Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Might Have Been Perfect for Spreading the Virus

People who fell ill at film festival suspect they had early cases of COVID-19

(Newser) - People are used to coming down with the "Sundance flu" after partying late into the night and shaking many hands at the Utah film festival. About 120,000 people from all over the world attend, packing restaurants and theaters at a peak time for colds and the flu. But...

Taylor Swift Makes Big Reveal in New Documentary

In 'Miss Americana,' star says she had an eating disorder

(Newser) - One of the most highly anticipated films debuting at the Sundance Film Festival was Miss Americana, a Netflix documentary about Taylor Swift. The film premiered Thursday night, and one big headline emerged from it: Swift's revelation that she struggled with an eating disorder, triggered by comments about her appearance,...

Here's What to Be Excited About as Sundance Begins

Big names including Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, Lin-Manuel Miranda featured

(Newser) - Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 118 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday, the AP reports. Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzzed-about breakthroughs. The marquee event of opening...

Sundance Co-Founder Hears His Fate for Child Sex Abuse

Sterling Van Wagenen, 72, pleaded guilty to touching girl twice, gets at least 6 years in prison

(Newser) - A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to...

AOC May Get 2nd Documentary
AOC May Get
2nd Documentary

AOC May Get 2nd Documentary

Report says it would be on her Green New Deal; another is currently on Netflix

(Newser) - A sign that the buzz around Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn't dying down: She's prominently featured in one documentary currently on Netflix, and Axios reports that she might get more of a solo treatment in a second film. AOC is one of four women in the 2018 elections featured in...

Sundance Co-Founder Accused of Touching Girl

Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, faces count of felony sexual abuse of a child

(Newser) - A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has been charged with sexual abuse of a young girl. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, is accused of inappropriately touching a girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015, according to...

Tensions High as New Michael Jackson Film Debuts at Sundance

Leaving Neverland explores abuse allegations

(Newser) - Michael Jackson has been dead for almost a decade, but he apparently still has fans fanatical enough to worry police. Authorities in Park City, Utah, say they have increased staffing levels because they are worried about protests at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Leaving Neverland, NBC reports. The controversial...

Malia Obama Joins Pipeline Protest
Malia Obama Joins
Pipeline Protest

Malia Obama Joins Pipeline Protest

She was seen at Sundance Film Festival event

(Newser) - The first Obama to publicly take a political stance during the Trump administration wasn't Barack or Michelle but Malia, who joined a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline during the Sundance Festival in Utah this week. Actress Shailene Woodley, a fellow protester, tells Democracy Now that is was "...

Tim Daly Breaks Both Legs at Sundance
Tim Daly Breaks
Both Legs at Sundance

Tim Daly Breaks Both Legs at Sundance

Injury not expected to impact 'Madam Secretary'

(Newser) - Tim Daly broke both of his legs skiing while he was attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, Variety reports. He's scheduled to have surgery Wednesday. There was some concern that the injury might affect filming of Madam Secretary, Daly's current show, but Deadline reports that only the...

A 'New Take' on JonBenet Case Coming to Netflix

'Casting JonBenet' will premiere at Sundance, then head to theaters, Netflix

(Newser) - Interest in the JonBenet Ramsey case was resurrected with the 20th anniversary of the 6-year-old's December 1996 death, and now Netflix is joining the revival. Per Variety , the company has acquired the rights to Casting JonBenet, a documentary by Kitty Green set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival...

#OscarsSoWhite? Not SAG, Sundance

Big wins for diverse actors, productions Saturday night at 2 ceremonies

(Newser) - In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made itself forcefully heard, reports the AP . Over a few hours Saturday night, the SAG Awards and Sundance showered honors on performers and films that presented a stark contrast to the crisis that...

'Farting Corpse' Film Makes Noise at Festival

'Swiss Army Man' divides audiences at Sundance

(Newser) - A new film starring Daniel Radcliffe as a farting corpse is dividing audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Us Weekly reports. In Swiss Army Man, the erstwhile Harry Potter plays a dead body discovered by a suicidal man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island. Dano rides Radcliffe across the...

Into the Wild Star Jailed for Attacking Studio Exec

He choked woman during Sundance festival

(Newser) - Actor Emile Hirsch began serving 15 days in a Utah jail yesterday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault for putting a female studio executive in a chokehold and body-slamming her at a nightclub during the Sundance Film Festival. The Into the Wild star told a judge he was sorry and...

Hit Sundance Film Shot on an iPhone

'Tangerine' shows LA life of transgender prostitutes

(Newser) - Tangerine surprised audiences at the Sundance Film Festival by depicting the gritty life of transgender prostitutes in Hollywood. Another revelation: The acclaimed film was shot almost totally on an iPhone 5S, the Verge reports. Indie writer/director Sean Baker says it was a budgetary choice that came with other advantages. For...

Scientologists Angry About Unflattering Documentary

'Going Clear' due to premiere on Jan. 25

(Newser) - A documentary about Scientology debuts at Sundance later this month, and the church is not happy about it. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from filmmaker Alex Gibney, includes interviews with people who have left the religion behind, and starting today, the Church of Scientology is expected to...

Coming to Netflix: Documentary Filmed by James Foley

He shot scenes for E-Team before disappearance

(Newser) - Before disappearing in Syria in 2012, American journalist James Foley wrapped filming on a documentary called E-Team, which earned rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, reports the Daily Beast . The film focuses on Human Rights Watch's Emergencies Team, which documents war crimes firsthand. Rolling after the...

Developers Build Mountain Town Inspired by ... Sundance?

Bought entire mountain for rumored $40M

(Newser) - With financial backing from the likes of the founders of PayPal and Wired magazine, a group of conference organizers have purchased an entire mountain in Utah, where they plan to build a whole town from scratch—one they say will be "inspired by the core concepts of the Sundance...

Doom for LiLo's Film Career?
 Doom for LiLo's Film Career? 

Doom for LiLo's Film Career?

Film festivals rejecting 'The Canyons' right and left

(Newser) - And the bad news for Lindsay Lohan just keeps on a-comin': Now, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that at least two film festivals have declined to show her latest film, The Canyons. Sundance was first to reject the erotic thriller, and now SXSW has followed suit. "It’s got...

Top 20 Films From Sundance
 Top 20 Films 
 From Sundance 

Top 20 Films From Sundance

'The Surrogate,' 'Room 237,' 'For a Good Time, Call...' top New York's list

(Newser) - Film critics from New York braved the hobnobby world of Sundance and returned home with a list of their favorites. Many of these films, they note, have already secured distribution and will be coming to a theater near you:
  • The Surrogate. A handicapped writer (John Hawkes) employs a sex surrogate
...

Spike Lee: Hollywood Clueless About Black People

Sundance speech gets testy

(Newser) - Spike Lee screened his latest film—Red Hook Summer, a quasi-sequel to Do the Right Thing—at the Sundance Film Festival last night, but what really got people talking was the profanity-laden tirade he delivered in the Q&A afterward. The fireworks started when surprise attendee Chris Rock stood up...

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