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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Sunshine" Shines; Focus on Women's Issues in "Morning," "Stay," "Dale

    Since its world premiere and subsequent high-dollar acquisition deal on Friday, "Little Miss Sunshine" has been the de facto talk of the festival throughout the weekend - and understandably so. Enormously big-hearted, hip but earnest and rousingly funny in fits and starts, the feature debut of music...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: Sundance's Wide Wide World: Int'l Movies Mine Religion, Fate and Famil

    Fledgling directors gather every year at Sundance, looking to expose their movies to American audiences for the first time. But contrary to popular opinion, those filmmakers don't just hail from places like New York, Los Angeles, Austin or Memphis. In just the first couple days of the festival, atte...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Buyer's Buzz On Day One; "Sunshine" Selling; SonyBMG Goes For "Reggaeton"

    Thursday's clouds and snow gave way to blue skies and cool temperatures Friday, the first full day of the Sundance Film Festival screenings. And buyers in Park City got their first taste of what this year's lineup has to offer. The widely expected acquisition deal of the weekend is Jonathan Dayton &...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: "Crossing Arizona" Premiere; Friday Night Party Madness; Saturday Parties

    Outside the Holiday Village theater yesterday, a small gathering of press had assembled around a group of people in the parking lot. A CBS crew and a Reuters cameraman were shooting members of the opposing sides of the national immigration debate. Joseph Mathew's "Crossing Arizona," screening in the festival's documentary competition, takes a look at the tense stand-off that is occurring along the U.S./Mexican border in Arizona, which has seen thousands die since the mid '90s. The film spotlights the crisis through the personal accounts of Mike Wilson, an Indian living on native land that has become a popular route for migrants, and who work...

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    PARK CITY '06 CRITIC'S DIARY: "Somebodies" A Diamond in the Rough; "Friends," "Everybody" Entertaini

    Money changes everything, so it's apt that Sundance, the most renowned and successful film festival in America open with "Friends with Money," Nicole Holofcener's charmingly observant but ultimately disappointing look into the lives of four Los Angeles women and their struggles with affluence. Watch...

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: Holofcener and Cast Chat About "Friends with Money"; (And Queer Happenings

    The photographers were out en force last night for the Sundance Film Festival opening night film, "Friends with Money," directed by Nicole Holofcener and starring Jennifer Aniston, Joan Cusack, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan and Simon McBurney.

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    PARK CITY '06 BUZZ DAILY: On Opening Day at Sundance...A New Institute Initiative (and a Spotlight o

    At the Sundance Film Festival's first opening day press conference in many years today, Sundance Institute president Robert Redford and Sundance Film Festival director Geoff Gilmore set the stage for an event that has become the most important film festival in the United States. With the Institute marking its 25th anniversary this year, Redford and Gilmore, seated alongside Nicole Holofcener, director of the opening night film "Friends With Money," announced plans for major new organization initiative. The Sundance Institute Art House Project is pairing the group with leading art house cinemas in the U.S. to create a program of screenings in ...

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    PARK CITY '06 BIZ DAILY: Managing (Biz) Expectations as Sundance '06 Begins

    With the Sundance Film Festival opening tonight, 'expectations' were the buzz amongst buyers and sellers checking in at the Park City Marriott this morning. An informal survey indicated that industry are taking a wait-and-see approach, trying to keep hype in check and not letting those expectations ...

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    PARK CITY '06: With Challenge of Keeping It Brief, A Preview of Standout Shorts at Sundance

    For a quarter century the Sundance Film Festival has strived to become and remain a preeminent showcase for short filmmaking. This year, the short film programmers chose from an astounding 4,327 entries. For every film that made it, nearly 60 did not, and as usual with any film festival, the 73 selected narrative, documentary, animated and experimental shorts contain some real gems -- examples of why short filmmaking can be such a satisfying use of the medium. As the continued proliferation of inexpensive digital cameras and editing software makes filmmaking more accessible to all, the best shorts still show why fitting the perfect amount of ...

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    DISPATCH FROM IDFA: Shamir's "5 Days," Inside The Tense -- But Bloodless -- Battle For Controversial

    Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon's recent decision to remove Jewish settlers from land in the Gaza Strip is a move that has had a significant impact on the elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace process, even leading Sharon to leaving the ruling Likud party just a week ago. A new film that debuted at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) this week takes an inside look at how the country's Israeli Defense Force, with 40,000 troops, evicted 8,000 settlers from their homes, but maintained a pledge that no Jewish blood would be shed in the process. U.S. cable networks beamed sensational and emotional images live to the States as t...

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