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Jan 22, 2011

At 83, Harry Belafonte still sings of justice

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – At age 83, his days of singing calypso tunes to thousands of fans are behind him, but Harry Belafonte says he still has one song to sing for people around the world — his song of justice.

Belafonte is at the Sundance Film Festival this week with a new documentary, “Sing Your Song,” that tells of his life from being born in Harlem and raised in Jamaica to becoming a star singer of the 1950s and ’60s with hits such as “Banana Boat Song,” also known as “Day-O.”

Jan 21, 2011
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Sundance kid: “Not thought about retiring”

He’s past the age where most people retire, but actor, activist and Sundance Institute founder Robert Redford sees no reason to call it a work day, even at age 74.

“I have not thought about retiring,” Redford told reporters on Thursday, the opening day of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Jan 21, 2011

Sundance debuts with Harry Belafonte documentary

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival opened on Thursday night with a new look — four feature films instead of only one, including a documentary about calypso singer Harry Belafonte and a teen lesbian drama.

The documentary, “Sing Your Song,” follows the social activism of the 83-year-old singer of “Banana Boat Song” and “Scarlet Ribbons.” Belafonte has been at the vanguard of the U.S. civil rights movement, anti-apartheid efforts in South Africa and ending gang violence on the streets of Los Angeles.

Jan 20, 2011

Sundance 2011 filmmakers face new reality

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – When the 2011 Sundance film festival opens on Thursday, makers of independent movies, distributors and fans all face a new reality after recent years in which investors fled the industry and companies closed.

While some players remain the same — The Weinstein Co. is still around, so are Fox Searchlight and Focus Features — there are several new companies playing the indie film game. And new technology is changing the way low-budget movies reach audiences in theaters and in homes.

Jan 20, 2011

A Minute With: Sundance festival director John Cooper

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday, starting 10 days of movie screenings at the largest gathering of the year for U.S. independent filmmakers.

Movies screened here will become some of the hot titles of the year among low-budget and art house movies. Hollywood calls them “specialty” films. Last year’s “The Kids Are All Right” screened here, as did “Blue Valentine” and “Winter’s Bone.”

Jan 17, 2011

‘Social Network’ electrifies Golden Globes

By Bob Tourtellotte

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Facebook film “The Social Network” won four Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, including best drama, making it a front-runner in Hollywood’s Oscar race after sweeping several honors from critics and industry groups in recent weeks.

“Social Network” also won the best director award for David Fincher, best screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin and best musical score, written by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Jan 17, 2011

‘Social Network’ wins 4 Golden Globes

, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Facebook film
“The Social Network” picked up four Golden Globe Awards on
Sunday, including best film drama, making it a front-runner in
Hollywood’s Oscar race.

“Social Network” picked up the best director award for
David Fincher, best screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin and best
musical score for its music, written by Nine Inch Nails
frontman Trent Reznor.

Jan 16, 2011

Hollywood’s eyes focus on Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Hollywood on Sunday geared up for one of its biggest parties of the year, the Golden Globe Awards, with “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network” in a close race for the top honor, best film drama.

“The King’s Speech” heads into the glitzy awards ceremony as the most nominated movie with seven nods overall, including best drama. It faces stiff competition from critics’ darling “The Social Network,” the Facebook film that has swept many early honors in Hollywood’s awards season and comes into the Golden Globes with six nominations.

Jan 15, 2011

Broadcast critics click on “Social Network”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Facebook film “The Social Network” became a big friend of broadcast critics on Friday when it won several top Critics’ Choice Awards, including best film, in the race toward Hollywood’s Oscars.

The movie, which traces the history of the popular website from its founding in a college dormitory to its first million users, also earned a best director trophy for David Fincher and adapted screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin, among others.

Jan 10, 2011

Film directors pick nominees for best movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s Oscar race narrowed further on Monday when a key directors’ group picked their top five movies and filmmakers, including David Fincher with his Facebook film “The Social Network.”

The Directors Guild of America, which represents men and women who make movies, also put the makers of “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Fighter” and “Inception” on its list of nominees for best directing efforts of 2010.

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