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'Whiplash' Lands at Sony Pictures Classics: Sundance Breaking News

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance on opening night, rookie director Damien Chazelle's adrenaline-pumped performance anxiety nightmare "Whiplash," starring an incendiary J.K. Simmons as an abusive college music professor and Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer, has landed at Sony Pictures Classics after rave reviews and fierce bidding from other buyers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 18, 2014 12:55 PM
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Sundance Review: 'CAPTIVATED: The Trials of Pamela Smart' an Incisive Look at When TV Killed the Justice System

Post-O.J. Simpson, we know that mass media coverage of a case can seriously affect its outcome. But in 1990, when attractive young Pamela Smart was on trial for persuading three teen boys to shoot her husband, and her case became the first televised trial in history, this was all unmined territory.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2014 12:26 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Evokes High Anxiety

The first buzz title unveiled at Sundance, Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," is an intense anxiety dream about a young college jazz musician ("The Spectacular Now"'s Miles Teller) who aspires to be a memorable drummer like Buddy Rich.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscars and Sundance Collide, from Redford's Diss to 'Whiplash' Oscar Buzz (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO)

The Eccles Theatre opening night was packed with press and distributors for the unveiling of hot buzz title "Whiplash." Roadside Attractions was not responding to Sundance founder and Oscar-snubbed Robert Redford's criticism of their "All is Lost" marketing efforts. They're moving on to the business at hand. Buying movies.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 17, 2014 12:09 PM
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Sundance Watch: Teaser Trailer Arrives for Alex Ross Perry's NEXT Entry 'Listen Up Philip'

A first teaser trailer has arrived for Alex Ross Perry's NEXT section entry "Listen Up Philip," set to premiere on January 20. The short spot rolls out the film's impressive cast, including Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter, all of whom talk to the camera, telling Philip (played by Jason Schwartzman) how he's disappointed them. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2014 11:40 AM
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Sundance Review: 'Dinosaur 13' Moves and Provokes, Sells to Lionsgate and CNN

One of the most impressive things about “Dinosaur 13," Todd Miller’s moving documentary that premiered January 16 at Sundance and was immediately snapped up for North America by Lionsgate and CNN Films, is that it makes the audience realize -- and feel -- what it means to lose something incredibly important. A spouse? No. A child? Not quite.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 17, 2014 11:34 AM
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Oscar Nominated 'Dirty Wars' Glimpses Into Shadow World of U.S. Counterterrorism Via Tenacious Reporter

Oscar nominated "Dirty Wars," the riveting documentary by journalist Jeremy Scahill and director Rick Rowley that probes the shadowy world of U.S. paramilitary operations, almost didn't get made. Or rather, it almost didn't become the film that premiered at Sundance in Januar 2013y to critical plaudits and had a stateside release this past June, via IFC Sundance Selects.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • January 17, 2014 10:11 AM
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Pre-Sundance, Magnolia and Paramount Scoop Up Joe Swanberg's 'Happy Christmas'

Ahead of the film's Sundance premiere this weekend, Magnolia Pictures and Paramount Pictures have announced a collaboration to bring director Joe Swanberg's new comedy "Happy Christmas" to theaters in 2014.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 16, 2014 2:20 PM
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CINE-LIST's Ten Most Anticipated Films at Sundance 2014

TOH! heads to Sundance today, ready for the many offerings the festival has in store. What makes the shortlist of ten most anticipated films? Find out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 16, 2014 11:37 AM
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Pre-Sundance, Ryan Werner Joins Cinetic Media

As invites to their must-attend Monday night Sundance party hit inboxes, Cinetic Media is adding ex-IFC Films marketing chief Ryan Werner, as a Senior Executive. He has been consulting for various companies such as Cinedigm ("Short Term 12").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 14, 2014 3:52 PM
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