Handmade Films Intl. has sold big budget European CGI toon "Planet 51" to TF1 for France and Moviemax Italia for Italy.
Cannes Film Festival
Illusion Studios, Argentina's biggest toon-pic producer, has sold hard-boiled gangster satire "Boogie el ceitoso" to Mexican publishing house Proceso.
Star Group, News Corp.'s Hong Kong-based TV and film operation, scored a 20- movie free TV deal with Romania's Aqua Group.
Indie distrib TLA Releasing has had a busy Cannes, closing deals on a passel of pics, including all North American rights to Canadian retro-slasher pic "Gutterballs," directed by Ryan Nicholson.
City Lights Pictures has picked up North American distribution rights to Damian Harris' "Gardens of the Night," starring Tom Arnold and John Malkovich.
Los Angeles-based Katapult Film Sales has picked up world rights to Chinese helmer Liu Fendou's Un Certain Regard film "Ocean Flame."
Pyramide Productions has sold rights to competition film "Three Monkeys" to Canadian, European and Asian arthouse buyers.
Viacom will open a theme park in South Korea that will feature activities based on Par properties including "Mission: Impossible," "Tomb Raiders," "The Godfather" and "Titanic."
Beastie Boy Adam Yauch has announced the first pickup for his Oscilloscope Pictures. O-scope will release Irena Salina's "Flow: For Love of Water" in late summer, followed by a winter DVD release…
Japan's Bitters End and Hong Kong's Sundream Entertainment have boarded "Plastic City," the new helming effort by Yu Lik-wai the multihyphenate d.p. of Cannes Competition film "24 City."
Unveiling an Italy-Argentina co-production axis, Eduardo Costantini's Costa Films has sealed a co-production deal with Italy's Istituto Luce on Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat's "El artista" (The…