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Todd McCarthy's Sundance Wrap: Why the 'Beast' Rules

Todd McCarthy's Sundance Wrap: Why the 'Beast' Rules
At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, there was Beast of the Southern Wild and then there was everything else. A number of past Sundances are thought of that way—the years of Ruby in Paradise, sex, lies, and videotape, Reservoir Dogs and perhaps a couple of others—but it's difficult to think of a festival at which, from an artistic pont of view, one film stood so completely apart from the others. But discoveries like Benh Zeitlin's first feature, a model American independent film that poetically examines the spirited, organic, punishing and determined lives of Louisiana fringe dwellers, don't come along every

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Venice film festival: Contagion is not the final reel for Steven Soderbergh

Venice film festival: Contagion is not the final reel for Steven Soderbergh
As his new disaster movie Contagion opens, the Sex, Lies and Videotape director says he is only planning 'a sabbatical'

For the many fans of his movies there was good news from the Venice film festivalon Saturday: Steven Soderbergh is definitely not retiring, just taking a sabbatical from directing.

Soderbergh was on the Lido for the world premiere of his new global pandemic disaster movie Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. The director said reports of him giving it all up, aged only 48, had been overblown, but he was taking a break, "a little sabbatical" from movie-making. He told the Observer: "I feel I need it to recalibrate, so I can discover something new. I'm out of ways of telling art."

Since his first movie, Sex, Lies and Videotape, won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1989, Soderbergh has certainly been prolific, making slightly more than one film
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The Spirit Awards Meets The Academy Awards

Everyone has already listed the Spirit Award and Academy Award winners so I can forego that pleasure here. More importantly, what does all this say about independent film?

What we have all known since sex, lies and videotape is that for fresh and original vision, one must tap into the independent film world.

What does it say about the international reality of film? East has met West and the world of art is -- to paraphrase one of the female winners of the Academy Awards (was it Kate Winslet?) -- One world which we must protect and nourish. And as for India, the way to the Land of Spices, which Columbus was seeking, has finally been reached and integration has been achieved. And that a major studio, itself founded by an immigrant Hungarian Jew, managed to create the Synthesis between indie and studio, East and West, in this time of great change: That major studio's specialty arm, the only one except for long standing Sony Pictures Classics, that has withstood the winds of change, Fox Searchlight, has reached its apex winning its first EIGHT Academy Awards just as Peter Chernin, 20 years the president and chief operating officer of News Corp. has resigned: That is what has transpired in the past three days of awards and today the first post-award day.

Finita la Comedia. Y ahora? Ahora si! Ya empieza la Dramadia del Distribucion! Vamos a ver, amigos, vamos a ver.

No breakout, plenty of originality at Sundance

No breakout, plenty of originality at Sundance
Park City -- Celebrating its somewhat artificially created 25th anniversary, the Sundance Film Festival began each screening this year with a series of interviews with Robert Redford, Sundance organizers and famous alums that have been fun to watch.

One thing you notice is that many interviewees tend to remember a particular year in terms of its breakout film. So 1989 was the year of "sex, lies, and videotape," 1995 was "The Brothers McMullen" and, while no one said it, I remember 2003 for "American Splendor."

Unless something extraordinary happens in the final two days, no one is going to associate a single title with 2009.

What festgoers encountered this year along with unusually mild weather were, in my opinion, an encouragingly large number of films that were solid entertainments and introduced talented filmmakers whose works -- like those of Steven Soderbergh -- should continue to delight and provoke for years to come.
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Producer Newmyer Dies

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Training Day producer Robert Newmyer has died of a heart attack. He was 49. The film-maker died on Monday of a heart attack triggered by an asthma attack while we was working out at a Toronto, Canada, gym. Newmyer started his film career as vice president of production and acquisitions at Columbia Pictures, before forming Outlaw Productions in the late 1980s with partner Jeffrey Silver. Silver says, "He liked to move people. He liked to make them laugh, and he liked to make them cry. We formed Outlaw to make film fares that the studio didn't know how to make - lower budget, edgy." During his career, Newmyer produced Sex, Lies And Videotape, The Santa Clause, Don Juan De Marco and Three To Tango.

Jury tells how it'll peer

CANNES -- Striking a harmonious pose, the jury for the 2003 Festival de Cannes met with the press Wednesday at the Palais as director Patrice Chereau, the jury president, promised he would take a collegial approach to judging the films in this year's competition. "We have to invent our own criteria," Chereau said when asked what standards he would bring to the proceedings. "I don't want to impose criteria on others. We will define them as we go along. I am not a dictator." "I've wanted to be on the jury for some time," admitted American director Steven Soderbergh, who was awarded the Palme d'Or in 1990 for sex, lies, and videotape. "To me it's a fantasy to see the festival from another perspective, from behind the curtain."

Soderbergh, Ryan join Cannes jury

PARIS -- Steven Soderbergh and Meg Ryan will be on the jury for the 56th Festival de Cannes, which runs May 14-25, organizers said Wednesday. French actor Jean Rochefort, Indian actress Aishwarya Rai, Italian writer Erri De Luca and French actress Karin Viard round out the panel. The jury will be presided over by French actor-director Patrice Chereau. Other directors on the panel are China's Jiang Wen, who scooped the Cannes Jury Prize in 2000 for Devils on the Doorstep, and Bosnian helmer Danis Tanovic, who won the best screenplay award at Cannes in 2001 for his Oscar-winning movie, No Man's Land. Soderbergh's debut film, sex, lies, and videotape, won the Palme d'Or in 1989. Festival organizers are due to unveil Wednesday the 20-plus Competition movie titles from which the jury will select its winners.

MacDowell, Polo play 'Practice'

Andie MacDowell and Teri Polo are set to do guest shots on ABC's legal drama The Practice. In a rare TV series appearance, MacDowell will do one episode, playing a woman hired by Jimmy Berluti (Michael Badalucco) to represent her in a delicate negotiation. The segment also will feature Polo and CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves. Polo will do to at least three episodes of the 20th Century Fox TV/David E. Kelley Prods. series, playing a love interest to series star Dylan McDermott. She is stepping in for Bridget Fonda, who was originally slated to do the arc but had to pull out after being injured in a car accident last week. Polo will play a U.S. attorney in Washington who returns to her native Boston, where she bumps into old flame Bobby Donnell (McDermott). As the two rekindle their old feelings, the fling puts a strain on Donnell's marriage. ICM-repped MacDowell has starred in such movies as sex, lies, and videotape, Groundhog Day and Four Weddings and a Funeral. Last year, she toplined CBS' drama pilot Jo. Polo was recently cast in the untitled Henchy/Pennette romantic comedy pilot for ABC. The actress is set to reprise her starring role opposite Ben Stiller in Meet the Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents. She is repped by UTA and Bob McGowan of McGowan Management.

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