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Monday, September 12, 2005

Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner announce more movies

IndieWire reports from the Toronto Film Festival about a new slate of seven digital films being bankrolled by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, the impresarios who own Landmark Theaters, HDNet, HDNet Films, and 2929 Entertainment. Among them: movies about Spalding Gray and Hunter Thompson; a documentary about surfing in Israel; and pictures directed by Hal Hartley and Steven Soderbergh (that's him at right).

IndieWire writes, "Each of the Soderbergh films, and the new slate of movies, are intended for simultaneous distribution through the company's landmark day-and-date strategy of releasing a movie in theaters that are owned by parent 2929 Entertainment and on the HDNet Movies Network (all of which are owned and run by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban). Theatrical distribution is handled by the company's Magnolia Pictures division and home video/DVD releases will be distributed through a yet to be announced arrangement."

Mark Cuban has a blog entry promoting some of the HDNet Films and 2929 Entertainment that have got release dates approaching, like "The War Within" and "Good Night and Good Luck," which was directed by George Clooney, and features him as well.