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Sundance: Audience walks out of Al Pacino-Katie Holmes movie; Kevin Smith buys his own 'Red State' for $20




There's been precious little to report out of this year's Sundance Film Festival, but one thing's for sure: It looks like Al Pacino's crime drama with Katie Holmes, The Son of No One, is gonna be a real stinker. It seems much of the audience walked out of a screening. How many? Enough that an observer called it an "exodus." That's a lot.

The Hollywood Reporter says that a Monday showing of the Dito Montiel-directed flick -- also starring Ray Liotta, Channing Tatum and Juliette Binoche -- drew an audience full of acquisition types from studios. Of course, with this cast, that doesn't mean it won't find a buyer, even with so many walkouts.

Speaking of acquisitions, the only other big story was Kevin Smith's ego-fueled switcheroo Sunday night.

He announced at the first public screening of his own horror movie Red State that he bought and would distribute the film himself outside the studio system. He had been saying he would hold an auction, but instead announced at the screening he had paid himself a token $20 to go on the road and try to talk theaters into showing Red State for a planned Oct. 19 release.

"What we need to prove is that anyone can release a movie," Smith said, according to THR. "Indie film isn't dead, it just grew up. It is just indie film 2.0 now. In indie film 2.0, we don’t let them sell our movie, we sell our movie ourselves." Given Tampa Bay's unfriendliness to indie films, don't expect to see Red State around here anytime soon. The Son of No One, on the other hand, will probably be at every theater in the five-county area.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 4:11pm]


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