January 20, 2011
'2011 Festival' Where: Sundance Channel When: 9:45 p.m. Friday; 9:25 p.m. Saturday; 9:35 p.m. Sunday; 9:35 p.m. Monday; 9:25 p.m. Tuesday; 9:45 p.m. Wednesday; 9:45 p.m. Thursday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 9:40 p.m. Saturday Rating: Not rated 'White Lightnin" Where: Sundance When: 8 p.m. Sunday and 4:45 a.m. Monday Rating: Not rated 'Unmade Beds' Where: Sundance Channel When: 8 p.m. Wednesday and 1:35 a.m....
January 19, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday night. ( Los Angeles Times ) "Hugo" and "Moneyball" were among the best sounding films of last year, according to the Cinema Audio Society. ( Los Angeles Times ) Meanwhile, "Albert Nobbs," "J. Edgar" and "Dancing With the Stars" earned GLAAD Media Award nominations. ( Los Angeles Times ) For the third year in a row, Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious admirer has failed to make a birthday appearance at his grave site, so fans are giving up. ( New York Times )
January 20, 2011 |
Park City, Utah, may be an out of the way place in a not ordinarily glamorous state, but for 10 days in January, all roads in the cinema world lead there. Yet it's not simply the sheer volume of movies and fans at the Sundance Film Festival ? this year's 117 features were culled from more than 3,800 submissions ? that keeps up the momentum. It's also that the festival organizers, ever determined to solidify Sundance's position and expand its reach, are not averse to change. Faced with the loss of one of its key venues, the Park City Racquet Club, due to renovations this year, the festival has commandeered the Redstone Theatre a few miles out of town.
January 28, 2012 |
This year's Sundance Film Festival didn't produce a blizzard, but it did generate some strong flurries. Spending on movies at the Park City, Utah, film bazaar failed to reach the sky-high levels of 2011 or match the hype that preceded the annual gathering of filmmakers, executives and agents. More than a dozen deals had closed by Friday for an amount totaling about $20 million. Last year, the total dollar amount was upward of $30 million — believed to be among the highest figures in the festival's history.
January 29, 2011 |
Who would have thought a 50-ish Irish backcountry cop with a midsection as thick as his brogue and a toxic tongue would become the talk of the Sundance Film Festival this year? And yet that's exactly what "The Guard" has done, with its crime-solving, politically incorrect iconoclast ? played by the brilliantly understated acting veteran Brendan Gleeson ? the invention of writer-director John Michael McDonagh in his feature film debut. Or that a hauntingly improbable sci-fi love story of parallel universes and mind-bending possibilities would make overnight sensations out of its writer-director and co-writer-star?
January 29, 2011
At the Sundance Film Festival, celebrities may come and go by luxury SUV, but most folks make their way from theater to theater around Park City, Utah, via a more humble mode of transportation: the free shuttle bus. Which can lead to problems. Though festival organizers try hard, the vagaries of traffic and weather mean the buses are often later and fuller than they are supposed to be. Anxious filmgoers crowd the doors in a frantic attempt to get on and off as quickly as possible, and on the first full day of the festival, at the stop by the Yarrow Hotel, sparks ignited.