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Sundance Film Festival releases star-studded 2012 premiere lineup

Actor Chris Rock and actress and director Julie Deply in "2 Days in New York" Nicole Rivelli

(CBS/AP) The Sundance Institute has announced a star-studded premiere lineup  -  all of which are up for grabs for potential theatrical distributors. 

Sundance Film Festival releases its 2012 competition lineup
Pictures: 2011 Sundance Film Festival 

Some premieres usually enter the independent-film showcase with U.S. distribution already lined up. But festival director John Cooper said all the premieres that Sundance announced Monday will be looking for distributors.

"I don't think that's ever happened before," said Cooper. "It makes for a much more exciting buyer's marker, I think. At least, lively."

Among Sundance's big-name premieres: Kristen Dunst's wedding romp "Bachelorette," directed by Leslye Headland; Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones' Las Vegas bookie caper "Lay the Favorite," from filmmaker Stephen Frears; Richard Gere and Susan Saradon's Wall Stree saga "Arbitrage," directed by Nicholas Jarecki; Sigourney Weaver and Robert De Niro in Rodrigo Cortes' paranormal thriller "Red Lights"; and Julie Delpy's "2 Days in New York," co-starring Chris Rock in a follow-up to her 2007 romance "2 Days in Paris."

Sarandon also stars alongside Frank Langella in a second Sundance premiere, director Jake Schreier's geriatric comedy "Robot and Frank," which also features Liv Tyler and James Marsden.

Former "X-Files" partners David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson both have premieres playing Sundance. Duchovny and Vera Farmiga star in Christopher Neil's father-son story "Goats," while Anderson is featured along with Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough in James Marsh's Irish terrorism tale "Shadow Dancer."

Director Spike Lee, who came to Sundance with his 2009 rock musical "Passing Strange," returns with "Red Hook Summer," the story of an Atlanta boy spending the summer with his grandfather in Brooklyn.

Overseen by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute, the festival runs Jan. 19-29 in Park City, Utah.

Sundance opens with four films that were announced last week among the festival's dramatic and documentary competitions. It closes with one of the premieres unveiled Monday, directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal's literary plagiarism story "The Words," starring Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid and Olivia Wilde.

Click here to see the full list of premieres.

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