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Best of the Week: Sundance Exclusives, Rotterdam and Santa Barbara Film Fests Roll Out and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • February 1, 2014 1:53 PM
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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Sundance Fave 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' Starring Mark Ruffalo

Sony Pictures Classics has snagged all North American, German, UK, Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to Maya Forbes' directorial debut 'Infinitely Polar Bear,' warmly received at its 2014 Sundance premiere.
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  • February 1, 2014 1:13 PM
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Elisabeth Moss Wows Sundance with Two Films, 'The One I Love' and 'Listen Up Philip' (TRAILERS)

Elisabeth Moss talks two Sundance entries shot during her "Mad Men" hiatus, "The One I Love" and "Listen Up Philip." "When Hollywood succeeds it wants to repeat itself, make a movie like THAT," she says. "I tend to look for things that are new and different and that we haven't seen in a movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 5:16 PM
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Should the New York Times Review Every New York Film Booking?

Before Sundance got started, The New York Times' Manohla Dargis raised a red flag about the issue of too many films flooding the marketplace. While her suggestion that fewer distributors should acquire films was the wrong answer to the right question, the subject became the hot topic of the festival, as folks on all sides of the question grappled with possible solutions.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 27, 2014 1:57 PM
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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.
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  • January 23, 2014 3:13 PM
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