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Now Playing: THE WARRIORS, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and RAISING ARIZONA

Article: Now Playing: THE WARRIORS, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES, and RAISING ARIZONA

The late 70′s and early 80′s were not always kind to New York in film – for every MANHATTAN or FAME, we had an ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK or THE WARRIORS. We’re featuring that last film this week, a cult classic that achieved that status because it’s both a real expression of the fear we all felt for where the city was headed… but it’s also kind of hilarious. “Warriors – you guys are the big dudes!”

Tune in for more great films this week too – check out our featured lineup after the jump.

Now Playing: THERE WILL BE BLOOD, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and MISERY

Article: Now Playing: THERE WILL BE BLOOD, DOG DAY AFTERNOON and MISERY

Daniel Day-Lewis, Al Pacino, Kathy Bates, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman… all great actors who happened to have career-defining roles in our films this week. Whether initially putting them on the Hollywood map or finally garnering them the recognition they always deserved, this week’s films are all actors’ films in every way they can be.

Now Playing: DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE LIVES OF OTHERS and THE SPANISH PRISONER

Article: Now Playing: DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE LIVES OF OTHERS and THE SPANISH PRISONER

Travel back in time with our films this week, to DANGEROUS LIAISONS’ Rococo period France, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO’S 1950′s Sweden, or THE LIVES OF OTHERS’ 1980′s Cold War Germany. In fact, four of our five selections involve a look to the past. But you won’t need a DeLorean for the trip back!

Sundance Channel greenlights THE WRITERS’ ROOM, premiering July 29th

Article: Sundance Channel greenlights THE WRITERS’ ROOM, premiering July 29th

SUNDANCE CHANNEL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY SET TO PREMIERE ‘THE WRITERS’ ROOM’ ON MONDAY, JULY 29, HOSTED BY ACADEMY AWARD©-WINNING SCREENWRITER AND ‘COMMUNITY’ STAR JIM RASH

PREMIERE SEASON TO FEATURE STELLAR LINE-UP OF HIT SCRIPTED SERIES ‘BREAKING BAD’, ‘DEXTER’, ‘GAME OF THRONES’, ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’, ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’ AND ‘NEW GIRL’

Presented by Sundance Channel and Entertainment Weekly, THE WRITERS’ ROOM is set to premiere on Monday, July 29 and will be hosted by Academy Award©-winning screenwriter (THE DESCENDANTS), comedian and actor Jim Rash (Community). The six episode half-hour series will spotlight an array of scripted television shows – from today’s pioneering cable dramas, including BREAKING BAD, Dexter, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story to the most critically acclaimed and popular network sitcoms, including Parks and Recreation and New Girl. The roundtable talk show will delve deep into the world of TV’s creative masterminds, divulging inside details about their smartest choices, toughest decisions and biggest mistakes. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, Sundance Channel President and General Manager.

Now Playing: ORLANDO, THE COLOR OF MONEY, and RESCUE DAWN

Article: Now Playing: ORLANDO, THE COLOR OF MONEY, and RESCUE DAWN

This week, we’ve got Tilda Swinton in a film literally for the ages. Also don’t miss Paul Newman and Tom Cruise partnering up with Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale going on a crash diet, and more.

Now Playing: BABEL, LITTLE CHILDREN and KILLING ZOE

Article: Now Playing: BABEL, LITTLE CHILDREN and KILLING ZOE

This week’s films are deep. From the fragility of human existence to the meaning of war, our lineup this week will make you think. But they’re also star-studded, with names like Brad Pitt, Kate Winslet and a young Mel Gibson to keep your eyes locked on the screen. And we’ve got high octane entertainment too, in the form of a Tarantino-produced bank heist gone wrong. All that and more below!

Now Playing: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, FEMALE PERVERSIONS

Article: Now Playing: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, FEMALE PERVERSIONS

This week, we’ve got Forest Whitaker as a brutal dictator, Robert Redford in the CIA, and Jodie Foster as a domineering nun. Can you say “playing against type”? Watch these actors and others prove that great actors can play any role, and they can make us believe.

Now Playing: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and LA MISMA LUNA

Article: Now Playing: THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and LA MISMA LUNA

This week, get hooked on the original screen adaptation of the Millennium trilogy with Noomi Rapace in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. We’ve also got a classic from the Coen Brothers, an essential Spike Jonze/Charlie Kaufman collaboration, and more.

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.