Showbiz Sandbox 178: Sex Sells At Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival has a reputation of programming edgy, independent films that often reflect the spirit and sentiment of the country. The festival must think the nation is in a lascivious mood since many of the films at this year’s event are rather racy.

In fact, at least three films at this year’s festival focus on pornography, including “Lovelace” a biopic of the world’s first pornstar. Whether it’s suburban lesbian mothers turning into prostitutes or two best friends having affairs with each other’s sons, Sundance has been hot and steamy.

If the number of distribution deals at this year’s festival is any indication however, Sundance is surely on the right track.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including controversial action figures for “Django Unchained”, Hanks and Spielberg head to war again, and Robert Iger’s big salary raise.

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‘Django Unchained’ Unleashed Overseas, No. 1 With $49.4 Million
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-django-unchained-413998

Moonrise Kingdom Screenplay
http://focusguilds2012.com/mrkscript/moonrise-kingdom-script.pdf

Universal’s ‘Jurassic Park 4’ to Hit Theaters in June 2014
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/universals-jurassic-park-4-hit-411594

Second Night Of American Idol Holds Steady
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-american-idol-thursday-413586

Star Wars Gay Planet Annoys Pretty Much Everyone
http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/star-wars-gay-planet-upsets-advocates-and-opponents-alike-146547

The Killing Being Revived On AMC
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/killing-being-revived-at-amc-412703

Bob Berney Relaunches Picturehouse
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bob-berney-relaunching-picturehouse-signs-412732

Die Hard Director John McTiernan Is Going To Jail
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/die-hard-director-john-mctiernan-412690

HBO Developing Third WW II Miniseries
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/hbo-developing-third-wwii-miniseries-413632

Four Studios Targeted In  Class Action Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/four-studios-targeted-class-action-413038

Django Unchained Action Figures Discontinued: Should They Have Ever Existed in the First Place?
http://www.vulture.com/2013/01/should-the-django-dolls-have-ever-existed.html

Disney cancels ‘Little Mermaid 3-D,’ dates ‘Pirates 5’ for 2015
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-disney-cancels-little-mermaid-3d-pirates-5-2015-20130114,0,6139988.story

Disney’s Robert Iger Earns $40 Million in 2012
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/disney-ceo-robert-iger-413670