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Vivendi Ent. and Palm Pictures team for star-studded ‘New York’ anthology

I’m surprised that after the great box office culminative (an approximate 5 million dollar domestic take) that First Look Studios had with Paris, je t’aime that they weren’t as eager or didn’t persistate as much on the rights to Paris’ American cousin New York, I Love
. I’m guessing that the popularity of volume, one factored in with the loads of A-listed acting talent meant that, the price tag was slightly higher for this second time out.

Today’s annoucement comes a little bit as a surprise – did the heavyweight indie studios bulk at the idea or did Vivendi Entertainment and Palm Pictures come to the table with a serious bid? Variety reports that the two distribution arms have picked up the U.S. rights to the short film collective with Vivendi looking to make the big splash into the distribution business in 09′ and with Palm Pictures looking to generate a true box office meal ticket (the last picture that made some major money for the distributor was 2002’s Sex and Lucia). 

With loads of talent in front and behind the camera, New York, I Love
would be most efficently  launched at one of the premiere film festials – but with plans to release the picture early next year, means that a shoing at Venice or Toronto is likely. So far, the New York-based media are having a field day with the multiple sightings of high calibre talent walking the street corners of the city and shooting is almost two-thirds complete.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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