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Sundance Films Could Find an Easier Path to the Oscars Thanks to the Pandemic

There are Sundance movies and there are Oscar movies, and if you were to create a Venn diagram of the two, there are years when the two circles have overlapped and years when they’ve maintained their distance. Richard Linklater’s decades-spanning Boyhood, for example, which debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, went on to earn […]

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Sundance 2020 Oscar Preview: Keep Your Eye on the Documentaries

While a few lauded Sundance Film Festival titles like “The Farewell” and “The Report” still seek 2020 awards attention, the 2019 narrative selection became more talent discovery than Oscar launchpad as heated buys like “Late Night” and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” fizzled at the box office. For the documentary section, however, it’s a different story.While […]

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Acclaimed ‘Monos’ Leads Slow Build-Up to Fall Box Office Primetime

Until the glittery array of recent Toronto International Film Festival launches hit theaters this fall, the arthouse business is ramp-up to the coming onslaught.Though modest, the top performer was “Monos,” which Neon picked up at Sundance. The Colombian Oscar submission landed initial top theaters and mostly good reviews. But like most subtitled films, it faces […]

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Jillian Bell on ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’: ‘This Was the Movie I Wanted to See When I Was 13’

Jillian Bell takes the lead in “Brittany Runs a Marathon,” landing her first starring role in the Sundance hit.“I feel very lucky and the project feels very special, very near and dear to my heart. We’re so proud of what we made,” Bell told Variety at the film’s premiere on Thursday night in Los Angeles. […]

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Jillian Bell Reveals the Improvised Scene Paul Thomas Anderson Cut From ‘The Master’

Paul Thomas Anderson has been called a “comedy lurker.” He cast his hilarious wife Maya Rudolph and Martin Short in “Inherent Vice” and completely redefined the way the world saw Adam Sandler in “Punch Drunk Love.”But even the most diehard fans may not remember that Jillian Bell, of “Workaholics” and “22 Jump Street” fame, played […]

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ Trailer: Jillian Bell Jogs (And Jokes) Around New York City in This Winning Indie

Since her breakout performance in 22 Jump Street back in 2014, Jillian Bell has popped up as a supporting player in mainstream studio comedies like Rough Night, Office Christmas Party, and Fist Fight. But now she’s stepping into a lead role in Brittany Runs a Marathon, an indie feature that debuted at this year’s Sundance […]

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