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Goldwyn Films

H'wood royalty soldiers on despite defections

With the collapse of Fireworks Pictures and the retreat of Stratosphere Entertainment, Samuel Goldwyn Films remains the sole survivor of the IDP distributor alliance formed in July 2000.

Goldwyn will stay the course and is actively looking for new distribution partners under the IDP banner.

Goldwyn’s B.O. take remains modest. Shingle’s top performers included acquisition “The Crime of Father Amaro,” which grossed $5.7 million, and “Raising Victor Vargas,” which grossed over $2 million.

Among several releases set through year’s end are Oz-set drama “Japanese Story,” with Toni Collette, and Canuck comedy “Mambo Italiano.” Upcoming next year is “The Code” starring Samuel Le Bihan.

Exec ranks: Samuel Goldwyn Jr., chairman and CEO; Meyer Gottlieb, prexy, Samuel Goldwyn Films; Michael Silberman, prexy, IDP; Tom Quinn, VP, acquisitions, Samuel Goldwyn Films; Julie Huey, VP, development, Samuel Goldwyn Films

First looks: None

Year at B.O.: Top grosser: “The Crime of Father Amaro” ($5.7 million); lowest grosser: “The Experiment” ($167,561)

Recent pickups: “Japanese Story” (Cannes); “Cowboy Bebop,” “Vampire Hunters,” “Passionada,” “Nola,” “Anything but Love,” “Returner,” “The Code” (all picked up from screenings)

Kudo watch: Goldwyn is expected to mount campaigns for Toni Collette in “Japanese Story,” Romola Garai for “I Capture the Castle,” Isabel Rose for “Anything but Love,” Judy Marte for “Raising Victor Vargas,” as well as for “Passionada” and a comedy/musical Globes push for “Mambo Italiano.”