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ThinkFilm picked up 'Half Nelson' for North America.

ThinkFilm wrestles 'Half Nelson' rights
Duo pact on 'Stay' while 'Junkie' gets o'seas fix
By Ian Mohr 1/29/06 4:12pm

As the Sundance film fest wound down here over the weekend, a number of smaller deals came to a head, including ThinkFilm's North American pickup of the Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie starrer "Half Nelson" and Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn's pact to grab North American rights to "Stay."

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