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    Box Office Be Damned: For Buyers, Optimism Rules at Sundance 2012

    For most of last year’s Sundance titles, box office receipts ranged from modest to dreadful. However, to look at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival acquisitions market, prior performance is not an indication of future results.

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    Fox Searchlight Gets 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

    After days of speculation, Fox Searchlight has acquired U.S. rights to “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Benh Zeitlin’s feature debut has been the talk of the festival since it premiered last Friday; at one point five companies vied to buy it. The film, which follows an intr...

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    LCD Soundsystem Frontman James Murphy Discusses 'Shut Up and Play the Hits'

    LCD Soundsystem is over, but James Murphy lives on. That's main takeaway of "Shut Up and Play the Hits," the energetic portrait of the group's big finish last year and a popular entry in Sundance's midnight selection this year.

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    Sony Pictures Classics Buys 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

    Sony Pictures Classics has announced that they’ve bought the North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to 'Celeste & Jesse Forever.' Directed by Lee Toland Krieger ("The Vicious Kind") and starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts and Elijah...

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    Director Jamie Travis Confirms Focus Features' Buy of Sundance Comedy 'For A Good Time, Call..."

    First-time feature director Jamie Travis confirmed the sale via Twitter.

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    SUNDANCE FUTURES: 'Bachelorette' Writer-Director Leslye Headland Talks About Loving "Unlikeable" Women

    The first-time director says "Sleepless in Seattle" would never be made today. "They'd say, 'Well, she can't have a fiancé, because that would make her unlikeable.'"

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York" is Fun But Awfully Familar

    Julie Delpy's genial 2007 directorial effort "2 Days in Paris" worked well enough; it delivered a small, uncomplicated romantic comedy and never left that safety zone. Her next film, "2 Days in New York," repeats the same formula so specifically that it's practically the ...

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    SUNDANCE REVIEW: 'Black Rock' Offers a Clever Take on the Girls-in-Danger Story

    Survival stories often occupy an ambiguous space in the horror genre, lingering somewhere between misogyny and female empowerment. The "final girl" trope pits a lone, frequently virginal woman against some ungodly threat, both glamorizing her struggle and imbuing it with dread. While gener...

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    A 3-Minute Short Can Win $100,000 in Cinelan's Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge

    While at Sundance to unveil the first five shorts in their Focus Forward series, Cinelan co-creators Morgan Spurlock and Karol Martesko-Fenster announced the launch of the Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge. The GE-sponsored Focus Forward is a series of 30 three-minute documentaries that focus o...

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