Sundance announced its sidebars yesterday, and the midnight offerings include a heap of music documentaries, including the Beastie Boys' Awesome, I Fuckin' Shot That!. Also planned for late-night viewing: Destricted, an omnibus of "erotic art films" by the likes of Larry Clark and Gaspar Noe. Programmers have also combined the old American Spectrum and Special Screenings sidebars, to create one, 24-film, non-competitive section called simply Spectrum. Offerings will include the Matt Dillon - as - Bukowski pic Factotum, and The Proposition, a "violent Aussie western" starring Guy Pearce.
New Line has promoted long-time employee Mark Kaufman to the role of Eveecutive VP of Production and Theater. Theater, you say in a surprised tone? Yes, Kaufman was in charge of making sure that Broadway didn't do too terrible of a job adapting John Waters' Hairspray. He's also behind the upcoming Broadwayization of The Wedding Singer.
Justin Chang finds The White Countess, the final Merchant Ivory film, a disappointment. The film, he says, "is itself adrift in more ways than one, with a
literate but meandering script by The Remains of the Day novelist
Kazuo Ishiguro that withholds emotional payoffs to an almost perverse
degree." I don't know what's wrong with me, but that sounds awesome.