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Sundance 2012 Films

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    Sundance Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Plans Oscar Run for 'The Surrogate'

    Fox Searchlight immediately snapped up "The Surrogate" for $6 million, the biggest acquisition at Sundance so far this year, outmaneuvering at least three other potential buyers for the picture.

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    Review Round-Up: Fox Searchlight Pick-Up 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Stuns and Impresses

    The breakout hit of Sundance, Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," has critics gushing. After acquiring potential Academy contender "The Surrogate" for a cool $6 million for worldwide rights, Fox Searchlight closed a deal for "Beasts of the Southern Wild"as...

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    Sundance: Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer Talk 'Wish You Were Here' & VOD Vs. Theatrical Release

    Call it a resurgence of Australian cinema, but it seems the even-year Sundance Film Festivals are the place to catch the movies that find their way across the pond and to the audiences that desire dark, interesting thrillers that masquerade as family dramas. “Animal Kingdom” introduced a...

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    Sundance: Exclusive Clip From The Engaging & Provocative Documentary 'The Imposter'

    What if your teenage son disappeared? What if he was found again, three years later, halfway around the world? Would you recognize him? Would your desire for a family to be reunited trump any doubts or inconsistencies about who this person might really be? Those are the questions are the heart of di...

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    Sundance Deal Wrap: Mickey Liddell Picks Up 'Black Rock,' CBS Gets 'The Words,' Breakout 'Beasts of Southern Wild' Wins Grant, Heats Up with Searchlight

    The Sundance Fest is in full swing, with modest deals under way. The two opening night doc buys from Sony Pictures Classics ("Searching for Sugar Man") and Magnolia ("The Queen of Versailles") were both sweet and easy low-bid offers closed on the first night, according to SPC's Tom Bernard and Magno...

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    Sundance Art House Convergence With a Doc Spin

    Before I begin with the Sundance festivities I want to say adieu to the Sundance Art House Convergence with a comment on a Sundance festival doc Big Boys Gone Bananas* (ISA: Autlook) which conveys the same fight that the art house theaters deal with on a daily basis. I will write more about the Art...

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    Sundance: New Looks At Elizabeth Olsen In 'Liberal Arts' & 'Red Lights' Plus Pics Of Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough In 'Shadow Dancer'

    Can't be in Park City this week? We feel your pain, and while most of us will have to wait for months and perhaps even a year to eventually see some of the movies unspooling at Sundance, hopefully this batch of new images will be enough to tide you over for now.

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    Sundance Trailer Watch: Finding North Directed By Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush

    49 million people in the U.S. -- one in four children -- don't know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people for who a...

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    Cross-Post: Women Kicking It on Kickstarter!

    Kickstarter, called "the people's NEA" by The New York Times, recently sent out their 2011 round-up of success stories on their crowdsourced fundraising site, with women filmmakers taking significant applause on the roster, including Dee Rees' Pariah.

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    Sundance Review: 'Wish You Were Here' With Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer An Overwrought, Undercooked Mystery

    Although its title implies either a whimsical journey of self-discovery or an ironic riposte to the vacation from hell, the story of “Wish You Were Here” is, in either context, a disappointingly pedestrian experience. The story of a husband and father trying to return to his normal life ...

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