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'Quirky' Series Premiere Brings Inventions to Life, Just Like the Website (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 31st 2011 7:07AM
Ventu strainer bowl, 'Quirky' premiereQuirky.com was founded by Ben Haufman as a conglomerate of idea people that come together online to help develop invention and turn them into reality. The business model sees two inventions come to fruition each week, so Sundance decided it was all ready tailor-made for an uplifting TV series. Enter 'Quirky' (Tue., 10PM ET on Sundance).

Each week, viewers will get to watch as two inventions go from idea to reality, and even get to see how successful the product launches have been for the inventions.

The premiere spotlighted the bendable power strip, Pivot Power, and a new approach to straining food, which was concocted by a middle-class mom.

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Foie Gras Protest Backfires on 'Ludo Bites America,' More Customers Order It (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 6:14AM
'Ludo Bites America'Foie gras is a dish made up of fattened duck liver. There's a controversy around it because in France, the ducks are reportedly force-fed corn to fatten their livers. Because of this, a group of protesters set up shop outside of Chef Ludo Lefebvre's touring restaurant on the latest 'Ludo Bites America' (Tue., 9PM ET on Sundance).

When he found out they were out there, with signs protesting the cruel treatment of ducks to make the dish, he shouted to them through the windows.

"That's too bad for you!" he shouted. "I'm serving a lot of foie gras tonight."

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Ludo Kills a Buffalo and Eats Its Heart Raw on 'Ludo Bites America' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 10th 2011 8:20AM
'Ludo Bites America'French chef Ludo Lefebvre and his wife Krissy have been traveling across the US opening temporary pop-up restaurants, which offer high end food in unfamiliar locations.

'Ludo Bites America' (Tue., 9PM ET on SUND) follows the pair on their adventure, and this week found them in Denver.

!!!BLOOD AND GORE ALERT!!!

Where Ludo not only killed and then butchered a 1,200-lb buffalo, he also chowed down on its raw, warm -- possibly still-beating -- heart.

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Viewers can attend Sundance Festival via their TVs

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 6:30PM
The Sundance Film Festival is available on your TV on demand.If you're not cool enough (or smug enough) to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this month, you can now watch key moments of the event via your TV on demand through the new video on demand service, Sundance Selects.

You can put on your overpriced, ugly ski boots and over-sized sunglasses while you pet your matchbox-sized dog -- pretending you're the up and coming star of a pretentious art house flick without leaving your living room. Sundance Selects is all set to send films from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to a national audience for the first time.

You'll also get a first hand look at some of the live events that take place during the fest, as the on demand service "gives film lovers coast-to-coast the opportunity to experience a major film festival as it happens."

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 24th 2009 3:04PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • The Cinematical crew is staying at Sundance until the bitter end. Check out their Sundance in 60 Seconds for Friday, January 23.
  • I've been hearing a lot about the new Lil' Wayne documentary and it sounds really interesting. Check out what Cinematical has to say about The Carter.
  • John Krasinski is more than the adorable Jim Halpert on The Office; he's also a budding director. He premiered his first film, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men at Sundance. Jim Rocchi got a chance to interview him. Check it out here.
  • Another movie that premiered at Sundance that I'm excited about is Paper Heart. Starring Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi. It's both a comedy about a documentary and a documentary about a comedy, if that makes sense. Cinematical explains it all in their review.
  • Hey! Oscar nominations were this week! Check out what gott snubbed!

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 18th 2009 10:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • Cinematical is at Sundance and writer Eric Snyder outs fellow blogger, Defamer's Stu Van Airsdale as a joke thief. FACT: Cold weather and Mormons bring out the worst in people.
  • So what do you make of the whole "Joaquin Phoenix as a rapper" thing? Personally, I think it's a joke or an over-extended performance piece. Regardless, Casey Affleck is making a documentary about Phoenix's quest. Share your thoughts over on Cinematical.
  • If freezing your ass off in your own town isn't enough for you, you can imagine what you would be doing while freezing your ass off in Park City, Utah when you read Sundance in 60 Seconds.
  • After seeing a trailer, I twittered that I couldn't think of a movie more unappealing than Bride Wars. I quickly got a reply from a movie reviewer friend who said, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Trust me." See if she was right when Cinematical reviews Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
  • January is pretty much a dead zone for movies. Cinematical was able to find seven decent ones, though. Go figure. Check out the Cinematical Seven: Great January Movies.

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A few ways to experience Live Earth

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 4th 2007 2:22PM

live earthCan we save the Earth through music?

Of course not, don't be stupid. However, that doesn't mean you can't catch the twenty-four hour Live Earth global concert series on TV starting this Saturday, July 7.

Here's a list of channels that will be covering the event:

  • NBC: 8:00 p.m to 11:00
  • BRAVO: 9:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:30 a.m. on July 8
  • UNI HD: 4:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
  • SUNDANCE: 4:00 a.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
  • MSNBC: intermittent coverage throughout
  • CNBC: 7:00 p.m. on July 7 through 2:00 a.m. on July 8
  • TELEMUNDO: 7:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m.
  • MUN2: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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NBC and News Corp add more channels to new online video service

by Adam Finley, posted May 31st 2007 2:03PM

nbc and news corpWe've been telling you about NBC Universal and News Corp's new YouTube-esque video service for awhile now, and today The Hollywood Reporter has news that the service has added the following channels to its lineup:

  • Fuel TV
  • Sundance Channel
  • Oxygen
  • Speed

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CNN's Pipeline free all day tomorrow

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 22nd 2007 8:10AM

I've never used Pipeline, the news video service that CNN has incorporate into its web site. I think I went to the site one time to check it out, but you had to register or had to pay for it or something so I didn't do it. But it has received great reviews, and tomorrow we'll be able to see what the fuss is about.

Pipeline will be free to everyone tomorrow (though I'm not sure if you'll have to register first). And they'll have some big stories covered: the Academy Award nominations at 8:30 in the morning, coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, and President Bush's State of the Union Address at 9pm. Plus, I'm sure they'll be live coverage of breaking news and press conferences all day long, not to mention whatever Paris Hilton is up to.

[via TV Newser]

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Sundance on iTunes

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 8th 2006 1:28PM

ipodSo I was poking around the ol' iTunes yesterday, and what do you know, they had just added shows from the Sundance Channel.

"Hey, ma!" I yelled, "we done got ourselves some Sundance programming on the iTunes!"

"Yee ha!" she screamed, tossing off her bonnet and almost knocking over her butter churner. As soon as Bessie Ellie Mary Ellen May gets back from the Maple Syrup and Baptism Festival we'll download ourselves some episodes!"

"If only pa were alive to see this," I sighed. "Why did he have to taunt that rabid goat with a stick?"

At any rate, you can now find a few Sundance shows on iTunes. The shows are all of the "reality" variety, including documentaries The Hill and One Punk Under God, and investigations into real-life dramas such as The Staircase and The First Amendment Project.

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Sci-Fi and Sundance team up

by Brett Love, posted Oct 3rd 2006 1:54PM
MansquitoIf you've been spending your free time making a two to eight minute long science fiction, fantasy, or horror film, then opportunity has smiled on you. Sci-Fi is partnering with the Sundance Channel in a contest to give budding film makers exposure. They will be taking submissions between now and Nov. 6th. Submissions must be on a standard DVD and, unfortunately, pornographic, obscene, gratuitously violent, and morally objectionable content won't be considered.

A panel of experts from both networks will choose the best submissions and post them online. Fans will be able to vote for their favorites on both websites. One winner will be chosen each week beginning Oct. 23rd. After eight weeks, the winners will be shown on a one hour special on the Sci-Fi channel. The final grand prize winner will be flown to New York to pitch a movie to Sci-Fi executives. Hopefully it won't be Mansquito 2: Electric Boogaloo. Although, if they can get Corin Nemec again, I'll still watch.

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Flaming Lips documentary on Sundance Channel

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 15th 2006 2:03PM
flaming lipsOkay, this might only be interesting to a handful of readers, but since The Flaming Lips are one of my favorite bands of all time I had to let everyone know that Bradley Beesley's recent documentary about the band, The Fearless Freaks, will be airing on the Sundance Channel on Monday, June 19 at 10:50 a.m. and again that same evening at 7:15 p.m. The documentary, which was released last year, had a very brief theatrical run in some cities and is currently available on DVD. Filmmaker Bradley Beesley, a longtime friend of The Lips, was given full access to the band, and the result is a film that is far more intimate, and often more disconcerting, than something that might have been cobbled together by a film crew with no real connection to a band that's been making its own kind of sublime (and ever-changing) noise on the fringes of the music scene for over two decades. Fans who haven't already seen it should check it out, but if you've never heard of the band, or have only a casual interest, it's still a well-made piece of documentary filmmaking, and worth checking out at least once.

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Sundance, VH1 to examine drug use

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 18th 2006 9:26AM
drugs; cocaineVH1 and Sundance will team up to produce a documentary series about the rise of illicit drug use and its influence on culture in the 20th century. It's a four-part series called The Drug Years and it will feature musicians such as Jackson Browne, Ice-T, Liz Phair, Rob Thomas, Henry Rollins, Tommy Chong, and John Mellencamp.

The series debuts June 12 at 9 p.m. on VH1 and then airs again on Sundance Channel on June 16 at 8 p.m.

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See half of Bob Odenkirk's pilot

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 31st 2006 12:43PM
bob odenkirkBob Odenkirk of Mr. Show, and most recently Tom Goes To The Mayor, created a pilot called Derek and Simon along with Simon Helberg and Derek Waters, who also star. Bob describes it as "a great mix of funny and real." The show was not picked up by any network, however one of the two shorts that made up the pilot was screened at Sundance and can be viewed here. The short is called "The Pity Card" and deals with a young man who takes a girl to the Holocaust Museum on their first date, unaware that she's never heard of the Holocaust. Her emotional reaction and determination to spread the word about this human injustice is priceless. Comedian Zach Galifianakis also makes a hysterical appearance as a laconic party-goer who admires the home's high ceilings, or perhaps it's the low floors.

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