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Sundance 2019: Eminem, Shakespeare, Modern Slavery, Arthur Ashe & Goya In New Frontier Slate

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No word yet if Eminem will be showing up in Park City for one of those late night concerts that only happen at Sundance but the Oscar winning 8 Mile star is certainly part of the New Frontier slate for next year’s festival. While it’s usually the films in competition and the premieres that attract a lot of the spotlight leading up to the Sundance Film Festival, but year after year it is the more experimental New Frontier offerings that often point most clearly towards the… Read

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Hulu Snags Dr. Ruth Docu In Fast Sundance Pick Up; Magnolia To Distribute

One day after the Ask Dr. Ruth documentary was unveiled as one of the high-profile premieres at 2019 Sundance Film Festival, turns out the Ryan White directed pic has a very therapeutic fest afterlife with Hulu and Magnolia. The now Disney-dominated streamer will air the docu on the famed sex therapist and Holocaust survivor next year after Sundance concludes. Additionally, with Magnolia as a distributor, Ask Dr. Ruth will also receive "the widest theatrical release for… Read

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Sundance 2019: Alfre Woodard, Alec Baldwin + Making Of ‘Alien’, Satanists & Roy Cohn Docus Among U.S., World Cinema, NEXT, Midnight & Kids Slates

There isn't anywhere nearly as much Donald Trump at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival as there was the past two years, but there is certainly a lot of everything else from all over the world. With 112 films being shown at the Robert Redford founded snowy Utah shindig from January 24 to February 3 next year, the 35th Sundance's mantra is more. Today's unveiling of the U.S. Competition and World Cinema Competition Dramatic and Documentary categories plus the Midnight, Kids… Read

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Sundance 2019: Premieres Include Harvey Weinstein Docu, Mindy Kaling, Dr. Ruth, UK Spies, Miles Davis & Ted Bundy

Harvey Weinstein is returning to the Sundance Film Festival, at least on screen. A looming and powerful presence at the Robert Redford founded huddle for decades, an Ursula MacFarlane directed documentary about the rise and fall of the now disgraced and much accused producer is one of the premieres at this year's SFF. Implicated by more than 60 women of sexual assault or sexual harassment, a number of which took place at the Utah film gathering, Weinstein is facing a… Read

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Withoutabox Film Festival Submission Platform To End Service Next Year

Amazon-owned Withoutabox, the dominant indie film festival submission platform for the last decade, has decided to end its service. In a letter to users, the service – run through IMDbPro – said it would “phase out” the service over the next year. Withoutabox was the official platform for Sundance and had been used by the LA Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival, and hundreds of smaller events, with the platform claiming it processed more than 100,000… Read

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‘Mandy’ Producer Elijah Wood: Nicolas Cage Back In Oscar-Level Form With Revenge Film’s Surprise Success

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On screen, the revenge film Mandy is a ferocious fever-dream, but off screen it has been a game-changing success story for SpectreVision, the production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The film has won over critics and a growing fan following since its January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and Wood now tells Deadline his company is sizing up an Oscar campaign for star Nicolas Cage. “This is absolutely the most successful film and… Read

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‘The Long Dumb Road’ Trailer: Odd Couple Tony Revolori & Jason Mantzoukas Road-Trip Through The Southwest

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We’ve all had that moment when the stranger you agreed to share your car ride with offers you a “road brew.” OK, likely none of us has, but it happens in The Long Dumb Road, and it’s followed by said passenger cracking the bottle open and saying, “Don’t worry about it, dude. I’m pretty much a professinaol level in drinking and driving.” Watch the new trailer above. Tony Revolori plays Nat, a college-bound teenager who admitted has led “like a pretty sheltered life.” But… Read

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‘Searching’ Review: Modern Technology & Human Emotions Collide In Terrific Mystery Thriller

Diversity rules for the second week in a row as an Asian-American family again is at the center of a major studio release. However Sony’s Searching, which stars Jon Cho as a desperate dad trying to uncover the mystery of why his 16-year old daughter has gone missing, could not be more different from director Jon M. Chu’s hit comedy Crazy Rich Asians except that they both feature contemporary stories of modern Asian-American family life. The biggest distinction for Searchin… Read

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‘Hal’ Trailer: Documentary On Iconoclastic ‘Coming Home’ & ‘Harold And Maude’ Director Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby directing a string of acclaimed movies in the 1970s, scoring an Oscar nom for Coming Home, but he’s largely overshadowed by the filmmaking kings of the Me Decade. Now a new documentary turns the lens on the iconoclast who also helmed such enduring pics as Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Shampoo and Being There. Here’s the logline: Hal explores his curious historical oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters and audio recordings… Read

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‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ Teaser: There Doesn’t Seem To Be Anyone Around – Except Peter Dinklage

The depths of human loneliness can be cruel, as Peter Dinklage learns in I Think We’re Alone Now. One look at the brief teaser trailer for the film will back that up. Check out the tense and atmospheric footage above. But things eventually will change in the R-rated film directed by Reed Morano, who won an Emmy for helming The Handmaid’s Tale, and scripted by Mike Makowsky. Here’s the logline: Del (Game of Thrones star Dinklage) is alone in the world. After the human race… Read

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‘What They Had’ Trailer: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon Lead Big-Name Cast In Alzheimer’s Drama

A family crisis plays out onscreen in What They Hadin which a big-name cast tackles a big-league problem: Alzheimer’s disease. Now we have the powerful first trailer for the film from first-time writer-director Elizabeth Chomko that premiered at Sundance in Januiary. It follows Bridget (Hilary Swank) as she returns home to Chicago at the urging of her estranged brother (Michael Shannon) to deal with her ailing mother (Blythe Danner) and her father’s (Robert Forster)… Read

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Sundance Film Festival 2018 Generated $192M In Economic Impact For Utah: Report

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UPDATED clarifying year-over-year changes in data: The Sundance Film Festival generated $191.6 million in economic activity for the state of Utah and created $100 million in wages for Utahans, according to a new report from Y2 Analytics. More than 124,000 people attended the 11-day festival in January. "Spending during the Sundance Film Festival generates many positive economic benefits," the report states. "Tourism-related industries are beneficiaries of spending that… Read