Packed with screenings and the beginnings of buzz on several titles, Saturday kept Sundance visitors hopping.
Deals. Antoine Fuqua's police drama Brooklyn's Finest , starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke, was in play after its Friday night debut as a "work in progress," with several distributors making offers (per THR). Gregg Goldstein at Movie City News dubbed it "Friday Night Fever." Senator Distribution closed the deal for North American rights on Saturday night, according to indieWIRE, with a fourh quarter 2009 release planned. Lynn Shelton's 'two straight guys decide to make a gay porno" Humpday has motivated four buyers to actively engage in talks to acquire it, Mike Jones reported for Variety at his blog The Circuit.
Our Coverage. Humpday is a "quiet, unassuming festival film" says Erik Davis of Cinematical. He also describes it as "uncomfortable," "awkward," and "often laugh-out-loud funny," which means this sucker better get picked up by somebody and released in theaters pronto. Scott Weinberg loved Sam Rockwell in Moon and reported on two people fainting during horror flick Grace. And Eric D. Snider complained about getting ripped off ... by another blogger. You can catch up with all of our coverage via the convenient Sundance hub at Moviefone.
Elsewhere. Though Brooklyn's Finest has drawn mixed reviews, Moon and Humpday continue to generate great buzz across the Internets (especially the latter, with even Karina Longworth of Spout succumbing to its charms).
More blog talk after the jump.
Alex Billington at First Showing had his run of good screenings rudely brought to a halt by high school drama Toe to Toe, which Neil Miller at Film School Rejects eviescerated as an "insufferable bore," despite one scene that features a girl humping a tree.
Scott Macauley of Filmmaker Magazine easily snagged last-minute seats at two press screenings and had no problem getting a table for six at a Main Street restaurant, allowing him to officially confirm: "It is quieter this year." But not quiet enough for Jeff Wells, who complains at Hollywood Elsewhere about "Sundance journalists and filmmakers" who are constantly "smiling and chuckling and laughing." (He's also not too happy about the horrible wi-fi situation.) Of course, Wells' very next post is a brilliant, succint analysis of the problems he had with Ross Katz' drama Taking Chance, starring Kevin Bacon.