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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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Sundance Selects Picks Up Climbing Doc 'The Summit'

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s documentary “The Summit,” which world premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and rousing applause. Our review is here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez
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  • January 19, 2013 12:12 PM
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Sundance Opening Night Doc 'Twenty Feet from Stardom' Goes to RADiUS-TWC

North American rights to Sundance's opening-night film “Twenty Feel From Stardom” have gone to RADiUS-TWC. RADiUS presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego are planning a late summer theatrical release.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • January 18, 2013 3:41 PM
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Sundance Review and Roundup: Jordan Family Drama 'May in the Summer'

Writer-director Cherien Dabis adds actress to her skill-set with Sundance opening-nighter "May in the Summer," her follow-up to her first 2009 film "Amreeka." In both films Dabis takes her singular experience as an Arab American to reveal how complicated living between cultures can be.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2013 3:11 PM
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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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