Magnet Releasing Acquires Killer Pig Flick CHAWZ

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Magnet Releasing, the genre label of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired the North American rights to the Korean horror film Chawz.  Directed by Jeong-won Shin, Chawz says “thanks, but no thanks” to your typical movie killers (masked sociopaths, killer sharks, pre-historic piranha, etc.) electing instead to go with a “giant, vicious pig who terrorizes an idyllic countryside.”  I was already interested upon learning about Magnet’s involvement as they have released some really great films of late (Timecrimes, Let the Right One In, and The House of the Devil come to mind).  That said, when you throw in a hook like “giant, vicious pig” you really leave me with no choice but to see the film.

To check out the full press release from the acquisition, hit the jump.  Also, for future reference, remember to implement the “buddy system” when wandering around idyllic countrysides.

Magnolia Pictures Acquires Andrew Jarecki’s ALL GOOD THINGS for December Release

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With a starring cast of Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, it would be a shame if Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things never saw theaters.  Thankfully Magnolia Pictures has acquired Jarecki’s follow-up to the acclaimed documentary Capturing the Friedmans (this is his first narrative feature) with an Oscar-tempting December release in mind.

All Good Things is inspired by the life of Robert Durst, the wealthy son of a New York real estate mogul: “Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.”  Hit the jump for the official press release.

First Trailer for the Joaquin Phoenix Documentary I’M STILL HERE

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Following the news that the Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in early September, Magnolia Pictures has released the debut trailer.  Brother-in-law Casey Affleck is the man behind the camera for the doc, which tracks Phoenix’s cinematic retirement, and subsequent ventures into a career as a hip hop musician.  Check out the teaser after the jump.


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Two of the biggest movies of the upcoming holiday season, Sci-fi actioner Tron: Legacy, and the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro comedy, Little Fockers have released new posters.  In addition, Magnolia Pictures has tapped renowned British comic artist Simon Bisley to create a new poster for Neil Marshall’s latest thriller, Centurion, featuring the film’s main characters played by Michael Fassbender and Olga Kurylenko.  Hit the jump for more:

Casey Affleck’s I’M STILL HERE: THE LOST YEAR OF JOAQUIN PHOENIX Due out on September 10th

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This September, it looks like we’ll finally get our answer to Joaquin Phoenix’s bizarre behavior last year.  For those who need a brief refresher, Phoenix announced that he was retiring from acting in order to pursue a rap career.  This was followed by an infamous appearance on David Letterman and video of him falling off a stage while trying to rap.  Brother-in-Law Casey Affleck was invited by Phoenix to film the whole experience and the result is the upcoming documentary I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix.  Magnolia Pictures has announced in a press release that they have has picked up the distribution rights and the documentary will have a platform release on September 10th and then go wide on September 17th.  A festive debut is being considered and the film will be also be available via Magnolia’s Video-on-Demand service.  Phoenix will also be speaking out about the film in some capacity.

Hit the jump for more details about I’m Still Here.

Magnolia Picks up Alex Gibney’s Untitled Eliot Spitzer Documentary

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Magnolia Pictures has picked up US distribution rights Alex Gibney’s upcoming Eliot Spitzer documentary.  Spitzer’s legacy will most likely be that he liked the high-price whores.  Unfortunately, Spitzer was one of the great crusaders against the financial corruption.  As New York’s attorney general he prosecuted crimes against the largest financial institutions and some of the most powerful executives in the country.  When he was elected governor, he won by such a wide margin that many believed he could be come the first Jewish president.  And then the whore-thing broke and it all came crashing down.  It’s your tragic rise/fall stuff, but I hope it’s also an interesting look at how our country held a man’s personal, non-criminal actions more important than his attempts to stop real criminals who ended up destroying our financial system.

Hit the jump for the synopsis of the currently untitled documentary, click here for a clip from the film, and click here for our interview with Gibney where he spoke about the project. [Screen Daily]

Magnolia Pictures to Distribute Mega-Documentary FREAKONOMICS

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We have just received a press release from Magnolia Pictures saying that the studio will release the documentary adaptation of Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s best-selling book FreakonomicsAs we previously reported, the film is a type of uber-documentary with noted documentary filmmakers such as Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Eugene Jarecki, and Seth Gordon, doing individual segments on various case studies in human behavior and sociological results.

Hit the jump to read the full press release.  The film is set to close out this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 21st to May 2nd.

Neil Marshall’s CENTURION to Stand Guard This Summer

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Neil Marshall’s Centurion has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures. The film will be distributed through Magnolia’s genre division, Magnet. Centurion will star Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds), Dominic West (The Wire, 300) and Olga Kurylenko (Hitman, Quantam of Solace).

Neil Marshall has quietly been building himself an impressive action resume. While Doomsday was no earth shattering hit, both it and the Decent sported grimy cinematography and slick action sequences. Marshall knows how to craft a tense film, and his gritty style should mesh well with the given setting and plot. Whatever happened to Outpost? Now that sounded like a fun movie. Zombies swarming an oil rig? Get that one in the pipeline (pun intended) stat Neil! Hit the jump for the synopsis of Centurion.

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