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Sundance Review Roundup: 'Kill Your Darlings'

Critics are praising John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings," starring Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg. The film, which is edgier and more engaging than Walter Salles' faithfully literary "On the Road," is being called an unusually successful portrait of the Beat generation, "a genuine attempt to source the beginning of America's first true literary counterculture."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 5:09 PM
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Venice Film Festival Announces Three Advancing Projects from Biennale College-Cinema Program

Three projects have advanced to the second round of the Venice Film Festival's Biennale College-Cinema program. This second phase consists of a workshop in which the participants will actually make a mini-budget film; each will get 150,000 euro in funding.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 1:23 PM
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Sundance Review and Roundup: 'Before Midnight'

The magic alchemy originally conjured 18 years ago by director Richard Linklater and two gifted actors--Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who could sustain scenes across lengthy uncut takes-- finds its third iteration in "Before Midnight." It's a tour-de-force home run that will play like gangbusters in smart-house theaters all over the world and should mark a major Sundance sale orchestrated by Cinetic Media.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2013 7:29 PM
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Sundance Dealmaking Heats Up; 'Don Jon's Addiction,' Harvey Lands 'Fruitvale'

In the biggest sale of the fest so far, Sundance newbie Relativity Media is closing a deal to acquire U.S. rights for $4 million, according to sources close to the sale. CAA and WME (who rep Gordon-Levitt and packaged the film) brokered the deal. Relativity committed to a wide release. Companies wanting to make a splash at Sundance often overpay, but clearly Relativity was not the only buyer convinced that this portrait of a sex-addicted bartender (JGL) trying to give up porn for his first love (Scarlett Johannson) was commercial. TWC offered an early bid of $2 million, reports Variety; CBS Films and Lionsgate/Roadside were also in the hunt.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2013 4:04 PM
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Takeaways from the Sundance 'Women Who Dare' Film Panel

“There are men involved in some of these films,” said producer Lucy Webb, chair of Women in Film’s 7th Annual Sundance Filmmakers Panel, called "Women Who Dare," which was held Sunday morning. “We just don’t talk about them too much.”
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • January 21, 2013 2:36 PM
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SBIFF Adds Oscar Contenders 'War Witch,' 'Plague' and 'Royal Affair' to Lineup, Plus World Premieres of 'Angels in Exile' and 'Retreat'

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, running January 24 - February 3, announces fifteen new titles joining its previously announces lineup. Among them are three Academy Award nominees ("A Royal Affair," "How To Survive A Plague," "War Witch")...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 21, 2013 12:46 PM
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Weekend Recap: Abrams May Direct Lance Armstrong Biopic, Sundance News, 'Lovelace' and 'Stoker' Clips, 'Les Mis' Cast to Perform at Oscars and More

The best of the weekend, including Sundance news, in-the-works updates, clips and more!
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 21, 2013 12:27 PM
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Sundance Sex in Cinema: Gordon-Levitt's 'Jon Don's Addiction,' Winterbottom's 'The Look of Love'

Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love" is hardly the most daring of the sexually explicit movies on display at Sundance this year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt made his debut as writer-director with "Don Jon's Addiction," a New York blue collar comedy in the vein of "Saturday Night Fever" in which JGL's version of Tony Manero is a bartender who hangs with his posse at clubs on the prowl for high-rated pussy (her face is a 9, her tits are a 4 etc.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2013 1:49 PM
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Sundance Review: Romance 'The Spectacular Now' Works on Star Chemistry

"The Spectacular Now," James Ponsoldt's follow-up to last year's Sundance hit "Smashed," manages to be realistic without being dour, funny without being a caricature, and romantic without being sappy.
  • By Nora Chute
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  • January 19, 2013 10:38 PM
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Sundance Deals: Eagles Doc Sells

Showtime has acquired broadcast rights to Alison Ellwood’s comprehensive documentary “History of the Eagles,” which has yet to world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) produced the two-part effort, which will screen in the Documentary Premieres program. Ellwood has worked on Gibney's films as co-director and/or editor. Gibney has another film, a doc about Wikileaks, in the Sundance lineup.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez
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  • January 19, 2013 9:02 PM
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