So much for not programming anything resembling any thing that could have possibly been produced by Hollywood – but you didn't think they'd really stick to that, did you? The Sundance premieres have been announced, and they include films starring Jennifer Aniston (Nicole Hofcener's Friends with Money) and Justin Timberlake (Nick Cassavetes' Alpha Dog) and new works from directors Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, starring Gael Garcia Bernal), Terry Zwigoff (Art School Confidential), and Jonathan Demme (Neil Young: Heart of Gold).
Johnny Depp will star in Peter Weir's adaptation of Shataram, based on the novel by Gregory Robert Dunne. The story follows an "Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison and reinvents himself in India as a doctor in the slums of Bombay". Depp has been attached to the project for awhile, but now that Weir has signed on to direct and write the script with Eric Roth, it looks like production's a go for late next year.
Palm Pictures has launched a DVD distribution label called Arthouse Films. You can't take that name too literally: they plan to mostly sell films about artists, such as new documentaries about William Eggleston and Donald Judd, at venues such as museums, galleries, and universities.