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Fox Searchlight Picks Up 'Calvary' In Second Buy of Sundance

In its second big buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired U.S. rights and some international territories to the Irish comedy-drama "Calvary," from writer-director John Michael McDonagh ("The Guard").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2014 4:12 PM
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Sundance Review: 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' Starring Shailene Woodley, an Impressive if Flawed Suburban Tragedy

Gregg Araki can spin pop-colored, darkly funny suburban tragedies like few other directors working today, with 2004’s “Mysterious Skin” as the formidable example. Sundance premiere “White Bird in a Blizzard,” while not matching the overall emotional swell of “Mysterious Skin,” again finds Araki in top form.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 12:31 PM
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Exclusive Sundance Trailer: 'Ivory Tower' Blows the Lid Off High Cost of College Education

Check out a TOH! exclusive trailer for the Sundance documentary "Ivory Tower," a new documentary by director Andrew Rossi ("Page One: Inside the New York Times") (2011) that questions the purpose of higher education in an era when record-high college tuition doesn't necessarily yield results for graduates struggling to get on their feet.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 21, 2014 11:03 AM
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Meet the Man Behind the Sundance Film Festival's Valued Partner, the Sloan Foundation

This is the 12th year that the Sloan Foundation has partnered with Sundance, and will again be giving out its coveted Sloan Award (and the $20,000 that goes with it) to the film that best represents science, or makes technological concepts accessible to mainstream audiences. The man behind it all is Doron Weber, who started the Sloan film program.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:57 PM
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Sundance Review: Steve James' Roger Ebert Documentary 'Life Itself'

Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, I have just now been able to view a downstream of Life Itself – Steve James’ extraordinary documentary about the late, great Roger Ebert – at the same time the film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Joe Leydon
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  • January 20, 2014 2:46 PM
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Sundance Expands Gender Parity Initiative, Documentaries are Friendlier to Women

Two women who are fighting mad about continuing gender disparity in the entertainment industry are Sundance Institute Executive Director Keri Putnam and Cathy Schulman, President of Women In Film. On Monday at the Sundance Film Festival they revealed an expanded initiative to achieve gender parity and sustainable entertainment careers for women.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2014 2:37 PM
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Sundance: Focus Features Nabs Zach Braff's Kickstarted 'Wish I Was Here'

Focus Features has scooped up North American and international rights to Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which premiered January 18 at Sundance. The film is his follow-up to "Garden State," which he controversially Kickstarted, crowd-funding more than $3 million for the project.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2014 12:06 PM
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Sundance Review: Joe Swanberg Keeps Maturing with Strong Family Comedy 'Happy Christmas'

As Joe Swanberg matures as a filmmaker, he's beginning to look at what happens to the Mumblecore generation once they get older: They're not yet middle-aged, but they're also no longer comfortably in the aimless twentysomething sweet spot that once defined the genre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 20, 2014 11:24 AM
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College Satire 'Dear White People' Challenges Audiences at Sundance

"Dear White People" is one of those first features we often see at Sundance Film Festival that charges out of the gate exploding with all the things the young filmmaker wants to say. In this case, Chapman College graduate and L.A.-based one-time publicist Justin Simien, 30, is exploring millennial race identity at a predominantly white private university. "Dear White People" debuted Saturday in competition at Sundance, where it is hoping to find a distributor.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 19, 2014 6:52 PM
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Sundance WATCH: First Clip from 'The One I Love,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass

Check out this first clip from Charlie McDowell's Sundance premiere entry "The One I Love," starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a married couple on the brink of separation who, urged by their therapist, head to a vacation house for a weekend getaway. In the scene below, the two discuss a fight from the previous night -- and they can't exactly agree to disagree. Bizarreness sets in.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 19, 2014 11:34 AM
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