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1998 Sundance Film Festival Buzz
Early Festival Buzz

by Richard Schwartz

PARK CITY, Jan. 16 - Here's what making news aroud Park City:

The hottest ticket at Sundance? Probably Friday's midnight showing of "Orgazmo," a highly anticipated film by the red-hot team behind Comedy Central's animated "South Park." Directed by Colorado native Trey Parker and starring Parker and partner Matt Stone, "Orgazmo" tells the outrageous story of a Mormon missionary turned porn film superhero. "Orgasmo" is generating the same type of buzz as "The Spirit of Christmas," the animated short featuring "South Park" characters that earned accolades at last year's festival. And there's more to come. Parker and Stone will zip back to L.A. following the screening to resume work on their next feature...

An early disappointment at this year's festival was the withdrawal of Brit Nick Broomfield's documentary "Kurt and Courtney" from the World Cinema category. Sundance released a statement Thursday saying it regret[ted]" the film's exclusion due to "unresolved legal issues." Those "legal issues" were evidently lawsuit threats by rocker Courtney Love, who expressed displeasure with the film's treatment of her relationship with late husband Kurt Cobain...

The Coen brothers are back at Sundance with their newest film, but this winter's "The Big Lebowski" is not even a part of the festival's selection. The team behind the ultra-successful "Fargo" apparently turned down the opening night slot for their film and indastead will screen it as a non-competition film much as David Lynch did with last year's "Lost Highway."

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