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8 items from 2016


2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners revealed

31 January 2016 3:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation

Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.

We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »

- Paul Heath

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Sundance: 19 Biggest Breakthrough Performances

30 January 2016 12:12 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sundance has always served as a springboard to launch the careers of under-the-radar actors — just ask Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), Carey Mulligan (“An Education”), Paul Dano (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and Ryan Gosling (“The Believer”) — and the 2016 edition of the festival was no exception. Variety’s critics Justin Chang, Guy Lodge and Geoff Berkshire and film reporters Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang weighed in on their favorite breakthrough performances at this year’s Sundance.

(1) Narges Rashidi, “Under the Shadow”

Babak Anvari’s wartime creeptacular has already drawn well-deserved comparisons to another Sundance-premiered horror hit, “The Babadook,” and along similar lines, Rashidi’s intense yet fine-grained work here deserves to be spoken of in the same lofty tones as Essie Davis’. As a fiercely intelligent, progressive-minded Iranian woman infuriated by the direction of her country since the Islamic Revolution, Rashidi plays her character like a musical instrument going slowly out of »

- Variety Staff

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Sundance Film Review: ‘As You Are’

26 January 2016 11:34 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A promising and impressively self-assured debut for 23-year-old filmmaker Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, “As You Are” is crafted with the confidence and skill of a veteran, but also the youthful eye of someone not far removed from his protagonists. His sensitively wrought teen-angst drama has a timeless quality that makes its early-’90s setting feel simultaneously specific and universal. Far from an easy sell commercially, the pic deserves careful handling by a specialty distrib capable of connecting with younger auds bound to see themselves reflected in the characters.

While Hollywood happily caters to teens in order to cash in at the box office, members of that age group are rarely depicted on screen with the sort of dignity and respect Joris-Peyrafitte and his co-writer Madison Harrison afford them here. Focused on the friendship between two high-school boys and the female classmate who both unites and divides them, the well-observed drama is somewhat »

- Geoff Berkshire

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This Party Nearly Rivaled the Golden Globes' Starpower With Gwyneth, Ringo, and More

12 January 2016 10:37 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Stella McCartney presented her Autumn 2016 collection in La Tuesday night with one of the most memorable - and star-packed - parties in recent memory. After all, when Gwyneth Paltrow, Ringo Starr, Beck, Mary J. Blige, Kate Hudson, Katy Perry, and Demi Lovato are just a handful of the stars who show up to your event, you know it's a hot ticket. The soirée-slash-fashion-show took place at Hollywood's historic Ameoba Music record store, where guests were served mini quesadillas on vinyl records and treated to surprise performances by the likes of Pink and Johnny Depp with Marilyn Manson. Inside, we spotted Kiernan Shipka hanging out with Amandla Stenberg and later striking up a conversation with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, while Stella herself took timeouts to chat up friends like Gwyneth, Kate, and Mary J. Meanwhile, Katy rolled solo and posed for pictures with female friends like Kate and Nicole Richie »

- Lindsay Miller

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Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Bisexual: 'It's Deeply Bruising to Fight Against Your Identity'

8 January 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amandla Stenberg, best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, has come out as bisexual. The actress, 17, opened up about her sexuality while appearing on Teen Vogue's Snapchat account on Thursday, following the reveal of her first cover for the magazine. She later tweeted out a link to the clip on Friday. Stenberg started the video by speaking of the importance of representation, saying, "It's deeply bruising to fight against your identity and mold yourself into shapes you just shouldn't be in." http://amandla.tumblr.com/post/136866720678/so-i-took-over-the-teen-vogue-snapchat-today She went on to explain: "As someone who identifies as a black, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Hunger Games Star Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Bisexual: 'It's Deeply Bruising to Fight Against Your Identity'

8 January 2016 1:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amandla Stenberg, best known for her role as Rue in The Hunger Games, has come out as bisexual. The actress, 17, opened up about her sexuality while appearing on Teen Vogue's Snapchat account on Thursday, following the reveal of her first cover for the magazine. She later tweeted out a link to the clip on Friday. Stenberg started the video by speaking of the importance of representation, saying, "It's deeply bruising to fight against your identity and mold yourself into shapes you just shouldn't be in." http://amandla.tumblr.com/post/136866720678/so-i-took-over-the-teen-vogue-snapchat-today She went on to explain: "As someone who identifies as a black, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Bisexual in a Moving Snapchat Video

8 January 2016 11:08 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

http://amandla.tumblr.com/post/136866720678/so-i-took-over-the-teen-vogue-snapchat-today Amandla Stenberg has something to say, world - she's bisexual. The former Hunger Games star shared the news on Teen Vogue's Snapchat on Thursday, saying, "As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I've been through it and it hurts. It's awkward and it's uncomfortable but then I realized because of Solange [Knowles], and India Arie and Willow [Smith], and all the black girls watching this right now, there's absolutely nothing to change." Aside from her touching revelation, she also expressed the need for more representation in both film and television. See the rest of her powerful message above, and then check out even more famous teens who are wise beyond their years. »

- Kelsie Gibson

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Justin Bieber Got Cornrows, But Wants Them Out Immediately So People Don’t Think He’s an ‘Absolute Douche Bag’

4 January 2016 11:27 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Joining the memorable likes of RiFF Raff, ’N Sync–era Justin Timberlake, and pre-teen Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber is now sporting cornrows. At least for a few hours. In a (thankfully) self-aware Instagram post uploaded Monday, the Purpose artist wrote that his rumored-g.f. Hailey Baldwin "made me get corn rows like an absolute douche bag." He promised they'd be removed by Tuesday, because he's either familiar with the Amandla StenbergKylie Jenner exchange, or, as his scrunched face suggests, he might actually be crying (regardless, the new ’do is not here to stay, so mourn or celebrate that fact as you see fit):Bieberows: 2016–2016. Gone, but not forgotten. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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