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Sarah Jones’ Parents Unveil New “Safety For Sarah” PSA, Tell Sundance “Never Again, Never Forget” – Video

Safety For Sarah PSA

EXCLUSIVE, UPDATED with video: Almost a year after the camera assistant was killed on a Midnight Rider railway shoot in Georgia, the parents of Sarah Jones are at the Sundance Film Festival today to further their goal of promoting the need for greater industry safety precautions and instructions. "Sarah was a vibrant and eager person who loved her work," Elizabeth Jones said here. “She went all out to do her very, very best, and her life was cut short.” Added Richard… Read


‘Don Verdean’ Hot Video Clip From Jared Hess, Starring Danny McBride, Sam Rockwell

Jared Hess

Dig into this clip from Don Verdean, a comedy that premieres January 28 at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Lionsgate last week. The film marks a return to Sundance by Jared Hess, a decade after he hit an unlikely critical and box office home run there with Napoleon DynamiteHess directed and co-wrote Don Verdean with Jerusha Hess. It stars Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte and Danny McBride. Rockwell plays a biblical archaeologist… Read


‘Strongest Man’ Helmer Kenny Riches Signs With UTA; Sundance


EXCLUSIVE: This Sundance has been an avalanche of big movie deals, and emerging filmmakers signing with major agencies. The latest; Kenny Riches, the writer/director of The Strongest Man, has just signed with UTA, his first agency. This happened before The Strongest Man premieres in the NEXT Category of Sundance. The dramedy follows an anxiety-ridden Cuban man who fancies himself the strongest man in the world as he attempts to recover his most prized possession, a stolen… Read


Jane Fonda Tells Sundance That Women Need To “Shame” Gender-Biased Studios

The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch - Arrivals

"The studios are run by men and they have the bottom line to meet and they give jobs to people like them," two-time Oscar-winning actress and producer Jane Fonda told the Women at Sundance brunch today as part of the Sundance Film Festival. Fonda was joined onstage at the packed panel by her 9 To 5 and Netflix’s Grace & Frankie co-star Lily Tomlin, who has the Paul Weitz-directed Grandma at the fest. "It's a matter of gender, not that we don't have the experience," Fonda… Read


Emile Hirsch Vs Paramount Exec In Sundance Scuffle

Sorel Around Park City - Day 1 - 2015 Park City

Park City police are investigating a fight that broke out early Sunday morning at a Main Street club during the Sundance Film Festival in which actor Emile Hirsch and a female Paramount Pictures film executive had a physical altercation. The scuffle was at Tao, where one of several Sundance Film Festival parties was going full-steam. The NY Post‘s Page Six, which first reported the news, said police were called at around 3:30 AM local time after the exec told security… Read


Bart & Fleming: January Movie Turds; ‘Fruitvale’s Ryan Coogler Taking ‘Rocky’ Road; Bill Maher Shaming Liberals Over ‘American Sniper’


Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.  The combination of Sundance and the SAG Awards pushed the column until today. BART: While you're at Sundance looking for the next big winner, Mike, I find myself staring at the pathetic films that opened at the multiplexes – I'll call it the "how did this happen?" club. Translation: If… Read


Ryan Reynolds Hears ‘The Voices’ In Horror Comedy Trailer

the voices

Marjane Satrapi’s English-language debut The Voices premiered at Sundance last year and is gearing up for release in the U.S. via Lionsgate and in the UK via Arrow Films (see trailer above). Ryan Reynolds plays a lovable, but disturbed, factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, the man's talking pets — a sinister cat and benevolent dog — lead him down a fantastical, murderous path. Gemma Arterton… Read


Spike Lee Talks Up ‘Cronies’ And Former Students At Sundance – Video

Spike Lee at DeadlineNow

Spike Lee talks with me in the video above about his latest “joint,” Cronies, for which he is executive producer, and backing up-and-comers who’ve made interesting films, like Michael Larnell, who turned his NYU thesis project into a Sundance festival world premiere. “It’s a brand new ball game” for indie filmmakers now, Lee told me, given all the outlets now buying or backing projects on a wide range of subjects that previously couldn’t find mass markets. Larnell, one of… Read


We Called It: ‘Me And Earl And The Dying Girl’ Sells To Fox Searchlight & Indian Paintbrush For Record $12M – Sundance Update

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl

UPDATE, MONDAY, 10:51 AM: Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush are teaming for worldwide rights on Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, and like I said last night this is a blockbuster record deal for $12 million. It also confirms my original posit that this Sundance Film Festival is set to be a sellers’ market, with big deals dropping all over Park City. A 2015 release is planned for the film, the studio said today in confirming the deal. The film is directed by Alfonso… Read


UPDATE: $4 Million Price Tag For ‘The Overnight’ After Late Night Bidding Battle

The Overnight

UPDATE: When the bidding ended, upstart distribbery paid $4 million deal for The Overnight, the sexy Patrick Brice-directed film about two couples whose playdate leads to sexual hijinks. It’s a statement by for The Orchard, a relatively new buyer on the scene, and beyond the minimum guarantee, there is an aggressive P&A spend to bolster a wide theatrical release commitment. The Orchard comes to indie film distribution from the music business, and this grows them beyond… Read


AMC’s Sundance Channel Global Picks Up Five Pics At Sundance Film Festival


The international channels unit of AMC Networks has acquired The Strongest Man and four other films from this year's Park City gathering it was announced early Monday morning. The Kenny Riches directed comedy plus Christmas, Again, the Italian Chlorine and the Canadian pics Chorus and The Amina Profile will all debut exclusively on Sundance Channel Global this spring. No details of the financial arrangements for the acquisitions are known at this time. "Our international… Read