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The Newsdesk 01.20.09 – Ashton and Demi Pledge to Obama; Gilliam Resurrects Don Quixote

• The blaxploitation spoof Black Dynamite was the big sale at the Sundance Film Festival yesterday, going to Sony for $2 million. Dynamite looks to be a refreshing change from the normal depressing Sundance fare.

• Tom Cruise revealed that he wanted to kill Hitler since he was a little boy. Ironically, he’s also wanted to fly F-16s, dance in his underwear, and flip liquor bottles in the air since he was a young lad.

• Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and other celebrities pledged their allegiance to President Barack Obama in a viral video timed for Inauguration Day. If Ashton’s on board for the next four years, we’ve got nothing to fear.

• Offbeat  “bro-mantic comedy” Humpday was the talk of the Sundance Film Festival and has sold to Magnolia Pictures in a reported six-figure deal. Early reviews suggest it should be retitled “Zack and Zack Make a Porno.”

• The days of waiting for a festival film to hopefully come to your local theater could be coming to an end with IFC giving several movies at this year’s SXSW Festival an on-demand debut. Unfortunately you won’t be able to download a Zooey Deschanel festival sighting. 

• Violence erupted at a screening of My Bloody Valentine 3D in Valley Stream, NY when a security guard stabbed a patron who refused to leave the theater.

I Love You Phillip Morris, the gay-themed comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, looks to be the most buzzed-about film at the Sundance Film Festival. Early reviews say it’s Jim Carrey’s darkest comedic performance since Cable Guy, and that’s actually a compliment.

• Terry Gilliam is working on his ill-fated Don Quixote movie again, starting over with a new screenplay. Gilliam’s first disastrous attempt to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote was chronicled in the documentary Lost in La Mancha. One thing you can say for Gilliam, he’s nothing if not persistent.

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