Re-Mastered Raiders Of The Lost Ark Gets Extended Theater Run; Mitt Romney Slams Anti-Muslim Video: Biz Break
Also in Friday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, two more Toronto International Film Festival titles head for theatrical runs. And Sparkle's Mara and Salim Akil eye some Abandonment Issues.
Re-Mastered Raiders of the Lost Ark Gets Extended Theatrical Run
The re-mastered first installment of the Indiana Jones saga will have an extended run beginning Friday after what studio Paramount Pictures called an "extraordinary response" during its one week IMAX engagement. The Steven Spielberg-directed and George Lucas-executive produced feature will play in more than 300 digital theaters across the United States and Canada. Indiana Jones: The Complete Adventures debuts on Blu-ray September 18th from Lucasfilm Ltd. and Paramount Home Media Distribution with seven hours of bonus material added.
Toronto's The Brass Teapot Heads to North American Theaters
The feature stars Juno Temple (Diane) and Michael Angarano (Haywire) who play John and Alice, broke newlyweds very much in love, that stumble upon a magical teapot that rewards physical pain with wads of cold hard cash, offering a rather twisted way out of their financial burdens. The film just had its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival where Magnolia Pictures acquired the title. The distributor's acquisitions exec Peter Van Steemburg negotiated the deal while The Gersh Agency executed the sale on behalf of the filmmakers. No release date was announced.
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Romney Criticizes Anti-Islam Film; Backs Off Earlier White House Criticism
"I think it’s dispiriting sometimes to see some of the awful things people say," the former Massachusetts governor told George Stephanopolous on Good Morning America Friday. "And the idea of using something that some people consider sacred and then parading that out a negative way is simply inappropriate and wrong. And I wish people wouldn’t do it." He also said the First Amendment protects that free speech. He added that he and the White House were now more in sync over his criticism about the statement released by the U.S. embassy in Cairo when protests began earlier this week. The statement condemning the film lead him to criticize the Administration and caused backlash against him by both Democrats and some Republicans. "What I said was exactly the same conclusion the White House reached, which was that the statement was inappropriate. That’s why they backed away from it as well," said Romney, THR reports.
Still Heads to U.S. Theaters
The Toronto International Film Festival romance pic starring James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold will get a release some time in 2013. In the feature, the two actors play a couple in their later years. He sets out to build a more suitable home for his ailing wife and quickly is blindsided by local building codes and bureaucratic officials as his wife becomes increasingly ills and a flurry of orders to stop building, Variety reports.
Sparkle's Mara and Salim Akil Eye Abandonment Issues
The duo last teamed with Screen Gems on Sparkle and have entered a deal with Paramount Pictures on the new project. Mara Brock Akil will write the scrip and husband Salim Akil will direct and both will produce, Deadline reports.