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Thirteen Films Make Online Premieres through Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program

The Sundance Institute is supporting the digital premieres of 13 films through its Artist Services Program, which was started this summer to give Sundance filmmakers and alunnae the opportunity to distribute and market their work.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 3:51 PM
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Occupy Sundance Heads to Park City

Although the protests at Zuccotti Park have subsided since the height of Occupy Wall Street in 2011, it looks like the Occupy movement has a new target: Sundance.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 3:45 PM
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New Directors/New Films Picks First Seven Selections

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art today announced the official selections for the 41st New Directors/New Films, to be held from March 21 to April 1.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 2:18 PM
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Soderbergh Confirms Backers for 'Side Effects," Lands Distributor

Between toying with the idea of retiring to become a painter and reaffirming himself as a polymath filmmaker, prolific Steven Soderbergh knows how to keep his schedule full. Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films will partner to produce "Side Effects," one of several upcoming Soderbergh projects.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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Oscar Watch: Profiles of the Nine Shortlisted Foreign Language Oscar Contenders UPDATED

Nine films out of 63 qualified submissions are moving on in the race for the Oscar for Foreign Language Film. The Phase I foreign language committee of several hundred L.A.-based Academy voters screened the films between mid-October and January 13.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 18, 2012 1:38 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Chris Evans in Talks to Star in 'Snow Piercer"

White-blonde actress and probable Oscar nominee Tilda Swinton might reprise her Ice Queen role in an upcoming feature--just not as Narnia native Jadis the White Witch. Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin") and Jamie Bell ("The Adventures of Tintin") are in talks to join Chris Evans ("Captain America") in Bong Joon-ho's "Snow Piercer."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 1:06 PM
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Pulitzer-Prize Winner Cormac McCarthy Sells His First Spec Script: 'The Counselor'

Cormac McCarthy, the Pulitzer-prize winning author of "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men," has sold his first spec script.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 12:01 PM
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Sloan Foundation Teams Up with Coolidge Corner Theatre to Expand Science on Screen Program

New York's Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced yesterday that it had awarded a two-year grant of over $460,000 to the Coolidge Corner Theatre to expand the Science on Screen program, which pairs feature and documentary films with live presentations by scientists and technologists.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 18, 2012 11:54 AM
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Zooey Deschanel and 'The Single Life'

  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 18, 2012 11:51 AM
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Sundance Watch: HBO Doc Films Buys Me @The Zoo

HBO Documentary Films has bought U.S. broadcast rights to Sundance U.S. Competition documentary "Me @the Zoo. Rookie drectors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch explore the phenomenon of internet celebrity, focusing on Chris Crocker, the infamous vlogger of “Leave Britney Alone” fame. "Me @the Zoo" looks at video sharing and social media storytelling; "Me at the Zoo" (pictured and below) was the first-ever video loaded on YouTube, in 2005.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2012 5:34 PM
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