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Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More

Film Acquisition Rundown: Fox Searchlight Picks Up ‘The Spy With No Name,’ FilmRise Buys ‘Marjorie Prime’ and More
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Fox Searchlight has bought the rights to “The Spy With No Name,” an ebook written by Jeff Maysh and published by Amazon Kindle Single, Deadline reports. Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert of Emjag Productions will produce alongside “Argo” executive producer David Klawans.

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The true story centers on Erwin van Haarlem, a Cold War secret agent who stole the identity of a Dutch man whose mother had given him up for adoption. The Communist spy pretended to be Johanna van Haarlem’s long lost son for 11 years before being caught.

– FilmRise has acquired the U.S. rights to Michael Almereyda’s “Marjorie Prime,
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Heart Like a Hand Grenade review – Green Day rock doc hits too many bum notes

This documentary of the pop-punk band lacks curiosity, with not enough insight into their music

This deadeningly authorised cross-promotional item from Green Day suffers from that lack of curiosity common among one-night-only rock docs. Embedded with the pop-punks as they recorded their American Idiot opus, film-maker John Roecker soon fades into the furniture: the between-takes downtime is unrevealing, while sequences on the construction of Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and other songs, cut too early to polished live performances, before we can witness their craft. We get a passing sense of the band’s personalities – incorrigibly boyish, even as they head into fatherhood – yet there is nothing of substance on the music, or its notionally oppositional slant.

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Green Day doc set for worldwide release

Heart Like a Hand Grenade, about the making of the punk group’s American Idiot album, is to be distributed by a trio of companies.

Abramorama, Reprise Records and Vimeoare set to distribute Heart Like a Hand Grenade, a documentary about punk group Green Day and its album American Idiot, around the world.

Abramorama will release the film theatrically in the Us on Oct 15 and Vimeo On Demand will make it available on Oct 16.

The film will be released in theatres on Nov 11 in countries including Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, the UK and Uruguay.

The title will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD through Reprise Records from Nov 13.

Shot more than 10 years ago by director John Roecker, the film, which gives a behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of American Idiot, had its world premiere this week at the Mill Valley Film Festival
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Abramorama and Vimeo Join Green Day For 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade' Distribution

Abramorama and Vimeo Join Green Day For 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade' Distribution
Read More: Stream Stevie Nicks, Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker and More With 7 Great Rock Documentaries On the heels of its world premiere at the 28th Mill Valley Film Festival, Green Day's documentary, "Heart Like a Hand Grenade," has found distribution via Abramorama, Vimeo and Reprise Records. The movie, directed by John Roecker almost ten years ago, provides an unprecedented look at the making of the band's seminal album, "American Idiot." Abramorama will release the film theatrically in the United States on more than 135 screens on October 15, followed by an exclusive Vimeo On Demand release the next day, October 16. Starting November 11, the film will be released in theaters in multiple countries around the globe, including Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom and Uruguay. On November 13, the film will be available for purchase digitally and on DVD via Reprise...
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Green Day Prep Lost 'American Idiot' Doc 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade'

Green Day Prep Lost 'American Idiot' Doc 'Heart Like a Hand Grenade'
Green Day will finally release Heart Like a Hand Grenade, the "lost" documentary chronicling the making of their Bush-era protest album/rock opera, American Idiot, with a wide release scheduled for October 10th, Diy reports.

Shot by John Roecker over a period of nine months, the film marks the first time Green Day allowed cameras into the studio. While American Idiot was a critical and commercial success — and spawned a Broadway musical — Heart Like a Hand Grenade never saw release. It has acquired mythic status among Green Day fans, however,
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Why Isn't a Gay Porn Star Documentary Available on Amazon?

John Roecker (director of the upcoming Green Day documentary Heart Like a Hand Grenade, and cult hits Live Freaky, Die Freaky and Svengali) set out to explore the world of the sex industry and wound up making frank, bold documentary Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gay Porn Stars, *But Were Afraid to Ask! The seven episodes which aired on Here! TV featured some of the hottest names in the male sex industry, talking about the how and why of their careers. The actors discuss their past history as abused children, their drug use, their love lives off screen, their pasts and their futures. It's gritty and gnarly, moving. Out of 16 of the actors, two are now dead, and one, Harlow Cuadra, is in prison. Roecker told me, "I want these guys to be heard, I want to...
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Wellspring gets 'Freaky' rights

Wellspring gets 'Freaky' rights
A stop-motion-animated musical inspired by the Manson family crimes is about to hit the midnight-movie circuit. Wellspring said Thursday that it has acquired all North American rights to director John Roecker's Live Freaky! Die Freaky! which boasts a voice cast headed by Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Operation Ivy. Tim Armstrong's Hellcat Pictures produced the movie, its first project. Freaky tells the tale of a young man (voiced by Billie Joe Armstrong) in the year 3069 who discovers a copy of Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry's Helter Skelter, which described the murders committed in the '60s by Charles Manson and his followers. Treating the book as a biblical text and adopting Manson as a messiah, the young man preaches a better world through "music, murder and mayhem."

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