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EXCLUSIVE: Gunpowder & Sky and Orion Pictures have acquired world rights to the Tribeca Film Festival film Dreamland in the first deal since Gunpowder & Sky’s purchase of FilmBuff earlier this month. Orion Pictures will release the pic in theaters November 11 day-and-date with Gunpowder & Sky handling the VOD bow. Orion has also picked up distribution rights in Latin America. The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Schwartzman, front man for the rock band Rooney…

Virgil Films (Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, I Am Chris Farley) has acquired North American rights to Lost Cat Corona, the indie comedy starring Ralph Macchio and Gina Gershon. Anthony Tarsitano wrote and directed the pic about a hardworking, play-it-safe guy living in the Corona section of Queens who just wants to relax on his day off. But he’s ordered by his distressed wife, Connie (Gershon), to go out and find their cat Leonard, who has disappeared. When he ventures into…

EXCLUSIVE: Will Clarke’s Altitude Film Distribution has picked up UK rights to Daphne, the directorial debut from Scottish filmmaker Peter Mackie Burns. The film stars up-and-coming actress Emily Beecham, who was recently seen in the Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar! and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, two-time IFTA best actor winner for his performance in hit crime drama Love/Hate. Vaughn-Lawlor also had roles in Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator with Bryan Cranston and Jim Sheridan’s The Secr…

Sony Pictures Classics is brushing up on its Canadian art history. The specialty unit has acquired U.S. and other territory rights to Maudie, which bowed at Telluride and went on to screen at Toronto. It tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists. SPC also has rights in Latin America, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Scandinavia, Turkey, the UK…

Fox Searchlight confirmed today that it has scooped up North American rights to A United Kingdom, Amma Asante’s historical drama about forbidden love starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The film, which premiered at Toronto and will open the London Film Festival next week, is set for release February 17. Written by Guy Hibbert, A United Kingdom recounts the story King Seretse Khama of Botswana (Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Pike), a white woman from London, which…

Momentum Pictures will be releasing JT Mollner’s bloody western Outlaws and Angels in theaters and on VOD on July 15.  The pic premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and stars Francesca Eastwood, Chad Michael Murray and Luke Wilson. Outlaws and Angels depicts what happens when bank robbers on the run pull a home invasion on an unsuspecting frontier family, intending to hide out in their house for the night. A game of cat and mouse ensues, along with seduction…

Alcon Entertainment has optioned My Descent Into Death, the 2005 book by Howard Storm that details his account of his near-death experience. It will be turned into a supernatural thriller based on the book to be adapted by short film writer-director Jinder Ho. Storm’s account is different from similar tellings of the near-death experience as his is a journey through Hell. Mark Clayman (The Pursuit Of Happyness) brought the book to Alcon and will produce along with Alcon…

CAA has created what it claims to be the world’s largest brand management company with CAA-GBG Global Brand Management Group, a joint venture with Global Brands Group Limited Holding. The new entity, which will combine the resources of both companies’ brand management capabilities, will have 24 offices in 20 countries and include Coca-Cola, Jennifer Lopez and the Bob Marley estate amongst its clients. “We have a tremendous track record of success in creating robust…

EXCLUSIVE: Good Deed Entertainment has acquired Growing Up Smith starring Alvin and the ChipmunksJason Lee. The project was directed by Frank Lotito and is the helmer’s first theatrical release. The comedy is about an Indian family in 1979 who moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. However, their 10-year-old son, Smith, has his own dreams after he falls-head-over-heels for the girl next door and he is driven to become a “good old boy,” propelling him…

Appearing on SiriusXM’s the Opie with Jim Norton Show show earlier today, Ricky Gervais revealed that his latest film, David Brent: Life On The Road, a spinoff of the original The Office, has been picked up by Netflix. “This is exciting news and this is top secret, so I’m going to say it now. Netflix has bought out the rest of the world again,” Gervais told Opie and Norton. “Which is great for me, because I’d rather 20 million people see it than half a million people see…