Sundance in 60 Seconds

The dam finally burst and a flood of deals were unleashed today in Park City, Utah. (Please note: for the purposes of this article, we define "a flood of deals" as three (3)). But don't worry, America: Sundancers stopped to watch the inauguration live on TV.

Deals. (1) Fox Searchlight got things rolling with a worldwide deal for Max Meyer's romantic comedy Adam, starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher and Amy Irving; a 2009 release is planned. indieWIRE has the details. (2) Sony Pictures Classics picked up big buzz title An Education, Lone Scherfig's coming of age romantic tale, "after a heated bidding war," says Anne Thompson of Variety. Sony Classics reportedly paid $3 million for North American and Latin American rights and is eyeing an awards campaign launch in the fall. Thompson describes the film's star Carey Mulligan as a (the?) "Sundance 'It Girl.'" (3) Lionsgate acquired James Strouse's comedy/drama The Winning Season, starring Sam Rockwell as a high school girls basketball coach, for North America and the UK, per Gregg Goldstein at Movie City News.

Reviews/Interview. James Rocchi caught the "surprise," work-in-progress screening of Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and interviewed Paul Giamatti about Cold Souls. Meanwhile, Erik Davis saw Michael Cera * Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart in Adventureland, "a sometimes subtle dramedy that's more touchy-feely than it is funny." Scott Weinberg slammed the Brett Easton Ellis adaptation The Informers as "nearly unwatchable" but thought the doc Good Hair was "well-crafted and consistently entertaining" and says the drama Five Minutes of Heaven proved to be "refreshingly humane and hopeful." (All of our Sundance coverage can be found at our Sundance hub at Moviefone.)

Blog Talk (after the jump). Why tonight's unexpected screening of The Girlfriend Experience frustrated one veteran journalist.



"It is a good reminder that the politics of it all are as important to some as the myth of independence." -- David Poland, Movie City News, on the frustration of not having "a fast pass or whatever that is called" and therefore being passed over by Sundance to see Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience "in spite of having more readers and deeper coverage than all but a couple outlets." He says that "you will read the reviews tomorrow in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, indieWIRE, Cinematical." (See Reviews above.)

"I read that in the Q&A Steven said that all the non-professional actors besides real-life adult video vixen Grey were chosen 'on the basis of their similarities to the character they play.' Given what a sleazebag my character is, I believe I resemble that remark." -- Glenn Kenny, Some Came Running, on his improvised role in The Girlfriend Experience.

"[Ashton] Kutcher's back end might be a big-ass factor slowing a Spread sale." -- Gregg Goldstein, Movie City News, in possibly the best description of a mitigating sales factor I've ever seen.

"I guess the point is that a film like this doesn't need a rational story." -- Alex Billington, First Showing, in his review of Black Dynamite, after describing the nonsensical plot.

"Put on your helmets, there's falling meta in the synopsis tunnel." -- Karina Longworth, Spout, in her review of Paper Heart. Why aren't there more pullquotes like this in movie ads?

"Spoiled Rich kids. Drugs. Sex. Amber Heard naked. Aids. Infidelity. Kidnapping. Unconnected. Boring. Uninteresting. Horrible." -- The entirety of Peter Sciretta's "15 Word Movie Review of The Informers" at /Film.

* UPDATE: Corrected. Thanks to eagle-eyed commenter girlonthepark!



Live from Sundance 2009

    Designer LisaBeth Weber smiles following the oath of office by President Barack Obama during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Writer/director Paul Saltzman of the film "Prom Night In Mississippi" pose for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Paul Saltzman

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    Daniel (L) and Taline Dinenberg of San Francisco, California, watch the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama on Main Street during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Ramin Rahimian (UNITED STATES)

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Producer Patricia Aquino and writer/director Paul Saltzman of the film "Prom Night In Mississippi" pose for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Patricia Aquino;Paul Saltzman

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Thuli Sibiya and Mildred Nycabo of the film "Rough Aunties" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thuli Sibiya;Mildred Nycabo

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Thuli Sibiya, director Kim Longinotto and Mildred Nycabo of the film "Rough Aunties" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Thuli Sibiya;Kim Longinotto;Mildred Nycabo

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Director Jeff Lipsky, actor Donny Chiappetta, actress Maria Tucci, actor Chris Beetem and actor Chazz Palminteri of the film "Once More With Feeling" pose for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Lipsky;Donny Chiappetta;Maria Tucci;Chris Beetem;Chazz Palminteri

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Director Jeff Lipsky, actor Donny Chiappetta, actress Maria Tucci, actor Chris Beetem and actor Chazz Palminteri of the film "Once More With Feeling" pose for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Lipsky;Donny Chiappetta;Maria Tucci;Chris Beetem;Chazz Palminteri

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actress Maria Tucci of the film "Once More With Feeling" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Maria Tucci

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 20: Actress Maria Tucci of the film "Once More With Feeling" poses for a portrait at the Film Lounge Media Center during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Maria Tucci

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