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The Orchard Acquires Doc ‘Meeting Gorbachev’ From Werner Herzog, Andre Singer

The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Meeting Gorbachev from directors Werner Herzog and Andre Singer.History Films, the A&E network’s independent film label, has retained all television rights. Meeting Gorbachev is The Orchard’s third collaboration with History, after Oscar-nominated films Cartel Land and Life, Animated.The feature is a behind-the-scenes memoir from the eighth […]

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PGA Documentary Feature Nominations: Box Office Hits Score Top Nominations

In any crowded awards field, getting seen is the first order of business. Not surprisingly, a strong roster of 2018 box office hits landed on the Producers Guild of America’s nominated documentary features.Three summer hits include CNN’s “Rbg” (Magnolia) and “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon) as well as Focus Features’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor,” which […]

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Why Buyers Will Be More Cautious Than Ever at Toronto Film Festival

The Orchard thought it had landed one of the glossiest packages at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, “I Love You, Daddy.” The boundary-pushing story of a TV writer who grows alarmed after an older director becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter, the movie had all the makings of an art-house breakout. But the passion […]

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Sluggish ‘Solo’ just shy of $150m after two weekends in North America

American Animals opens well in limited space for The Orchard, MoviePass Ventures.Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story fell 65.3% in its second weekend as it held on to top spot on $29.3m for $148.9m via Buena Vista.The tentpole has reached $264.2m worldwide after two sessions – considerably below studio expectations – and ceded its international […]

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William Friedkin Revisits Demons With ‘The Devil and Father Amorth’; Godard In Focus – Specialty B.O. Preview

Oscar nominee William Friedkin’s 1973 classic The Exorcist grossed nearly $233M stateside, spawned follow ups and imitations and is still a standard-bearer in horror. Now Friedkin is taking a look at real-life exorcisms in the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth, which The Orchard is opening Friday. Friedkin’s latest will be decidedly different from his […]

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Comedies Reign as Kim Kardashian Boosts ‘Flower’ and ‘The Death of Stalin’ Tops Tepid Specialty Box Office

Holdover “The Death of Stalin” (IFC) led the way as the specialized market transitions to post-awards season titles. Its second weekend was at the level of “Wind River,” the last specialized success without an award-season boost ($33 million total).This is balm for art houses starving for new product after the long run of awards titles […]

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Specialty Box Office Lags as Oscar Season Plays Out and Streaming Surges

Looking at the full-page movie ads in the Sunday The New York Times, one might think the upcoming movies are “Phantom Thread,” “Dunkirk,” and “Darkest Hour.” Nearly all the Arts & Leisure film ads were for Oscar contenders.That’s where the specialized market finds itself after a successful four-month awards season. But those films, many of […]

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