Thursday, October 17, 2019

FRUITVALE IS THE BIG WINNER AT SUNDANCE

January 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, the film that most critics thought would take top honors at the Sundance Film Festival did. Fruitvale, which tells the story of the seemingly senseless shooting of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer at the Fruitvale station in Oakland on New Year’s Day of 2009, came […]

THREE FILMS DEBUT; ALL EXPECTED TO FLOP

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Three new films are opening domestically this weekend, and all of them together may not earn as much as the second week of The Lorax is expected to earn on its own. They are the big-budget sci-fier John Carter, the Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, and the thriller Silent House, starring Elizabeth Olsen. Even […]

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD TAKES TOP PRIZE AT SUNDANCE

January 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Benh Zeitlin’s critically applauded Beasts of the Southern Wild has won the top Grand Jury Prize for drama at the Sundance Film Festival. The fantasy/reality film, picked up by Fox Searchlight for a reported $2 million, had been favored to win following adulatory reviews by many critics attending the festival, several of whom used the […]

SPIKE LEE: WHY HE FINANCED HIS LATEST MOVIE

January 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

When Spike Lee was asked following the screening of his movie Red Hook Summer at the Sundance film festival what he would have done differently if he had had access to a big Hollywood budget, he launched into a high-decibel, expletive-laced rant at studio executives that left those in his audience somewhat shell-shocked. The question […]

JOHN SINGLETON SUES PARAMOUNT FOR $20 MILLION

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filmmaker John Singleton has filed a $20-million lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, claiming that the study backed out of a two-picture promise that was part of his deal with the studio for his 2005 film Hustle and Flow. In the suit, he claims that he agreed to sell the movie to Paramount at the Sundance Film […]

SUNDANCE FILMMAKERS TO GET HELP FROM INSTITUTE

July 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoping to provide a wider release for the films that are screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute on Wednesday unveiled a new program that will help filmmakers sell and/or rent their movies via the major video websites, including iTunes, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon.com and its own SundanceNow. Sundance will act as the agent […]