Home Movies Dakota Fanning Film to Sundance; “Tim Buckley” Goes to Focus

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is lining up its big announcements for tomorrow at 4pm Eastern. So far I did hear that Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” with Dakota Fanning and Lizzie Olsen, is in. Some other titles we’re thinking may have made it, who knows–include “The East,” written by Britt Marling and peppered with an all star cast including Alexander Skarsgard and Patricia Clarkson; also maybe “Kill Your Darlings,” which tells the story of the murder of Beat figure Lucien Carr, featuring Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg (played by Daniel Radcliffe); and “At Any Price” with Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid, and also Kim Dickens, which was shown in Toronto is set to be released next year by Sony Pictures Classics.

Meantime, I’ve learned that “Greetings from Tim Buckley,” directed by Dan Algrant, has gone to Focus Films for distribution. The movie will come out next spring, maybe with a premiere tied to the Tribeca Film Festival. (That would make sense.) Penn Badgley stars as Jeff Buckley, and Ben Rosenfield makes a disarming debut as Tim Buckley in flashbacks to when the singer-songwriter was young and just starting out. “Greetings” played in Toronto to much success. It’s an offbeat success of a film, hard to pull of since both father and son are now long dead.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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