The Deal Report: September 29, 2006 |


The Deal Report: September 29, 2006

+ Politics, Paris, and payouts?how about a report from the Toronto film festival, eh?

El Cantante, a biopic of salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, nabbed the highest bid, about $6 million from Picturehouse. ”This is my baby,” gushed Lopez, who also produced. ”The stakes were a bit higher for me on every level.”… The Weinstein Co. snapped up teen slasher All the Boys Love Mandy Lane for $3.5 mil and the Vince Vaughn-hosted doc Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show for about $3 mil…. First Look Pictures embraced Paris, je t’aime, 18 short films with a beau monde cast including Natalie Portman…. MGM swooped in on Rescue Dawn, a Nam war drama with Oscar-buzzed Christian Bale and Steve Zahn…. And Newmarket Films paid a reported $1 mil for Death of a President, the now-infamous Bush-bashing faux doc.

(Additional reporting by Missy Schwartz)

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