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Ashton Kutcher's turn as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut about a modern day Don Juan are leading a slew of star-studded premieres unveiled Monday for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Kutcher stars in "Jobs," a biographical look at the career rise of Jobs from wayward hippie to charismatic inventor and entrepreneur, which Sundance said Monday will officially close the indie film festival backed by Robert Redford that runs Jan. 17 to Jan. 27.
The premiere lineup also features Gordon-Levitt directing, writing and starring in "Don Jon's Addiction," about a self-centered porn-addict attempting to reform his ways opposite Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza.Behind-the-scenes tales of pornography will also be explored in British director Michael Winterbottom's "The Look of Love," starring Steve Coogan and based on British adult magazine publisher and entrepreneur Paul Raymond.
"Lovelace," starring Amanda Seyfried and James Franco, tells the story of porn star Linda Lovelace famed for the film "Deep Throat."
Sundance, the top US film festival for independent cinema held in Park City, Utah, unveiled the premieres section – which typically feature more established directors - after it announced its competition films last week. Adding to the premieres list is "Before Midnight," director Richard Linklater's third film collaborating with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy after "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," in which the audience encounters their characters nine years later in Greece.
New Zealand director Jane Campion will screen her new six-hour epic, "Top Of The Lake," a haunting mystery about a pregnant 12-year-old girl who disappears, with Holly Hunter. Other big-name actors in the lineup include Steve Carell and Toni Collette in "The Way, Way Back," Naomi Watts and Robin Wright in "Two Mothers", Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen in "Very Good Girls," and Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman."