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Sundance Institute Creates 2014 Episodic Story Lab For TV & Online Writers

The Sundance Institute today announced an expansion of its labs program into television and online content, establishing the first Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab, to be held this fall at the Sundance Resort in Sundance, Utah. Norman and Lyn Lear are the founding supporters backing the Sundance Institute's foray into small-screen storytelling in which participants will spend six days developing scripted and online series, stories, and characters with a panel of… Read

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SXSW: Amplify Logs Terrence Malick Produced Young Abe Lincoln Pic ‘The Better Angels’

The Terrence Malick-produced film about a boy who would grow up to be the man widely considered America's greatest presidents was first seen by the world at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Today Amplify announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to The Better Angels. The film from first time writer-director A.J. Edwards will get a fall theatrical release later this year. That will be  followed by a VOD and home video release early next year. Better Angels, which  also… Read

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Sundance Selects Acquires Aaron Paul Starrer ‘Hellion’

Kat Candler's Hellion debuted in Park City last month, and now Sundance Selects has taken North American rights to the pic. Exec produced by Jeff Nichols (Mud), Hellion stars newcomer Josh Wiggins as Jacob, a 13-year-old obsessed with metal and dirt bike racing whose delinquent behavior begins to raise concerns around town. Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul co-exec produces and stars as Hollis, father to Jacob and his younger brother Wes (Deke Garner), who's drowning his own… Read

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IFC Acquires Kristen Stewart Guantanamo Bay Pic ‘Camp X-Ray’

IFC Films took North American rights to Peter Sattler's directorial debut film Camp X-Ray, which made its debut at Sundance. Pic stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Maadi and Lane Garrison, and was produced by Gina Kwon, and executive produced by Emmy Ellison, Lindsay Williams, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, David Gordon Green and Sophia Lin. Stewart plays a soldier who gets assigned guard duty at Guantanamo Bay, where she strikes up a friendship with a… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Acquires Sundance Pic ‘Ping Pong Summer’

Gravitas Ventures plans an early summer theatrical and digital release for writer-director Michael Tully's Ping Ping Summer, which had its world premiere last month in the NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age comedy set in 1985 Maryland stars Susan Sarandon, John Hannah, Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and Robert Longstreet and follows awkward 13-year-old Rad Miracle (Marcello Conte) as he attempts to live up to that name by becoming a master… Read

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Sundance: ICM Signs ‘Kumiko’ Duo & ‘God Help The Girl’ Actor

EXCLUSIVE: This year's Sundance Film Festival is over but for three participants a whole new ride is about to begin. ICM Partners have signed up Special Jury Prize winners Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter's David Zellner and Nathan Zellner as well as Pierre Boulanger of God Help The GirlThe signings for the trio are in all areas. The Zellner Brothers remain managed by Mosaic. Boulanger is repped by Agence Oz in Paris, Curtis Brown Group in the U.K., Mosaic and law firm… Read

Awards

Sundance Awards: ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Prizes; Dramatic Directing Goes To Cutter Hodierne For ‘Fishing Without Nets’

It was the first major deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and tonight Whiplash was the big winner at the fest's Awards Ceremony. The Damien Chazelle-directed film about a young drummer, played by Miles Teller, and his demanding teacher, played by JK Simmons, took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award. “This is awesome, thanks so much,” said Chazelle accepting the pic's Audience Award earlier in the evening. Little did he know the fest hit… Read

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Sundance: RADIUS-TWC Buys Katie Couric-Narrated Docu ‘Fed Up’

EXCLUSIVE: In a deal that is closing right before the conclusion of the Sundance Film Festival, RADIUS-TWC is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Fed Up, the Katie Couric-narrated documentary about the alarming and rising rate of obese children in America. Several distributors chased the film, because of its hot button topic that is similar to the embraceable issue examined in Bully. I've heard the deal was near $2 million. Fed Up was directed by Stephanie… Read

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Sundance: IFC Midnight Acquires Bedtime Horror ‘The Babadook’

Sundance buzz title The Babadook has been acquired by IFC Midnight, which snagged U.S. and Latin America rights to the chiller from Aussie newcomer Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis stars in the pic as a widowed single mother who connects with her troubled son (then six-year-old Noah Wiseman) by reading a bedtime storybook that unleashes a shadowy monster in their home. Kent wrote and directed the Sundance Midnighter selection which also stars Daniel Henshall, Hayley… Read

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Sundance: A24 Nearing Domestic Deal On ‘Life After Beth’

EXCLUSIVE: A24 is hot on the trail of its third film acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival. I'm hearing the label is near a deal for U.S. rights to Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written and -directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick. This is going down as part of a deal for international territories that will bring the price to around $3.5 million for all the deals. It includes a DirectTV component that is… Read

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UPDATE: Magnolia Confirms Domestic Deal At Sundance For ‘Frank,’ The One That Has Michael Fassbender Wearing The Giant Head

UPDATE, 3:16 PM: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed news that Deadline broke yesterday: It has acquired North American rights to Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. Read the full release below the original story. PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, THURSDAY AM: Magnolia is zeroing in on a low seven-figure domestic deal for Frank, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film about a band that is led by an eclectic genius lead singer who, everywhere he goes, wears an oversized head, even on stage. Now… Read