Lions Gate nabs 5 pix from J&M

'Forever,' 'Guilty,' 'Bruno' part of video, PPV deal

Lions Gate Films has picked up video and pay-per-view rights on a package of five high-profile titles from J&M Entertainment, including Shirley MacLaine’s directorial debut, “Bruno,” starring Gary Sinise and Kathy Bates.

Sources said that Lions Gate is also eyeing a limited North American theatrical release for a number of the films, but that no deal was in place.

The titles also include Paul Schrader’s “Forever Mine,” starring Joseph Fiennes and Gretchen Mol; “The Guilty,” with Bill Pullman; “A Texas Funeral,” starring Martin Sheen; and “Complicity,” with Jonny Lee Miller.

Upcoming J&M productions include “Cloudstreet,” starring Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Anna Paquin and Heath Ledger; “Guns, Money and Homecooking,” with Joan Plowright; and “Wild Horses,” which will be produced by Peter Samuelson.

J&M is handling international distribution on Joel Silver’s Dark Castle product slate and recently acquired foreign rights on the U.K. thriller “Small Time Obsession.”

Negotiating for Lions Gate was president Jeff Sackman and Randy Manis, acquisitions and business affairs VP. J&M was repped by CEO Julia Palau and Alan Bursteen of New City Releasing.

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