Deals. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group picked up Scott Sanders' Black Dynamite for a reported $2 million. The salute to 70s blaxpoitation pictures premiered at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday; negotiations continued into the "wee hours" of Monday morning, according to indieWIRE. The film will be released in theaters later this year. Late Monday night, Variety reported that Magnolia Pictures nabbed worldwide rights to Lynn Shelton's Humpday after a "protracted bidding war." Magnolia plans to launch it via video on demand "before an August theatrical opening." Erik Davis says that "its well-written script remains grounded with the type of real-people humor we've grown to adore over the years."
News. Five films playing at SXSW in March, including Joe Swanberg's newest, Alexander the Last, will also screen via IFC's Festival Direct on-demand platform, Scott Macaulay of Filmmaker Magazine covered the morning announcement and Q&A. In the afternoon, the nominations for the 2nd Annual Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were announced; Israeli animated doc Waltz With Bashir led the way with seven nominations. A.J. Schnack has the complete list of nominees at his site.
Reviews. Scott Weinberg checked out the music doc When You're Strange (archival footage of The Doors: "fascinating," the narration, not so much: "Doors for Dummies") and explained how Zooey Deschanel broke his heart (again). James Rocchi was "enthralled" with the fashion doc The September Issue. And Eric D. Snider says the premise of Push: Based on a Novel by Sapphire is so "unsettling and bleak" that you might hesitate to see it, but if you do, "you'll find that it's compelling and artistic, punctuated with warm humor and masterful performances, and ultimately triumphant and hopeful."
All of our coverage can be found at the Sundance hub at Moviefone. After the jump: what other blogs are saying.