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    Paramount Acquires Guggenheim Doc Waiting for Superman

    The new guy running the specialty label Paramount Vantage? Paramount film group president Adam Goodman, who pre-emptively acquired worldwide rights to the new Davis Guggenheim documentary Waiting for Superman as the fest got under way Thursday.

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    Sundance: Distrib Doctors are in Session

    At this year's Sundance, as changes in the distribution marketplace continue to dog indie filmmakers, two back-to-back panels aim to help filmmakers figure out how to make the best of their crazy-quilt options. Already, three Sundance selections will debut on YouTube before they screen at the festiv...

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    Sundance Exclusive: Calderon Talks Digital Indie Challenges

    As the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, issues of getting indie films out into the marketplace are front and center.

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    Sundance Exclusive Video: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

    After the dark places that Darfur documentary The Devil Came on Horseback took filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg, they decided to lighten things up on their next movie. "We wanted to do something on women and comedy," says Stern. "It was still for the most part an all-boys club. Joan was a wi...

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    Sundance Fest Panels and Roundtables: Deavere Smith, Banks, Gosling, Junger

    The ten-day 2010 Sundance Film Festival which launches January 21 in Park City, Utah has booked a number of panels and roundtables. Journalist Michele Norris, host of NPR's All Things Considered, will interview Anna Deavere Smith. And each morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Cinema Cafe in the Filmmaker L...

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    Iwashina and Dinerstein Launch Parlay Media

    A week before the Sundance Film Festival gets under way, sales agent Kevin Iwashina and producer Ross Dinerstein have closed financing on an overhead and development fund for their new company, Parlay Media. As 50/50 managing partners and co-owners, the dealmaker and filmmaker have set up shop at ne...

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    Magnolia Buys Jordan's Ondine, Starring Farrell

    Finally, months after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has landed U.S. rights to Neil Jordan’s Ondine, starring Colin Farrell in a rare performance in his native dialect. (The film scored eight nominations for the Irish Film and Television Awards.) According ...

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    Sundance Juries Include Banks, Posey, Spurlock, Vachon, Schwarzbaum

    Sundance has announced the members for its five juries for 2010. The ten-day fest fest gets under way January 21.

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    Palm Springs: Directors Talk Ajami, Samson & Delilah, I Killed My Mother, The Misfortunates

    While some Academy foreign language committee members have complained of the plethora of downbeat World War II/holocaust/war movies in this year's selection (as though member countries think this is what Academy voters tend to go for), the films cherry-picked from the Palm Springs Fest's program of 41 (out of 67) Oscar submissions for this year's annual filmmakers' panel were four contemporary Cannes entries. Ably moderated by Variety's Peter Debruge, the panel focused (in photo, from left) on Australia's Samson & Delilah (Warwick Thornton), Israel's Ophir-winner Ajami (Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani), Belgium's The Misfortunates (Felix Van Groe...

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    Palm Springs Weekend: Dogtooth, City of Life and Death

    Nora and I drove out to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Saturday, already well under way (it winds up on the 18th). Fest director Darryl Macdonald and lead programmers Helen du Toit and Carl Spence not only play the pre-Oscar awards-tributes-red-carpet game with such films as Precious, ...

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