TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

by Ethan Alter January 25, 2012 1:14 pm
TWoP Goes to Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 3

In which The Chronicles of Sundance comes to an end.

TWoP Goes To Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 1

by Ethan Alter January 24, 2012 12:50 pm
TWoP Goes To Sundance: 72 Hours in Park City, Part 1

Like most movie lovers of a certain age (i.e. the '90s generation), the name "Sundance" first popped up on my radar in 1992 when a little movie called Reservoir Dogs blew the doors off Robert Redford's quiet little independent film festival nestled in the mountain town of Park City, Utah. (Yes, sex, lies and videotape was technically the film that put Sundance on the map in 1989, but Dogs was my personal gateway into indie film.) Reading all the hype about Quentin Tarantino's debut feature made me want to do two things: 1.) Watch Reservoir Dogs as soon as possible, and 2.) Go to Sundance myself. Accomplishing the first task was relatively easy once the movie hit VHS (remember that?); the second took another two decades. But 20 years after Reservoir Dogs first screened, I finally made the trek to Park City, Utah for a whirlwind three day Sundance experience. In those 72 hours, I managed to see 12 movies, spoke with a number of great people and experienced both extremes of Park City's weather, from blinding snowstorms to beautiful big blue skies. Here's how things went down:

Five Thoughts About The Hunger Games Trailer

by Ethan Alter August 29, 2011 6:00 am
Five Thoughts About <i>The Hunger Games</i> Trailer

Leave it to The Girl on Fire to ignite an otherwise sparks-free awards show. Last night's Video Music Awards offered the usual mix of underwhelming live performances (Adele excepted), slumming movie stars shilling for their upcoming features (way to slip a Moneyball reference into your stage patter with Nicki Minaj, Jonah Hill!), forced acceptance speeches (could Katy and Kanye have looked more awkward?) and embarrassing attempts at comedy (go back to your day job Kevin Hart... whatever that is). But things finally started looking up towards the end of the night when Jennifer Lawrence appeared via videotape to introduce the first footage from The Hunger Games, the upcoming film version of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel (the first in a trilogy) that's due in theaters on March 23, 2012.

Judicial Learnings of America For Make Benefit Gullible Nation (of America)

A reminder to all Americans: Read the fine print. A judge in New York has just thrown out several more lawsuits against 20th Century Fox by some of the slow-on-the-uptake citizens who we all laughed at in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The judge in the case ruled that the three plaintiffs--the driver's ed teacher who gets behind the wheel with Borat, and the two etiquette coaches with whom he sat down to dinner -- all consented to appearing in a "documentary-style movie" by accepting money for their efforts and signing releases that freed the filmmakers from liability.

Disney Needs to Stop… Almost Everything It's Doing

by DeAnn Welker September 8, 2008 3:51 pm
Disney Needs to Stop… Almost Everything It's Doing With the latest news (here, gleaned from an interview in Disney's in-house magazine) that Disney could possibly remake The Black Hole and/or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I have just one question: How many more of these remakes are possible? I mean, how many original cheesy Disney movies still exist that haven't yet been remade? ...No, really, I need to know how prepared I need to be, because it's starting to feel like when the world ends, the only things that will survive the apocalypse will be cockroaches and old Disney movies.

Casting Cornucopia

by Tippi Blevins June 13, 2008 11:19 am
Casting Cornucopia Lots of casting goodies have come out since yesterday. Like Oliver Twist looking for another helping of sweet, sweet gruel, step on up with your bowl in hand and get ready to feast on these:

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Amanda Peet has joined the cast of Roland Emmerich's 2012. She'll play the ex-wife to John Cusack's struggling writer. They, along with a few other survivors, will face the end of the world together--she with her new rich husband, he with a particularly chilly rejection letter from The New Yorker. Peet should feel right at home in this one, as there were probably many times during her stint on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip when she felt like she was waiting for the apocalypse.

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