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    'Teddy Bear' Is a Conventional Romance Elevated By Its Muscular Hero

    There's nothing fresh about the premise of a grown single man living at home with his mother, but Danish director Mads Matthiesen's first feature, "Teddy Bear," has a unique strategy for rejuvenating the formula. Its lead, real-life bodybuilder Kim Kold, is a hulking mass of biceps...

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    HBO and Scott Rudin To Develop 'Indie Game' into TV Series

    HBO has made its second acquisition at Sundance, buying the remake rights to the documentary “Indie Game: The Movie.” Sources indicate Scott Rudin will develop the film as a fictional half-hour comedy series for the network. Rudin's currently producing two series for HBO: "...

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    Choosing Theatrical Over VOD, Sundance Midnight Title 'Black Rock' Chooses LD Distribution

    Mickey Liddell's LD Distribution has bought North American theatrical rights to Sundance Midnight Section entry “Black Rock.” According to the film’s rep, Josh Braun of Submarine, he went with LD over a number of other interested companies that wanted to structure deals ar...

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    "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Wins Sundance Institute's $10,000 Indian Paintbrush Award

    Josh Penn and Dan Janvey, producers of the Sundance 2012 U.S. Dramatic Competition hit "Beasts of the Southern Wild," received the inaugural Sundance Institute Indian Paintbrush Producer’s Award and its accompanying $10,000 grant at the annual Producers Lunch held this afternoon in P...

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    CBS Films Buys Sundance Closing-Night Film "The Words"

    CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to Sundance Film Festival's closing-night film, "The Words," starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Jeremy Irons.

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    VOD REVIEW: Quentin Dupieux's 'Wrong' Suggests 'Groundhog Day' Via Buñuel

    French director Quentin Dupieux's wacky "killer tire" movie "Rubber" was a surreal investigation into high-concept storytelling that opened with a mission statement: Facing the camera, an officer explained all narrative events would take place for "no reason." With his latest effort, "Wrong," Dupieu...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: With a Collage of Grim Visuals, "DETROPIA" Explains Detroit's Financial Woes

    Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady have proven themselves masters of the vérité approach with the first-rate documentaries "Jesus Camp" and "12th and Delaware." In both cases, they managed to engage hot-button issues in a miraculously even-handed fashion, p...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'The End of Love' Is Mark Webber's Flawed But Heartfelt Ode to Parenthood

    Mark Webber's "The End of Love" is a kind of therapy for its director. Loosely based on the filmmaker's life, the movie stars Webber (an actor whose credits include "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World") alongside his real-life toddler, Isaac, and explores the challenges of his s...

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    SUNDANCE FUTURES: 'The Orator' Director/Writer Tusi Tamasese On Making the First-Ever Samoan Film

    Why He's On Our Radar: After a successful bow at the Venice Film Festival, first-time feature filmmaker Tusi Tamasese is in Park City with "The Orator," which New Zealand submitted as its first-ever entry in the foreign-language film category for this year's Academy Awards. Entirely shot in Samoa, t...

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    Bloody Disgusting Founder and 'V/H/S' Producer Brad Miska On Why the Found-Footage Movie Is Here To Stay

    No one would have guessed that, more than a decade after "The Blair Witch Project" broke box-office records to become one the highest grossing independent films of all time, audiences would still flock to found-footage flicks. From the ongoing success of the "Paranormal Activity"...

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