Until recently, the role of a film festival was to find the best pictures available and to showcase them for a short time.
"Little Miss Sunshine" producers-financiers Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf returned to Sundance this week with two films premiering at the fest plus a new slate of projects.
"Mamma Mia!" producer Judy Craymer and "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller are prepping a Spice Girls musical, tentatively titled "Viva Forever."
As Sundance launches its 2010 edition tonight, under new management, the fest might not look drastically different from prior years, but some subtle tweaks might prove significant as the year unfolds.
Sundance target titles
IFC Entertainment has acquired Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime," the writer-helmer's latest ensemble drama.
Apparition has bought North American distribution rights to Nash Edgerton's noir thriller "The Square."
IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Gaspar Noe's Cannes competition pic "Enter the Void."
The two big indie film companies with party real estate at the BevHilton -- Summit and The Weinstein Co. -- suffered a smidge of post-Globes fizzle.
Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Neil Jordan's "Ondine" starring Colin Farrell.
Three films showing at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival will be made available on VOD nationwide via Rainbow Media's Sundance Selects label.
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