties. " Bids are expected as early as next week, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the auction.
NEWS
June 7, 2008
'Bigger, Stronger, Faster ': In the May 30 Calendar section, a photograph with the review of the documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster " was credited to Cinetic Media. It should have been credited to Magnolia Pictures.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2009 | John Horn
While guests paused to watch the inauguration Tuesday, buyers and sellers at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah were busy wrapping up several deals. Fox Searchlight grabbed worldwide rights to "Adam," a dramatic competition entry about the relationship between a young woman and a young man who has mild autism. The film, starring Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne, is scheduled to be released theatrically later this year. Magnolia Pictures acquired worldwide rights to "Humpday," a film also in the festival's dramatic competition.
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September 14, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Throughout the new film "I'm Still Here," Joaquin Phoenix insists he's done with movies — acting, the Oscar-nominated "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" star says, is "fraudulent" and "misery to me" — as he tries to rock the mike in his new calling as a hip-hop performer. Now it looks as if Phoenix is backing away from his "I'm retired" pronouncement. Several producers have said in recent days that they have been approached by Phoenix's talent agents about their client's return to movie roles.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012
More than three decades after his death, Bob Marley continues to fascinate legions of fans, as evidenced by the solid debut of a documentary about the reggae musician at the box office this past weekend. "Marley," directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, played in 42 theaters and collected a respectable $260,000, according to an estimate from distributor Magnolia Pictures. Because the Rastafarian singer embraced marijuana, Magnolia decided to open the film April 20, an unofficial holiday when many cannabis lovers often gather to smoke.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014
The Writers Guild of America, West handed out its awards Saturday evening, with "Her" taking the honors for original screenplay and "Captain Phillips" winning for adapted screenplay. Below is a full list of winners and nominees. Screen nominees: ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY "American Hustle," written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell (Columbia Pictures) "Blue Jasmine," written by Woody Allen (Sony Pictures Classics) "Dallas Buyers Club," written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack (Focus Features)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
If there were some kind of cinematic mad lib invented for maximum potential art house outrage, Danish filmmaker/provocateur Lars von Trier's “Nymphomaniac” -- with a cast including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shia LaBeouf, Jamie Bell, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Connie Nielson, Willem Dafoe and Udo Kier -- might be that movie. Magnolia Pictures said Tuesday it had acquired U.S. rights to the film following the screening of a promo reel at the Berlin Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2012
The 2012 Holiday Movie Preview is a broad snapshot of films opening through early January. Release dates and other details, as compiled by Oliver Gettell, are subject to change. Nov. 9 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography A documentary about the influential 1980s skateboarding crew known as Bones Brigade, whose members included Stacy Peralta and Tony Hawk. Directed by Peralta. The Film Sales Company The Comedy An aging Brooklyn hipster on the cusp of inheriting his father's estate grows weary of his aimless, sheltered life.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2012 | By Mark Olsen
Following its world premiere last weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, "The Brass Teapot" was picked up for North American distribution by Magnolia Pictures, with a current plan to release the film on video-on-demand ahead of a theatrical opening sometime in 2013. The debut feature by commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosely, the film centers on a down-on-their-luck couple (Juno Temple, Michael Angarano) who come into possession of an ancient artifact, the titular teapot, which dispenses money when in the vicinity of pain and suffering.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2012
More than three decades after his death, Bob Marley continues to fascinate legions of fans, as evidenced by the solid debut of a documentary about the reggae musician at the box office this past weekend. "Marley," directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald, played in 42 theaters and collected a respectable $260,000, according to an estimate from distributor Magnolia Pictures. Because the Rastafarian singer embraced marijuana, Magnolia decided to open the film April 20, an unofficial holiday when many cannabis lovers often gather to smoke.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Dallas Mavericks owner and media entrepreneur Mark Cuban confirmed Tuesday that he has put Landmark Theatres, the nation's leading theater chain showing specialized movies, and his production and distribution company Magnolia Pictures up for sale. "Prices for entertainment properties are up," Cuban said in an email. "If we don't get the price and premium we want, we are happy to continue to make money from the properties. " Bids are expected as early as next week, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the auction.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2011 | By Michael Ordoña, Special to the Los Angeles Times
This year marks the first time the five Oscar-nominated documentary shorts are getting a theatrical release, which is good news for the filmmakers, the distributors (Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures) and for the Oscar pool participants who in past years had to take a wild guess at which of the 40-minute (or less) films might take the prize. This year's crop takes viewers from a sinking New Guinea island to a pollution-imperiled village in rural China; from an extraordinary multi-ethnic school in Tel Aviv to one Muslim's quest for understanding and the defusing of jihad throughout the Middle East; and into the head of a young Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and her possible salvation through art. And each of these true-life depictions takes less time than the "CSI" folks need to crack a case.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2008
Access Denied Economists, politicians, anti-poverty activists and impoverished citizens discuss whether the true nature of contemporary poverty is rooted in colonialism and its consequences. Featuring Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Susan George, Eric Toussaint, John Perkins. Directed by Philippe Diaz. Cinema Libre Studio, October. Blindsight Six blind Tibetan teenagers are inspired to climb a 23,000-foot peak near Mt. Everest. Directed by Lucy Walker. Robson Entertainment, March 14.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
PARK CITY, Utah -- "Dinosaur 13," a documentary about the discovery of the  Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the ensuing legal fight over control of the bones, has been acquired by Lionsgate and CNN Films. The deal, completed Friday morning, is the first documentary sale made since the Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday afternoon. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, "Dinosaur 13" sold for about $1 million, a robust price for a festival documentary.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A project with a young star at the peak of media attention, a well-regarded director and source material of class and pedigree are all components of a traditional indie film success story. "The Other Woman," starring Natalie Portman, has been available on video on demand since Jan. 1 and will be released theatrically in Los Angeles on Feb. 4 ? coming to audiences in an untraditional way that is fast becoming more commonplace. In just a few weeks on VOD, the film had a number of viewers that would have made it more than $1 million in theatrical ticket sales.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik and John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Throughout the new film "I'm Still Here," Joaquin Phoenix insists he's done with movies — acting, the Oscar-nominated "Gladiator" and "Walk the Line" star says, is "fraudulent" and "misery to me" — as he tries to rock the mike in his new calling as a hip-hop performer. Now it looks as if Phoenix is backing away from his "I'm retired" pronouncement. Several producers have said in recent days that they have been approached by Phoenix's talent agents about their client's return to movie roles.
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