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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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Sundance Buy: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Sony Pictures Classics made the first buy of the festival, acquiring the North American rights to doc "Searching for Sugar Man," the directorial debut of Malik Bendjelloul.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 20, 2012 4:46 PM
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Sundance Reviews: Aussie Opener 'Wish You Were Here' Earns Mixed Response

With some references to the plot of "The Hangover II" (Hollywood Reporter, LA Times), Kieran Darcy-Smith's Sundance opener relates the aftermath of three friends' lives after one goes missing on a trip to Cambodia. Led by Joel Edgerton ("The Warrior" and Baz Luhrmann's upcoming "The Great Gatsby"), the film was criticized for weak plotting, but praised for its performances and production value. (Review round up below). The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 20, 2012 11:30 AM
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Sundance 2012 Buyers Guide: A Primer

Every year the Sundance acquisition landscape changes as buyers come and go.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 20, 2012 11:21 AM
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First Look: YouTube Short Film Competition Aims for Venice Film Fest

YouTube is the place for randomly generated hilarity: falling cats, Rebecca Black ballads, and singing toddlers. But YouTube wants to change this perception. By launching a short film competition, YouTube is making an effort to find new talent, as opposed to accidental meme-generators.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 19, 2012 6:30 PM
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Octavia Spencer: From the Golden Globes to Sundance's 'Smashed'

On Oscar night last year, L.A. resident Octavia Spencer was plopped on her living room couch, running the pool at her Oscar party, $5 a shot. Running the gauntlet of awards events, from her breakthrough award at Palm Springs and supporting actress win at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, she's trying to keep her head on straight.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2012 4:15 PM
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Sundance Trailer: 'Finding North' Shows Hunger Crisis in America

Sundance premieres "Finding North" on January 22. Participant media's documentary on hunger features the likes of Jeff Bridges and Tom Colicchio to push the message that child hunger is an American crisis, with one in four of our children struggling to eat...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 19, 2012 1:35 PM
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Watch 'Chasing Ice' Exclusive Clip: Orlowski Talks Time Lapse Doc UPDATE

As the weather goes kablooey around us, Oscilloscope Labs is finally releasing Sundance doc "Chasing Ice" (November 9), the debut documentary by 27-year old filmmaker Jeff Orlowski about James Balog, a National Geographic photographer who has traveled across the world to capture incredible time lapse photography of receding glaciers. Balog began his journey as a climate change skeptic, but now devotes his life to photographing and lecturing about the effect climate change is having on the Earth's ice.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 19, 2012 12:43 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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