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Now Playing: CONFIDENCE, RESCUE DAWN and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

Article: Now Playing: CONFIDENCE, RESCUE DAWN and A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

Sundance patriarch Robert Redford makes two appearances on our list this week (or three, counting his regular weekly pick) – one as actor and one as director. We’ve also got Christian Bale doing some serious method acting, a young Brad Pitt showing off that winning smile, and a real sleeper hit starring Ed Burns and Dustin Hoffman.

Now Playing: ADAPTATION, THE PROFESSIONAL and HOUSE OF PLEASURES

Article: Now Playing: ADAPTATION, THE PROFESSIONAL and HOUSE OF PLEASURES

Writing movies is hard. This week, let’s show a little appreciation for all the struggling screenwriters out there. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is just write a movie about yourself, as Charlie Kaufman did (portrayed above by Nicolas Cage). And sometimes, that’s what ends up winning awards.

Now Playing: THE QUIET AMERICAN, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and BARTON FINK

Article: Now Playing: THE QUIET AMERICAN, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and BARTON FINK

This week, around the 10 year anniversary of our last military foray into a foreign land, let’s think back to lessons not learned from an earlier conflict. We’ve got Michael Caine starring in a film that explores the ethical morass surrounding even the early days of the Vietnam War, in a sleeper of a film that shouldn’t be missed. And don’t forget our four other featured films this week, including Robert Downey Jr. in a career-making performance, an early Coen brothers classic and more.

Now Playing: a lesson in STORYTELLING, Russell Crowe has A GOOD YEAR, Harrison ford is THE FUGITIVE

Article: Now Playing: a lesson in STORYTELLING, Russell Crowe has A GOOD YEAR, Harrison ford is THE FUGITIVE

Five films, six highly personal stories this week (one film actually has two distinct plots). Yes, even our one big-name Hollywood film is really just about a regular guy (who happens to look just like Harrison Ford) trying to do right by his wife. This is what storytelling in film is all about. Which leads us to…

Now Playing: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and PUBLIC SEX in Britain

Article: Now Playing: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, and PUBLIC SEX in Britain

This week’s highlights include four strong character films defined by great acting performances, including Noomi Rapace in the Swedish version of the complex psychological thriller THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. As a bonus, we’ve also got one quirky rom-com about a decidedly British sexual fetish – outdoor sex. Hey, it is almost spring, right? Why not?

Now Playing: X marks the spot for SHE’S SO LOVELY this Valentine’s Day

Article: Now Playing: X marks the spot for SHE’S SO LOVELY this Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s week, celebrate with four films that all take a different, non-traditional view of love and romance in the modern age. From a story of prostitution gone awry to a dark tale of love in a fantasy world, we’ve got films more interesting than your typical V-Day fare. If you’re not into the whole Hallmark holiday thing at all, may we suggest Tommy Lee Jones in a modern western instead?

Isabella Rossellini celebrates motherhood with MAMMAS

Article: Isabella Rossellini celebrates motherhood with MAMMAS

ISABELLA ROSSELLINI CELEBRATES MOTHERHOOD AND ALL ITS QUIRKY WONDER WITH ‘MAMMAS,’ NINE NEW SHORTS PREMIERING ON SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND SUNDANCECHANNEL.COM THIS MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY MAY 12

Now Playing: David Lynch is WILD AT HEART, Scorsese revisits the mob in CASINO

Article: Now Playing: David Lynch is WILD AT HEART, Scorsese revisits the mob in CASINO

This week’s assortment of celluloid delights begins tonight with Liev Schreiber’s directorial debut and continues with the seminal David Lynch road movie, a foul-mouthed British political parody, a profile of a sexy French coed, and Martin Scorsese doing what he does best. Sit back and enjoy the ride, because this road’s gonna take you anywhere you want to go.

Now Playing: Get that BARTON FINK feeling and say hello to MOMMIE DEAREST

Article: Now Playing: Get that BARTON FINK feeling and say hello to MOMMIE DEAREST

And… we’re back! The blizzard of independent film known as the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is over, leaving Park City with a host of unexpected yet deserving award winners and yes, a fresh dusting of snow. We can’t wait to bring you some of the films featured at this year’s festival. Until then, you’ll just have to content yourselves with these, many of which appeared at Sundance Film Festivals past.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Feature Film Awards

Article: 2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Feature Film Awards

Park City, UT — Sundance Institute this evening announced the Jury, Audience, NEXT and other special awards of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the feature film Awards Ceremony, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Park City, Utah. An archived video of the ceremony in its entirety is available at www.sundance.org/festival.

John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films at our Festival this year truly reflect the unbridled passion, immense talent and diverse stories coming from the independent filmmaking community. I am confident that the awards presented this evening will fuel those films with special promise and that audiences will continue to champion the films they have discovered here.”

“The lively dialogue and genuine excitement sparked by the films over the past 10 days is sure to resonate as they further reach audiences in the weeks and months ahead,” commented Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “We congratulate and thank all of the filmmakers who shared their stories with us, and we look forward to continuing to support them.”

Today at Sundance — Day 10: Awards Ceremony, and your last chance to catch Festival premieres

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 10: Awards Ceremony, and your last chance to catch Festival premieres

By now the jury’s had the chance to check out all the films in competition this year, and the 2013 Sundance Film Festival is nearing its grand finale – the Awards Ceremony. Grab some popcorn, then check out the Sundance Live Feed starting at 7PM and watch the awards as they’re announced.

If you’re at the festival, this is your last chance to catch many of the films in contention before they’re gone. Films like…

Today at Sundance — Day 9: Ashton Kutcher carries the iTorch for Steve Jobs

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 9: Ashton Kutcher carries the iTorch for Steve Jobs

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival may be building towards its grand finale, but there’s still one big premiere left to go – at least for anyone who carries around an iProduct. Don’t forget that many earlier buzzworthy premieres are still playing throughout Park City and surrounds – now’s your chance to catch up on anything you might have missed.

jOBS 6:15P Eccles Theatre
A little more than a year after the anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death, Ashton Kutcher embodies the charismatic leader and co-founder of Apple Computer in Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic. The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBS chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life as he built Apple into the largest technology company in the world.

Today at Sundance — Day 8: take a trip to the wild west with Ed Harris and January Jones in SWEETWATER

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 8: take a trip to the wild west with Ed Harris and January Jones in SWEETWATER

Montana may hold the official title of “Big Sky Country”, but New Mexico and California are no slouches when it comes to scenery that’ll give you a whole new perspective on this blue marble of ours. Today we’ve got films that make these settings a character of their own. And speaking of perspectives on our little planet, we’ve also got a documentary that may just change the way you think about nuclear power. All that and more in today’s featured festival films.

2013 Sundance Film Festival announces Jury Awards in short filmmaking: Watch one now

Article: 2013 Sundance Film Festival announces Jury Awards in short filmmaking: Watch one now

Sundance Institute this evening announced the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The awards were presented at a ceremony in Park City, Utah.

This year’s Short Film program is comprised of 65 short films selected from a record 8,102 submissions.
The Short Film jurors are: Mike Farah, President of Production for Funny or Die; Don Hertzfeldt, Academy Award® nominated American independent filmmaker; and Magali Simard, short film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Today at Sundance — Day 7: Adam Scott has A.C.O.D., and we get TOUCHY FEELY with Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 7: Adam Scott has A.C.O.D., and we get TOUCHY FEELY with Rosemarie DeWitt and Ellen Page

A.C.O.D. may sound like a mental disorder, but you’ll only wish it was after seeing Stu Zicherman’s film about an adult caught in the crossfire of his parents’ divorce. The premieres keep rolling on day 7!

A.C.O.D. 6:30P Eccles Theatre
Carter is a well-adjusted Adult Child of Divorce. So he thinks. When he discovers he was part of a divorce study as a child, it wreaks havoc on his family and forces him to face his chaotic past. Adam Scott’s increasingly befuddled everyman is flanked by vivacious comic performances from Catherine O’Hara and Amy Poehler as his stubborn mom and sassy stepmom, respectively.

Today at Sundance — Day 6: Linda Lovelace and VERY GOOD GIRLS on a very sexy day in Park City

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 6: Linda Lovelace and VERY GOOD GIRLS on a very sexy day in Park City

Finally, the weather’s about to heat up here at Sundance – and we think we know why. How about Amanda Seyfried making her much-anticipated debut as Linda Lovelace? That and more make for one hot day in chilly Park City!

LOVELACE 9:45P Eccles Theatre
DEEP THROAT, the first pornographic feature film to be a mainstream success, was an international sensation in 1972 and made its star, Linda Lovelace, a media darling. Years later the “poster girl for the sexual revolution” revealed a darker side to her story. Amanda Seyfried sizzles in the starring role; Peter Sarsgaard plays charismatic hustler Chuck Taylor, who launches Lovelace’s career.

Today at Sundance — Day 5 with Richard Linklater, Shia Lebouf and the secrets of WikiLeaks

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 5 with Richard Linklater, Shia Lebouf and the secrets of WikiLeaks

Today, we’ve got king of indie romance Richard Linklater’s latest entry in probably the longest-running rom-com series in history, the inside story on Julian Assange, and, well, Shia Lebouf. We hear he’s got some fans. All that and more below.

THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN 6:30P Eccles Theatre
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman falls for Gabi, a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel, her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. Shia Lebouf and Evan Rachel Wood headline the cast.

Today at Sundance — Day 4: Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE and Park Chan-Wook’s first English film

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 4: Jane Campion’s TOP OF THE LAKE and Park Chan-Wook’s first English film

Today in Park City, we’ve got the premiere of a Sundance Channel original that’s already generating plenty of buzz, plus Nicole Kidman in Chan-Wook Park’s first English language film. Check ‘em out, plus more premieres below!

TOP OF THE LAKE 9:00A Egyptian Theatre
12 years old and 5 months pregnant, Tui Mitcham walks into a freezing lake … then disappears. Detective Robin Griffin returns home to investigate, but it’s not a simple missing persons case. In this breathtaking but remote mountain town, there are evil forces as powerful as the land itself. Jane Campion (THE PIANO) directs Sundance Channel’s own TOP OF THE LAKE, an all-new original series premiering first at the Sundance Film Festival.

Today at Sundance — Day 2: Swim with THE LIFEGUARD and soar with The Eagles

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 2: Swim with THE LIFEGUARD and soar with The Eagles

It’s still below freezing out here, but the premieres are heating up. Today is one of the most packed days out here in Park City. And, no, we never thought we’d be talking about Anita Hill and Steve Coogan in the same sentence, but that’s what happens at Sundance. Hill is the subject of Academy Award-winner Frida Mock’s latest documentary. Coogan, on the other hand, finally got to complete his passion project…about England’s answer to Hugh Hefner. Read on for more of today’s most anticipated premieres.

Today at Sundance — Day 1 with Dave Grohl, Dick Cheney and Jane Austen

Article: Today at Sundance — Day 1 with Dave Grohl, Dick Cheney and Jane Austen

It’s pretty cold out here, but we’ve got some hot premieres to keep us toasty today. Step inside for a hot cup of lovely ladies sleeping with…their best friends’ sons. Or perhaps just a cup of coffee if you happen to be in Park City (we’re at 268 Main St., btw). Read on for tonight’s big premieres, including more than you ever wanted to know about Dick Cheney, an amusement park for the ladies and a doc from Foo Fighter’s frontman Dave Grohl that will blow out your ears.

Today at Sundance — We kick off the Festival with Michael Cera and Gael Garcia Bernal

Article: Today at Sundance — We kick off the Festival with Michael Cera and Gael Garcia Bernal

Welcome to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. We’re beaming to you LIVE from Park City, Utah. Make sure to check back here every day. Each morning we’ll have the lowdown on the buzziest premieres and make sure you’re up-to-date on all of the biggest stories coming out of the festival. Tonight they’re kicking off the Festival with four kick-ass premieres. We’ve got a documentary “starring” Gael García Bernal, a modern take on traditional marriage from a festival alum, Michael Cera tripping on some hallucinogenic cactus and a deep dive into the lives of backup singers.

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and more Sundance faves earn Oscar nominations

Article: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and more Sundance faves earn Oscar nominations

Every year there’s one. A surprise, sometimes a long-shot, but a performance that’s so undeniably stunning it just can’t be ignored by audiences (or the Academy). And in this year’s Oscar nominations — announced today — that surprise was Sundance Film Festival favorite BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD’s Quvenzhané Wallis, who at 9 years old is the youngest Best Actress hopeful ever. (For the past decade, WHALE RIDER’s Keisha Castle-Hughes has owned that distinction, but she was a whopping 13 years old when nominated.)

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and more Sundance faves earn Oscar nominations

Article: BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and more Sundance faves earn Oscar nominations

Every year there’s one. A surprise, sometimes a long-shot, but a performance that’s so undeniably stunning it just can’t be ignored by audiences (or the Academy). And in this year’s Oscar nominations — announced today — that surprise was Sundance Film Festival favorite BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD’s Quvenzhané Wallis, who at 9 years old is the youngest Best Actress hopeful ever. (For the past decade, WHALE RIDER’s Keisha Castle-Hughes has owned that distinction, but she was a whopping 13 years old when nominated.)

Now Playing: CONTROL, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, plus nymphomaniacs, Daniel Day-Lewis and more!

Article: Now Playing: CONTROL, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, plus nymphomaniacs, Daniel Day-Lewis and more!

This week’s theme is… nymphomania! Ok, so only two of our five featured films focus on characters who go beyond simple promiscuity, but that’s 50% more than a normal week. In addition, we’ve got Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and the story behind one of post-punk music’s biggest fallen icons. Unfortunately not all in the same film, but hey, you’ve got to pace yourself. We’ve got all week together.

Now Playing: THE TRUMAN SHOW, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, and THE HOUSEMAID brighten your post-holiday week

Article: Now Playing: THE TRUMAN SHOW, HAPPY-GO-LUCKY, and THE HOUSEMAID brighten your post-holiday week

The presents have been opened, the ill-fitting or poorly-considered clothing gifts packed back up for return, the wrapping paper now sitting in a mess on the floor like the aftermath of your own living room ticker tape parade. While you get over the hangover left by the day before and look forward to the traditional week-long workplace goof-off period between now and January 1st (hey, you’ve earned it!), check out what we’ve got in store this week as you plan your New Year’s Eve party.