The Killing

We have a particularly murderer-heavy edition of TV Bits today, with news about Dexter, Hannibal, and The Killing. After the jump:

  • Dallas, Veep, Rectify, and Orphan Black get renewed
  • Vampire Diaries spinoff gets green light
  • Julian Sands joins Dexter in mystery role
  • Downton Abbey gets its first black character
  • John Oliver will host The Daily Show this summer
  • Bryan Fuller has Pushing Daisies movie ideas
  • NBC affiliate axes Hannibal
  • The Killing‘s new mystery will be solved within the season
  • FX and Seth Rogen develop Bigfoot comedy
  • Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Peter Berg team for HBO
  • Alex Gibney will direct Frank Sinatra documentary
  • The Arrested Development doc hits tomorrow; see more Season 4 stills

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam argue about the quality of Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior, offer praise for this season’s Justified (check out the new JustifiedCast here!) and wonder what the hell the MPAA is doing these days. Special guest Joanna Robinson joins us from Pajiba.

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When I was younger, I recall that during Oscar night, I used to watch the Best Short Film Oscar nominations on television with some level of frustration and confusion. What were these films that I’d never heard of? And how could a layperson like me ever hope to see them? I’m one of the few people I know that have actually gone to watch short films in a theater (Coolidge Corner, Boston). I’m a fan of the format, which, when executed well, always leaves the audience wanting more.

Fortunately, with the growth of broadband technology, all kinds of short films have started becoming available for download for free or for a nominal price. Ninety-six short films were selected to be at Sundance this year and, starting right now, 10 of them are available for download on iTunes for free! Hit the jump for the download link and a plot description of each film:
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Eagle vs. Shark Movie Trailer Revealed

Eagle vs. Shark

Eagle vs. Shark was one of our top 3 favorite movies at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. We called the film “the best indie romantic comedy of all time.” We gushed over the movie so much that Miramax is using our quote on the official website. We called Well now you are finally going to see what we were talking about. The movie trailer is online below.

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Sundance 2007 Coming to a Theater near you

Eagle vs. Shark

There were 122 feature length films at the 2007 Sudnance Film Festival (culled from 3,287 submissions). So far 18 of those movies have been picked up, in addition to the 17 films that entered the festival with US distribution (please note that our list might be short, and our math might be off).

Our good friends at FirstShowing aren’t the only ones wondering why The Go-Getter hasn’t been picked up yet. I’m also wondering why John August’s directional debut The Nines and David Gordon Green’s Snow Angels have yet to receive the distribution love. Let’s take a look at the Sundance 2007 films coming to a theater near you.
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Sundance: Grace is Gone Movie Review

Grace is Gone

My Mom was very sick the years before I entered Middle School. The only times I saw her were in the Hospital. I was young so I was kept out of the loop on how things were really going. But one night at the hospital all the relatives were there. My dad even slept over instead of coming home. I didn’t realize the significance of the situation at the time.

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One of our favorite films at Sundance 2007 was Eagle vs. Shark (a film I tell people is Little Miss Sunshine meets Napoleon Dynamite). Well it looks like Eagle vs. Shark loves us back.

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Escape from Park City

So we’ve been on location in the famous little mountain town in Utah for almost two weeks now. We saw over 30 films in a 9-day period, can you even imagine?

But the Sundance Film Festival has come to an end. Our bags are packed are we will be returning to sunny California on Monday afternoon. So for those of you who have been wondering: Are they going to get back to the mainstream news and reviews, fear not. We will return shortly to the relm of comic book movies and romantic comedies. We’re still behind on our Sundance reviews, so also be sure to expect some more indie in the days to come.

Starting out in the Evening

Andrew Wagner was at Sundance two years ago with his break-out film The Talent Given to Us. In his emotional introduction to Starting Out, he explained how he sat in the huge Eccles theater wishing to someday have a film of his own on the gigantic big screen. He couldn’t get anymore words out, he just tried to hold the tears back, for like two minutes. It was the most emotional Sundance moment I’ve seen in a while.

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