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Biker Fox falls for Slamdance film

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS PARK CITY, Utah–Biker Fox has taken a tumble for Slamdance. The Oklahoma muscle car guru with Technicolor riding gear who has long been an irritant with the Tulsa police for engaging in occasional brushes with the law, stood at the top of Main Street waving a hand at[...]

Tim Burton called to Cannes Film Festival

Tim Burton has been selected to be the head of the jury for the Cannes Film Festival that runs May 12-23. BBC reports that Burton said, “After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this.” It is only logical for him[...]

Fortune smiles on actress Michelle Krusiec of “Homewrecker”

By ROBERT W. WELKOS PARK CITY, Utah–In her acting career, Michelle Krusiec has played an Eskimo, a lesbian, a sorority sister, a cuckolded housewife and a pregnant ex-girlfriend. But her real-life personal story may be as dramatic as anything she has played on screen. Born in Taiwan to a[...]

Pittsburgh college grads provide a financial leg up for “Armless

By ROBERT W. WELKOS PARK CITY, Utah–When director Habib Azar was looking for investors for his indie black comedy “Armless,” he knew it would be a tough sell convincing anyone to finance a film about a man who secretly wants to have his arms chopped off. So, Azar turned to people[...]

Sundance Forecast: Snow Snow Snow + Films Films Films

By ROBERT W. WELKOS PARK CITY, Utah–In the film “Holy Rollers,” an Israeli drug dealer recruits Hasidic Jews from an Orthodox Brooklyn community as mules to smuggle ecstasy from Amsterdam into the United States. The film is inspired by actual events that[...]

“Restrepo” takes audiences by the hand

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS PARK CITY, Utah–We see him in flashbacks: laughing, hugging and goofing with his Army buddies as they deploy for war in Afghanistan. His name is Juan “Doc” Restrepo, medic for Battle Company, Second Platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His The death, in action, of Restrepo led[...]

5 Sundance Films to debut for rent on Youtube

Indiewire has announced that starting tomorrow, five films playing at the Sundance Film Festival will be available to stream on Youtube for a rental price of $3.99 for a 48-hour viewing period. The five films will be “Bass Ackwards,” “Children of Invention,” “Homewrecker,” “One Too Many Mornings,” and “The Cove.”[...]

Sundance gets its first sale

Davis Guggenheim’s documentary entitled “Waiting for Superman,” which covers the crisis in public education in the U.S., has already been acquired by Paramount Vantage, making it the first sale of Sundance 2010. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the team who[...]

Kudos for Barry Levinson

Photo by Yvonne Ferris Award-winning screenwriter Barry Levinson will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2010 Laurel Award for Screen, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures, at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at the Hyatt[...]

Larry David Gets WGAW’S Paddy Chayefsky Award

Writer Larry David, creator of such landmark TV comedy hits as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2010 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television. To be given at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Saturday, February 20,[...]