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Amy Reiter, a former editor and senior writer for Salon.com, has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Glamour, Marie Claire, Wine Spectator and Time Out New York Kids, among other print publications, as well as for web sites including MTV.com, Babble.com and the Barnes & Noble Review. Her work has been anthologized in the book "Maybe Baby" and was awarded a 2008 MADD Media Award. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.F.A from Columbia University.

David O. Russell: From Ticket Taker to Oscar Nominee

Article: David O. Russell: From Ticket Taker to Oscar Nominee

David O. Russell, who began his movie career as a Sundance Film Festival ticket taker in 1991, woke up today to find that his film THE FIGHTER had nabbed seven Academy Award nominations, including best picture and, for him, best director. It was a triumph for the filmmaker, who has experienced career ups and downs…

THE SON OF NO ONE Gets Harsh Reception

Article: THE SON OF NO ONE Gets Harsh Reception

Despite an all-star cast featuring Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Juliette Binoche and Katie Holmes and solid advance buzz, Dito Montiel’s THE SON OF NO ONE has been dubbed the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s “first bomb.” At a screening for press and industry members on Monday, the crime drama, which is scheduled to close…

AMC Covers the Sundance Film Festival

Article: AMC Covers the Sundance Film Festival

As you prowl around looking for Sundance Film Festival news, in between dashes from screening to screening in Park City or from blog to blog on your couch, permit us to point you to some of the nifty festival coverage on our sibling site AMC. AMC News will be blogging from the festival and will…

A Flurry of Sundance Film Festival Deals

Article: A Flurry of Sundance Film Festival Deals

More deals closed Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. Among them: Andrew Rossi’s PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES: Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media have partnered to purchase the U.S. rights to the film, a documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes at the venerable broadsheet, with a theatrical release planned for this…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: HOMEWORK, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: HOMEWORK, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Fox Searchlight Pictures has snapped up two Sundance Film Festival films in rapid succession. On Sunday night, Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that the company had acquired “most worldwide rights” to first-time filmmaker Gavin Wiesen’s HOMEWORK, a coming-of-age story starring Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam…

Sundance Film Festival: Chaz Bono Gets Standing O

Article: Sundance Film Festival: Chaz Bono Gets Standing O

“I was living life as a man trapped in a female shell,” Chaz Bono says in Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s documentary chronicling his gender reassignment, BECOMING CHAZ, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. “Now for the first time I’m living in my body.” Bono, who was greeted by a standing ovation…

Kevin Smith Makes Waves With RED STATE

Article: Kevin Smith Makes Waves With RED STATE

Kevin Smith’s RED STATE, which opened at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday night amidst protests by the inflammatory Christian fundamentalist group that inspired it (and counter-protests, in which Smith himself participated), is “cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience,” Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy writes in one of the…

Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: THE GUARD

Article: Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: THE GUARD

Another Sundance Film Festival movie getting good buzz: John Michael McDonagh’s Irish-inflected buddy-cop film THE GUARD, starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, which premiered Thursday night as part of the festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Some critical responses: “It’s McDonagh’s wicked one-liners – and the skillful timing of Gleeson and Cheadle – that gives this…

Paul Rudd Tackles MY IDIOT BROTHER

Article: Paul Rudd Tackles MY IDIOT BROTHER

With his MY IDIOT BROTHER, Jesse Peretz seeks to follow in the delicate footsteps of successful dramatic-comedy hybrids from past Sundance Film Festivals like LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE and “(500) DAYS OF SUMMER,” the Los Angeles Times notes. Paul Rudd plays the film’s bearded, Croc-wearing, granola-eating, idealistic title character, who works his way through the households…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: MARGIN CALL

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: MARGIN CALL

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced Sunday that, following all-night negotiations, they had teamed up to acquire the domestic distribution rights to J.C. Chandor’s financial-industry thriller MARGIN CALL. The film, which officially debuts at the Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, Jan. 25, but was screened for the press and members of the industry on Friday morning,…

Festival Parties: James Franco Channels Suzanne Somers

Article: Festival Parties: James Franco Channels Suzanne Somers

James Franco’s installation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, THREE’S COMPANY: THE DRAMA, sounds like something you have to experience firsthand to fully appreciate. In it, he seeks to examine the classic ‘70s sitcom, featuring those three kooky roomies Chrissy, Janet and Jack, by, according to the official description, “breaking out individual elements of narrative,…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: LIKE CRAZY

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: LIKE CRAZY

In what Entertainment Weekly is calling “the first big sale” at the Sundance Film Festival, Drake Doremus’s LIKE CRAZY got snatched up by Paramount Pictures on Saturday night following “an all-night bidding session.” The film, a long-distance love story starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, from the director who brought the very different film DOUCHEBAG…

Spare a Thought for the Festival Screeners

Article: Spare a Thought for the Festival Screeners

With all the attention paid to the filmmakers, actors, and other Sundance Film Festival movers and shakers, won’t anyone take a moment to consider the unsung heroes of this and other film festivals, the screeners? The Los Angeles Times has. The paper notes that these dedicated workers sign up to watch hundreds of films of…

Harry Belafonte: 'Take a Look at the History'

Article: Harry Belafonte: 'Take a Look at the History'

What prompted Harry Belafonte to throw his support behind a documentary about his life and the work he and others did to advance civil rights in the United States and around the world? At first, the 83-year-old singing/acting/activist icon wasn’t sure he was up for it. “It looked like self-indulgence,” he told Reuters. But as…

The Refreshing Candor of Elizabeth Olsen

Article: The Refreshing Candor of Elizabeth Olsen

And one more thing about Elizabeth Olsen, the 21-year-old younger sister of famous twins Mary-Kate and Ashley who stars in two buzzed-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the aforementioned (see previous post) MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and the horror film SILENT HOUSE: Olsen, who goes by the nickname Lizzie and is being hailed…

The Making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Article: The Making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE

Here’s a curious (vaguely creepy) detail about the making of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, directed by Sean Durkin and starring Elizabeth Olsen (in a breakout role — the New York Post is calling her “the new supernova in the Sundance galaxy”) as a girl who escapes from a cult in the Catskills and struggles to…

Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: WIN WIN

Article: Sundance Film Festival Review Roundup: WIN WIN

Tom McCarthy’s WIN WIN, starring Paul Giamatti as a small-time New Jersey lawyer and high school wrestling coach who takes over guardianship of one of his elderly clients, is shaping up to be an early Sundance Film Festival favorite. Marshall Fine, writing in the Huffington Post, calls the film “touchingly funny” and says it features…

Where Do All the Women Directors Go?

Article: Where Do All the Women Directors Go?

So what’s with the continued disparity between the proportion of women directors represented at the Sundance Film Festival (27 of the 117 features screening at the festival this year were directed by women) and the number of women making big films in Hollywood (only three of 2010’s 100 top-grossing were made by women)? Brooks Barnes…

Sundance Film Festival: A Reinvention Destination

Article: Sundance Film Festival: A Reinvention Destination

The Sundance Film Festival is many things to many people. And for some actors and filmmakers, the Los Angeles Times notes, it’s the place they go to reinvent themselves. Because so many show business eyes are focused on so few films, Sundance also can facilitate résumé rewrites. As the received wisdom goes, an appearance in…

THE SON OF NO ONE: Tracy Morgan Gets Serious

Article: THE SON OF NO ONE: Tracy Morgan Gets Serious

At the very beginning, a hint of the end. As the Sundance Film Festival gets rolling, a trailer for the festival’s closing night film, Dito Montiel’s THE SON OF NO ONE, has just been released. The picture stars Channing Tatum and Tracy Morgan as two men who got away with murder as young boys and…

Sundance Film Festival: Brisk Business, Bargain Prices

Article: Sundance Film Festival: Brisk Business, Bargain Prices

If the flurry of pre-Sundance Film Festival acquisition deals has made you wonder if Hollywood was back in an indie-film shopping mood after the recession, the New York Times’ Brooks Barnes reports that, yes, wallets are open, but they’re a little less fat. Among other factors, the strong box-office performance of specialty films over the…

Sundance Film Festival Deals: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Article: Sundance Film Festival Deals: THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD

Morgan Spurlock’s THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD has sold. On Thursday, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions announced that it had snapped up the U.S. and Canadian rights to the documentary, which is set to have its world premiere Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, the Hollywood Reporter reports. The film, in which the SUPER SIZE ME…

Redford: No Plans to Retire

Article: Redford: No Plans to Retire

It honestly hadn’t occurred to us to be concerned that Robert Redford might retire and hand over the Sundance Film Festival reins anytime soon, but now we really don’t have to worry about it. In response to a reporter’s inquiry about retirement plans at the opening press conference for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on…

5 Ideas for Sundance Film Festival Wannabes

Article: 5 Ideas for Sundance Film Festival Wannabes

For those of us who are stuck at home during the Sundance Film Festival once again this year, gazing longingly at the films and the fun from afar, Flavorwire has come up with a list of five ways to enjoy the festival from the comfort of our own couches. Ideas include watching this year’s movies…