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Film Acquisition Rundown: Grasshopper Film Gets ‘Escapes,’ Amazon and IFC Films Date ‘City of Ghosts’ and More

10 March 2017 7:15 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

– Grasshopper Film has announced the acquisition of all U.S. distribution rights to Michael Almereyda’s new documentary “Escapes,” a dynamic portrait of Hampton Fancher, executive produced by Wes Anderson. “Escapes” will open in theaters this summer followed by a VOD and Home Video release in the fall.

“Escapes” showcases the storytelling talents of Hampton Fancher, flamenco dancer, film and TV actor, and the unlikely producer and screenwriter of the landmark sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” as well as screenwriter on the upcoming sequel “Blade Runner 2049.”  Fancher’s running commentary – with a little help from Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott – works in concert with extensive archival footage as Fancher relates death-defying escapades from a remarkable life. »

- Kate Erbland

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Alexi Pappas’ Olympics Movie ‘Tracktown’ Gets May Release

7 March 2017 5:59 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired the worldwide rights to “Tracktown,” the feature film debut of Olympian Alexi Pappas, with plans for a May 12 release in theaters and VOD.

Pappas competed for Greece at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the women’s 10,000 meters final and finished 17th. She stars in the movie as a lonely distance runner as she prepares for the Olympic Trials. When she’s temporarily sidelined by an injury, she wanders into a bakery and catches the eye of an aimless boy, played by Chase Offerle.

Pappas and Jeremy Teicher co-wrote and co-directed “Tracktown,” which had its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. “Saturday Night Live” alum Rachel Dratch and Andy Buckley (“Bridesmaids”) also star. Pappas, who became a Greek citizen last year, is the Greek national record holder at 10,000 meters.

“When I saw the film, I was captured by »

- Dave McNary

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Cohen Media Group acquires 'Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait'

7 March 2017 10:55 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Al Pacino, Bono among talking heads in documentary profile. Separately, The Orchard has picked up Rotterdam premiere Super Dark Times, while Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films acquire Tracktown.

The distributor has picked up North American rights to Italian filmmaker Pappi Corsicato’s profile of the artist and filmmaker.

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait was created using a blend of material from Schnabel’s personal archives, newly filmed footage of the artist, and commentary from friends, family, actors and artists including Al Pacino, Mary Boone and Bono. Valeria Golino produced.

Cohen Media Group plans a theatrical release in May at the relaunched Quad Cinema in New York.

Charles S. Cohen, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media chairman and CEO Group Charles S. Cohenannounced that Cmg has acquired North American rights to Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait. The distributor

Julian Schnabel is a brilliant artist and filmmaker and we are thrilled to bring the very personal »

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‘The House’ Trailer: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler Run an Underground Casino (Watch)

16 February 2017 12:38 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are bringing badassery to suburbia in the first trailer for the New Line comedy “The House,” which has a prime summer release date of June 2, 2017.

Ferrell and Poehler portray parents who lose the money intended to pay for their daughter’s college tuition and open an underground casino out of desperation. Poehler totes a flame-thrower, proclaiming “I feel like such a badass!”

They also wind up telling their alarmed daughter — played by Ryan Simpkins — to keep her nose out of their business. “We love you so much but you need to shut up,” Ferrell tells her.

The trailer concludes with the implication of a cheater getting axed on some undisclosed part of his body after he taunts Ferrell and Poehler by saying, “What are you going to do about it?”

Neighbors” writer Andrew J. Cohen is directing from a script he co-wrote with Brendan O’Brien. »

- Dave McNary

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