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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | $15 Million Dealmaking Day at Sundance; Also, Inside "Rocket Science"

    As the first weekend came to a close, bloggers and industry journalists continued to brand this year's Sundance a bust, saying that biz activity was off in Park City and trying to justify pre-fest predictions that the market this year would be soft. Yet dealmaking continued at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, heating up on Monday with millions of dollars in deals announced. Fox Searchlight announced two pacts, perhaps spending as much as $9 million for both Waitress", a comedy written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly and George Ratliff's competition feature "Joshua." Warner Independent jumped into the action, nabbing Cherie Nowlan's "...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | David Gordon Green: "I was introduced to some people that work in movies,

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Dror Shaul: "The biggest challenge was making a film about a subject so c

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Home of the Weak: The Middlebrow Melodrama of "Grace is Gone"

    Moving to some, bland to others, James C. Strouse's "Grace is Gone" follows the emotional journey of Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) after discovering his wife has been killed in Iraq, leaving him alone with their two daughters. Unable to bring himself to deliver the news, Phillips takes his girls on...

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    iW VIDEO: Gregg Araki Is All Smiles; Mia Farrow Speaks About "The Devil Came on Horseback"; Musician

    In today's issue of iW: VIDEO On The Scene at Park City, Filmmaker Gregg Araki talks about his Sundance film, "Smiley Face," Mia Farrow speaks out at "The Devil Came on Horseback" press conference, musician Alexi Murdoch performs at the Music Cafe, Anthony Kaufman reviews "Rocket Science," and more.

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    Christine Vachon Book Signing at Sundance Film Festival

    Christine Vachon, partner and producer for Killer Films, which produced the award winning films "Far From Heaven" and "Boys Don't Cry," will be having a book signing for her book, "A Killer Life: How an Independent Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond" which was published b...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Bad, Bad Boy: George Ratliff's "Joshua"

    At many film festivals, Cannes comes to mind; audiences would openly jeer a disastrous movie like director George Ratliff's unintentionally silly, bad seed horror drama "Joshua." At Sundance, where the film made its premiere over the weekend, the audience I sat with was polite and only laughed at al...

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    PARK CITY '07 DAILY DISPATCH | UPDATE: From Serious to Silly, A Range of Emotions Evoked During Sund

    As the opening weekend of Sundance 2007 came to a close, buyers were circling a number of new festival films. As usual, the first few of days saw a number of acquisitions. As announced on Sunday in indieWIRE, The Weinstein Company quickly jumped on James C. Strouse's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Grace is Gone," nabbing worldwide rights for $4 million and making it the fest's first on-site deal announcement. Meanwhile, Magnolia Pictures has just confirmed its mid-six figure pact for Dan Klores's Sundance dramatic competition feature "Crazy Love." In other deals, Fox Searchlight is preparing to announce its acquisition of George Ratlf...

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    PARK CITY '07 INTERVIEW | Petr Lom: "Leaving the safety net of my life in the university for a freel

    [EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE is publishing two interviews daily with Sundance '07 competition filmmakers through the end of the festival later this month. Directors with films screening in the four competition section were given the opportunity to participate in an email interview, and each was sent the...

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    PARK CITY '07 REVIEW | Forecasting the End: Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand's "Everything's Cool"

    It snowed in Malibu on the day leading up to the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, unexpected publicity for directors Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand's timely but surprisingly misguided global warming documentary "Everything's Cool." Playing bookend to the similarly themed "An Inconvenient Truth," abo...

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