'Dr. Seuss' film preems; 'Sleep' walks into Hollywood

What: “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” premiere

When: Saturday

Where: Mann Village Theater in Westwood, Calif.

Who: Pic’s Jim Carrey, Carol Burnett, Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Jaime Pressly; Fox’s Tom Rothman Jim Gianopulos, Tony Sella; producer Christopher Meledandri; helmers Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino and guests Jenny McCarthy, Brooke Shields, Audrey Stone Geisel and Cedric the Entertainer

HOLLYWOOD — Like a firstborn, a first acquired is always going to have a special position. And so it was “Sleepwalking,” Overture’s debut pickup, that had its launch Thursday at the DGA.

“We bought ‘Sleepwalking’ before we had an office,” said Overture co-chair Chris McGurk. “Now we have nine films, 70 people and not enough parking spots.”

Co-chair Danny Rosett said the company knew early on it would be making a big commitment to independent films and “this is the classic indie film you buy because of the strong performances.”

As for selling a film to a distributor, co-star Dennis Hopper said that in over 40 years of experience, he’s learned: “You can go to Cannes and they give you a little money down, but the theatrical release ends up being just a couple of theaters — then it goes right to DVD. With Overture, we got a better deal.”

— Bill Higgins

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