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Acquisitions: September 17th 2012

17 September 2012 6:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Toronto's finished and a couple more key film acquisitions have taken place over the past week. Here's the breakdown:

Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate have snapped up U.S. rights to Peter Webber’s English-language epic "Emperor" about the real-life story of whether to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes. Roadside will release the movie theatrically.

Wrekin Hill has acquired the Australian surfing drama "Drift" starring Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel. An early 2013 release is being targeted.

IFC Films has acquired Neil Jordan's "Byzantium" stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter vampires. A platform release is planned.

Lionsgate and Roadside have picked up Joss Whedon's zero-budget adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing". The film was shot in Whedon’s house in just under a fortnight with his actor friends like Nathan Fillion and Alexis Denisof.

Anchor Bay Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to Rob Zombie »

- Garth Franklin

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Magnolia Pictures Acquires Fantastical Romantic Comedy 'The Brass Teapot'

14 September 2012 9:53 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American distribution rights to "The Brass Teapot," the feature debut of award-winning commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosley. Mosley (left), who has directed ads for Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Powerade and McDonald's, developed the story with Tim Macy, who wrote the script. The film chronicles penniless but enraptured newlyweds who find a special teapot that gives them cash in exchange for physical pain. It debuted this past week at the Toronto Film Festival. Juno Temple of "Killer Joe" and Michael Angarano of "Haywire" star as the couple. "'The Brass Teapot' is »

- Lucas Shaw

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Tiff: Magnolia Acquires 'The Brass Teapot,' in which Temple and Angarano Strike Deal with Dishware

14 September 2012 9:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American distribution rights for "The Brass Teapot," starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, following the film's debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The black comedy follows a broke newlywed couple who discover a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with cash. The film is the debut feature of commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosely. Darren Goldberg of Atlantic Pictures, Kirk Roos of Northern Lights and James Graves are producers. Here's a more extensive film description from the Tiff programming notes: Alice (Juno Temple) and John (Michael Angarano) are young, in love, and completely broke. While their more successful friends enjoy a life of luxury and comfort, the two struggle to pay the bills. Just as their financial troubles are reaching their peak, they get into a fender-bender in front of a roadside curiosity shop. Moved by an unseen force, Alice is drawn inside the shop towards. »

- Beth Hanna

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Toronto 2012: Magnolia Warms to Dark Comedy 'The Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

14 September 2012 9:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In its second pick-up of the festival, Magnolia Pictures has pocketed North American distribution rights to “The Brass Teapot,” from first-time feature-film director Ramaa Mosley and screenwriter Tim Macy. The dark and quirky love story had its world premiere Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Juno Temple and Michael Angarano star as a young, poor, newly married couple who find a magic teapot that grants them cash for pain. Darren Goldberg of Atlantic Pictures, Kirk Roos of Northern Lights and James Graves produced. Read More: Toronto 2012: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Holocaust Doc 'No Place on Earth' "‘The Brass Teapot’ is a remarkably funny and assured debut from the very talented Ramaa Mosley," said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. "Michael Angarano and Juno Temple have terrific chemistry in this dark comedy that manages to be sincerely sweet and romantic without ever losing its bite." »

- Jay A. Fernandez

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Toronto 2012: Magnolia Pictures Acquires North American Rights to 'The Brass Teapot'

14 September 2012 8:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Toronto — Dealmaking continued at a steady pace on Friday as Magnolia Pictures acquired North American distribution rights to The Brass Teapot, which marks the feature directorial debut of commercial and music video director Ramaa Mosley. The fantasy-comedy, making its premiere earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, headlines Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. The duo play broke newlyweds who stumbled upon a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with wads of cash. However, they soon learn to be careful for what they wish for. Mosely developed the story, with Tim Macy developing the script. Brass Teapot

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- Pamela McClintock

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Tiff Futures: 'The Brass Teapot' Director Ramaa Mosley On Her Love for the Magical and Supernatural

8 September 2012 6:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Born in a California ashram, director Ramaa Mosley says that homeschooling left her plenty of time during her childhood to watch movies. She was from her earliest years, "transfixed by stories about magical objects and supernatural events," and knew by her twelfth birthday that she wanted to get behind the camera herself. It should come as no surprise then, that for her first feature film, Mosley has adapted "The Brass Teapot," a comic book that follows a down-and-out young couple who stumble upon a mysterious teapot, and "believe that it might be the answer to all of their dreams." What it's about: "Many people would read the script and think of it as dark but I saw it as very funny and whimsical. At its core, 'The Brass Teapot' is a fable about temptation and how people can be tempted by greed. The combination of the incredible mythology »

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Watch: See Juno Temple Do Magic Tricks in Exclusive Clip From Tiff Entry 'The Brass Teapot'

5 September 2012 11:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"The Brass Teapot" is a darkly quixotic film starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano as a young, financially-strapped couple who discover a way to earn cash fast without taking on an extra part-time gig at Starbucks. The film premieres at Tiff this Saturday, and marks director Ramaa Mosley's first foray into feature filmmaking. Compelled on a whim to steal a brass teapot from a roadside antique shop, Alice (Temple) finds that the magical teapot is the key to escaping their unglamorous lifestyle. With every physical pain inflicted to either she or John (Angarano), the brass teapot grants them a flurry of bills. As the injuries ensue, Alice and John discover the greater the pain, the greater the reward.  In this exclusive Indiewire clip, Alice tests the brass teapot's powers at the expense of an unwitting John. As per the clip, perhaps it will be Temple's and Angarano's sharp, humorous interplay (in this scene, »

- Nigel M Smith

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First Images Emerge From The Brass Teapot

23 August 2012 9:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

These peculiar stills are from the upcoming film, The Brass Teapot, which will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. It is directed by Ramaa Mosley, from a screenplay by Tim Macy, and is an adaptation of their 2007 short film of the same name.

The quaint and cautionary premise focuses on a poverty-stricken young couple (Juno Temple and Michael Angarano), who acquire an antique teapot with mystical powers. The artefact produces cash money whenever either of them experience pain and, as human beings so frequently do, they capitalise on the strange turn of events, beginning to push their luck to dangerous extremes. Soon they are rising through the ranks of the rich and soulless, but, just how long can they maintain the charade?

The narrative sounds like a new spin on the old adages: ‘be careful what you wish for’, ‘money isn’t everything’, and ‘never trust a money-dispensing teapot. »

- Martin Daniel McDonagh

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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Lineup

22 August 2012 3:59 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.

The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.

Galas

A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)

Argo (Ben Affleck, USA)

The Company You Keep (Robert Redford, USA)

Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)

Emperor (Peter Webber, Japan/USA)

English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde, India)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)

Great Expectations (Mike Newell, UK)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)

Inescapable (Ruba Nadda, Canada)

Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)

Looper (Rian Johnson, »

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First Look Images: Juno Temple & Michael Angarano in The Brass Teapot

22 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Director Ramaa Mosley’s feature debut, The Brass Teapot, was announced as one of the final additions to the Tiff line-up next month, and now we’ve got our first images of the leading stars, Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Angarano (Red State).

The film is based on a short story by Tim Macy, who penned the screenplay, having worked with Mosley on a 2007 short film adaptation of the same story.

“An impoverished young couple (Juno Temple and Michael Angarano) stumble upon an antique teapot that magically dispenses cash whenever either of them feels pain, inspiring them to ever-greater extremes, as they ascend the ranks of the nouveau riche. Director Ramaa Mosley eschews violence for a more whimsical, Tim Burton–esque treatment in this offbeat, darkly funny satire.”

The brilliant Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Alexis Bledel (Sin City), Ben Rappaport (Outsourced), and Matt Walsh (Ted) complete the supporting cast nicely. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Tiff Completes 2012 Festival Lineup with Masters, Discovery, Mavericks & Docs: Plus Who's Showing Up

21 August 2012 10:05 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Toronto 37 has rounded out its 2012 festival titles, adding 40-plus titles to its massive slate. New films announced in the Masters program include the North American premieres of Michael Haneke's "Amour," Olivier Assayas's "Something in the Air," Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone in Love" and the world premieres of Michael Winterbottom's "Everyday" and Goran Paskaljevic's "When Day Breaks." The Discovery program adds twenty-seven new titles from up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world, including world premieres of Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves," Ramaa Mosley's "The Brass Teapot," "Mikael Marcimain's "Call Girl" and Rola Nashaf's "Detroir Unleaded." The Mavericks program will feature a range of conversations topics and appearances by Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem and Jackie Chan. Journalists are already tumbling iover each other to gain access to »

- Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage

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[First Look] Juno Temple and Michael Angarano’s ‘Brass Teapot’; Michael Winterbottom’s ‘Everyday’

21 August 2012 8:16 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Killer Joe, Little Birds and even The Dark Knight Rises, actress Juno Temple has been keeping busy this summer and it looks like that schedule will continue into the fall as Jack and Diane arrives, as well as another indie set for a Tiff premiere. We’ve got the first images today of the latter film, titled The Brass Teapot, which teams the star with Haywire, Ceremony and Red State star Michael Angarano. The duo play a couple who finds an “an antique teapot that magically dispenses cash whenever either of them feels pain.” Director Ramaa Mosley adapted from her short of the same name.

We have also got the first images from the next film by the prolific Michael Winterbottom. Everyday has been an on-and-off production for him for the last five years, following the life of an inmate with a documentary-styl, using both actual actors and non-professionals. »

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Final Tiff 2012 Line-Up Includes New Films From Haneke, Kiarostami, Bertolucci, Assayas, Mungiu & More

21 August 2012 7:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a string of announcements, it looks like the Toronto International Film Festival have locked down their line-up and it’s looking like a fantastic slate. Much of the additions today come in the form of previous Cannes premieres, including Michael Haneke‘s Amour (review), Cristian Mungiu‘s Beyond the Hills (review), Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love (review), Bernardo Bertolucci‘s Me and You (review),  Hong Sang-soo‘s In Another Country and the Venice premiere Olivier Assayas‘ Something in the Air. Most notably missing is Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors, but we do get a new Michael Winterbottom film titled Everyday. Out of the Discovery section, the biggest film seems to be The Brass Teapot,  and indie drama starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano and one can check out all the additions below.

Masters

Amour Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany North American Premiere Screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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First Images Of Juno Temple & Michael Angarano In 'The Brass Teapot'

21 August 2012 7:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A little bit of luck and money are coming to Juno Temple and Michael Angarano in "The Brass Teapot," an offbeat comedy set to make its world premiere at Tiff next month. Now the first images from the film have landed. Co-starring Alexis Bledel, Alia Shawkat, Bobby Moynihan, Matt Walsh and more, the film is an expansion of a 2007 short written by Tim Macy, based on his short story, and is directed by commercial and music video helmer Ramaa Mosley, and both are again on board for the feature version. Here's the official synopsis: John and Alice are in their 20s, married, very much in love, and broke. In high school, gorgeous Alice was voted “most likely to succeed” but now she’s just trying to make ends meet while her friends are enjoying the good life. Her husband John, loving but immature, just wants to get the bills paid. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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