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Lionsgate nabs Sundance standout “Push”

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire,” the inner-city drama that took the grand jury and audience prizes at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Directed by Lee Daniels from a screenplay by Damien Paul, the film earned raves for the performances of Mo’Nique and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe. It centers on an illiterate teen who is abused by her parents but gets a second chance when she enrolls in an alternative school. The movie marks the sophomore directing effort of Daniels, best known for producing 2001’s “Monster’s Ball,” which Lionsgate also released. Filmmaker Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey will serve as presenting entities for “Push” via their production companies — respectively, 34th Street Films and Harpo. Both parties will support the release, Lionsgate said.

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