Erik’s Sundance Film Festival ’09 Diary: Day 6

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<em>Aside from stalking the halls at Flavorwire, Erik Davis contributes to Fandango.com and is also the editor-in-chief of AOL Moviefone’s Cinematical.com, one of the longest-running and most popular movie blogs online. He’ll be bringing us hi

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It’s not a ghost town yet, and as we reach the beginning of the end of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, there’s still a whole bunch of awesome happening right here in Park City. First up: Did you hear there was a film critic fist fight? Oh yes, John Anderson, a critic from <em>Variety</em>, <em>Newsday</em> and other outlets, dropped some fist action on one of the producer’s reps from the film <a href=”http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/dirt_the_movie”><em>Dirt!</em></a&gt;, Jeff Dowd. (Here’s where you might want to know that Dowd was the real inspiration behind <em>The Big Lebowski</em> character, The Dude. Um, yeah.) Why? Because Dowd was pressing Anderson to re-consider his negative opinion on <em>Dirt!</em>, and Anderson didn’t feel like hearing it anymore.

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And speaking of a need to get laid more often, Steven Soderbergh surprised (some) of the Sundance crowd by sneak previewing his new film <em>The Girlfriend Experience</em>, starring porn star Sasha Grey as a high-priced Manhattan call girl offering the total package; that girlfriend experience. Though still a little rough in spots, the fly-on-the-wall digital flick was well liked among the press and considered to be a score for Soderbergh.

In further news, the film <a href=”http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/manure”><em>Manure</em></a&gt; was yanked from the festival with no explanation following only one public screening and no press screenings. Buzz has it actress Tea Leoni, the film’s star, sat stone-faced through the post-screening Q&amp;A with no idea of what she just watched.

Other buzzed-about films today: • <a href=”http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/carter”><em>The Carter</em></a> – a doc that follows rap artist Lil Wayne on tour, through hotel rooms and clouds of pot smoke. • <a href=”http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/bronson”><em>Bronson</em></a&gt; – A sorta-biopic on the life and times of Britain’s most notorious criminal, Charles Bronson. • <a href=”http://festival.sundance.org/2009/film_events/films/big_fan”><em>Big Fan</em></a> – Patton Oswalt plays a lonely football fan whose obsession with his favorite team, the New York Giants, leads to him taking a beating from his favorite player.

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