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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


‘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


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

Sundance Film Festival 2018

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


‘The Miseducation Of Cameron Post’ Trailer: Chloe Grace Moretz Converts A Gay-Conversion Center

“Your struggle is with the sin of same-sex attraction,” says the counselor at the gay-conversion therapy center. “You’re facing the consequences of your actions, and it’s ugly.” Here’s the first trailer for The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz as the titular teen who was caught having sex with the prom queen and sent off this place. The all-business facility for teens is run by the strict Dr. Lydia Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and her brother, Reverend… Read


Sundance Taps Kim Yutani As New Programming Director For Cannes Debut

Just in time to head across the Atlantic for the Cannes Film Festival, Kim Yutani has been appointed as Trevor Groth’s replacement as the Sundance Film Festival’s director of programming. Moving up from Senior Programmer at the fest, Yutani will lead the curation of film, media and off-screen programming at the Sundance Film Festival and other year-round public platforms and programs that showcase and elevate independent storytellers and artists. "Kim's curatorial vision… Read


‘The Tale’: Sundance Pic Starring Laura Dern Gets HBO Premiere Date & Teaser

The Tale

UPDATED, 2:59 PM: HBO Films said today that its Sundance pickup The Tale, starring Laura Dern, will premiere at 10 PM Saturday, May 26, on the premium channel. Here is the new teaser: PREVIOUSLY, January 26: HBO Films said today that it has acquired exclusive rights to The Tale, Jennifer Fox’s timely drama that premiered last weekend in the U.S. Dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Fox, it centers on Jennifer (Laura Dern), a… Read


Reed Morano’s Sundance Winner ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ Sells To Momentum Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Momentum Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to I Think We're Alone Now, the Reed Morano-directed film that stars Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. It won a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at Sundance, where it premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. Morano made the film after winning an Emmy for directing the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, on which she is also exec producer. Del (Dinklage) finds himself alone in the… Read


Netflix Acquires Animated Sundance Film ‘White Fang’

EXCLUSIVE: In a deal in the seven-figures, Netflix has acquired the animated feature White Fang. This marks the first deal by Netflix for a film that debuted at last month's Sundance Film Festival. Netflix will launch the film later this year in the US, Canada, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Korea, UK, Eastern Europe, India, ANZ, and South Africa. Directed by Oscar winner Alexandre Espigares, White Fang features a voice cast that includes Nick Offerman… Read


WME Signs ‘Sorry To Bother You’ Director Boots Riley Following Sundance Raves

Boots Riley

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off the Sundance premiere of his film Sorry To Bother You and the splashy world rights deal by Annapurna that followed, writer, director and composer Boots Riley has signed with WME to be repped in all areas. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Armie Hammer and Tessa Thompson, Sorry To Bother You is an absurdist dark comedy that tackles capitalism and race in Riley's hometown of Oakland. Riley is also the lead vocalist of The Coup, the socially conscious hip-hop… Read


Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ Acquired By IFC Films After Sundance Bow


Paul Dano’s directorial debt Wildlife, the family drama that had its world premiere at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, has sold to IFC Films for North American rights. Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould and Bill Camp star in the pic Dano and Zoe Kazan adapted from Richard Ford's novel. IFC says it is eyeing a fall 2018 theatrical release and awards campaign. The plot centers on 14-year-old Joe, the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf… Read


Joan Jett Sundance Documentary ‘Bad Reputation’ Acquired By Magnolia

Joan Jett

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Bad Reputation, Kevin Kerslake's feature-length documentary about rocker Joan Jett that bowed last month at the Sundance Film Festival. A 2018 theatrical release is planned. The pic centers on Jett’s early years as founder and backbone of the Runaways, her seminal 1970s punk band, and then meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to catapult her as a solo act. Joel Marcus wrote the pic, which was produced by Peter… Read

Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions Acquire U.S. Rights To Sundance Pic ‘Juliet, Naked’

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. rights to the Jesse Peretz-directed romantic comedy Juliet, Naked. Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke, and Chris O'Dowd star.  A summer release is planned. The film is produced by Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa, Barry Mendel, Judd Apatow and Jeffrey Soros. Juliet, Naked tells the story of Annie (Rose Byrne) who is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) – a huge fan of obscure rock musician Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke)… Read