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Sundance sales begin with ray of 'Sunshine'

22 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, early Saturday morning. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening. Negotiations among the filmmakers, Cinetic Media's John Sloss, 20th Century Fox senior vp acquisitions Tony Safford and Searchlight exec vp Joseph De Marco went through the night, closing at the Cinetic lodge in Deer Valley at 8 a.m. "We look forward to sharing this perfect gem with the world," said Searchlight president Peter Rice. "It's in the tradition of movies that have worked well for Searchlight, from 'The Full Monty, ' 'Waking Ned, ' and 'Sideways' to 'Garden State'." »

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Searchlight takes shine to 'Miss Sunshine'

21 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- Marking the first big buy at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights Saturday to Little Miss Sunshine, the audacious comedy debut from husband-and-wife rookie filmmakers Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton. Sources placed the deal at north of $10 million, the record set by Miramax Films' purchase of Happy, Texas in 1999. The dark comedy, which stars Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear as a dysfunctional family taking a little girl (Abigail Breslin) to a California beauty contest, drew a standing ovation at the Eccles Theater Friday evening. »

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