EmptyVIVENDI HEADS TO 'TENNESSEE'
Vivendi Entertainment has acquired all domestic rights to the Mariah Carey film "Tennessee," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by Aaron Woodley, the drama revolves around two lower-middle-class brothers (Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck) who take to the road to resolve their economic and health challenges. Along the way, they meet and bring along a waitress (Carey) who dreams of a singing career. The film features Carey performing the ballad "Right to Dream," which she co-wrote with Willie Nelson. "Tennessee" hits theaters in December.
MILL VALLEY SETS SKED
The 31st Mill Valley Film Festival will kick off Oct. 2 with two films, Bill Maher's documentary "Religulous" and Gina Prince-Bythewood's "The Secret Lives of Bees." The fest, held at the CineArts@Sequoia, the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and other Bay Area venues, runs through Oct. 10, when it closes with a tribute to Alfre Woodard.
LIONSGATE, ZED PACT
Lionsgate and mobile content company Zed have struck a deal to co-develop projects for the platform based on the studio's properties as well as on original material. The deal encompasses video, ringtones, wallpaper, games and interactive communities.