January 27th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
Along with a slew of stars from entertainment and media (Oprah, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore), Sundance is teeming with prominent names from the world of politics. This year's festival brought out members of two political dynasties.
Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. is the driving force behind "The Last Mountain," a Sundance documentary that attacks mining company practices in West Virginia. His sister Rory Kennedy is the producer of another Sundance documentary, "Bobby Fischer Against the World."
Not to be outdone, the Cuomos are making their presence known at Sundance, too. Maria Cuomo Cole, daughter of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and sister of current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, produced the Sundance short documentary "Living for 32." The film powerfully recounts the experience of Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the Virginia Tech massacre but managed to survive. FULL POST
January 27th, 2011
12:57 PM ET
As celebrities go, they don't get much bigger than Robert Redford, Oscar-winning filmmaker, actor and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.
But then there's Oprah Winfrey, who's in a class by herself. So what did Redford think when the queen of daytime talk came to his festival for the first time this year?
The 56-year-old talk show host came to Sundance to attend a party for her new OWN network, which has been busy scouting for product at the festival. Oprah's team snapped up the new documentary about Chaz Bono, Cher's son (who was born Chastity Bono) and they've been eyeing other films.
January 24th, 2011
02:07 PM ET
Universal Pictures has purchased a documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney is set to direct. Gibney is known for getting the subjects of his films to actively participate in the documentaries.
Among Gibney's films are "Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room," the Jack Abramoff documentary "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," and last fall's "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer."
No word yet on whether Assange will cooperate or not. The Australian-born Assange launched the whistle-blower site in 2006, revealing classified government documents and secrets from various anonymous news sources.
Assange was arrested in London last month for an alleged sexual assault in Sweden. He's now out on bail under house arrest in England pending an extradition hearing. Assange maintains the allegations are false and politically motivated.
January 24th, 2011
12:02 AM ET
Who knew Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had a younger sister who is an actress? 21-year old beauty Elizabeth Olsen looks so much like her famous siblings, she could be their triplet!
Elizabeth is being called the breakout star of the Sundance Film Festival. The NYU senior has two films here, the horror movie "Silent House", and the drama "Martha Marcy May Marlene".
Elizabeth, who goes by the nickname Lizzie, stopped by our CNN Sundance studio and revealed how her sisters support her, and why she avoided film and fame as a child...
January 23rd, 2011
11:55 PM ET
Actor and upcoming Oscar co-host James Franco likes to keep people guessing. He's here at the Sundance Film Festival not exactly with a movie, but with an unusual project called "Three's Company: The Drama", a creative take on the '70s sitcom. It's an immersive experience featured in the New Frontier section at the festival.
James and I hung out to chat about the "Three's Company" installation, his chances for an Academy Award nomination, how preparations are going for his Oscars hosting gig, and why he was spotted at a Sundance party in a wig.
Some highlights from our chat: FULL POST
January 21st, 2011
09:17 AM ET
The Sundance Film Festival's first big buy is a movie about selling out. Isn't it ironic?
Morgan Spurlock's ("Supersize Me") latest project, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," is premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival - which just kicked-off today in Park City, Utah - and rights to the documentary have already been snatched by Sony Pictures.
The film takes a long, hard look at product placement, marketing and advertising. And here's the kicker: The entire project was financed by - you guessed it - product placement, marketing and advertising.
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