Magazine article Variety

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Magazine article Variety

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Fanning Smells Like 'Teen Spirit'

Elle Fanning is set to star in "Teen Spirit," the directorial debut of actor Max Minghella. Fanning will play a shy teenager, living in a small European town, who dreams of pop stardom as a means of escaping her dismal surroundings and shattered family life. Minghella also wrote the screenplay.

The film is being introduced to buyers by international sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment at the European Film Market. CAA is arranging financing for the film and will represent North American distribution rights.

Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones serve as producers on the film with Jamie Bell, who developed the screenplay with Minghella, acting as executive producer. It is a coproduction of Interscope Records, Automatik, and Blank Tape.

- Robert Mitchell

Swen Group Grabs 'Stonehead' Rights

Multinational media conglomerate Swen Group has picked up rights to "Stonehead," the Chinese youth film which plays this week in the Berlin Film Festival's Generation section.

The group has acquired global rights outside China and will self-release the picture in North America, the U.K., and Hong Kong. …

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