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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sundance Deal: Millennium Picks Up Paranormal Thriller "Red Lights"

    In today's Sundance news, Millenium Entertainment has signed a deal for the U.S. distribution rights to "Red Lights," the new thriller from "Buried" director Rodrigo Cortés that premiered at the festival last Friday.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: 'Shadow Dancer' A Crackling Conspiracy Thriller

    If “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” represented the height of Cold War paranoia within the British intelligence community, then “Shadow Dancer” is the next chapter, replacing the ominous Russian government with a more localized threat: The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance: Mark Webber Talks Working With His Son On 'The End Of Love' & How The Michael Cera Scene Came Together

    Every artist takes inspiration from their personal life, but for Mark Webber, making his sophomore directorial effort, “The End of Love,” he didn't have leave home to find his muse. The film, which opened over the weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, focuses on a character named Mark and his two-year old son Issac; which is a coincidence since it stars Mark and his then-two-year-old son Issac. While not exactly a cinematic autobiography, like Webber's previous film, "Explicit Ills," which focused on the Philadelpha neighborhood he grew up, it allows the writer/director to approach a variety and thematic and narrative material with palpable sense of realism.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Independent Films Receive 60 Oscar Nominations

    This year wasn't just a good year for movies about movies at the Oscars, it was a great year for independent films. The top two Oscar contenders--"Hugo," with 11 nominations, and "The Artist," with 10 nods--were both indy flicks, as were fellow Best Picture nominees "Midnight in Paris" and "The Tree of Life."

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    ‘Wings’ Takes Flight—On DVD

    While it’s fitting that Paramount Pictures should unveil its masterful restoration of Wings on the studio’s 100th birthday, it’s a shame we had to wait this long. It is, in fact, the last Academy Award-winning Best Picture to be released on DVD and Blu-ray—an unintended irony, since it was the first film to receive that honor. (Fox’s Cavalcade was the other longtime holdout, and even now it can only be obtained as part of a big, expensive Fox tribute package.)

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Short Circuit: Sundance's 2012 Short Film Award Winners

    Short Circuit: Sundance's 2012 Short Film Award Winners

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: The South Will Rise, But Not Like You Expected, In The Pagan, Powerful 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild'

    Written and directed by Benh Zeitlin, whose short, "Glory at Sea," was shot through with purpose and promise, "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is as stirring and striking a film as you could wish for at Sundance. Shot and set in a Louisiana community called The Bathtub, on the wrong side of the levees that stop the water from encroaching on civilization, it's at heart the story of a little girl, Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) who lives with her father Wink (Dwight Henry). That synopsis does not do the film justice, though, as the story -- based on a play by Lucy Alibar -- incorporates a flood that not only drowns The Bathtub but also huge, prehistoric beasts -- Aurochs -- returning to life from the frozen icecaps and stalking, gigantically, towards Hushpuppy's world. It's a flawed comparison -- and indeed, any comparison for a work as completely and startlingly unique as this will be flawed -- but I kept imagining "Beasts of the Southern Wild" as a pagan, powerful, Godless (but not loveless or hopeless) variation on "The Tree of Life," where parents and children cope with the passage of time and the end of life in a series of moments built as much on visual poetry as character interactions.

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  • Caryn James
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    Please Join Me for Live Streaming Sundance Panel, "The Power of Story."

    Have you ever wondered how a writer's artistic vision survives the journey from page to screen? Please join me - in person if you're in Park City or right here through this live video stream - when I moderate a Sundance panel with four terrific writers. "The Power of Story: In the Beginning . . ." will happen Friday, Jan 27th at 5:30 ET (3:30 MT in Sundance). The panelists, with widely varying but equally strong voices, include:

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  • The Playlist
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    Sundance Review: '2 Days In New York' A Funny & Welcome Sequel Worthy Of Its Predecessor

    Taking place a few years after “Two Days in Paris,” with the events from that film summed up in a puppet show, Jack (played Adam Goldberg) is gone and Marion (Delpy) lives in New York with her boyfriend Mingus (Chris Rock), and their respective children from previous relationships. Both lead artistic New York lives as Marion is about to open a photo exhibit and Mingus is writing for the Village Voice along with hosting two radio shows. Marion's father Jeannot (Albert Delpy) and sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) are coming to New York to spend time as a family following the death of Marion's mother. The promise of foreign customs and crazy old men is fulfilled the second we meet Dad, locked in customs and removing the sausages he strapped to his chest.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Sundance 2012 - "Fishing Without Nets" (Film About Somali Pirates Told From POV Of Pirates) Wins Jury Award

    Yesterday evening, jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking were announced at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (which I said goodbye to very early this morning).

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