Acquisitions: Imagine, Devil, Animals

“Universal Pictures will renew its deal with Imagine Entertainment for five years, keeping partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard at the studio through the end of 2013. Imagine’s current pact expires next year. The deal establishes Imagine as the producer with the longest run in Universal history, eclipsing Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment…” (full details)

“ThinkFilm has picked up all North American rights to Sidney Lumet’s crime thriller “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead.” Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a drug addict who hatches a plan with his brother (Ethan Hawke) to rob a jewelry store owned by their parents (Albert Finney, Rosemary Harris). As the web of betrayal extends to his wife (Marisa Tomei) and an accomplice, things begin to go terribly wrong…” (full details)

“Indie distributor Halo-8 Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Curt Johnson’s animal-rights documentary “Your Mommy Kills Animals,” featuring appearances by Katherine Heigl, Moby, Joe Mantegna, Ben Stein and others. The film takes its cue from an FBI report labeling animal-rights activists as a top terrorist threat and attempts to take a balanced look at the issues…” (full details)