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Music movies get deals at Sundance

MUSIC TO THEIR EYES: A pair of music-centric Sundance entries immediately got deals during the fest, which began on Wednesday (1/17) in Park City, UT. RADiUS-TWC acquired North American rights to Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville and produced by Gil Friesen in the late music-biz legend’s final project. The film, which was Sundance 2013?s opening day U.S. doc, looks at the world of backup singers. RADiUS plans to give the movie its theatrical release in late summer. “We’ve been coming to Sundance for more than 15 years and we’ve rarely, if ever, seen an audience reaction like we did last night,” said RADiUS co-prexies Tom Quinn and Jason Janego in a joint statement. Added TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein: “I’ve always been drawn to the underdog story and can’t think of a more poignant subject matter that showcases such rare talent. “The subtleties and nuances of this incredible story are so delicate and intimately told that we feel a great responsibility to ensure audiences everywhere have the opportunity to see it.”… Showtime acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s authorized biopic History of the Eagles even before part one of the two-part film had its world premiere Saturday night. The premium cable network plans to air the doc on Feb. 15-16… No word yet on who’s picking up Dave Grohl’s Sound City, but the history of the funky but magical Valley studio was well received when it premiered on Thursday… A fourth film with a strong musical connection, George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, also made its world premiere at Sundance. The movie stars Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks as drug addicted mothers who are removed from their homes by authorities. Alicia Keys composed the score and served as an executive producer. (1/21a)

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