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Cinedigm acquires ‘Arthur Newman’

Dante Ariola pic debuted at the Toronto Film Festival

Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Dante Ariola’s “Arthur Newman,” two months after the drama premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Cinedigm said it plans a theatrical release in mid-2013, followed by on-demand, premium digital, DVD, and TV releases.

The movie stars Colin Firth and Emily Blunt with a script written by Becky Johnston (“Seven Years in Tibet”) in a story of a sad sack who he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. His road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of a woman who is also trying to leave her past behind.

The film was produced by Vertebra Film’s Mac Cappuccino and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver, with Alisa Tager and Becky Johnston. It was exec produced by Andy Cappuccino, Helen Cappuccino, Natalie G. Hill, James Holt, Lisa Bruce, and Eric Greenfeld.

Peter Debruge gave “Newman” a mixed review at Toronto: “A classic case of the grass appearing greener on the other side of the fence, “Arthur Newman” asks auds to jump through a series of plausibility hoops, beginning with the casting of Firth in the title role. A decade ago, a part like this might have gone to Robin Williams, or possibly Paul Giamatti. Here, Firth looks nothing like a sad-sack FedEx floor manager miserable enough to erase his life and start over, despite porting garments that may as well have been recycled from ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.'”

The filmmakers were represented in the negotiation by UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Eric Greenfeld, with Vincent Scordino representing Cinedigm Entertainment Group.

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