Toronto 2011: Bobcat Goldthwait's 'God Bless America' sold
Bobcat Goldthwait's "God Bless America," which won over fans at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, will be available via video on demand and in a limited number of theaters next year after landing a distribution deal Tuesday.
Mark Cuban's Magnet Releasing has been quite busy at this year's Toronto festival. The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced that it purchased the worldwide rights to "God Bless America," an "oddball road-trip comedy crossed with a furious social critique," as L.A. Times contributor Mark Olsen called it.
The movie features Joel Murray ("Mad Men") as a depressed and divorced man so outraged by the state of modern America that he sets off to kill the stupidest, cruelest and most repellent members of society.
The film marks the second acquisition for the genre arm, which purchased Michael Dowse's hockey comedy "Goon" starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber as a team of underperforming misfits who rise to semipro hockey glory. "Goon," which was scripted by Baruchel and Evan Goldberg ("Superbad"), will also debut next year.
-- Nicole Sperling in Toronto
Photo: Joel Murray in "God Bless America." Courtesy Toronto International Film Festival