Emptya gigantic 'DEATH'
New York-based Gigantic Releasing has acquired all North American and English-speaking territory rights to Morgan Dews' documentary "Must Read After My Death," which will have its U.S. premiere today at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film, which spans 10 years in the lives of a Hartford, Conn., couple and their four children, will be released theatrically this year.
SEALED WITH A KISS
What's a kiss from 007 worth? James Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli has paid $38,000 for a kiss from Daniel Craig, who plays the British spy onscreen. Broccoli also will get kisses from Hugh Grant and Robbie Coltrane for her winning bid at the Great British Movie Event benefit for the National Film and Television School.
FIRST IN A SLEW
Director Bertha Bay-Sa Pan is forming a New York-based production shingle, Slew Pictures, and will direct one of the banner's nascent projects, the romantic comedy "Almost Perfect," with Will Yun Lee attached to star. The company also is producing the family drama "Fighting Fish," with Annette Apitz directing from her own script.
CRISP UPPED AT SONY
Grover Crisp has been upped to senior vp asset management, film restoration and digital mastering at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Crisp, who was a vp, will oversee all facets of the restoration, preservation and mastering program for the Columbia and TriStar Pictures feature film and TV libraries.