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    Weinsteins 'Lay The Favorite,' Focus Had 'A Good Time,' Millenium Turns On 'Red Lights' & More Sundance Acquisitions

    As many of you know, the Sundance Film Festival is well underway, and there’s been no shortage of studios acquiring some buzzed-about independent titles. As the fest winds into its last few days, the deals are getting done.

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    Sundance Reviews: Sony Pictures Classics Pick-Up 'Celeste & Jesse Forever'

    Sony Picture Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American, and Eastern European rights to Sundance Premiere title "Celeste & Jesse Forever."

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    Focus Acquires Raunchy Comedy 'For a Good Time, Call...'

    Focus Features made its first buy at Sundance today, paying some $2 million to beat out rival bidders to acquire worldwide rights to first-time director Jamie Travis's "For a Good Time, Call..." The film, which had its world premiere this week in Park City, is a timely comedy about two young women ...

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    Gallo to Star in 'Don't Shoot the Piano Player' for '2 Days in New York' Star Alexandre Nahon

    Vincent Gallo has agreed to star in “Don’t Shoot the Piano Player” for Alexandre Nahon, who will direct the feature film from his own script.

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    Sundance 2012 - Fox Searchlight Acquires "Beasts Of The Southern Wild"

    I believe this is the first *black film* to be picked up at the festival this year, and it's not much of a surprise, given all the hype since its premiere last week.

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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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    The Sundance Institute and Women in Film Team Up to Get More Women Filmmakers Working in Hollywood

    Finally some organizations have stepped up and stood up and committed resources to work towards improving the amount of female filmmakers working in the business.  Women in Film and the Sundance Institute are going to track female filmmakers who show their films at Sundance to get a sense of th...

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    Fox Searchlight Land Buzzworthy Sundance Drama 'The Surrogate' With John Hawkes & Helen Hunt

    This year's Oscar nominations are something of an anomaly as for the first time in a while, there's no Sundance breakout among them. The expansion of the possible nominees two years back meant that the field had room for films like "Precious," "An Education," "The Ki...

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    Sundance First Look: "Short Films, Big Ideas" and the Three-Minute Filmmaker Challenge

    Maybe the best ideas do come in short films. That's the notion behind the Focus Forward which is launching its Filmmaker Challenge. The Filmmaker Challenge will select five winners, determined by a professional jury.

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    Obit: Indie Veteran Bingham Ray Was a Champion of Indie Cinema UPDATED

    The news that indie veteran Bingham Ray, recently appointed executive director of the San Francisco Film Society and Festival, had suffered a stroke hit the Sundance Film Festival Saturday morning. Sadly, Ray died from complications of the massive stroke on Monday.

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