Sundance co-founder pleads guilty to 2nd count of sex abuse

Entertainment 05/02/19, 17:01

A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s has pleaded guilty to a second count of sexual abuse of a child in a deal with prosecutors. Sterling Van Wagenen entered the plea during a hearing Thursday in ...

Sundance Film Festival co-founder pleads guilty to sex abuse

Entertainment 04/30/19, 14:29

A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual abuse of a child. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, entered the plea as part of an agreement that includes a sentence of six years to life. He plans to plead guilty ...

Immigration documentary’s protagonist faces deportation

Entertainment 03/04/19, 21:31

The protagonist of an award-winning documentary chronicling the plight of immigrants held at a for-profit facility was supposed to be celebrating at a film premiere in Miami. Instead, Claudio Rojas is back at another immigration detention facility's cell, facing deportation.Sandy Pineda, his attorney, said Rojas has been taken into custody ...

Michael Jackson accusers detail road to ‘Leaving Neverland’

Entertainment 02/21/19, 00:50

Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck say that the Sundance Film Festival is first time they've ever felt public support for their allegations the King of Pop molested them.The documentary "Leaving Neverland," which premiered at the festival last month and will air on HBO in two parts on ...

Sundance: Riding along with the excited ‘To the Stars’ cast

Entertainment 02/01/19, 09:52

For the five 20-something actresses of "To the Stars," the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival has produced plenty of jitters, and hopes that it will be bought and seen by more audiences.The Associated Press shadowed the actresses — Kara Hayward, Liana Liberato, Madisen Beaty, Lauren Ashley Stephenson and ...

Female directors of color finding a spotlight at Sundance

Entertainment 01/31/19, 09:55

In the ecosystem of who directs Hollywood's top-grossing films, women of color are the rarest kind.But the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is proving to be a referendum on the dismal industry statistics . And the positive reception to and pricey acquisitions of films like Gurinder Chadha's "Blinded by the Light" ...

Trapped in Gaza, star of Sundance doc misses film festival

World 01/30/19, 11:28

A new documentary called "Gaza" is hitting the screens at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week, providing a colorful glimpse of life in the blockaded Hamas-ruled territory.But one of its main subjects, Gaza actor and playwright Ali Abu Yaseen, won't be attending the gathering due to the very circumstances ...

Amazon buys ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ at Sundance for $14M

Entertainment 01/30/19, 09:26

In its third major buy of the Sundance Film Festival, Amazon Studios has acquired the world rights for the inspirational comedy "Brittany Runs a Marathon " for $14 million.Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition Wednesday.The film stars Jillian Bell as an aimless 20-something who decides to start getting ...

Sundance: Anton Yelchin celebrated in intimate documentary

Entertainment 01/29/19, 12:24

Dozens of stars, including Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence to his "Star Trek" co-stars Chris Pine and John Cho, pay tribute Anton Yelchin in a new documentary about the late actor's life that has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival."Love, Antosha," premiered Monday in Park City, Utah, with Yelchin's parents ...

Before it hits Netflix, Sundance previews ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

Entertainment 01/28/19, 15:02

Dan Gilroy's satirical contemporary art world thriller "Velvet Buzzsaw" will be available to Netflix subscribers worldwide this Friday, but ticketholders at the Sundance Film Festival got a sneak peek at the film Sunday night in Park City, Utah.The film reunites Gilroy with his wife Rene Russo and her fellow "Nightcrawler" ...

Sundance: An ode to Springsteen in ‘Blinded by the Light’

Entertainment 01/28/19, 14:44

One day after Park City, Utah, rocked out to 17 Bruce Springsteen songs in the film "Blinded by the Light" at the Sundance Film Festival, New Line is in talks to acquire the feel-good film for $15 million."Blinded by the Light" is based on Guardian journalist Sarfraz Manzoor's memoir about ...

‘Babadook’ director grapples with divisive follow-up

Entertainment 01/27/19, 18:51

There's an early scene in director Jennifer Kent's film "The Nightingale" that is so relentlessly brutal, it's become almost infamous and has evoked the most extreme reactions, both positive and negative.And it's not at all what Kent expected to happen. She thought she'd made a film about love. So why, ...

Sundance: A different side of Awkwafina in ‘The Farewell’

Entertainment 01/27/19, 16:42

Awkwafina's dramatic turn in "The Farewell" has quickly become one of the must-sees at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.After rising to household name status last summer with breakout comedic roles in "Crazy Rich Asians" and "Ocean's 8," audiences in Park City, Utah, have been raving over the discovery that she's ...

With a record acquisition, ‘Late Night’ is a Sundance hit

Entertainment 01/26/19, 14:25

The Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling comedy "Late Night" is already one of the biggest hits of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival with an acquisition price to match.Amazon Studios on Saturday purchased the film in a U.S. distribution deal of $13 million, a record for the festival.Kaling wrote the script ...

Shia LaBeouf turned rehab into a writing room for new film

Entertainment 01/26/19, 09:44

Shia LaBeouf latest film was born in an unusual place — court-ordered rehab.The actor spent time writing the script for his semi-autobiographical "Honey Boy" while he was being treated for substance abuse after a 2017 arrest."He wrote this script in rehab and actually sent me an email from there with ...

‘Untouchable’ charts the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein

Entertainment 01/26/19, 00:04

Harvey Weinstein's name was intrinsically linked to the Sundance Film Festival for years, which makes it somewhat fitting that 14 months after his demise the festival played host the world premiere of a documentary about his rise and fall."I'm so happy it's at Sundance," said "Untouchable" director Ursula Macfarlane, whose ...

Standing ovation for Michael Jackson accusers at Sundance

Entertainment 01/25/19, 16:54

Michael Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck have been greeted with a solemn standing ovation by a theater full of people at the Sundance Film Festival.The stories of the two men who allege Jackson sexually abused them as children are detailed in the documentary "Leaving Neverland," which had its ...

Study says number of female filmmakers at Sundance improving

Entertainment 01/25/19, 12:03

A new study released Friday found that female filmmakers are submitting to and being accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in significantly greater numbers than they were a decade ago, but their numbers are still well below 50 percent.The study by the Sundance Institute and the University of Southern California's ...

Sundance: Documentary dives deep into the fraud of Theranos

Health 01/25/19, 00:22

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has always been interested in the psychology of fraud and self-deception. So when HBO CEO Richard Plepler and Graydon Carter proposed that he look into the blood-testing startup Theranos and its charismatic young leader Elizabeth Holmes, saying yes was a "no-brainer."The film, "The Inventor: Out for ...

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