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Sundance: FilmDistrict Take Rights To 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' Magnolia Buy 'Compliance,' 'Nobody Walks,' '2 Days In New York'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 30, 2012 11:40 AM
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Sundance may be over for another year, but as Gordon Gekko mercilessly taught us: money never sleeps. So even though Park City has born witness to their annual mass exodus, there are still some films hanging around waiting to be bought and we have news of six films that have snagged distribution deals.

Bradley Cooper Says 'Paradise Lost' Is On Track To Start Shooting In June

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 27, 2012 1:00 PM
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Bradley Cooper seems to making all the right moves of late. He wasn't an instant A-lister; his career saw him working away on TV shows like "Alias" and "Kitchen Confidential" before a supporting performance in "Wedding Crashers" put him on track to bigger things, with the smash comedy hit "The Hangover" finally providing him with the right stuff. Since that film, other than a blip with "The A-Team" (which can't really be blamed on him), he's been making sound choices; a giant sequel to "The Hangover," and a surprise hit, "Limitless," sold entirely on his name.

'Wish You Were Here,' 'The Pact,' 'Simon Killer' & 'Chasing Ice' Latest Movies To Find Distribution At Sundance

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 27, 2012 10:44 AM
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Sundance ends this weekend and before everyone hops on a plane back home there are some last-minute deals to be done with distributions acquiring those titles that have made people sit up and take notice over the past week or so.

Sundance: Buzz Films 'Arbitrage,' 'Liberal Arts,' 'Robot & Frank' & 'V/H/S' All Find Distribution

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 26, 2012 10:40 AM
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As ever, Park City is quieting down again, with many journalists heading home after a week of Sundance madness. We've still got plenty of coverage to come, don't get us wrong, but as is so often the case with festivals, things tend to be a little front-loaded. Except, that is, on the business end; now that most films have unspooled, the acquisitions folk are ready to start handing out the checks. We've already seen a few big sales: Fox Searchlight took two of the best-reviewed films of the festival, "The Surrogate" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," while "For A Good Time Call," "Lay The Favorite," "Black Rock," "Celeste and Jesse Forever" and "Red Lights," among others, have all found homes.

Can't Make It To Sundance? Here's Clips From 'Arbitrage,' 'Grabbers,' 'The Art Of Rap' & 'I Am Not A Hipster'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 26, 2012 9:43 AM
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Who’s bummed out that they can’t be in Park City right now? Who really wishes they were at Sundance watching all these new movies that the internet is full of buzz about? Good, it’s not just me then. Well to make things slightly easier a bunch of films that have premiered there in the past week have released some footage so the rest of us can get a taste of what we’ve been missing.

'Pariah' Director Dee Rees Writing A New Script Called 'Large Print' & Working On An HBO Series With Viola Davis

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 26, 2012 8:58 AM
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While Spike Lee may be making headlines at the Sundance Film Festival for both his fiery rants and his latest effort “Red Hook Summer,” he took some time out to help boost the profile of a rising filmmaker who is already earning acclaim. Lee appeared alongside Dee Rees of “Pariah” fame (he executive produced the film), and the pair had an extended conversation with New York Times writer David Carr that’s well worth the watch (it's in full below).

Nick Cave Scoring 'West Of Memphis,' Laura Veirs Tunes Up 'Hello I Must Be Going' & More Sundance Sounds

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2012 1:24 PM
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While Park City continues to buzz with celebs and films and the festival heads into its final weekend, let's take a moment take our eyes off the movies, and instead open up our ears. As it turns out, a good handful of the movies at the Sundance Film Festival are being powered by the music of some pretty impressive performers.

Weinsteins 'Lay The Favorite,' Focus Had 'A Good Time,' Millenium Turns On 'Red Lights' & More Sundance Acquisitions

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 25, 2012 11:43 AM
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As many of you know, the Sundance Film Festival is well underway, and there’s been no shortage of studios acquiring some buzzed-about independent titles. As the fest winds into its last few days, the deals are getting done.

Fox Searchlight Land Buzzworthy Sundance Drama 'The Surrogate' With John Hawkes & Helen Hunt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 24, 2012 10:45 AM
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This year's Oscar nominations are something of an anomaly as for the first time in a while, there's no Sundance breakout among them. The expansion of the possible nominees two years back meant that the field had room for films like "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone," movies that would have previously fallen by the wayside. Whereas the new system of a flexible number of nominees means that Sundance fare gets shut out of the big prize from now on (the only film anywhere near close was "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and that wouldn't have made even a field of ten this year) remains to be seen, but one film already seems to have emerged out of Park City as a potential 2013 awards hopeful.

"This Is Not A Motherf**king Sequel To Do The Right Thing!" & More From The Fiery Q&A For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:28 PM
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Trust Spike Lee to shake things up a bit. The Sundance Film Festival has been ticking along quietly and unremarkably since the end of last week. Some films screened. Some were good. Some were bad. Yawn. But last night, Spike Lee premiered his latest film, a low-budget, self-funded return to his roots entitled "Red Hook Summer," and it immediately became one of the most divisive pictures of the festival. Our own Todd Gilchrist landed firmly on the positive side with his review this morning, but it looks set to inspire arguments for months to come. 

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