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Dogwoof has acquired international sales rights (excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand) and U.K. distribution rights to the documentary feature “Life, Animated” from Roger Ross Williams, who won the directing award in the U.S. Documentary category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Dogwoof, which acquired the pic from A&E IndieFilms, is presenting it to buyers at Berlinale’s Efm. The Orchard recently picked up North American rights. A U.K. theatrical release is planned for the fall.
The movie is a coming-of-age story about Owen Suskind, who ceased speaking at 3 years old, disappearing into autism. The film tells the story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.
The documentary is based on the book “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” by Owen’s father, Pulitzer Prize-winner Ron Suskind.
- Leo Barraclough
“Life, Animated,” one of the most buzzed about documentaries to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, has sold its North American rights to The Orchard, Variety has learned.
The project, which is produced by A&E IndieFilms, follows a young man with autism named Owen Suskind (the son of best-selling author Ron Suskind), who finds meaning in life through Disney movies such as “Aladdin” and “Alice in Wonderland.” Although the documentary was not produced by Disney, the studio allowed director Roger Ross Williams to access their animated catalogue for footage. The film and its crowd-pleasing premise had many studio buyers interested, with some describing it as more commercial than most non-fiction films tend to be. “Life, Animated” won the directing award in the U.S. documentary competition, and has already been talked about as a contender for next year’s Oscars ceremony. The Orchard will give it a theatrical release later this year. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Bates Motel will have you clutching your pearls in Season 4.
A&E has released the official poster for the Psycho thriller’s fourth season (premiering March 7 at 9/8c), and it features Freddie Highmore’s Norman showing off the mother of all accessories: Norma’s pearls!
The “she wouldn’t even harm a fly” tagline, meanwhile, is a nifty nod to the 1960 horror classic.
VideosBates Motel Season 4: First Teaser Features Chilling Homage to Psycho
English and literature students rejoice. Soon, you’ll have a new way to skirt Leo Tolstoy’s 1,200 page “War and Peace,” the epic 1869 novel once ranked by Newsweek as the number one book of all time, and ranked by many as an impossibly tough one to both read and bring to the screen. Nancy Dubuc, Rob Sharenow, and Harvey Weinstein gave a few Hollywood insiders a sneak peek of “War & Peace,” four-week, eight-hour limited series version starring Paul Dano, Gillian Anderson and “Downton Abbey’s” Lily James at a screening at the London in West Hollywood on Monday night. Besides Dano and Anderson, »
- Mikey Glazer
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