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'Whiplash': Drummer Drama Rare Sundance Film Festival Double Winner

'Whiplash': Sundance Film Festival Awards' rare double winner (image: Miles Teller in 'Whiplash') Directed by Damien Chazelle – and acquired for domestic distribution by Sony Pictures Classics – Whiplash won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award. The story of a […]


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'Whiplash': Drummer Drama Rare Sundance Film Festival Double Winner



Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival

'Camp X-Ray': Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi praised, but mixed reviews for Sundance 2014 political drama (image: Kristen Stewart in 'Camp X-Ray') The Guardian's Xan Brooks wasn't too crazy about first-time feature film director Peter Sattler's Camp X-Ray, screened at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival last week, though he did […]


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Kristen Stewart 'Camp X-Ray' Reviews: Performances Praised at Sundance Film Festival



Sundance Awards Winners

Sundance Film Festival 2013 winners here US Dramatic Grand Prize: Fruitvale US Doc Grand Prize: Blood Brother US Dramatic Dir.: Jill Soloway for Afternoon Delight US Doc Dir.: Cutie and the Boxer US Screenwriting Award: Lake Bell for Inner World US Doc Editing: Gideon's Army US Dramatic Cinematography: Bradford Young […]


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Sundance Awards Winners



Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards Online

Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards online Watch online the Sundance Film Festival 2013 Awards ceremony right here. (Please scroll down to check out the live feed.) The Sundance 2013 livestream should begin at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. (Image: Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.) Among this […]


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Watch Sundance Film Festival Awards Online



Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara: Sundance Movies

Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Dean Stockwell: Sundance 2013 movies [See previous article: “Daniel Radcliffe as Gay Poet Allan Ginsberg: Sundance 2013 Movies.”] Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star in David Lowery's Ain't Them Bodies Saints, a Sundance Creative Producing Labs effort which has been described (whether accurately or not, I […]


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Casey Affleck & Rooney Mara: Sundance Movies



Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings': Gay Poet Allen Ginsberg at Sundance Film Festival

Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings,' Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, and producer Stephenie Meyer: Sundance 2013 movies (image: 'Kill Your Darlings' Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg.) Beasts of the Southern Wild, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, Safety Not Guaranteed, Smashed, The Sessions (then known as “The Surrogate”), How to […]


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Daniel Radcliffe 'Kill Your Darlings': Gay Poet Allen Ginsberg at Sundance Film Festival



War on Drugs & Military Rape Top Sundance + Aki Kaurismäki Booed in Rotterdam

Ra'anan Alexandrovicz's The Law in These Parts Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, the story of a young girl growing up in Louisiana (to be released by Fox Searchlight) was the top U.S. narrative feature at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In, a […]


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War on Drugs & Military Rape Top Sundance + Aki Kaurismäki Booed in Rotterdam



Bruce the Shark Leaves Universal + 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Filmmakers vs. Critic Brouhaha

Bruce the Shark and director Steven Spielberg, the de facto Jaws stars. Universal Studios Orlando is getting rid of the Jaws ride, starring Bruce the Shark, so as to replace it with something new to compete with rival theme park Islands of Adventure. One of the biggest box office hits in […]


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Bruce the Shark Leaves Universal + 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Filmmakers vs. Critic Brouhaha



Oregon Euthanasia Documentary, Binational Romantic Drama: Sundance Winners

Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin, Like Crazy Time for some Oscar 2012 predictions. Earlier this evening, the Sundance Film Festival announced the winners of its 2011 edition. [Full list of Sundance 2011 winners.] Drake Doremus' romantic drama Like Crazy, about a young American and his young British lover who are […]


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Oregon Euthanasia Documentary, Binational Romantic Drama: Sundance Winners



Sex-Starved Housewives & Bloody Iranian Elections + Veteran Marina Vlady: Sundance Movie Line-Up

Sex-starved housewives everywhere are represented by Agnes Kittelsen, who also happens to be the “perfect” housewife, in Anne Sewitsky's Happy, Happy / Sykt Lykkelig – one of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Dramatic Competition entries. Also in the Happy, Happy cast: Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, and Joachim Rafaelsen. […]


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Sex-Starved Housewives & Bloody Iranian Elections + Veteran Marina Vlady: Sundance Movie Line-Up



Sundance Winners: 'Winter's Bone,' 'Animal Kingdom'

Kate Mara, Josh Radnor in Happythankyoumoreplease (bottom) Debra Granik's Winter's Bone, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's Restrepo, David Michod's Animal Kingdom, and Mads Bruegger's The Red Chapel were the four top jury prize winners at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone chronicles a teenage girl's difficult […]


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Sundance Winners: 'Winter's Bone,' 'Animal Kingdom'



Kristen Stewart Praised: 'Welcome to the Rileys' & 'The Runaways' Reviews

Kristen Stewart: “I'm not 'playing a stripper.' It's really not a stripper movie at all. It sort of just opens your eyes about people that don't have options. I know I'm speaking really vaguely about it.” Stewart was quoted by Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times blog 24 Frames. […]


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Kristen Stewart Praised: 'Welcome to the Rileys' & 'The Runaways' Reviews



Proposition 8 Documentary Sells Out at Sundance: Mormon Anti-Gay Marriage Influence

Jan. 25, '10, update: Reed Cowan's 8: The Mormon Proposition received two “sustained standing ovations” at its Sundance Film Festival screening on Sunday, reports Sean P. Means in The Salt Lake Tribune. A rumored protest against the film failed to materialize. Narrated by Milk's Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black […]


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Proposition 8 Documentary Sells Out at Sundance: Mormon Anti-Gay Marriage Influence



Sundance: Joan Rivers & Lesbian Family Drama + Benazir Bhutto & 'The Mormon Proposition' Among Entries

Sundance movies: Anna Paquin and Josh Duhamel in The Romantics. As usual, the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will screen numerous world premieres; one of them is writer-director Galt Niederhoffer's The Romantics, an ensemble piece featuring Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Adam Brody, and Elijah […]


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Sundance: Joan Rivers & Lesbian Family Drama + Benazir Bhutto & 'The Mormon Proposition' Among Entries



Sundance: James Franco as Gay Poet Allen Ginsberg + Gay Ghost Love Story

Sundance Film Festival: James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in Howl. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's film is described as a “nonfiction drama” about gay poet Allen Ginsberg, who, at age 29, wrote the poem “Howl” (1954–1955) considered both politically incorrect (before the expression was even invented) and obscene. Here's one […]


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Sundance: James Franco as Gay Poet Allen Ginsberg + Gay Ghost Love Story



Award Winners: Incest & Greed + German Terrorism in the '70s

Among the top winners at Sundance 2009 were Grand Jury and Audience: U.S. Dramatic winner Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire (as opposed to the upcoming sci-fi thriller Push, starring Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans). Directed by Lee Daniels and adapted by Damien Pearl, Push follows an overweight, pregnant […]


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Award Winners: Incest & Greed + German Terrorism in the '70s



Susan Sarandon & Gay Crooks: Sundance Film Festival

'I Love You Phillip Morris': Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in 'extraordinary film' at Sundance Film Festival 2009 What the critics are saying at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Below are sample snippets from commentaries about five films screened at Sundance. “Written by the team responsible for the similarly dark […]


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Susan Sarandon & Gay Crooks: Sundance Film Festival



Sundance Film Festival: Gay Themes

I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey as the titular “I,” real-life con artist Steven Jay Russell, and Rodrigo Santoro. Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, this gay comedy-drama-romance of sorts received quite a few warm reviews at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; lawsuits and infighting, however, ended […]


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Sundance Film Festival: Gay Themes



Sundance Film Festival: Ten Shorts on itunes & Dramatic Competition Movies

James by Connor Clements The following Sundance 2009 short films are available for viewing/downloading – free of charge – via itunes stores in the US, UK, and Canada. They'll remain available until Jan. 25. Go to www.iTunes.com/sundance. The available films are (synopses from the Sundance Festival's press release): Acting for […]


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Sundance Film Festival: Ten Shorts on itunes & Dramatic Competition Movies



'After Winter Comes Spring': Movie Series Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall + Star-Studded Sundance

A Short Film About Killing with Miroslaw Baka. One of the films to be shown in the series “After Winter Comes Spring: Films Presaging the Fall of the Wall” is an extended segment from Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue / Dekalog film series – originally made for Polish television: A Short Film […]


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'After Winter Comes Spring': Movie Series Celebrating the Fall of the Berlin Wall + Star-Studded Sundance



Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners

Writer-director Courtney Hunt's Frozen River takes place in the days before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, where two single mothers – one white, one Mohawk – in dire straits dive into the border-smuggling underworld. Melissa Leo (above, with Michael O'Keefe), […]


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Stockholm Film Festival Awards + British Independent Film Award Winners



Penélope Cruz & Clint Eastwood + Kristin Scott Thomas Honor + Ideal Cinematheque Movies

Penélope Cruz & Kristin Scott Thomas + Clint Eastwood: Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards and honorees at the 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, to be held in the Southern California coastal town between Jan. 22–Feb. 1, include the Modern Master Award for Clint Eastwood (on Thursday, Jan. 29, at […]


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Penélope Cruz & Clint Eastwood + Kristin Scott Thomas Honor + Ideal Cinematheque Movies



Sundance: To Boycott or Not to Boycott

David Poland at Movie City News: “Movie City News will spend a lot of money in Park City to cover Sundance this year. I will be happy to pledge, right now, that we will not spend a dime that money in businesses that were financial supporters of California's Prop 8. […]


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Sundance: To Boycott or Not to Boycott



Sundance Film Festival Awards: Immigrant Smuggling & Skyscraper Acrobatics

Frozen River. Courtney Hunt's Frozen River, a thriller about two economically strapped women (Melissa Leo and Misty Upham) who turn to immigrant-smuggling at the US-Canada border, was chosen best American narrative feature at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. (In the Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan calls Leo and Upham “magnificent,” […]


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Sundance Film Festival Awards: Immigrant Smuggling & Skyscraper Acrobatics



Sundance Movies: From Sexual Failures to Rising Russian Nationalism + Roman Polanski

A Complete History of My Sexual Failures, a Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary entry, revolves around London-based filmmaker Chris Waitt's attempts to understand the reasons for things having gone so wrong for him in the romance department. So, how does he set out to find enlightenment? According to the […]


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Sundance Movies: From Sexual Failures to Rising Russian Nationalism + Roman Polanski



Gay Slurs: Sharon Stone vs. Isaiah Washington To-Do + 'Hounddog' Rape Controversy & Jessica Lange vs. Iraq War

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct 2. Are gay slurs just that, (vulgar, offensive, insensitive) gay slurs, no matter the occasion? This somewhat esoteric question is neither asked nor answered in Michael Caton-Jones' 2006 critical and box office disaster Basic Instinct 2, shortlisted for seven Razzie Awards. In the cast: Sharon Stone, […]


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Gay Slurs: Sharon Stone vs. Isaiah Washington To-Do + 'Hounddog' Rape Controversy & Jessica Lange vs. Iraq War



SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren + Immigration & Identity Theft Drama Tops Sundance

Julie Andrews: British dames top SAG Awards. “If my life is any guide,” SAG Life Achievement winner Julie Andrews remarked backstage at the 2007 SAG Awards ceremony, “the chances are if you work very hard, a piece of good fortune will pass your way, but you'd better be ready for […]


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SAG Awards: British Dames Julie Andrews & Helen Mirren + Immigration & Identity Theft Drama Tops Sundance



Sundance World Cinema Competition Dramatic Includes Costa-Gravas' Daughter

Of note among the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's World Cinema Competition - Dramatic: Julie Gavras, the director of La Faute à Fidel / Blate It on Fidel, is the daughter of director Costa-Gavras; Heitor Dhalia's O Cheiro do Ralo / Drained won the Special Jury Prize and its star, Selton […]


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Sundance World Cinema Competition Dramatic Includes Costa-Gravas' Daughter



'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Goya & Spanish Film Critics Awards + Mexican-American L.A. Wins Sundance

The Secret Life of Words with Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. A modest box office performer in Spain ($4.09 million) and an even more modest performer elsewhere, Isabel Coixet's Spanish-Irish psychological drama The Secret Life of Words became the second English-language production in five years to win the Best Film Goya Award. […]


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'The Secret Life of Words' Tops Goya & Spanish Film Critics Awards + Mexican-American L.A. Wins Sundance



Sundance Winners: 'Forty Shades of Blue' & Anti-War Documentary + Amy Adams & Lou Taylor Pucci

Forty Shades of Blue with Darren E. Burrows. Winner of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival's U.S. Dramatic award and reportedly inspired by Satyajit Ray's Charulata (1964), Ira Sachs' Memphis-set drama stars Northern Exposure actor Darren E. Burrows (as Darren Burrows) and veteran Rip Torn (Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for Cross Creek, […]


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Sundance Winners: 'Forty Shades of Blue' & Anti-War Documentary + Amy Adams & Lou Taylor Pucci