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Watch Live! John Lithgow and Ira Sachs on Their New Movie 'Love Is Strange'

Posted By Corey Teich on Aug 20th 2014 9:26AM
Director Ira Sachs's new film "Love Is Strange" enjoyed an extremely successful run at Sundance earlier this year. Moviegoers were charmed by John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, and Marisa Tomei, as they told the story of Ben and George, two New Yorkers taking advantage of the state's new gay marriage laws. Watch live as the cast sits down at the AOL BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the movie. Tune in ... read more

Steve James, 'Life Itself' Director, on Roger Ebert and Telling the Whole Story

Posted By Jason Gorber on July 07, 2014
Prior to this year, Steve James was best known as the director of "Hoop Dreams." The three-hour film about inner-city Chicago basketball players drew the attention of noted movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, and its lack of nomination for an Oscar that year caused it to gain considerable notoriety and loud support from the famed critic pair. Decades on, James was tasked with bringing...

'Crystal Fairy' Trailer: Michael Cera Goes on Trippy Quest for Hallucinogenic Cactus

Posted By Drew Taylor on July 07, 2013
AP If you've seen the self-referential comedy "This Is The End," then you know how funny Michael Cera can be as a coked-out version of himself. The actor's on the hunt for something more hallucinogenic in his upcoming indie movie "Crystal Fairy," but the results look just as hilarious. Set in Chile, "Crystal Fairy" follows Cera and his buddies as they bumble around the countryside, attemptin...

'I Melt With You' Sundance Review: The Year's Dullest Debauchery

Posted By Eric D. Snider on February 02, 2011
In 'I Melt with You,' a quartet of 44-year-old men who were friends in college reunite for their annual weekend of debauchery and hedonism. Sounds fun, right? Not this time! This time, one of the four is being a real Debbie Downer, reminding everyone of how they've failed to live up to any of their youthful ideals, and how they're all terrible human beings. They start to wonder if life is even...

'Hobo with a Shotgun' Sundance Review: A Bindle of Laughs

Posted By Eric D. Snider on January 01, 2011
'Hobo with a Shotgun' is everything you'd want a film called 'Hobo with a Shotgun' to be, except that ideally you'd be watching it on a crusty VHS tape that you found in the back of an independent video store run by a weird guy with a ponytail. In an era of too much campy self-awareness, too many grindhouse homages, and too much blood-for-blood's-sake, 'HWAS' is a breath of fresh, sleazy ai...

'Homework' Sundance Review: Your Dog Wouldn't Eat It

Posted By Eric D. Snider on January 01, 2011
'Homework' would be a good film to watch if you were cramming for your Indie Films of the 2000s final and didn't have time to see everything on the syllabus. It's like a Cliff's Notes version of every teen-centered Sundance comedy of the last decade. Precocious teenage boy who's a slacker at school because he finds the material unstimulating? Check. Calls his teachers by their first names, ...

The 5 Best and 5 Worst Sundance Purchases

Posted By Eric D. Snider on January 01, 2011
Philosophically, the Sundance Film Festival's most important goal is to give independent films from around the world a venue in which to be seen by enthusiastic audiences, but there's no denying Sundance's other major function: to help the filmmakers sell their movies to distributors, who can then sell them to the movie-going public. For the industry, Sundance is like a big ol' bazaar, wher...

IFC Films Picks Up 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

Posted By Ryan McKee on February 02, 2010
After 45 years in limelight, Joan Rivers is showing no signs of slowing down, thanks to a new documentary that is already winning raves -- and awards. According to the Hollywood Reporter, IFC Films has won a bidding war for the North American rights to Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's documentary 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.' It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last week and won the fe...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Parker Posey Gets Jury Duty

Posted By Gary Susman on February 02, 2010
On the last day of the Sundance Film Festival: a homecoming for Sundance queen Parker Posey, a rappin' David Hyde Pierce, more interviews and reviews, final assessments of this year's festival as a movie showcase and as a marketplace and wringing the last bit of Kristen Stewart news out of Sundance 2010....

Sundance Daily Wrap: Sundance Awards Go to 'Winter's Bone,' 'Restrepo'

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Saturday, the tenth day of the Sundance Film Festival, was a huge day for Debra Granik. The filmmaker struck a distribution deal for her backwoods noir 'Winter's Bone' in the afternoon; hours later, the drama won two awards, including the festival's top trophy, the Grand Jury Prize. In Documentaries, the Grand Jury Prize went to 'Restrepo,' Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington's dispatch from ...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Park City Prevents 50 Cent Shootout

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Is Fiddy too gritty for Park City? The town hosting the Sundance Film Festival prevented rapper/actor 50 Cent from taking part in a shootout on the streets of Park City, in what was to be a set piece for a film shoot. After all, there was still a lot of festival business going on, and the town didn't want to scare anyone. Even as Sundance was drawing to a close, its ninth day still saw plenty of d...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Will Ferrell Gets 'Drunk'

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
As the Sundance Film Festival winds down, with the last few scattered outbreaks of deal-making taking place before tomorrow night's awards ceremony, a lot of festival-goers are asking: What does it all mean? How successful was Sundance this year in trying to turn away from Hollywood glitz and embrace its independent roots? How indie is a festival that gives an award to a Funny Or Die short starrin...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Malin Akerman Wears Many Hats

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Why does Malin Akerman look so happy? Maybe because her movie 'happythankyoumoreplease' just landed a distribution deal, one of many late-breaking deals on day 7 of the Sundance Film Festival that ought to quash all the hand-wringing that's gone on this week about how weak the market is for this year's festival films. Also because Akerman's in 'The Romantics,' another date-night Sundance film that...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Looking for New Stars

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Who'll be the biggest star, among those making their debut this year at Sundance, to arise from the festival? Some say it'll be 20-year-old Mia Wasikowska (pictured), from 'The Kids Are All Right.' Some say it'll be 75-year-old Joan Rivers, who brought the house down at the screening of 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.' Read on for more about the search for the new at Sundance, along with buzz...

The 15 Biggest Sundance Breakouts

Posted By Gary Susman on February 02, 2010
More than a hundred new films unspool every January at the Sundance Film Festival, many of them never to be seen again. So what is it that draws stars, studio moguls and journalists to these snowbound screenings year after year? It's the hope that they'll see something new and groundbreaking, fresh and original, something that in turn will wow moviegoers everywhere else. After all, Sundance has a...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Jessica Alba Gets Victimized

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
As the Sundance Film Festival's fifth day came to a close, the brewing controversy over the extreme graphic violence in Jessica Alba's 'The Killer Inside Me' seemed to be the only thing at the festival that could eclipse everyone's fascination with Kristen Stewart and her two sexually aggressive teenage-girl roles, in 'The Runaways' and 'Welcome to the Rileys.' Lots more on Alba and Stewart below,...

Sundance Daily Wrap: Kristen Stewart Among the Jett Set, Ryan Reynolds Thinks Inside the Box

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
On the fourth day of the Sundance Film Festival, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning get treated like rock stars (while hobnobbing with the real thing) at the premiere of 'The Runaways,' and Ryan Reynolds is rewarded for spending 90 minutes in a coffin by scoring the festival's first big deal. Plus, more stars, reviews, buzz, and trailers after the jump....

Sundance Daily Wrap: Ben Affleck Finds Misery Loves 'Company'

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
On day 3 of the Sundance Film Festival, Ben Affleck gets walloped by the economy, Kristen Stewart strips down, stars hunt for swag, and documentaries offer rare inside glimpses at Al Qaeda and North Korea. Our daily compilation of all the festival buzz follows after the jump....

Sundance Daily Wrap: Stars Feel a Chill, Bill Murray Gets Low

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Day 2 of the Sundance Film Festival saw stars streaming into snowy Park City, including Bill Murray, Kristen Stewart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amanda Peet, Malin Akerman, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Andie MacDowell, Mario Lopez, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Paris Hilton, Adrian Grenier, America Ferrera, Josh Radnor, Oliver Platt, and Kate Mara. More on these stars and their movies, the latest festival...

Sundance Daily Wrap: 'Superman' Comes to the Supermarket

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Even before the movies began unspooling at the Sundance Film Festival last night, the first distribution deal had already been signed. According to Variety (subscription required), Paramount swooped in yesterday afternoon and purchased worldwide rights to 'Waiting for Superman,' a documentary about the crisis in the American educational system, filmed by 'An Inconvenient Truth' director Davis Gugg...

Sundance 2010 Preview: 15 Movies to Watch For

Posted By Gary Susman on January 01, 2010
Which of the movies at this year's Sundance Film Festival will be the next 'Precious' or 'Little Miss Sunshine'? More than 100 feature films are entered in the 2010 edition of the annual indie-movie extravaganza, which begins tonight and runs through Jan. 31. We've identified 15 of the most anticipated movies, ones that are likely to screen at your multiplex later this year. Actually, this year...

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