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DVD Review: Kinky Classic 'Belle de Jour' Gets the Criterion Treatment

Séverine Serizy, the glacial, inscrutable masochist at the center of Luis Buñuel's masterpiece "Belle de Jour," leads perhaps the most irreconcilable of double lives.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2012 10:11 AM
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Sundance Deal Wrap: Mickey Liddell Picks Up 'Black Rock,' CBS Gets 'The Words,' Breakout 'Beasts of Southern Wild' Wins Grant, Heats Up with Searchlight

The Sundance Fest is in full swing, with modest deals under way. The two opening night doc buys from Sony Pictures Classics ("Searching for Sugar Man") and Magnolia ("The Queen of Versailles") were both sweet and easy low-bid offers closed on the first night, according to SPC's Tom Bernard and Magnolia's Eamonn Bowles, respectively.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2012 1:08 AM
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Box Office: Oscar Contenders Capitalize on Globe Wins; 'The Artist' Stumbles Pre-Nominations

Four openings or wide releases positioned for unlikely Oscar nominations combine with some post-Golden Globe expansions to lead this week’s report.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 22, 2012 6:44 PM
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Sundance: Chefdance Hits Nine

Park City, UT— Not long after I saw about a dozen teenage girls sprinting up Main Street, in hot pursuit of a stretch limo that apparently had someone famous in it, the thought occurred to me that Sundance is no longer Sundance.
  • By Charles Lyons
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  • January 22, 2012 6:06 PM
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Inside the Producers Guild Awards with Spielberg and Jolie: 'The Artist' Wins Again

Stop the presses. "The Artist" has won the PGA's top prize for best theatrical motion picture. It will be hard to stop this train. Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Viola Davis, and Melissa McCarthy were on hand for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2012 2:12 PM
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Soderbergh's Deal with Annapurna for 'Side Effects' Hits Snag UPDATED

Word is that the recently announced deal for Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films to partner to produce Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects" has hit a snag.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 2:01 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Underworld: Awakening' Sizzles with Beckinsale, 'Haywire" Fizzles with Carano

Things are looking up at the 2012 box office, which featured a bevy of strong women this weekend. Four new films arriving or expanding into wide release outperformed expectations, marking the third consecutive up frame of the year. The estimated total for all films was $135 million, up a solid 32% from the comparable weekend last year, a nice achievement considering the heavy snow storms battering the Midwest and East Coast as well as competition from the NFL playoffs. (Top Ten Chart is below.)
  • By Brian Fuson
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  • January 22, 2012 1:45 PM
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Cinedigm Partners with New Video to Buy and Release Indie Films

As the many filmmakers at Sundance seek the best distribution they can get, the new partnership between digital exhibitor Cinedigm Entertainment Group and veteran indie distributor New Video to buy and release indie films offers independent directors cross-platform theatrical release as well as digital and physical distribution.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 22, 2012 9:00 AM
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Jackson, Walsh, Berg and Echols Talk 'West of Memphis' at Sundance: "Stay Tuned"

Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh participated in a Sundance press conference for Amy Berg's controversial doc "West of Memphis" Saturday.
  • By Anne Thompson and Charles Lyons
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  • January 22, 2012 2:43 AM
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Another Sundance Buy: Magnolia Acquires "The Queen of Versailles"

And another Sundance opening night doc gets snapped up: Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights for crowd-pleaser "The Queen of Versailles." Filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield paints an intimate portrait of excess and post-2008 fall-out.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2012 8:57 PM
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