Coiled tension -- a mixture of anticipation, hope, fear, and dread -- was the vibe emanating from Park City, Utah, on Thursday, at least as I interpreted it from my cozy apartment far from the madding crowd (1,375 miles away, to be semi-exact). Here's our 60-second roundup of Thursday happenings. Ready, set, go!
Deals. Exactly one was announced today. Burma VJ, which first gained notice at IFDA in November, sold US TV rights to HBO, according to indieWIRE, though it won't air until next year. The documentary by Anders Østergaard depicts the demonstrations involving Buddhist monks against the military dictatorship in Myanmar. Theatrical and DVD release partnerships are still being sought.
SAG and Sundance. Both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times published articles about the possibility that studio-affiliated distributors might refrain from acquiring films at Sundance that were shot under a SAG waiver. Anne Thompson at Variety posted a press release from SAG in response. Nikki Finke bashed the LAT and NYT for bashing the Hollywood guilds over the issue, and Patrick Goldstein of the LAT bashed her for her bashing. So there.
Reviews. Only one movie screened today, the opening night gala presentation of Mary and Max, a claymation extravanga featuring the voices of Toni Collette, Philip Semour Hoffman, and Eric Bana. Our Editor-in-Chief Erik Davis (loved / hated / felt indifferent) about it; find out by reading his complete review here.
Blog Talk. It wouldn't be Sundance without complaints: Jeff Wells complains about the worst fold-out bed of all time; David Carr (AKA The New York Times' The Bagger) complains -- notes rather than complains, to be fair -- that he slept 11 hours straight; and Ray Pride complains about complainers.
You can follow all of our coverage at our Sundance hub at Moviefone.