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'Whiplash' Wins Dramatic Competition Grand Jury and Audience Awards at 2014 Sundance Film Festival (UPDATED)

The U.S. Dramatic Competition Grand Jury Prize goes to Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," which also won the Dramatic Audience Award. "My first time last year was with the short," says Chazelle. "Without Sundance showing the short we would not be here." Livestream the Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony, hosted by Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 11:29 PM
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Sundance Panel: Spotlight on Women Directors Kennedy, Walker, Helfand, Lynch (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Watch: Exclusive video of the Spotlight on Women Directors Sundance panel.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 25, 2014 6:50 PM
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Best of the Week: Sundance Wrap & Top 10 Lists, Producers Guild Tie Shakes Up Oscar Race & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • January 25, 2014 3:22 PM
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Sundance 2014 Wrap: Discoveries, Disappointments, Breakouts & Awards Contenders (TOP TEN LISTS)

Sundance is always about emerging talent. While many established filmmakers such as Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") are returning and evolving, the festival is crammed with agents, managers, producers and execs looking for the next Miles Teller or Shailene Woodley and the next director to watch. Who did they find?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 24, 2014 4:07 PM
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'Life Itself' Director Steve James Gets Up Close with Roger Ebert at the End of His Life (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz enthusiastically embraced the idea of a documentary of his memoir "Life Itself," and wanted Chicago filmmaker Steve James, whose "Hoop Dreams" Ebert had discovered at Sundance some 20 years ago, to direct it. James found himself in an unusual situation as Ebert's health took a turn for the worse as he was filming, and Ebert and Chaz allowed the filmmaker access to the last weeks of Ebert's life before he faded from view.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 23, 2014 4:11 PM
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Sundance Up Close: Lucy Walker's Powerful Short Doc 'The Lion's Mouth Opens'

Something remarkable about Lucy Walker’s short documentary film “The Lion’s Mouth Opens,” which premiered at Sundance, is that in its mere fifteen minute running time a stage is set for a story that will unfold over years -- a lifetime.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 23, 2014 3:13 PM
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WATCH: Philip Seymour Hoffman Is 'A Most Wanted Man' in First Clip from Anton Corbijn's Espionage Thriller

Check out the first clip from Anton Corbijn's Sundance thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 22, 2014 7:19 PM
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Sundance Feeds Hungry Egos -- Some Deserving, Many Not

Call it Sundance Head. There is one sad phenomenon that Sundance Film Festival publicists can’t do anything about: the fleeting, illusory and oxygen-deprived belief among certain of their clients that they have become, and will remain, the center of the universe.
  • By John Anderson
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  • January 22, 2014 3:12 PM
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Sundance Deals: Fox Searchlight Takes Sloan Prize Winner 'I, Origins,' A24 Nabs 'Obvious Child' UPDATED

Acquisitions continue up in Park City, as Fox Searchlight has snapped up worldwide rights to Mike Cahill's ("Another Earth") existentialist sci-fi premiere "I,Origins," starring Brit Marling, Michael Pitt, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Steven Yuen and Archie Punjabi. Meanwhile, A24 has taken North American rights to Gillian Robespierre's abortion rom-com "Obvious Child," starring Jenny Slate.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 21, 2014 7:48 PM
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Sundance Interview: Elijah Wood & SpectreVision Team Talk 'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night' & Lionsgate Pick-Up 'Cooties' UPDATED (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Midnight movies have always been a staple at the Sundance Film Festival, from "Blair Witch Project" to "Buried." Two of the higher-buzz horror titles at this year's fest, Ana Lily Amirpour's Iran vampire love story "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and horror-comedy "Cooties" with Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson and "Newsroom" star Alison Pill (acquired by Lionsgate), come from an unlikely source, production company SpectreVision.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2014 7:43 PM
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