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Written by: FFT Webmaster | February 1st, 2011

Company Acquires Worldwide Rights to Dark Comedy Starring Tobey Maguire,
Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Dennis Haysbert and Kerry Washington

PARK CITY, UTAH – The Weinstein Company (TWC)
announced today that it has acquired worldwide rights to Liddell
Entertainment’s THE DETAILS from writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes,
which had its world premiere Monday night at the 2011 Sundance Film
Festival. Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta,
Dennis Haysbert and Kerry Washington star in the film, a dark comedy
about love, marriage and animal invaders. Written and directed by Estes
(MEAN CREEK), THE DETAILS was produced by Mark Gordon, Hagai Shaham and Bryan Zuriff. Mickey Liddell and Jennifer Hilton are Executive Producers.

Said TWC co-founder Harvey Weinstein, “My brother and I saw THE DETAILS and knew we had to have it for our 2011 slate. We’re thrilled to be reunited with Tobey Maguire, eleven years after THE CIDER HOUSE RULES.

TWC COO David Glasser added, “This deal is a fantastic way to close a
day that began with our celebrating 13 Academy Award® nominations for

“To be amongst such a great group of filmmakers at Sundance this year
with my new movie was a humbling honor,” stated director Jacob Aaron
Estes. “I grew up admiring movies that Harvey and Bob have championed
over their storied careers, and so I couldn’t be happier to be working
with them on THE DETAILS.”

Commented producer Mark Gordon: “The experience on this film has been a collaborative dream. Mickey Liddell, the other producers, and of
course, Jacob, all worked together to create a special film featuring a
talented ensemble cast. We’re excited to work with The Weinstein
Company to introduce this incredibly funny story to moviegoers.

The deal was negotiated for TWC by Glasser, Peter Lawson, TWC Head of
Acquisitions, and Laine Kline, TWC Executive Vice President Legal
Affairs; with CAA and UTA representing the filmmakers.

SYNOPSIS – THE DETAILS (from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival catalog)
After 10 years of marriage, Jeff (Tobey Maguire) and Nealy (Elizabeth
Banks) have a young son, an idyllic suburban life, and a marriage that’s
stuck. Accordingly, Jeff decides to plant a perfect backyard lawn. Enter
the raccoons, who repeatedly tear up his grass. When Jeff tries to
eradicate these meddlesome vandals, his efforts initiate a bewildering
chain reaction involving a crazy cat lady (Laura Linney), multiple
infidelities, extortion, organ donation, and somebody on the wrong end
of a bow and arrow.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Since its launch, TWC and Dimension Films have also released such films as GRINDHOUSE, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, 1408, I’M NOT THERE, THE MIST, THE GREAT DEBATERS, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, THE READER, THE ROAD, CLERKS II, FACTORY GIRL, HALLOWEEN, THE PAT TILLMAN STORY, PIRANHA 3D and the 2010 Oscar® winner INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS NINE and 2010 Oscar nominees A SINGLE MAN and NINE.

Currently in release is Tom Hooper’s THE KING’S SPEECH, starring Colin
Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, which has been nominated for 12 2011 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture; Derek Cianfrance’s BLUE VALENTINE, starring Michelle Williams, in an Academy Award-nominated performance, and Ryan Gosling; and John Wells’ feature directorial debut, COMPANY MEN, starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner, Rosemary DeWitt, Maria Bello and Chris Cooper. Recently wrapping is MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson and Julia Ormond, Robert Rodriguez’s SPY KIDS 4 with Jessica Alba, and the new installment of the SCREAM franchise, SCREAM 4.
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