Packed with screenings and the beginnings of buzz on several titles, Saturday kept Sundance visitors hopping.
Deals. Antoine Fuqua's police drama Brooklyn's Finest , starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, and Ethan Hawke, was in play after its Friday night debut as a "work in progress," with several distributors making offers (per THR). Gregg Goldstein at Movie City News dubbed it "Friday Night Fever." Senator Distribution closed the deal for North American rights on Saturday night, according to indieWIRE, with a fourh quarter 2009 release planned. Lynn Shelton's 'two straight guys decide to make a gay porno" Humpday has motivated four buyers to actively engage in talks to acquire it, Mike Jones reported for Variety at his blog The Circuit.
Our Coverage. Humpday is a "quiet, unassuming festival film" says Erik Davis of Cinematical. He also describes it as "uncomfortable," "awkward," and "often laugh-out-loud funny," which means this sucker better get picked up by somebody and released in theaters pronto. Scott Weinberg loved Sam Rockwell in Moon and reported on two people fainting during horror flick Grace. And Eric D. Snider complained about getting ripped off ... by another blogger. You can catch up with all of our coverage via the convenient Sundance hub at Moviefone.
Elsewhere. Though Brooklyn's Finest has drawn mixed reviews, Moon and Humpday continue to generate great buzz across the Internets (especially the latter, with even Karina Longworth of Spout succumbing to its charms).
More blog talk after the jump.