Toronto, ON -- Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Films, announced today that the company has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Canada, to Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, Barry Avrich's much-anticipated documentary about the legendary co-founder of Miramax Films. Unauthorized is a powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account that traces Weinstein's path from concert promoter on the cold streets of Buffalo to his first trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where he arrived with one pair of pants and closed his first movie deal, to winning an Oscar, and breaking the bank with his first $100 million film. It examines his complex relationships with his brother, his staff, and the Hollywood community at large and features interviews with industry insiders and the Hollywood creative community.

Unauthorized was produced and directed by Barry Avrich, creator of the critically-acclaimed story of Lew Wasserman, The Last Mogul, and producer of the upcoming Des McAnuff production of The Tempest with Christopher Plummer. The film is narrated by Peter Fonda.

Notes Avrich: "I believe that great stories must be told. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, without a question, redefined so many rules of Hollywood marketing, distribution and filmmaking that you simply can't ignore their impact on history. Many of their business principles and strategies also redefined other industry practices and quite frankly, other industries. Without Hollywood's "Last Bully", there would be no Pulp Fiction, no one would have known about that English patient, Rob Marshall would still be a chorus boy and Quentin would be recommending Bruce Lee's greatest hits in some video store. IFC Films is a great home for my film and I am thrilled that it will be receiving such a prominent release."

Comments Sehring: "Barry has made an entertaining and provocative film that sheds a tremendous amount of light on what makes this legendary mogul tick."

This is IFC Films' third major acquisition at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The company previously acquired James Gunn's Super starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Werner Herzog's 3-D Cave of Forgotten Dreams.

 

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LOS ANGELES -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), today announced the top ten DVD sales and rentals for the prior week based on estimated consumer spending.

According to the company's Retail Essentials and Home Video Essentials tracking services, the top ten selling DVDs and the top ten most-rented motion pictures, per data collected for the week ending September 12, 2010 include:

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IMAX Corporation (Nasdaq:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) announced today that Universal Pictures' Fast Five will be released to digital IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the action-thriller's wide release on June 10, 2011. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of all-stars from every chapter of the Fast and Furious franchise, along with some exciting new cast including Dwayne Johnson, in the film directed by Justin Lin.

Universal's partnership with IMAX on Fast Five marks the studio's return to the IMAX fold. The Academy Award(R)-winning Apollo 13, in 2002 was the first Universal film to utilize the pioneering IMAX DMR(R) technology.

"Fast Five is a perfect film for IMAX," said Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. "The film's incredible action sequences combined with IMAX's unmatched quality that allows the action to jump off the screen will provide filmgoers with an optimal theatrical experience."

"Universal Pictures partnered with us for our very first DMR release and we're excited to work with them again, this time to bring one of the studio's most successful franchises to digital IMAX theatres," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "The film is a great addition to our expanding slate of movies for 2011, and by the time it opens, we'll be able to reach even more fans of the franchise thanks to our growing network."

"We are thrilled to partner with Adam Fogelson, Donna Langley and their team at Universal, and look forward to fueling the buzz as we lead up to the release," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The IMAX Experience is the just the thing to enhance the thrill ride that will be Fast Five. With this announcement, we are now in business with every Hollywood studio, which gives our fans full access to the best movies in the world."

 

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Although this Yale-trained character actor and Green Bay native never lacked for work, Shalhoub was almost 50 when the TV series Monk finally made him a star. Early in his career, he honed his craft on stage, forging important relationships with two of his theatrical costars: Stanley Tucci, who later cast him in a number of films, and Brooke Adams, who married Shalhoub in 1992. With his curly hair, dark complexion and knack for accents, Lebanese-American Shalhoub played myriad ethnic parts, including a romantically inclined Italian cabdriver on Wings, his first prominent role. Tony recently starred in the independent film Feed the Fish, shot on location in Door County, Wisconsin.

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