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Articles from Vol. 429, No. 11, January 28-February 3

Ain't Them Bodies Saints
FILM SUNDANCEAuït Them Bodies SaintsBowing at Sundance, David Lowery's "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" landed with the excitement of a bold new voice, and yet, there's also something undeniably old-fashioned in his approach, suggesting a lost artifact freshly...
Amoeba Divides onto Internet
Last music retail giant sells rare tracks via download, retains brick & mortar heartCalifornia-based megaretailer Amoeba Music, the last big record store on the block, has moved into the digital age with both feet, with its inauguration of a revamped...
Amusing Origin Story
Amusing origin storySUNDANCE: THE WAY, WAY BACK (FOX SEARCHLIGHT)Director Nat Faxon, Jim Rash; ? ? I Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison JanneyThe Black List script that got Nat Faxon and .lini Rash noticed, earning I hem the gig co-writing "'The Descendants,"...
An R/x for Intrigue
AN R/X FOR INTRIGUEFILM: SIDE EFFECTS (OPEN ROAD)Director: Steven Soderbergh; Cast: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, ChanningTatumWhat begins as a barbed satire of our pill-popping, selfmedicating society morphs into something intriguingly...
Austenland
FILM SUNDANCEAustenlandU.S.-U.K.Genial "Austenland" stars Keri Russell as a die-hard Janeite who hopes her realworld-incompatible dreams of Regency Era courtship will come true at the titular English literary theme park. Adaptation of young adult writer...
Big Players Take Control of Market
Call it the rule of four, or Brazil's first studio-sized alliance.Hollywood's studios used to have a lock on big Brazilian movies' distribution. In 2012, however, six of the top seven Brazilian films were co-financed and promoted by a four-way alliance:...
Biz Fears Kremlin Gremlin
New Russian culture minister backs tax on foreign filmsVladimir Medinsky, the short, bespectacled, soft-spoken historian appointed in May by Vladimir Putin as Russia's minister of culture, does not look like a man who could threaten Hollywood's interests...
Breathe In
FILM SUNDANCEBreathe InConvincingly playing a character younger than she did in Drake Doremus' last film, "Like Crazy," Felicity Jones once again beguiles in "Breathe In," this time as a foreignexchange student whose presence complicates a superficially...
Buyers Start Year Flush with Cash, Ready to Spend
Global content takes on higher importance as top shows can travel around the worldIn its heyday, NATPE was the industry's biggest party.Syndicators, such as King World and Paramount, assembled huge booths, threw lavish fetes and paraded their stars in...
Carrying the Baton
TUNING INAmong its many accomplishments, the joke goes, "Cops" gave even the drunk and shirtless hope that they, too, could be on television.The series' significance, though, goes well beyond that, stretching past even the durability that has enabled...
C.O.G
FILM SUNDANCEC.O.G.A self-absorbed Ivy Leaguer leaves Yale and heads West to find himself, instead finding God and a whole bunch of nutty salt-of-the-earth types in "C.O.G." The source material may be David Sedaris (this marks the first time the essayist...
Don Jon's Addiction
FILM SUNDANCEDon Jon 's AddictionOnly an actor as appealing as Joseph (.onion Levitt could pull off the role he creates for himself in "Don Jon's Addiction," an endearingly masturbatory look at how a culture of objectification erodes our capacity for...
Do No Harm
TELEVISIONDo No HarmSeries; NBC.Thurs. Jan. 31, 10 p.m.The last drama NBC tried on Thursday, "Awake," explored the duality of human nature, received mostly positive reviews and suffered a premature end. Undaunted, the network plumbs similar territory...
Exec Has Affinity for Festival Flair
DIALOGUE: NICK MEYERSierra/Affinity co-founder Nick Meyer has come a long way in four years, with a model that leans on scale and shared risk.Nick Meyer, a former Paramount Vantage and Lionsgate exec, launched Sierra Pictures in 2009, and merged with...
Film Fund Fuels Brazilian Biz
Investments propel domestic producers, distribs and exhibitorsSurrounded by tropically colored shacks, one-screen venue CineCarioca Nova Brasilia sits proudly halfway up I he Complexo do Alemao slum hillside, a once notorious Rio drug gang stronghold.A...
Fruitvale
FILM SUNDANCEFruitvaleA well-intentioned attempt to put a human face on the tragic headlines surrounding Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old California resident fatally shot by a San Francisco transit police offer on New Year's Day, 2009, writer-director Ryan...
Harvey Hits the Daily Double
Syndication has been good to Steve Harvey this year. The comic actor/radio host/talkshow host has seen the two shows he headlines climb the charts, with some considering his style of urban hip to be a measuring stick for success.In the first full week...
Horror-Meister Hopes for Fairy-Tale Ending
TALENT WATCH"If you can be disgusted and scared and laugh at the same time," says filmmaker Tommy Wirkola, "that's the ultimate mix for me."Known in his native Norway, and among international horror fans, for his 2009 Nazi-zombie comedy "Dead Snow,"...
House of Cards
TELEVISIONHouse of CardsSeries; Netflix, Fri. Feb. 1First, the good news: "House of Cards" is a credible, premium-TV-worthy exercise, one whose impressive auspices serve notice that Netflix can indeed commission series that go beyond the typical ambitions...
In Their Words
The recipients of this year's Brandon Tartikoff Award share their thoughts on the former NBC topper's legacy, and how he affected their own careers.JOHN LANGLEYexec producer, 'Cops''I t is always a pleasure to receive an award, of course, but in this...
Kill Your Darlings
FILM SUNDANCEKill Your DarlingsA mysterious Beat Generation footnote is fleshed out with skilled performances, darkly poetic visuals and a vivid rendering of 1940s academia in "Kill Your Darlings." Directed with an assured sense of style that pushes...
Manilow Makes B'way Magic
Could it be magic at the Broadway box office?Turns out Barry Manilow can draw big crowds on the Main Stem - which makes sense, given the overlap between the performer's fanbase and the primarily older-skewing demo of Broadway theatergoers. In Week 34...
Market Serves Film & TV Smorgasbord
if its 2013 selection turns out to be as striking as last year's - with titles such as Mikael Marcimain's "Call Girl," Gabriela Pichler's "Eat Sleep Die" and Tobias Lindholm's "A Hüacking" - there are plenty of reasons to visit the Nordic Film Market,...
Night Takes Flight
Night takes flightSUNDANCE: BEFORE MIDNIGHTDirector Richard Unklater; ? Ethan Hawke, Julie DelpyOn«· of Hie great movie remoce· of UM modern era fenlevé· to rleheel and rollest expression in "Before Midnight." Exquisite, melancholy, hilarious and cathartic,...
No Bypass in Heartland
Many viewers watch syndies and commercials in real timeSyndicated shows are important lo media planning though, buy eis say, at $ I billion a year thej represent the smallest piece of the national TV U.S. advertising market.Three major reasons why syndication...
Overseas Wants to See Stars
Indie financiers say their ability to put together big commercial projecs is being hampered by a gulf between Hollywood and the international market in their valuation of rising and established stars.That's making it difficult to marry a domestic distribution...
Parker
FILMParkerFrom "Point Blank" to "Payback," novelist Donald E. Westlake's Parker has been catnip to filmmakers, embodying a criminal with a code who abhors chaos, no matter how many people have to die to restore order. In this incarnation, titled after...
Perfecting Indie Match Game
Money is out there for pics that connect content, creatives and marketFinancing independent films can be fiendishly complex, but raising the money isn't the hard part. According to the sales agents who drive the biggest projects to market, the real challenge...
Placing Plot Ahead of Profit
BRIT LEGITWest End initiative looks to nonprofits' model to boost businessIf you can't beat 'em, take their business model.Over the past few years, London's commercial theater sector has watched U.K. nonprofits generate hit after hit and nab award after...
Prince Avalanche
FILM SUNDANCEPrince AvalancheInsinuatingly low-key, minimalist Icelandic seriocomedy "Either Way" gets a slightly broader yet perhaps even more satisfying U.S. translation in "Prince Avalanche." Despite the presence of ?-listers Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch...
Retro Filled with Risk
This year's Berlinale Retrospective, the Weimar Touch: The International Influence of Weimar Cinema After 1933 puts a neat spin on things by first looking back and then forward some 20 years, focusing on the films of German-speaking emigrants up into...
Stateside Format Parlez VOD
On-demand sales turning U.S. into key market for French filmsThe U.S. has emerged as by far the biggest growth market for French film exports, moving distribs in France to declare, "Vive les Etats Unis!"Gallic sales agents arc increasingly bullish on...
Stoker
FILM SUNDANCEStokerI hen South Korean genre iconoclast Park Chan-wook decided to bring his peculiar gifts to a Stateside production, anything could have happened - and anything pretty much does in "Stoker," a splendidly demented gumbo of Hitchcock thriller,...
S-Vhs
FILM SUNDANCES-VHSU.S.-CanadaLess turns out to be much more for "S-VHS," a sequel to last year's uneven indie horror omnibus "V/H/S"; this one is shorter and has fewer segments, but also earns a much higher batting average. In fact, there's nary a dud...
Talkers Battle It out for Aud Eyeballs
Hoping to become the new queens of daytime, Queen Latifah and Bethenny Frankel are leading this year's NATPE parade.Annual confab is returning to the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.Even though the most recent crop of talkshow rookies - with the exception...
The Americans
TELEVISIONThe AmericansSeries; FX, Wed. Jan. 30, 10 p.m."The Americans" is an intriguing and provocative concept - positing the idea of Soviet spies living in plain sight, during the early days of the Reagan administration. The execution, alas, initially...
The East
FILM SUNDANCEThe EastHaving rattled off an ingenious story of cult subterfuge in his low-budget 2011 debut, "Sound of My Voice," writer-director Zal Hatmaiiglij plays with some of the same ideas on a broader, more polished canvas in "The East." The second...
The Look of Love
FILM SUNDANCEThe Look of LoveUKFor his fourth feature collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom, Steve Coogan proposed a film about Paid Raymond, Britain's answer to Hugh Hefner and for a time its richest citizen, and the results impressive!)...
The Spectacular Now
FILM SUNDACEThe Spectacular NowThe scars and blemishes on the faces of the high-school lovers in "The Spectacular Now" are beautifully emblematic of director James Ponsoldt's bid to bring the American teen movie back to some semblance of reality, a bid...
Thesps Set for Greater Heights
Euro Film Promotion will showcase 10 up-and-comers at a press event Feb. 10 in BerlinLAURA BIRNFinlandCREDITS: "Purge" (2012), "Naked Harbor" (2012), "August Fools" (2013)Birn's scaring performance in Antti Jokinen's "Purge" as ii young woman who betrays...
Top of the Lake
FILM SUNDANCETop of the LakeU.K.-AustraliaThe disappearance of a pregnant preteen exposes the raw wounds at the heart of an isolated southern New Zealand community in the absorbing and richly atmospheric "Top of the Lake." Centered around Elisabeth Moss1...
Toy's House
FILM SUNDANCEToy's HouseAlthough it acknowledges that a real world may, in fact, exist, "Toy's House," Jordan Vogt -Roberts' debut feature, is a full-on fairy tale, and one that could win plenty of friends with its absurdist, caustically funny take on...
Twenty Feet from Stardom
FILM SUNDANCETwenty Feet From StardomDocumentaryPulling raw talent from the footnotes of rock 'n' roll history and splashing their names up on the marquee where they belong, "Twenty Feet From Stardom" wages a compelling crusade to get background singers...
Ups and Downs of Building Biz
Two decades of shifting partnerships and alliances - and a reboot that led to rapid growth1990* Brazil's federal government axes state film agency Concine (1976-90) and state distribution company Embrafilme (1969-90).* Brazilian film production implodes.1992*...
Upstream Color
FILM SUNDANCEUpstream ColorAs mystifying as his 2004 sci-fier, "Primer," albeit for entirely different reasons, Shane Carruth 's "Upstream Color" is a stimulating and hypnotic piece of experimental filmmaking. It's also a poem about pigs, a meditation...
Venue Adds to Its Menu
The biggest Scandinavian showcase is heating upNow in its 36th year, the Goteborg Intl. Film Fes Uval is more than just Scandinavia's hingest lesi venue and market place For Hi«· Hind year the Swedish event is also showcasing one of the fest circuits...
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