Also in Wednesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, Tribeca Film has nabbed North American rights to a SXSW premiere. A popular Austin, TX theater is San Francisco-bound. And China's Wanda gets the final go-ahead to take over a top American theater chain.
Tribeca Warms to Somebody Up There Likes Me
North American rights to the deadpan comedy have been picked up by Tribeca Film, the distribution label of Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Enterprises. Starring Keith Poulson, Nick Offerman, and Jess Weixler, the film centers on Max (Poulson), his best friend Sal (Offerman Parks & Recreation) and the woman they both adore, Lyla (Weixler, Teeth) who stumble through thirty-five years of seemingly mandatory but unfulfilling entanglements. The film features an original score from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio. Tribeca Film plans a theatrical Spring 2013 release day and video-on-demand offerings, as well as iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU, Xbox and Samsung Media Hub following a U.S. and Canadian film festival estival run.
Alamo Drafthouse Set for San Francisco
The popular Austin-based exhibitor will open a location in the Mission, and will feature five screens of new release movies. Alamo offers food and drink and noted its new location will be similar to the Alamo Ritz location in Austin with a mix of classic film programming, alternative content, live events, foreign films, independent films as well as some studio films.
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Alex Pettyfer Headed to Cali with Kristen Stewart
The Magic Mike star is in final talks to play Stewart's love interest in Nick Cassavetes' gritty action pic Cali. The film follows a couple who sell fake snuff and snatch the cash but Stewart "returns from the dead" years later to save her younger sister, Variety reports.
Vince Vaughn Picks Up The Risk Agent
The Ridley Pearson novel will star Vaughn who will produce with his Wild West Pictures Show Productions. The novel, which is a China-set thriller, was published last month, Deadline reports.
China's Wanda Gets OK to Buy AMC Entertainment
The $2.6 billion deal has been cleared by regulators in the U.S. and China, Deadline reports.