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Stephanie Langhoff Set For Sundance Institute Producer’s Honor

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Sundance Institute said today that Stephanie Langhoff will receive this year’s Red Crown Producer’s Award. She is producing partners with the prolific filmmaking team of Jay and Mark Duplass and also has produced films including The Skeleton Twins and Safety Not Guaranteed. But Langhoff is at Park City this year with The Bronze, starring Melissa Rauch as an embittered and foul-mouthed gymnast who finished third at the 2004 Olympics and still lives in her small Midwestern… Read

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Harvey Weinstein On ‘The Imitation Game,’ Best Picture Dissing, Sony Hack, Netflix And Quentin Tarantino

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Yesterday morning, Harvey Weinstein sat down for what has become our annual look at his business, the Oscars and just about every other topic we can think of. Buckle up. DEADLINE: Big Saturday morning New York Times story on you firing your Broadway publicist, and him firing back on Finding Neverland. He claims you demanded the GQ cover. Beyond the question of whether a flack firing is Timesworthy, can I take this as a sign you haven’t lost your fire? HARVEY WEINSTEIN… Read

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Craig Zobel On How He Landed Ejiofor, Pine & Robbie For Sundance Pic ‘Z For Zachariah’ – Video

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Craig Zobel is back at Sundance for a third time after 2007’s Great World Of Sound and 2012’s Compliance. This time he’s got a little film with three big stars: Z For Zachariah features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Pine and Margot Robbie as the last known survivors of a global calamity. The pic was picked up ahead of the fest by Roadside Attractions, and Zobel tells me: “There’s a lot of anxiety when you bring a movie here. You hope that it’ll find both an audience and an… Read

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‘Cake’ Cuts Piece Of Specialty Box Office Amid Holdover Contenders

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With this year’s Sundance Film Festival occupying indie minds and pocketbooks, the weekend’s specialty box office was dominated by holdovers, the lone exception Cakestarring Jennifer Aniston, which had by far the weekend’s biggest debut. Despite a relentless awards campaign, Aniston missed out on an Oscar nomination, but Cake found some icing anyway with a decent theatrical bow. The drama about a woman with chronic pain and a resulting painkiller addiction – which also… Read

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‘Hobbit’ Storms China; ‘Sniper’ Takes Out More Records: International Box Office

'Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies' Posts Solid Opening Day At Overseas B.O.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (WB) plants $49.5M footprint in China debut; American Sniper (WB) picks off more records for Clint Eastwood as it approaches $50M; Mortdecai (LGF/VAR) is less with lackluster start; Taken 3 (FOX/EUR) sets Neeson milestone; Big Hero 6 (DIS) still big in Japan; Penguins (FOX) holds fast to Latin American No. 1s… With a record-breaking China bow of $49.5M, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies was the top movie this… Read

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‘People, Places, Things’ Trailer From Sundance Premiere

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Watch the trailer for People, Places, Things, written and directed by Jim Strouse (Grace is Gone) and making its world premiere in Sundance’s dramatic competition. The film tells the tale of a newly divorced man, a graphic artist named Will Henry (Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords), trying to navigate his new life a year after discovering his wife  (Jessica Williams (The Daily Show, Girls) is having an affair with his best friend (Michael Chernus, Orange is the New… Read

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Deadline Studios @ Sundance Day Two Photos: Jack Black, James Franco And More

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Day two at our first-ever Deadline Studios @ Sundance '15 got underway yesterday with the cast and director of Z for Zachariah. Photographer Mark Mann was busy as ever in the photo studio, using the Leica S-System and Rotolight lighting, while Deadline's Dominic Patten conducted videos interviews with above- and below-the-line talent that we will continue to post on the website. We're having a good, busy time just off Main Street, teaming with Social House, Eveleigh… Read

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IFC Pays $3 Million For Jack Black Comedy ‘The D Train’ – Sundance

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EXCLUSIVE: IFC Films closed a $3 million deal for the U.S. rights to The D Train, the Jarrad Paul/Andrew Mogel-directed film that stars Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, Mike White, and Kyle Bornheimer. That ties the high-water mark at this festival so far, matching the deal brokered for The Bronze. Brokered by UTA and WME, The D Train piqued bidders from its debut screening Friday night. Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight were two others in the mix as… Read

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Joe Franklin, Talk Show Pioneer, Dies At 88

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Joe Franklin, a pioneering host of talk shows on both radio and TV whose spotlight helped jumpstart careers for many notable performers, died Saturday, at the age of 88, of cancer. He had been fighting the disease for several years, a friend said. Franklin is credited with creating what’s become the standard talk-show trope – an urbane and curious host behind a desk, interviewing a range of the famous, the interesting and those somewhere in between. He started in TV in… Read

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Rise With Host Blake Shelton

From the Set: Blake Shelton

Never underestimate the power of country stars’ followings. Carrie Underwood may not have impressed critics with her performance in NBC’s The Sound Of Music but she made it a ratings blockbuster. Reaction also appears to be mixed to last light’s episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Blake Shelton (the material he was stuck with didn’t do him any favors). But, just like Underwood, Shelton was a ratings hit. With him as host and musical guest, SNL drew a 4.7 household… Read