Sundance Day 1: A movie about movies
January 21st, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Sundance Day 1: A movie about movies

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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James Franco takes on 'Three's Company'
November 2nd, 2010
05:32 PM ET

James Franco takes on 'Three's Company'

What will James Franco do next?

The actor, who seems deeply committed to off-beat projects these days, has a new one. “Three’s Company: The Drama” is billed as “a multi-media examination of the classic '70s sitcom,” which Franco will present at the New Frontier program of the next Sundance Film Festival to be held in January.

The New York Times reports that the festival description provided about the project says, “Television has undoubtedly shaped our world: our increased exposure to dramatic entertainment, the shapes of our houses, the shape of the time in our day. In this piece James Franco hopes to pull television from the box and view it from ‘a slightly oblique perspective.’”

Franco is becoming quite well known for not living the life of a conventional movie star. He went back to college, took a role on “General Hospital,” has written for the magazine Esquire, and produced a short documentary film about an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

January 26th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts to close out Sundance

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Gossip boy Chace Crawford and Julia Roberts’ niece Emma are two of the stars rounding out director Joel Schumacher’s return to independent film, “Twelve,” the teenage drama that will close out the Sundance Film Festival this week.

In the movie, based on the bestselling novel by wunderkind author Nick McDonell, Crawford plays a high school dropout who starts dealing drugs after his mother dies of cancer. Unlike his pretty-boy alter-ego on the CW network, Crawford's character in this film is the outsider looking in on the Upper East Side teenage debauchery. “Twelve” could be retitled, “Gossip Girl: Raw.” FULL POST

January 26th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

'Hurt Locker' was grueling, actor says

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No one is more surprised by the awards season success of Iraqi war drama “The Hurt Locker” than one of its stars, Anthony Mackie.

“If anybody tells you they expected any of this they’re lying,” Mackie told CNN during an interview to promote another movie, his Sundance film “Night Catches Us” this week. “It was a hard movie to make and by the time everybody got to the end of the shoot everybody was happy that it was done. We were happy making the movie but there was nothing easy about it.”

After two-and a half months of a grueling location shoot in Jordan, Mackie says the cast walked away having lost a lot a of weight with some great tans. FULL POST

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January 26th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

David Hyde Pierce shows off his dark side in Sundance thriller

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David Hyde Pierce is probably best known for his Emmy-winning role as Dr. Niles Crane, the uptight brother on the long-running sitcom, “Frasier.” So it shouldn't be a surprise that his character in his first feature film-starring role in the psychological thriller “The Perfect Host," starts out as very Niles-like.

Pierce plays Warwick Wilson, an adorably neurotic, vaguely effeminate man with impeccable manners, O.C.D., and a love of fine wine. A bank robber played by “24’s” Clayne Crawford talks his way into Wilson’s home and uses it as a place to hide out, just as the perfect host is preparing a dinner party. That’s when facades begin to crumble and the audience gets a peek at an entirely different side of Pierce. FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
06:47 PM ET

Sundance Monday musings

Daytime at Sundance has a different vibe than the nights, obviously. You never really know who you are going to run into. So here's a rundown of Monday at Sundance:

12:30 p.m.: In the CNN office space, waiting for the cast of "Abel" to arrive.

12:42 p.m.: Diego Luna just walked in for the interview, as the two kid stars of Abel wait in the wings for their interview. The publicist tells me this is the first trip to the States for the kids, who live in central Mexico. He says they are in awe by the snow!

1:10 p.m.: Finally sat down for lunch at Red Banjo Pizza on Main Street, and in walks the "Abel" cast. We all got a big chuckle out running into each other so soon after the CNN interview. FULL POST

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