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    Michael Moore's Art House Declaration

    As the Arthouse Convergence came to a close on Thursday not far from Park City, UT, Michael Moore took the podium for more than an hour for an off the record keynote speech. The address concluded with the presentation of a declaration, blown up on a large poster board, that Moore urged each of the 2...

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    Sundance '11 Review: 'My Idiot Brother' Is Apatovian, Pleasureable & A Real Surprise

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz, is in many ways a hard film to rationalize here at the Sundance film festival. It is a glossy comedy, albeit with a thin layer of surface grime provided by harsh language, brief nudity and other mature circumstances to take a bit of the gleam off. It is about as “independent” as a premature infant on a respirator. It does not introduce new faces and talents, nor does it show us talents we know doing something different. Instead, “My Idiot Brother” assembles a comedy dream team for a story of family and forgivenes...

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    Sundance Panel: Martha Marcy May Marlene

    One of the best-reviewed films at Sundance is Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring one of several Sundance "it girls," Elizabeth Olsen as a young woman who is drawn into an isolated cult led by John Hawkes. Check out the press conference moderated by exec producer Ted Hope.

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    Sundance Review | Growing Pains: Azazel Jacobs Triumphs With Moving Teen Drama "Terri"

    Azazel Jacobs's 2008 drama "Momma's Man" centered on an adult retreating to his parents' house and yearning for the innocence of his teenage years. The director's latest feature, "Terri," centers on a teen fearing adulthood. Jacobs, working from a script by Patrick de Witt, takes a conventional comi...

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    "Terri" Q&A With Azazel Jacobs

    Poignant, unexpected and quietly profound, Azazel Jacobs's "Terri" premiered in Sundance last night and marked a significant aesthetic evolution for the director, who was previously at Sundance with "Momma's Man." Following its titular character - an overweight teenager played by remarkable newcomer Jacob Wysocki - the film is considerably more conventional than Jacobs's previous work. As Terri struggles at home (his primary caregiver is a pill-popping uncle) and at school (kids taunt him with names like "double d"), his life takes a turn when assistant principal Mr. Fitzgerald (John C. Reilly, great as always) decides to take him on. Thou...

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    Today I Met a Man That Came Out of Cher

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    Box Office: "Way Back," "Company Men" Debut As Oscar Hopefuls Keep It Coming (UPDATED)

    Newmarket Films opened Peter Weir's "The Way Back" this weekend on a considerably wide 678 theaters. According to estimates provided by Rentrak, however, the results were not spectacular. The film, starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell, grossed $1,465,158, averaging $2,161. Though cer...

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    Sundance Watch: Drake Doremus Talks Like Crazy Sale, Felicity Jones Breaks Out

    The Sundance Fest's biggest sale so far is Like Crazy, the follow-up film from Drake Doremus, who showed Douchebag here last year. That movie was a minor improv road comedy of the Mumblecore variety. (Speaking of which, SXSW grad Joe Swanberg's first Sundance entry, Uncle Kent, has earned dismissive...

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    Sorry Cowpokes, Ed Harris Tells Us That Viggo Mortensen Has Killed An 'Appaloosa' Sequel

    Academy-Award Nominated Actor Talks Working With Peter Weir On 'The Way Back'EXCLUSIVE: When talking to Ed Harris this week about his turn as the mysterious Mr. Smith in Peter Weir's grueling (but life-affirming) "The Way Back," we couldn't help but ask him about the status of an "Appaloosa" sequel. We're big fans of the 2008 western, which Harris directed and co-starred in, alongside his "History of Violence" co-star Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger (in one of her best post-"Cold Mountain" performances), Lance Henriksen, and Jeremy Irons (as a scenery-chomping villain). The movie had a laid back, sardonic vibe, thanks largely to the fact tha...

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