Batman And Spider-Man Battle At Chinese Box Office With Simultaneous Launches; Michael Fassbender Eyes Jane Got A Gun: Biz Break

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Also in Tuesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, anti-Obama documentary 2016 continues its box office surge after the weekend as Republicans gather for their convention. Scott Pictures teams with Exclusive Media for new sales label. Venice Film Festival opener gets a sale. And Tony Scott's family sets up a scholarship.

Scott Pictures Launches Sales Arm with Natalie Portman's Latest
Scott Steindorff's Scott Pictures is teaming with Exclusive Media will handle the international sales and servicing for all Scott Pictures’ theatrical feature film productions under this new separate Scott Pictures International label. The first film to be announced is the Natalie Portman starrer Jane Got a Gun to be directed by Lynne Ramsay. The film centers on a woman who must ask an ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang who are out to kill him. The new outfit will produce between 3 to 5 features per year.

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The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man Open Strong in China
The two Summer blockbusters opened simultaneously in China, with Spider-Man grossing $5.46 million in 2,515 theaters Monday. The Dark Knight Rises debuted in 2,400 locations, grossing $4.45 million, Deadline reports.

Anti-Obama Doc Moves to No. 2 Monday
Only The Expendables 2 did better Monday as 2016: Obama's America surged ahead of the Republican convention in Tampa. The film grossed $1.2 million Monday in 1,091 theaters, THR reports.

Michael Fassbender Eyes Natalie Portman's Jane Got a Gun
Portman is producing and starring in the western that is being directed by Lynne Ramsay, Thompson On Hollywood reports.

Venice Opener The Reluctant Fundamentalist Sells to Eagle Pictures
On the eve of its opening the Venice Film Festival Wednesday, Italy's Eagle Pictures picked up rights to Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, sales company K5 said. The political thriller revolves around a young Pakistani going for corporate success on Wall Street. It stars Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Live Schreiber, Martin Donovan and Om Puri, The Wrap reports.

Tony Scott's Family Establishes AFI Scholarship
Scott's family has set up a scholarship that will help future generations of filmmakers through the American Film Institute. Scott, who jumped to his death August 19th, was laid to rest in a private ceremony Friday. AFI was founded in 1967 to "preserve the legacy of US film heritage and nurture the next generation of storytellers." The Guardian reports.


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