Dave McNary has covered film and labor for Variety since 1999.
variety.com — Entertainment One has acquired U.S. rights to "Diana," the Princess Diana movie starring Naomi Watts, from Embankment Films and Ecosse Films. eOne said it will release "Diana" late this year. It also plans major releases in the U.K., Canada and Spain. The film is produced by Ecosse Films' Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae.
variety.com — Kirsten Prout ("The Lying Game"), Chloe Bridges ("The Carrie Diaries") and Daryl Hannah have come on board to star in independent film "Offline." Larry Rattner is producing, with shooting in Los Angeles this month. Mark Quod is directing from a script by Anna Rasmussen.
variety.com — Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Francois Ozon's "Young & Beautiful," starring Marine Vacth, from Wild Bunch. Deal was announced at Cannes, where the drama premiered in competition last week. The coming of age film also stars Geraldine Pailhas, Frederic Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Johan Leysen and Charlotte Rampling.
variety.com — Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to "Visitors," the non-spoken narrative film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane. Steven Soderbergh is presenting the black-and-white film, which will be shown in 4K projection. "Visitors" explores humanity's trance-like relationship with technology and its effects beyond the human species.
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