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.
January 21, 2009 |
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.
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.
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.
May 3, 2009
May 8 Adoration A student imagines a class news assignment is based on his life as the unborn child of a woman whose terrorist boyfriend plants a bomb in her airline luggage. With Devon Bostick, Arsinee Khanjian, Scott Speedman, Rachel Blanchard, Noam Jenkins. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan. Sony Pictures Classics Julia A manipulative alcoholic jumps at the chance to make a substantial amount of money when an opportunity arises and commits a desperate act. With Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould.
February 17, 2011 |
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.