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SEARCHLIGHT, CARELL AND COLLETTE GO WAY, WAY BACK

Steve Carell and Toni Collette already had a nice reunion going at the Sundance Film Festival with this year’s premiere “The Way, Way Back,” their first collaboration since the 2006 festival sensation “Little Miss Sunshine.”

Now Fox Searchlight is back in the act. Fox Searchlight, which snapped up “Little Miss Sunshine” back then, has bought rights in North America and some overseas territories for “The Way, Way Back,” writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s comedy about a misfit teen (Liam James) and the oddball friends he makes working at a rundown water park over the summer.

Scheduled for release this summer, the film also stars Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and Maya Rudolph.

Among other Sundance acquisitions: Sony Pictures bought worldwide rights to Jerusha Hess’ romance “Austenland,” produced by “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen-obsessed lonely-heart; Radius-TWC, a unit of the Weinstein Co., picked up North American rights to Stacie Passon’s “Concussion,” starring Robin Weigert as a lesbian housewife who embarks on a double life after a blow to the head; the Weinstein Co. bought rights in the U.S. and some other territories for Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale,” starring Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz and Octavia Spencer in the real-life story of Oscar Grant, who was shot dead by an Oakland police officer; CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures teamed to buy U.S. rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Blackfish,” a documentary exploring the deadly consequences of keeping whales in captivity; and Elle Driver-Wild Bunch bought overseas rights to Morgan Neville’s “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” a documentary on backup singers whose U.S. rights went to Radius-TWC.

_ David Germain

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NICOLE KIDMAN: ROLE MODEL

Nicole Kidman came to the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of “Stoker,” in which she stars with fellow Australian actress Mia Wasikowska.

But she didn’t want to hear whether Wasikowska considered her a role model.

“You can’t ask that,” Kidman said, sitting beside her co-star.

“No, you can,” Wasikowska said. “Nicole is a role model. No, for anyone coming from Australia it’s pretty amazing to be in a film with her. So it’s been cool.”

“Stop it, that’s so embarrassing,” Kidman said. “She’s a role model though. She sits on the set, reading Chekov. You were reading Chekov on the set. To all young actresses, sit on the set and read Chekov. That’s how you become great. Truly, and she’s so good already.”

_ Ryan Pearson, Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ryanwrd

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