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Mia Galuppo

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Sundance Jurors Walk Out of Competition Screening After Technical Glitch With Captioning Device

Members of the Sundance Film Festival jury left a screening of a U.S. Dramatic Competition title Friday before seeing the film due to a glitch with the theater’s captioning devices, sources familiar with the situation tell The Hollywood Reporter. During the screening for Magazine Dreams, the Elijah Bynum-directed film that stars Jonathan Majors, the devices […]

Sundance: Michael J. Fox Declares “I’m Not Going Anywhere” at ‘Still’ Doc Premiere

At the Sundance Film Festival premiere of Still, the documentary about his life and career, Michael J. Fox received a massive standing ovation from the packed Eccles theater as he took the stage with director Davis Guggenheim. “You stumbled into my life and said, ‘We can make a movie out of this,'” remembered Fox of […]

Sundance: Doug Liman Says Work Continues on Brett Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Doc in Light of Incoming Tips

At Friday’s Sundance premiere of Justice, the documentary about the FBI investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, director Doug Liman said he isn’t yet done with the film. “I thought the film was done but it looks like we aren’t,” said the director at the post-screening Q&A. The reason? Tips about the allegations that […]

Sundance: How Viral New Yorker Short Story ‘Cat Person’ Became a Modern Dating Horror Movie

Two months before The New Yorker short story “Cat Person” was published in December 2017, The New York Times released its exposé on Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual assault and harassment, and a month later a parade of celebrities would wear all black to the Golden Globes, where a Time’s Up lapel pin was a […]

How Doug Liman Directed a Brett Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Doc in Secret

Doug Liman — the sought-after features director behind titles like Swingers, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity — spent all of 2022 making his documentary debut about the government investigation into now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Non-fiction stalwarts Dan Cogan and Liz Garbus backed the doc, which will now debut at the […]

Sundance: Surprise Doug Liman-Directed Brett Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Doc Added to the Fest

A late addition to the 2023 Sundance Film Festival lineup will be Doug Liman’s documentary debut, Justice, which dives into the 2018 hearings and government investigation into now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Amy Herdy (On the Record, The Hunting Ground) produced the doc, with Story Syndicate’s Liz Garbus and Dan Cogan executive producing. “We always […]

“Less Emphasis on the Stars”: Indie Market, and Finding New Talent, In Focus as Sundance Returns

After two years of being virtual-only, the Sundance Film Festival returns — at least, partially — to an in-person format. And the return to Park City comes with a whole lot of questions. “We’ve been back at Cannes, we’ve been back at Toronto, but we haven’t yet been back to Sundance. And, for us, Sundance […]

Sundance: Taraji P. Henson to Narrate Nikki Giovanni Doc ‘Going to Mars’ (Exclusive)

Taraji P. Henson will lend her voice to the Sundance-bound Nikki Giovanni doc Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project. Henson, who has also been named an executive producer, will voice Giovanni’s seminal poems throughout the film. Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson directed the feature, which will debut in the festival’s U.S. documentary competition section. […]

Brooke Shields on Her Sundance Doc ‘Pretty Baby’: “I’m a Conduit to a Bigger Conversation”

Brooke Shields agreed to participate in a doc about her life and career not because of what it would say about her, but for what it could say through her — namely, a discussion about the sexualization of young girls. By now, the celebrity bio-doc is well-trod territory, but Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, which premieres […]

Sundance Hot List: New Projects From Anne Hathaway, Jonathan Majors and John Carney Will Tempt Buyers in Park City

It’s been three years since Hollywood touched down in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, with the 2023 fest offering a hybrid format of both in-person and online attendance after two years of purely digital incarnations. While the virtual festivals still produced major sales — 2021’s CODA being the most noteworthy — the overall […]

Momentum Pictures Lands Queer Indie Horror ‘Swallowed’

Momentum Pictures has landed the North American rights to queer horror movie Swallowed from writer-director Carter Smith. Swallowed is set in a remote township on the border between Maine and Canada and, according to the project’s description, “is a story about friendship and the extremes we are willing to endure to protect the ones we […]

Amy Winehouse Biopic ‘Back to Black’ Releases First Look

The first-look image of Marisa Abela as late musician Amy Winehouse in the biopic Back to Black has been released. The project, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, is heading into production, with Focus Features and Monumental Pictures joining StudioCanal in backing the feature. Matt Greenhalgh, who worked with Taylor-Johnson on Nowhere Boy, penned the screenplay, with […]