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Sundance Review Roundup: Sebastian Silva's Drug-Fueled and Off-Kilter Slacker Comedy 'Crystal Fairy,' Starring Michael Cera

Critics are weighing in from Park City on Sebastián Silva's 'Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus and 2012,' starring Michael Cera, one of three Sundance Fest opening night offerings. The effectiveness of Cera's casting is up for debate -- some reviewers find it a refreshing shake-up from the young actor's usual "nice-guy routine," while others claim it clashes with Silva's comedic leanings. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 11:32 AM
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Sundance's Alfred P. Sloan Jury Members Announced, Including Darren Aronofsky and Screenwriter Scott Burns

The Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announces the members of the Sloan Jury at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Included are director Darren Aronofsky (who launched his career with "Pi" over a decade ago in Park City) and writer Scott Burns ("Side Effects," "Contagion"). Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2013 1:25 PM
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Sundance 2013: Watch the Trailers - 'Upstream Color,' 'Lasting,' 'Wrong Cops,' 'Narco Cultura,' 'God Loves Uganda' and More UPDATED

As the Sundance Film Festival approaches (January 17-27), trailers for a variety of titles are hitting the web. We'll be adding to this post as more trailers become available. Check out several below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 17, 2013 1:15 PM
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Sundance 2012 Revisited: Top Ten Winners, Theatrical Numbers Down, VOD Profits Up (Charts)

As the buying frenzy for Sundance 2013 begins -- bolstered by the unexpected Oscar nominations for last year's grand jury prize-winner "Beasts of the Southern Wild" -- let's look at what happened to the rest of the 2012 acquisitions. Last year, the prices for top films fell a bit below 2011, after several high-profile acquisitions underperformed...
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 17, 2013 6:00 AM
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Focus Features Adds Kujawski to Sundance Acquisition Team

Universal Pictures is sending Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the Sundance Film Festival, which starts Thursday, to search for film acquisitions for not only the studio but specialized film division Focus Features. The studio wants to centralize and streamline its global acquisitions efforts.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 16, 2013 1:59 PM
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Berlinale Adds 'Les Mis,' Campion's 'Top of the Lake,' Winterbottom's 'Look of Love,' Double Franco and More

The Berlinale continues to add to the lineup for its February 7-17 fest. Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" will play in the Berlinale Special showcase, as will Jane Campion's "Top of the Lake" miniseries, Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Best Offer," "Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," Yoji Yamada's "Tokyo Family"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 4:05 PM
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SXSW 2013 Will Open With World Premiere of 'Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' Plus First Titles Announced

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival will open with the world premiere of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring funnymen Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey. The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary March 8-16 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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River Phoenix's Lost 'Dark Blood' Premiering at Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix's final film, "Dark Blood," will have its North American premiere at the Miami International Film Festival, which is celebrating its 30th year March 1-10. The film was only 80% complete when Phoenix tragically died in 1993 at the age of 23.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 15, 2013 1:25 PM
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Palm Springs 2013: Award Winners, Plus 'Unfinished Song,' Denmark's 'A Hijacking' and 'This Life,' Alan Cumming in Conversation

The 24th Palm Springs Film Festival closed Sunday after 182 films from some 68 countries played for an audience of local enthusiasts and out-of-towners with an appetite for the best in foreign and domestic cinema.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 14, 2013 10:20 PM
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Berlinale Adds Nine Competition Titles, Includes Panahi's 'Closed Curtain,' Soderbergh's 'Side Effects'

The Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has added nine more titles to its competition lineup, including Jafar Panahi's latest, "Closed Curtain," Bruno Dumont's "Camille Claudel 1915," starring Juliette Binoche, Sundance entry "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," starring Shia LaBeouf, and Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller "Side Effects," starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 11, 2013 11:49 AM
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