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Mickey Mouse Is Dead? The Awesome New Bloody Poster From Disneyland Flick 'Escape From Tomorrow'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 2:15 PM
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Well, it seems that since Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow," a surrealist smash at Sundance Film Festival that was filmed, either surreptitiously or illegally depending on your frame of mind, at both the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks, will actually be getting a theatrical and VOD release in October, the gloves (quite literally) have come off: just take a gander at the confrontational new poster for the film, debuted by Entertainment Weekly.

Kevin Smith Says He Won't Kickstarter 'Clerks 3'; Waiting On Weinsteins For Greenlight, Aiming For Sundance 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 2:50 PM
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While folks like "Veronica Mars," Zach Braff and Charlie Kaufman made waves by using crowdsourcing efforts to fund their next projects, had history turned out differently, Kevin Smith would've beaten them to the punch. The filmmaker, who wears his indie cred and outsider(ish) status like a badge of honor has never turned to fans to ask for their hand in funding a movie. But as he reveals in a recent interview with KCRW, he once did consider it for his horror "Red State," but gave it a second thought when even the mere suggestion caused some negativity to stir on the internet.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2013 12:05 PM
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The podcast returns for a Sundance Film Festival wrap-up, discussing the highs and lows of this year's festival, which came to an end on Sunday. Podcast host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Cory Everett and Rodrigo Perez, our two staff correspondents on the ground at this year's festival. Make sure to check out our complete Sundance '13 coverage, including interviews and reviews (several which we didn't even mention on the podcast).

Sundance Wrap: The 5 Best Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2013 2:09 PM
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First festival of the year? Done and dusted. Every year, the movie industry heads en masse to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford's celebration of independent cinema, which has become increasingly important over the years, in the hope of uncovering the next big thing. Last year's festival brought "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which went on to be one of the best-reviewed films of the year, and a Best Picture nominee at the Academy Awards, and while there wasn't a singular breakout in the same way, the festival was certainly in good form.

Sundance Review: 'Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes' Is A Frustrating Sea Of Clichés

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2013 12:11 PM
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There is a widely held stereotype that the Sundance Film Festival is just dour, depressing films – dramas about addiction and family dysfunction and infidelity and incest and on and on – and outside of the occasional “Little Miss Sunshine”-type breakout, the festival wouldn’t really hold much interest for a large portion of the viewing public. Of course festivalgoers know this is not the case at all and if you dig deep enough into any category you’ll find a wide array of films from comedies to dramas to science fiction to any combination thereof.

Sundance Review: David Sedaris Adaptation 'C.O.G.' Features Fine Performances But Might Work Better As An HBO Series

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2013 11:15 AM
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Based on an essay in “Naked,” David Sedaris' hugely popular collection of autobiographical short stories, “C.O.G.” is notable for being the very first film adaptation of the author's work. Though he’d previously turned down all other offers to adapt his stories, the essayist was impressed by writer/director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s pitch as well as his previous film “Easier With Practice” and decided to let him have a shot. Whether this adaptation is successful or not may depend on your familiarity with the author’s work.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

15 Breakout Artists To Watch From The 2013 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 1:06 PM
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There's still a couple days left of this year's Sundance Film Festival, but for all intents and purposes it's winding down. Most of the press have departed, pretty much every major movie has screened at least once, and many of them have been bought, or will be over the next few days.

Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Richard Linklater's 'Before Midnight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 11:24 AM
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With the big question around "Before Midnight" – will it stand alongside the beloved "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset"? – finally answered (it definitely does, read our review), the next question was where the movie was going to end up. It's a tricky one. The first two movies weren't exactly big box office smashes, each earning under $6 million domestically, and moreover, for anyone grabbing the movie, they wouldn't get any home video bump from the past movies as they are owned by Columbia ("Before Sunrise") and Warner Bros. ("Before Sunset"). But, those issues aside, the movie has landed at a big home.

Sundance Review: 'In A World...' A Low-Key Charmer & Promising Directorial Debut For Lake Bell

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 25, 2013 9:43 AM
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One of the worst things you could say about a comedy is usually that it has a wide appeal. The most interesting comedies are the ones that tend to be hyper-specific, focused on an insular world of some kind (think '70s newsrooms in “Anchorman” or '80s summer camp in “Wet Hot American Summer”), while the ones pitched to the widest audience end up having storylines like “Hardworking ad executive can’t seem to get her love life together!” Just ask Judd Apatow, who learned on “Freaks & Geeks” that the more specific something is, the more it tends to resonate.

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