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PRESS RELEASE – 2nd Sundance Buy Made Offiicial

FOCUS FEATURES ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO
LISA CHOLODENKO

6 Responses to “PRESS RELEASE – 2nd Sundance Buy Made Offiicial”

  1. EthanG says:

    Stoked for this one.

  2. Rothchild says:

    Off-topic:
    Jay Leno said he was “sucker-punched” by Kimmel and didn’t know he was going to rip him to shreds.

  3. Rob says:

    Okay, look, I know what I’m proposing is a total longshot, but if Julianne gets nominated for A Single Man, there needs to be a late-in-the-game Marcia Gay Harden-style upset.
    Everyone’s bored with this Oscar race already, Mo’Nique’s acceptance speeches have been sanctimonious bores, and it will be Julianne’s 5th nomination, at a time when she’s almost 50 and hot as ever. Let’s make this happen, Harvey.

  4. Ju-osh says:

    Entirely Off-topic:
    Dave: Have you heard Jimmy Kimmel’s side of the Leno story yet, and if so, how do you feel it plays into your previously “It’s all just PR” take on it?
    Link to Kimmel talking about it:
    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/jimmy-kimmel-teaches-jay-leno-the-meaning-of-sucker-punch/

  5. hcat says:

    After the Miramax news its good to see Focus still in the game. With all the money bleeding from their parent studio and network, they have to be more than a little nervous about thier future following the Comcast sale.

  6. jennab says:

    Dave, can you give us some perspective on this sale? IMDB purports the budget @ $10 mil, which we can assume is inflated hooey.
    If so, what does a sale of $5 mil mean, and why are folks celebrating? Did the filmmakers sell off the underlying rights to the film, or just distribution rights in certain territories? How will financiers re-coup?
    Yeah, I’ve pretty much given up on indie film (as a business model), yet…there will always be an art house market, and the theatrical market will not die, ever. Especially with 3D reinvigorating the movie-going experience.
    So, how do these numbers crunch? Again, can we just assume that the actual production budget was closer to $3-$4 and that’s why the sale is being touted as a success?
    Your thoughts, please!

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