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Creepy but compelling: ‘Stoker’ director connects with actors, audience

Monday, February 4th, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Creepy but compelling: ‘Stoker’ director connects with actors, audience

By Dani Hayes PARK CITY—Director Chan-Wook Park welcomes us into his dream—or perhaps his nightmare—through his beautifully created film “Stoker,” which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film’s intricate plot spirals around the concept of interlacing fear and sexuality. A ...

Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ rock-doc commemorates famed music studio

Friday, February 1st, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ rock-doc commemorates famed music studio

Story & Photos by Ben Hansen Special to The Hard News Café “We are on a mission. We wanted to make something that will inspire kids to go to a yard sale and buy a crappy old guitar. Start a band with ...

Sundance 2013 closes: What a great party!

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Sundance 2013 closes: What a great party!

By Ben Hansen Special to the Hard News Café PARK CITY—As the blizzard blew snow sideways, Sundance 2013 blew out of Park City almost as quickly as it came in. After a whirlwind 10 days that concludes my sixth year of Sundancing, ...

Review: More like the unnecessary death of a good cast in a bad movie

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—Fredrik Bond, director of “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” walked onto the Eccles Theater stage at Sundance Film Festival on Tuesday, frazzled and confused, half-eaten apple in hand, admitting he was very hung over. While Bond ...

The Eagles land at Sundance with new documentary of 41-year run

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on The Eagles land at Sundance with new documentary of 41-year run

Story & Photo by Ben Hansen PARK CITY—For more than a decade, the Sundance Film Festival has been a popular scene for concerts and movies featuring musicians, with artists and bands such as Sammy Hagar, Metallica, Slash and U2 headlining at ...

Sundance 2013: ‘Don Jon’ paints grim picture of doomed romance

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | 1 Comment »

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, “Don Jon’s Addiction,” premiered at Sundance Film Festival on Friday and was bought up by Sunday. Gordon-Levitt not only directed the film, he also wrote and starred in the racy and unique romantic ...

Rejected by Sundance, moviemaker’s ‘Depression’ a sign of the times

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Rejected by Sundance, moviemaker’s ‘Depression’ a sign of the times

By Dani Hayes PARK CITY—Unconventional director Marc Fignon marched up and down Park City’s Main Street Saturday holding a gigantic, yellow sign. “I’m Depressed,” it said. [caption id="attachment_8750" align="alignleft" width="280"] Filmmaker Marc Fignon is depressed on Park City’s Main Street because Sundance ...

Sundance 2013: Radcliffe excels in daring, poetic ‘Kill Your Darlings’

Monday, January 21st, 2013 Posted in Opinion | 1 Comment »

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—“Kill Your Darlings,” which premiered Friday at Sundance, follows the true events of poet Allen Ginsberg’s transformation from emotional and sexual repression to the realization of his unorthodox genius and homosexuality—a process that is sparked by a ...

Sundance 2013: Kenny Loggins back ‘Home’ again with new band

Monday, January 21st, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Sundance 2013: Kenny Loggins back ‘Home’ again with new band

By Dani Hayes PARK CITY—Blue Sky Riders entertained a wall-to-wall packed ASCAP Music Café at Sundance on Friday. The band, featuring Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr, performed songs from their debut album, “Finally Home,” set to release on Tuesday. [caption ...

Slamdance 2013 Q&A: ‘Rebel’ DJ LeCash as quirky as his film

Sunday, January 20th, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Slamdance 2013 Q&A: ‘Rebel’ DJ LeCash as quirky as his film

Story by Katie Swain PARK CITY—Josh LeCash is an eccentric, egocentric, Miami-born DJ who propelled himself to fame with his charm and charisma despite having a reputation as one of the worst wannabe DJs. After gaining success in Miami, LeCash went international ...

Sundance crowd panics at film premier when fire extinguisher explodes

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Sundance crowd panics at film premier when fire extinguisher explodes

By Katie Swain PARK CITY—An explosion in the Eccles Theater ticketholder’s tent caused mass panic Friday at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Kill Your Darlings” Friday. A fire extinguisher was knocked off the wall and burst open on impact, spreading ...

Sundance 2013: ‘Crystal Fairy’ is a trip . . . literally

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 Posted in Opinion | Comments Off on Sundance 2013: ‘Crystal Fairy’ is a trip . . . literally

Story & Photo by Ben Hansen Special to Hard News Café PARK CITY—The 2013 Sundance Film Festival opened with a handful of films on Thursday night. Perhaps the most anticipated of the bunch, “Crystal Fairy” promised star power (Michael Cera), an eccentric ...

Redford’s annual celebration of film and culture opens this week

Monday, January 14th, 2013 Posted in Arts and Life | Comments Off on Redford’s annual celebration of film and culture opens this week

By Ben Hansen Special to Hard News Café PARK CITY, Utah—The Sundance Film Festival starts Thursday, and like every year, the 2013 edition is packed with film premiers, concerts, celebrities, parties, panel discussions and off-screen events. Let’s begin with the films. There are ...