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Maya Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Delicious'

Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to "Sympathy for Delicious," Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut, and plans to release the pic this spring.

Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney star in "Sympathy," which won a Special Jury Prize for Directing at Sundance. Tom Ortenberg's One Way Out Media is on board as a marketing consultant

"Sympathy" is written by Christopher Thornton, who also stars in and produced the project. It follows the true story of a newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing -- and is based on Thornton's real-life experiences.

The film was produced by Corner Store Entertainment's Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver and Andrea Sperling, along with Ruffalo and Thornton.

"This film has been a very personal project for me, and I know Maya will be a wonderful partner to have in our corner," said Ruffalo.

The thesp will next begin production on Marvel's "The Avengers," in which he plays The Hulk opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner.

Three-year-old Maya distributes, acquires, and produces multicultural and Latino themed film and TV product. Recent include "The Dry Land," starring America Ferrera, Jason Ritter, Wilmer Valderrama, and Melissa Leo; and "Across the Line," starring Aidan Quinn, Mario Van Peebles, and Andy Garcia.

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Hollywood News.com

Maya Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to “Sympathy for Delicious,” the feature film directorial debut from Mark Ruffalo, to be released theatrically in Spring 2011. The seven-figure deal positions the film as a key project in Maya’s first quarter 2011 theatrical release strategy.

Written by Christopher Thornton, who also stars in and produced the project, “Sympathy for Delicious” follows the true story of a newly paralyzed DJ who gets more than he bargained for when he seeks out the world of faith healing. The film also stars Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney and is based on Thornton’s real-life experiences. The film was produced by Corner Store Entertainment’s Scott Prisand, Matt Weaver and Andrea Sperling, with Mark Ruffalo and Christopher Thornton. The film was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Directing at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Maya also has made a deal with Tom Ortenberg’s One Way Out Media to come on board as a marketing consultant on the project.

“After its successful premiere at Sundance this year, we’re so excited to be releasing this powerful and moving film and working with Mark Ruffalo on his award-winning directorial debut,” said Tonantzin Esparza, Director of Acquisitions for Maya Entertainment. “It’s an honor to collaborate with Mark on a project that has been so important to him.”

Ruffalo added, “This film has been a very personal project for me, and I know Maya will be a wonderful partner to have in our corner.”

Ruffalo will next begin production on Marvel’s The Avengers, in which he plays “The Hulk.” He joins Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johanssen and Jeremy Renner.

The deal for “Sympathy for Delicious” was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson on behalf of UTA client Mark Ruffalo and Wendy Rutland, with Tonantzin Esparza on behalf of Maya Entertainment.

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Maya Entertainment is expanding its video-on-demand footprint, partnering with Comcast.

As part of the deal, Comcast on Friday will launch a Maya at the Movies folder with four day-and-date VOD releases, including Aidan Quinn starrer "Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright." Ten other Maya titles are included.

Maya already has VOD deals in place with TVN and In Demand, serving more than 43 million VOD homes, according to the distrib.

"The addition of Comcast to our video-on-demand partnerships caps a year of tremendous growth," Maya CEO and co-chairman Moctesuma Esparza said in a statement. "This relationship is incredibly important to Maya's overall multi-platform approach for the content we distribute."

Maya recently has been expanding its reach beyond Latino auds, with pickups like Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy for Delicious," toplining Christopher Thornton, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney.

The distrib's America Ferrera starrer "The Dry Land" cumed just $11,777 in theaters domestically since July.

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According to Trailer Addict, the theatrical release of SFD is set for March 10, 2011.

Additional information for Sympathy for Delicious, which has a domestic theatrical release set for March 10, 2011. The film is being distributed by Maya Releasing and has not yet been rated. Sympathy for Delicious has a total running time of 96 minutes.

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