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Co. acquires seven titles for int'l distribution

Lions Gate Films Intl. has acquired seven new titles for international distribution that it will unveil at the London Screenings and Mifed.

The films are “The Rules of Attraction,” “All Over the Guy,” “Hypercube: Cube 2,” “Comic Book Villains,” “Chasing Holden,” “The Wash” and “Dead Heat.”

“Attraction,” which director Roger Avary (“Killing Zoe”) is currently shooting based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis, is a follow-up to the indie’s “American Psycho.” New pic stars teen James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jessica Biel and Ian Somerhalder. “Rules” centers the younger brother of “Psycho’s” Patrick Bateman and his college friends, who mix sex, drugs, music and mayhem.

“All Over the Guy,” written by and starring Dan Bucatinsky, stars Christina Ricci, Lisa Kudrow, Richard Ruccolo, Sasha Alexander and Adam Goldberg; Don Roos exec produced. Pic, about twentysomethings thrown together by their respective best friends in hopes of igniting a romance, bowed theatrically in the U.S. this summer.

In post-production is “Cube 2,” directed by cinematographer Andrzej Sekula (“American Psycho,” “Pulp Fiction”). Produced by Ernie Barbarash and written by Sean Hood and Lauren McLaughlin, pic follows eight strangers whose survival depends on their ability to unravel the mysteries of the fourth-dimension cube in which they all awaken.

Also available is the thriller “Comic Book Villains,” starring Cary Elwes, Michael Rapaport, Donal Logue and Natasha Lyonne; and romantic comedy “Chasing Holden,” premiering at the market, starring DJ Qualls, Rachel Blanchard and Sean Kanan in the story of a prep school student who becomes obsessed with Holden Caulfield, the main character in J.D. Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye” and believes their fates are linked.

Starring DJ Pooh, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and Shaquille O’Neal, comedy “The Wahs,” also premiering, centers around best friends who land their ideal job at a car wash, where they get paid to be funny and impress the ladies with their charisma. Pic is set for wide domestic release Stateside by Lions Gate in November.

In actioner “Dead Heat,” Kiefer Sutherland stars as a tough Boston cop unwillingly transformed into a criminal by his brother, a small-time cook with connections to the Mob. Anthony LaPaglia and Radha Mitchell also star. Produced by William Vince and Michael Ohoven, the pic was written and directed by Mark Malone.

At the London Screenings and Mifed, Lions Gate also will be screening Bill Paxton’s directorial debut “Frailty,” starring Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, Powers Boothe, Matthew O’Leary and Jeremy Sumpter. Pic will be released domestically in January.

Based on the golden era of Hollywood, “The Cat’s Meow” makes its market premiere. Academy Award-winning Peter Bogdanovich directed this dramatic thriller featuring Kirsten Dunst, Cary Elwes, Edward Herrmann, Eddie Izzard, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Tilly. It’s slated for U.S. release in April.

Other screening titles include action-thriller “Liberty Stands Still,” making its market premiere; the twisted romantic comedy “Get Well Soon,” starring Courteney Cox Arquette, Vincent Gallo and Jeffrey Tambor; and “Rare Birds,” a comedy starring William Hurt, Molly Parker and Andy Jones, which will have a 2002 theatrical release Stateside.

Other titles include “Monster’s Ball,” currently in post, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry and Heath Ledger, and “American Psycho 2.”

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