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Sundance Out-of-Competition Lineup Adds Stars, Classics and Many For-Sale Titles

On Thursday, Sundance released the rest of its line-up, the out-of-competition Feature and Documentary Premieres for 2011. While many reports on the competition sections complained that there were no stars--there never are, duh--the Premiere and Classics sections add more glitter, though at this point stars are not what the newly rigorous indie fest is all about under Sundance director John Cooper.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 9:55 AM
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Trailer Watch: Columbia Pulls Restless from Sundance

Columbia pulled Restless, directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Jason Lew, from the Sundance Premiere line-up at the last moment. Why? The film was finished long ago, although the fest says the director wants to keep working on it. He seems to be harboring hopes for Cannes, which has debuted his films in the past. But Sundance would seem to be the perfect launch pad for a teen drama that has all the earmarks of a Sony Pictures Classics release (at one time it was slotted to go there for March release, but Columbia took it back). SPC could yet retrieve the title, which "looks and plays totally like an independent," according to one source.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2010 9:07 AM
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The Social Network Gets Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay at National Board Of Review Awards

The Social Network Gets Best Picture, Director, Actor, Screenplay at National Board Of Review Awards
And the award goes to…The Social Network, The National Board of Review's pick for Best Film, Best Director (David Fincher), Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Actor (Jesse Eisenberg). Full list and and analysis below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 8:09 AM
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Actor Watch: Blue Valentine's Gosling, THR Actors Roundtable, Duvall vs. DiCaprio On Multiple Takes

Blue Valentine's director-actor team Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling are getting back together for The Place Beyond the Pines, a Jack London-inspired film shooting next summer. Cianfrance is also developing a show for HBO, and while details are murky, character development is key. After Blue Valentine, he's asking his actors to dig deep: "We're gonna try to give new meaning to the word 'character development.'"
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 7:29 AM
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New MGM Chairmen Birnbaum and Barber Will Turn On Green Light by Mid-December. Whither Bond?

Now that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved MGM's reorganization plan, by mid-December, if all goes smoothly, the lean and mean MGM will have emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, MGM's secured lenders will exchange some $5 billion (which includes accrued interest and fees) for most of the equity in MGM, JPMorgan Chase will have raised $500 million for operations funding, and Spyglass partners Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum will take over the studio as co-chairman and chief executive officers of MGM Inc. That means they can start greenlighting movies and TV shows.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2010 6:04 AM
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Suspect in Ronni Chasen Slaying Shoots Self

The LA Times is reporting that around 6 PM Wednesday, as Beverly Hills police were serving a search warrant at the Harvey Apartments on a man suspected to be connected to the slaying of publicist Ronni Chasen, the man shot himself. The identity of the man and the nature of his connection to Chasen were not reported. UPDATE: The Wrap uncovers more details.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2010 4:22 AM
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Inception Leads Satellite Award Nominations; Surprise Omissions

IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt looks at the Wacky Satellite Award nominations, led by Inception with eleven (including Best Picture, Director, Actor [DiCaprio] and Supporting Actress [Marion Cotillard]). Knegt notes that these often inexplicable and "generally disregarded" as Oscar precursor awards do include many "worthy nominees" this year. However, a slew of surprising omissions include Black Swan, Rabbit Hole and The Fighter from the Best Picture category.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 1:02 AM
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True Grit Early Reviews: "Accessible, Simple, Mythic and Beautiful," "Thirsting For More" [Updated]

True Grit Early Reviews: "Accessible, Simple, Mythic and Beautiful," "Thirsting For More" [Updated]
Anne Thompson's True Grit review headline is: Coens Deliver PG-13 Classic Western, Bridges Owns Cogburn. Here's a round-up of other early reviews [Updated with more]:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 2, 2010 12:48 AM
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Sundance 2011 Competition Lineup: Cooper and Groth Talk Films, Numbers, Controversy

The second Sundance Film Festival under new management is unveiling its much-anticipated 2011 line-up Wednesday (doc and narrative competition films, below) and Thursday (premiere and non-competition sections). Festival director John Cooper is sticking to his determination to choose the purest most rigorous quality selection possible --industry relationships and potential sales be damned. That strategy worked out last year with the most-praised and salesworthy line-up in years, including such Oscar-contenders as Restrepo, Waiting for Superman, Winter's Bone and The Kids Are All Right.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 1, 2010 8:50 AM
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Guillermo del Toro's Director's Series Posters From Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo

The Alamo Drafthouse/Mondo Tees announces that Mondo has launched a "director's series" poster line, with Guillermo del Toro's work first (Blade II, below, available tomorrow) including Hellboy films (II pictured), Cronos, The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 1, 2010 7:22 AM
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