News Nuggets: 'The Way, Way Back' among Sundance acquisitions

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Jan 23 2013 10:45 am
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Studio purchases at the Sundance Film Festival have bee cautious, but the market is "steadily gaining steam." The Wrap

At the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Seachlight acquired North American distribution rights for "The Way, Way Back," written and directed by Oscar-winning duo Nat Faxon and Jim Rash ("The Descendants"). The film will be released this summer. "Nat and Jim have crafted a uproarious coming of age story and it is great to be reunited with them," said Fox Searchlight presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula.

Seven of the nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture could cross the $100 million mark in domestic box office. The Wrap

Nominees Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis, and Julianne Moore added to the list of SAG Award presenters, announced today by executive producer Jeff Margolis.

"Ted" and star Mark Wahlberg will be part of the Oscar telecast. "Ted" sequel also in the works. Entertainment Weekly

Prices for Oscar ads rises to between $1.65 million and $1.8 million for a 30-second spot. Ad Age

Nico Lang defends Jodie Foster's controversial Golden Globes speech: "... what this public backlash against Foster does is negate Foster’s role in defining her own queer narrative, one that doesn’t have to conform to public expectations about her identity ... Foster battled the dominant expectations of what it means to be female in Hollywood to have this career—queering our expectations of female cinema." WBEZ

 
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