Mongrel Media Grabs Canadian Rights to John Turturro's 'Fading Gigolo'

"Fading Gigolo"

In other AFM news, VVS Films will release Allan Ungar's "Tapped" MMA thriller north of the border.

TORONTO -- Mongrel Media has snapped up the Canadian distribution rights to writer-director John Turturro's Fading Gigolo.

In other AFM news, rival indie distributor VVS Films has picked up the Canadian rights to Allan Ungar's MMA thriller Tapped.

Toronto-based Mongrel Media, which acquired Fading Gigolo from QED International, will release the Woody Allen and Turturro-starrer theatrically in Canada in April 2014.

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Fading Gigolo, which also stars Sharon Stone, Sofia Vergara, Vanessa Paradis and Liev Schreiber, bowed at the Toronto Film Festival.

The film has Allen playing an escort service pimp and Turturro his gigolo employee.

Millenneum Entertainment earlier took the U.S. rights to Fading Gigolo.

Elsewhere, VVS Films has taken the Canadian distribution rights to Tapped, the Canadian MMA thriller from writer-director Ungar and indie producers Hackybox Pictures and Oriahsphere Entertainment.

Grindstone Entertainment acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the indie feature that stars Michael Biehn (Terminator), Krzysztof Soszynski and Cody Hackman.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment, which has a distribution deal with Grindstone, will release Tapped stateside in 2014 as part of an ongoing pact with Grindstone.