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    STAR WARS UNCUT: DIRECTOR'S CUT may be the strangest, most enchanting fan remake of that classic ever attempted

    [EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of internet users to remake Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from that film however they wanted. Within just a few months, Star Wars Uncut grew into a wild success. Press Play urges each and every one of you to take 10 minutes (the film is over 2 hours in length), click on this link and look upon this effort. Pick any scene you want. By now, this story is so widely known and understood in such minute detail that there is nothing left to interpret, nothing left add to the discussion and nothing left do but wait around until George Lucas decides to release another version of it into theaters, having ordered his team of talented artists to change it one . . . .more. . . .time. (3-D, anyone?) But, here is Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia's triumphant story presented once again — performed by an amateur cast of hundreds, stitched together with Bondo and dental floss, shot in environments real and animated, presented and reconceived with a low-tech, zero-budget aesthetic. And still the story survives. Take heart, Lucas-haters, if this mythic tale can survive this democratic effort, it can even survive its creator. It is quite possibly the sweetest, funniest tribute to the Star Wars fable ever mounted. Look upon it, you should.]

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jackson, Walsh, Berg and Echols Talk 'West of Memphis' at Sundance: "Stay Tuned"

    Producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh participated in a Sundance press conference for Amy Berg's controversial doc "West of Memphis" Saturday.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 Review - "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" (A Striking Feature Debut On Courage & Resiliency)

    Ultimately an ode to human resilience and self-reliance, Beasts Of The Southern Wild is initially a little scattered, especially if you aren’t already familiar with the story; however by the second act, it all starts to come together and make sense. But what’s actually kind of interesting is that, without giving the plot away, there’s a structural chaos early on, which is accompanied by a blissful narrative. And as the film progresses into the second and third acts, there’s a reversal of that - the film’s structure seems to become much more orderly, while the narrative amplifies the tragedy.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'The Comedy' A Compelling, Layered Look At A Hipster Adrift In Brooklyn

    With "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" and Rick Alverson's "The Comedy" (starring Tim Heidecker) both playing at the Sundance Film Festival, it'd be easy to simply peg the former as your standard bizarre T&E affair and the latter as a dramatic art house effort. But that's simply much too reductive for Alverson's current character study, a film uniquely weird in its own right and filled with enough of the duo's humor to make their followers happy -- to a point.

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  • The Playlist
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    Joel Edgerton Says 'One Night Stand' A Tribute To John Hughes; Has 'Rashomon'-Style Crime Pic He Hopes To Make In Australia

    If 2011 saw Joel Edgerton getting his feet wet in Hollywood with roles in "Warrior" and "The Thing," 2012 will see the Aussie actor fully diving into those waters. He'll feature prominently in two films slated to be major awards season players, Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" and Kathryn Bigelow's untitled Osama Bin Laden/Seal Team 6 pic. And not only that, he's giving family films a try, starring opposite Jennifer Garner in Disney's "The Odd Life Of Timothy Green." But Edgerton isn't content to wait for opportunities to fall into his lap, and just before he headed to Sundance to premiere his latest Aussie effort "Wish You Were Here," he sold a script to New Regency titled "One Night Stand."

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    U.S. Indies in Post Have 2 European Festivals Looking to Give Them Awards

    U.S. IN PROGRESS PARIS is two-day works in progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers. It will take place at the Paris Film Festival on June 7-10 2012 in Paris. The event is looking for U.S. indie soon-to-be-finished films at post-production stage (rough & fine cuts).

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: Good Performances & Narrative Tapestry Can't Save Emotionally Distant 'The Words'

    A combination of shopworn literary clichés combined with an “Inception”-worthy daisy chain of White People Problems, “The Words” fails to surpass dramatically the bland lack of specificity in its title while still offering a solid roundup of performances from its talented ensemble cast. Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, who received story credit for “TRON: Legacy” (a film this writer liked a lot), wrote and directed this flashback-laden tale of a novelist coming to terms with his life and work by writing a book about a novelist coming to terms with his life and work.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer For Indie Drama "Greencastle" About Lonely Widowed Single Father in Rural Town

    Described as a "quirky off-beat drama," Greencastle is written and directed by Koran Dunbar, who is also the lead actor in the film. The film, about a single father in a rural town in PA grieving the death of his late wife, was able to raise post-production costs through Kickstarter last month.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    A Year and a Day Calender: Rowan

    Rowan is a native of Eurasia, a member of the Rose Family which has been naturalized across Alaska and Canada, and From Maine to California.  The word “Rowan” comes from an old Scandinavian word for “red,” referring to the bright red berries that remain on the tree into early winter.  Rowan is also known as Quickbeam, Quicken, or Mountain Ash, and is sometimes called “The Witch,” because witch-wands, once used for finding metal, were made of Rowan.  In the British Isles, Rowan is used as a prophylactic against lightning and also against any kind of witches’ charms; it is believed that bewitched horses can be controlled only with a whip made of Rowan.  Before their battles in ancient Ireland, Druids kindled fires made with Rowan, summoning the spirits to join in the fight.

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  • Spout
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    Sundance 2012: "Compliance" is a Bloodless Horror Film That I Couldn't Resist

    For a good portion of Craig Zobel’s twisted new single-setting drama, “Compliance,” I had difficulty believing what was happening. The film, which is based on a true story, depicts a busy night at a Midwest fast food restaurant during which a teenage employee is accused of theft, detained in a stock room and consequently strip searched in the process of investigating her alleged crime. The problem is there’s no police detective in sight, though there is supposedly one on the phone dictating irregular procedures to the chicken joint’s manager and staff. And to them it all seems a strange yet acceptable idea to conduct such an outlandish probe by proxy with only the word and authority of an unfamiliar “cop.”

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