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Chris Rock's 'Top Five,' other Toronto films land distribution deals

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Top Five

For studios looking to buy at the Toronto International Film Festival, Chris Rock emerged a very hot property. The comedian’s Top Five sparked a bidding war, according to multiple reports, with Paramount emerging the victor and scoring the worldwide rights to the film, the studio announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio paid around $12.5 million for the film.

“Chris and I go back decades, both personally and professionally, and so I am particularly proud to have watched his career grow to its highest heights over many decades,” Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey said in a statement. “This film showcases brilliantly how talented Chris is as a filmmaker and storyteller and we are thrilled to be partnering with him, Scott Rudin and my longtime friend, the legendary Barry Diller and IACF for its worldwide launch.”

Rock’s film, which he co-wrote and directed, garnered wide acclaim at the festival—Vanity Fair even called it Rock’s Annie Hall. In the film Rock plays Andre Allen, a comedian-turned-movie star, who is being profiled for the New York Times by a reporter played by Rosario Dawson. Gabrielle Union is Andre’s reality star fiancée, and a variety of comedians—including Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, and Leslie Jones—also appear.

But Top Five isn’t the only film to score a deal at the festival. Here’s what studios have bought so far. We’ll be updating this post as more come in. (U.S. distribution deal unless otherwise noted.)

The Last Five Years (North American rights)

Director: Richard LaGravenese

Stars: Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan

Studio: RADiUS

Sold for: Undisclosed [EW]

While We’re Young

Director: Noah Baumbach 

Stars: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, and Amanda Seyfried

Studio: A24

Sold for: $4 million [EW]

The Cobbler 

Director: Thomas McCarthy

Stars: Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, and Dustin Hoffman

Studio: RLJ/Image Entertainment

Sold for: About $3.5 million [EW]

The Riot Club 

Director: Lone Scherfig

Stars: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, and Jessica Brown Findlay

Studio: IFC Films

Sold for: Undisclosed [THR]

The Reach

Director: Jean-Baptiste Leonetti

Stars: Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine 

Studio: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

Sold for: $2.25 million [THR]

Big Game

Director: Jalmari Helander

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Jim Broadbent, Victor Garber, and Felicity Huffman

Studio: EuropaCorp

Sold for: $4 million [Deadline]

Madame Bovary 

Director: Sophie Barthes

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller

Studio: Millenium Entertainment

Sold for: Undisclosed [Deadline]

What We Do in the Shadows 

Director: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Rhys Darby

Studio: The Orchard, Unison Films, and Funny or Die

Sold for: Undisclosed [The Orchard]

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

Director: Nick Broomfield

Studio: HBO Documentary Films

Sold for: Undisclosed

Love & Mercy (North American rights)

Director: Bill Pohlad

Studio: Lionsgate

Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, and Paul Giamatti

Sold for: $3 million [THR]

Before We Go 

Director: Chris Evans

Studio: RADiUS

Stars: Chris Evans and Alice Eve

Sold for: Undisclosed [Deadline]

Pawn Sacrifice (North American rights) 

Director: Ed Zwick

Studio: Bleecker Street

Stars: Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Saarsgard

Sold for: Undisclosed [EW]

Adult Beginners

Director: Ross Katz

Studio: RADiUS

Stars: Nick Kroll, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale

Sold for: Undisclosed.

Still Alice

Directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics

Stars: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart

Sold for: Undisclosed. [Deadline]