Today on indieWIRE, we judged whether the Sarah Palin documentary was actually a hit, the buzzy indie sci-fi feature 'Another Earth' got graded, Miranda July opened up to The New York Times, and much more.
- Sarah Palin documentary 'The Undefeated' opened in 10 theaters this weekend and its performance was definitely the second-most discussed topic among box office pundits yesterday (clearly, 'Harry Potter' smashing every conceivable record was No. 1). indieWIRE's own box office column suggested the performance was "respectable" but "unspectacular," despite press releases that lauded the film's numbers. Go here for the full report.
- The 32nd Annual Emmy Award nominations for news and documentary were announced this morning, with numerous docs that were favorites on the festival circuit over the last year or two making appearances throughout the nominations. Go here to find out what was nominated. For Anthony Kaufman's analysis on his blog Reel Politik, go here.
- David Robert Mitchell made a tender and sweet coming-of-age story that has given the young writer-director some nice attention. His first feature, 'The Myth of the American Sleepover,' had its world debut at the SXSW Film Festival last year, where it received a special jury prize for Best Ensemble Cast. We chatted with the rookie about his charming comedy.
- Andrew Haigh's 'Weekend' won the Grand Jury Award for "Outstanding International Dramatic Feature," while Eric Brach's 'Habana Muda' took the Grand Jury Award for "Outstanding Documentary Feature Film" over the weekend at Outfest, capping the 29th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The jury nod in the U.S. dramatic feature category went to Stephen Cone's 'The Wise Kids,' which also received Outfest's screenwriting award. Director Maryam Keshavarz's 'Circumstance' won the festival's Audience Award for "Outstanding First U.S. Dramatic Feature" and Tom Tykwer's '3' won Outstanding Dramatic Feature Film in the category. For full list of winners go here.
- "First-time director Mike Cahill's 'Another Earth' suggests Andrei Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' by way of Aaron Katz," wrote Eric Kohn in his review of the indie sci-sci flick. "That unlikely combination speaks to the movie's unconventional mix of heady conceits and intimate conversations. A visually inspired fantasy mainly revolving around the doomed romance of two lost souls, Cahill's debut, a naturalistic science fiction brain teaser about the discovery of an alternate world, suffers from flimsy production values and overwrought philosophical pontification. Still, the premise lingers, and its unpolished feel lays bare the raw emotional appeal as much as it does the minuscule budget. The result is an uneven drama with genuine intellectual heft that often outshines its flaws." Go here for full review.
- According to The Playlist, Kevin Costner is in talks to play Ace Woody, a supporting player in Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained.' Go here for the full story.
- Go to Thompson on Hollywood for a list of the Ten Things You Should Know About Miranda July, courtesy of The NYT Mag's Katrina Onstad.