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Sundance 2011: Second big deal appears done, with 'Margin Call' to Lionsgate

January 23, 2011 |  7:48 am


The weather is still frosty -- it's only 4 degrees above zero in Park City, Utah, early Sunday morning. But the sales are heating up in a hurry, with not one but two all-night negotiating sessions winding down.

In the second big deal, my colleague John Horn is reporting exclusively on our Awards Tracker blog that Lionsgate Films and partner Roadside Attractions are finalizing a deal to acquire the Wall Street financial drama "Margin Call."

That comes on the heels of Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush teaming up to buy the romantic drama "Like Crazy." There are more important screenings set for Sunday, including the first look at actor-turned-director Vera Farmiga's religious drama "Higher Ground."

-- Steven Zeitchik

Zachary Quinto in "Margin Call." Photo: Sundance Film Festival.