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Gael Garcia Bernal does Cha Cha Cha at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah - Actor Gael Garcia Bernal's new film "Rudo y Cursi" is Mexico's fifth top grossing local film ever and is now set for U.S. release in the coming months after being snapped up at the Sundance Film Festival. It is the first production from Cha Cha Cha -- a company formed by Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Now Cuaron's brother, Carlos, joins the trio as a director, debuting with "Rudo y Cursi" which roughly translates into "Tough and Corny."
Dark indie film market sees faint light at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah - After a dismal 2008, the forecast for independent films appears somewhat brighter as a glut of movies works its way through art house theaters, executives said on Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. But good times are still distant, perhaps as far off as 2010, and improvements won't come without changes such as lower star salaries and reduced production and marketing costs.
Who makes the Obamas dance? Stevie Wonder!
WASHINGTON - What President-elect Barack Obama has on his iPod may soon be a state secret, but musicians Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and Pete Seeger all got the president-elect moving at a concert on Sunday. Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha sat sedately along with Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill as Bruce Springsteen sang "The Rising" and Mary J. Blige did a knockout performance of "Lean on Me."
Mariah Carey goes from "Glitter" to grim at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah - Singer Mariah Carey has taken a break from pop stardom to act in new movie "Push," but far from her lead role in semi-autobiographical "Glitter," Carey has opted for a supporting part in this often grim tale. In fact, the real star of "Push," which debuted this past weekend at Sundance, is an unknown actress from Harlem, Gabourney Sidibe, playing an obese and overburdened 16-year-old named "Precious" Jones who is twice impregnated by her father and is beaten by her mother.
Sundance gives rise to "star docs"
PARK CITY, Utah - Since the 1994 box office hit "Hoop Dreams," documentaries have come a long way from basic reporting with expert witnesses to fictional-style storytelling more like feature films in movies such as 2005's "Murderball." But this year at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked into high-gear this weekend and has long championed non-fiction film as an art form, something new appears to be afoot -- the rise of the celebrity documentary, or "star doc."
Amy Poehler's "Spring Breakdown" lightens Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah - U.S. comedian Amy Poehler's film "Spring Breakdown" lightens the economic gloom shadowing the Sundance Film Festival, premiering despite itself having been rocked by the financial crisis. The comedy about three 30-something women who go on spring break -- the wild annual vacation taken by U.S. college students -- was made in 2006 but languished after its studio home shut down last year.
Kevin James is top "Cop" with box office hit
LOS ANGELES - Kevin James, the star of the sitcom "The King of Queens," is now the king of the North American box office, thanks to a surprisingly strong No. 1 opening for his feature headlining debut. His family comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" sold an estimated $33.8 million worth of tickets during the three days beginning January 16, distributor Columbia Pictures said on Sunday, helping boost overall ticket sales for a fourth consecutive weekend.
Piven hit with grievance for leaving Broadway: NYT
NEW YORK - The producers of the Broadway play "Speed the Plow" filed a grievance with Actors' Equity against actor Jeremy Piven, who left the Broadway show in the middle of its run, citing health concerns due to mercury poisoning, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Jeffrey Richards, one of the lead producers of the David Mamet play, said in a statement that a grievance had been filed with the union over Piven's departure last month and that a date for proceedings by the union was still to be determined.
Farmhouse from UK cult film "Withnail" up for sale
LONDON - A remote farmhouse that appeared in the cult British film "Withnail and I" is to be sold at auction next month. Sleddale Hall, near Sharp in the Lake District area of northwest England, was used as "Uncle Monty's cottage" in the film about the drunken escapades of two out-of-work actors in the 1960s who head to the country to escape London.
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