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    Sundance '11 Review: 'Uncle Kent' Sees Joe Swanberg Entering New Territory But Doesn't Go Far Enough

    It's hard to believe that this is the first year a Joe Swanberg joint found its way to Park City. Festival circuits tend to consume these micro-indies like they'll expire the next morning, so why hasn't one of the godfathers of the movement received an invitation until now? The same goes for fellow "leader" Andrew Bujalski and another very talented colleague Aaron Katz. If there's room for terrible lot like the pre-"Carey Mulligan" Carey Mulligan sap-drama "The Greatest" and barely mediocre "Holy Rollers," surely they could squeeze in one of these pint-sized features. They lack stars, but are a good representation of what's going on in underground American film.

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    James Franco in Sundance

    James Franco said he'll likely take his next film as director The Broken Tower to Cannes. James Franco’s directorial debut was Fool’s Gold in 2005. Since then he has directed The Ape (2005, TLA Releasing) and Good Time Max (2007, IFC Films) which screened at Tribeca, Hollywood, Austin and Vancouver film festivals.Photo of James Franco by Peter Belsito

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    Sundance By Numbers #2

    >5 juries for competition films collectively are comprised of individuals from the global arts community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Jury Members are Susanne Bier ♀, Matt Groening, Jason Reitman, America Ferrara ♀, Kim Peirce ♀.With my view of the film world business, more interesting than the Winners of the Competition for Narrative and Docs for the American Indies and the World Cinema Sections (The films themselves are all worth seeing by virtue of having been selected by Sundance) is the competition among Hollywood's agencies and producer reps in handling the sales of the films. This is akin to a horse race, worth watching in that light, betting on different horses and watching the horse traders dealing behind the scenes.You can also keep track of the full season's festival and market buying and selling on my blog Rights Roundup: Winter Season Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin, but here is a different sort of scorecard. See below the jump to see who is repping which films. And watch as deals get made!! And for the best roundup of all Sundance news, see IndieWIRE.

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    Sundance '11 Review: Tom McCarthy's 'Win Win' Balances Heartfelt & Hilarious Small Victories

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.

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    Sundance '11 Review: Miranda July's 'The Future' Is Surreal, Precious, Devastating & Brilliant

    From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.Following up her debut "Me and You and Everyone We Know," Miranda July's "The Future" not only echoes the qualities (and quality) of that film but expands on them in rich and fascinating ways. An L.A. couple (July and Hamish Linklater) are intent on adopting a cat they rescued. They realize that when the cat is released from medical care in a month, their lives will change, be set, connected by responsibility and care to a future both unimaginable and wholly predictable. (“We’re 35 now ... by the time the cat dies, we’ll be 40 ... and 40 might as well be 50 ... and after that, spare change.” “Spare change?” “Less than a dollar-- not enough to get anything you want …”).

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    Sundance Watch: Hope and Vachon Do Hulu

    Two of the cannier producers with taste who have been supplying films at Sundance for decades are Ted Hope (The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Killer Films' Christine Vachon (Mildred Pierce). This year Hope not only executive produced director Sean Durkin's impossibly-titled cult film Martha Marcy May Marlene, which played well here (amid buyer interest) and broke out the festival's "it-girl" Elizabeth Olsen--sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley, who also stars in a solo one-shot tour-de-force Silent House--but is conducting with Vachon a series of interview shows produced by Digital Artists that are being streamed on Hulu.com. Check out their interview with Olsen:

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    "The Future" Q&A With Miranda July

    "I couldn't think of a more perfect film to start the 'Premieres' section of the festival," John Cooper said on stage at the Eccles last night before the premiere of Miranda July's "The Future." "I love it when filmmakers return to Sundance. I've been waiting for this film for a long time. I didn't even know what the film was, but when Miranda July is making a film, I pay attention. I think she's one of the great poets of our time, even if she works in the medium of film."

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    #Sundance Daily Buzz: Danny Glover, James Schamus, Liz Garbus & More

    For the first five days of the Sundance Film Festival here in Utah, I'm hosting a daily talk show on local radio station KPCW (produced by Irene Cho). Joining me for a conversation on the first Friday of the fest were Goran Hugo Olsson (pictured above, left) and Danny Glover (above, center), discussing their exceptional new doc, "Black Power Mixtape," Liz Garbus with "Bobby Fischer Against the World," fest veteran James Schamus from Focus Features and a roundtable discussion featuring indieWIRE's Dana Harris & Eric Kohn, as well as the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Rose Kuo.

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    Antoine Fuqua To Direct Fox Pilot 'Exit Strategy' Starring Ethan Hawke

    Not only are we anticipating the big buys out of Sundance for the independent film world, but there’s also been a lot of buzz surrounding the television production companies and the high-profile pilots being picked up for fall 2011. Anticipated pilots already being made include a remake of “Charlie’s Angels” for ABC, a new Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle for CBS, a grown-up “Harry Potter” show for NBC and J.J. Abrams’ pilot about Alcatraz for FOX. The latest news from FOX also indicates that they’ve greenlit yet another pilot, this time from director and executive producer Antoine Fuqua, starring Ethan Hawke and titled “Exit Strategy.” The two last worked together on “Brooklyn’s Finest,” but Fuqua also directed Hawke to an Oscar nomination for “Training Day” (and Denzel Washington to a win for the same film).

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    Director's Roundtable: Aronofsky Played "Therapist" For Rourke, Coen Brothers Won't Direct Actors

    L.A. Times Directors Roundtable With Fincher, Affleck, Cholodenko, Aronofsky, Hooper & Ethan Coen Give Fascinating (& Candid) Insight To ProcessSix directors recently sat down with The Envelope, the Oscars blog for the L.A. Times, for a roundtable chat about the pressures and joys of directing. Of the prestigious few were Ben Affleck (“The Town”), Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Lisa Cholodenko ("The Kids Are All Right”), Ethan Coen (“True Grit” with brother Joel Coen), David Fincher (“The SocialNetwork”) and Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech"). Though not all are expected to get an Oscar nod for Achievement in Directing when the announcements are made this Tuesday -- of the six, only Aronofsky, Fincher and Hooper are probably locks -- all of their names have been brought up as worthy of a nomination. Though a lot of the discussion is pretty standard fare -- what’s worse about being a director, how they get great performances -- there's still quite are a few golden tidbits of candid talk, insight and knowledge.

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