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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Premiere and Spotlight Movie Lineup and Special Events

Sundance 2016 is fast approaching. Last week we posted the movie lineup of Midnight and Competition film selections. We now have the complete lineup for the premieres in both the feature film and documentary categories. We also have their selections for the Spotlight and Kid films. I've also included a list of special events.

There are a lot of great films on this list that I'm excited about seeing because of the incredible talent involved. Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella star in Captain Fantastic; Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams star in Certain Women; Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover star in Complete Unknown; Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez star in The Fundamentals of Caring; John Krasinski directed a film called The Hollars which he stars in with Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, and Charlie Day; Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has made a new
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Twitter Will Tell You Exactly How to Feel About the Name Saint West

Twitter Will Tell You Exactly How to Feel About the Name Saint West
It's official: Saint Nick has been dethroned – this holiday season is all about Saint West.

Two days after he arrived amid a chorus of Yeezy-adorned angels (we imagine), Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West ended the epic name game with Monday's much-anticipated announcement.

The world now gathers to reflect on the canonization of the patron saint of ... well we're not sure exactly what yet, and Twitter is here to guide you through the great awakening that is your introduction to Saint West.

Some viewed the name as a rare act of humility on the couple's part.

Kim and Kanye have named their son Saint West.
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee

Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee
With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be a veritable Park City homecoming week in the festival’s 2016 Premieres slate, which was unveiled today along with the Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
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Classic French Film Festival Begins March 13th in St. Louis

Qui aime les films français ?

If you do and you live in St. Louis, you’re in luck! The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series begins March 13th. The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations.

This year features recent restorations of eight works, including an extended director’s cut of Patrice Chéreau’s historical epic Queen Margot a New York-set film noir (Two Men In Manhattan) by crime-film maestro Jean-Pierre Melville, who also co-stars; a short feature (“A Day in the Country”) by Jean Renoir, on a double bill with the 2006 restoration of his masterpiece, The Rules Of The Game, and the
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Maya Angelou Dead: Renaissance Woman and Cultural Pioneer Dies at 86

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Hillel Italie, Associated Press

New York (AP) - Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.

"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."

Her story awed millions. The young single mother who worked at strip clubs to earn a living later danced and sang on stages around the world. A black woman born poor wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history. A childhood victim of rape, shamed into silence, eventually told her story through one of the most widely read memoirs of the past few decades.

Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, her son, Guy B. Johnson, said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of
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‘Final Exam’ [1981] Blu-Ray Review (Scream Factory)

Stars: Cecile Bagdadi, Joel S. Rice, Ralph Brown, DeAnna Robbins, Sherry Willis-Burch, John Fallon, Terry W. Farren, Timothy L. Raynor, Sam Kilman, Don Hepner, Mary Ellen Withers | Written and Directed by Jimmy Huston

Because of the scrappy, can-do success of Friday the 13th, audiences in cinemas were hit with a deluge of slasher movies, some pretty nifty and others that weren’t so hot. Though in my not so esteemed opinion, even the not so-hot ones had a roughshod, scattershot attitude that elevated them far above the generic knockoffs that this particularly unloved sub-genre would put out on a monthly basis. Some weeks, you’d get Just Before Dawn and others you get Splatter University.

The thing is, because of the profitability of these films, they were in cinemas for one week, made their budgets back and then zoomed out after making a decent killing (pun seriously unintended). They
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Review: Final Exam (Blu-ray)

If you consider yourself a Final Exam fan, then picking up the Scream Factory Blu-ray is a no-brainer-you’re going to be more than pleased with their efforts on this release. For the uninitiated, Final Exam may or may not earn high marks from you, depending on your level of patience for a whole lot of talking and not much else.

Final Exam starts off promising enough with two college students parked one night who are attacked by a mysterious maniac (even though both actors seem less than terrified by their predicament). The following day, Final Exam then picks up over at Lanier College where we are introduced to a group of students who are in the midst of taking their final exams, so that they can finish up the semester and head home for the summer. Of course, the mysterious killer from Final Exam’s opening arrives on campus
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Steve's Favorite New Classical Albums of 2013

As always, there are biases at play here; my greatest interests are symphonic music, choral music, and piano music, so that's what comes my way most often. There are some paired reviews; the ranking of the second of each pair might not be the true, exact ranking, but it works better from a writing standpoint this way.

1. Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1-4; Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80 Tragic Overture, Op. 81; Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; 3 Hungarian Dances; 9 Liebeslieder Waltzes; Intermezzi, Op. 116 No. 4 & Op. 117 No. 1 Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly (Decca)

It is not easy, at this point in recording history, to match the giants of the baton in a Brahms cycle, but Chailly has done it (this is my fiftieth Brahms cycle, and I have more than another fifty Brahms Firsts, and upwards of thirty each of the other symphonies outside those cycles, so I've got some basis for comparison
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Paul Torday obituary

Businessman who turned to writing late in life and scored a huge international hit with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

When Paul Torday, who has died aged 67, published his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, in 2007, its phenomenal success led to a remarkable new career for him, at an age when others might well have been contemplating retirement. Despite his newfound fame and the book's worldwide popularity, however, he continued to work in industry, although for the remaining years of his life he also published, generally to critical acclaim, a sparkling new novel every year.

What Paul never publicly disclosed was that this extraordinary output reflected a personal race against time. Having wanted to write all his life, he was faced with a cancer diagnosis shortly after his first book was swept away on the whirlwind of an international award-winning literary sensation and he recognised the
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On my radar: Bryn Terfel

Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel picks his cultural highlights of the moment, from Rhys Ifans to operatic Tudors

Bryn Terfel is a Welsh bass-baritone opera singer. Born in Pant Glas, Caernarfonshire, Terfel attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1989 with the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial award. He has since performed leading roles in Mozart, Puccini and Wagner at some of the most famous opera houses in the world. In 1996 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for singer of the year and he became the second recipient of the Queen's medal for music in 2006. His new album Homeward Bound, recorded in Salt Lake City with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, is out now.

Actor: Rhys Ifans

I was at Guildhall with him and he has done some magnificent work since he left. He stole the show in Notting Hill and as Howard Marks in Mr Nice (left). Now he's in the latest Spider-Man movies.
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Zach Cregger boards Assistance

NBC's Assistance has cast Zach Cregger of Guys With Kids alongside Krysten Ritter in the single-camera comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the show coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and and Universal TV, is written by Leslye Headland. Follows Ritter's Nora who's described as an idealistic working girl assistant, being pulled between Cregger's character who's her her colleague, and her fiancé played by Peter Cambor, and has a demanding boss to deal with. Aside from Guys with Kids, Cregger's credits include 2008's College comedy, followed by Miss March, which he directed alongside Trevor Moore, and also co-created TV's The Whitest Kids U'Know series with Moore. He's up next in The Bounceback with The Last Exorcism's star Ashley Bell, as well as Shark Night's Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David and Addison Timlin.
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Zach Cregger boards Assistance

NBC's Assistance has cast Zach Cregger of Guys With Kids alongside Krysten Ritter in the single-camera comedy pilot. Deadline reports that the show coming from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions and and Universal TV, is written by Leslye Headland. Follows Ritter's Nora who's described as an idealistic working girl assistant, being pulled between Cregger's character who's her her colleague, and her fiancé played by Peter Cambor, and has a demanding boss to deal with. Aside from Guys with Kids, Cregger's credits include 2008's College comedy, followed by Miss March, which he directed alongside Trevor Moore, and also co-created TV's The Whitest Kids U'Know series with Moore. He's up next in The Bounceback with The Last Exorcism's star Ashley Bell, as well as Shark Night's Sara Paxton, Michael Stahl-David and Addison Timlin.
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
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Lisa Steinberg: Starting Anew

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Lisa Steinberg: Starting Anew
With the holidays going by in the rear view mirror, and New Years nipping at its heels, 2013 is going to be here before you know it. You're going to want to make sure you're well prepared for the incredible TV show lineups that are coming your way in the new year. Some of your favorite shows will be amping up the funny and drama, and some brand new shows will be chilling you to the bone by keeping you on the edge of your seat! 2013 marks the return of fan favorite shows Cougar Town and Community, while also introducing you to a show that will truly thrill you, The CW's new show Cult. These three shows should be at the top of your 'must watch' list in the new year and you're going to not want to miss an epic moment of them.

The cul de sac crew who have
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Classical music more soothing for dogs than heavy metal

Classical music more soothing for dogs than heavy metal
London, Nov 7: Dogs prefer classical music to heavy metal, a new study suggests.

Research from Colorado State University found dogs in animal shelters were less likely to bark and more likely to sleep when played the likes of Mozart or Beethoven, the Daily Mail reported.

Heavy metal, by contrast, was found to have the opposite effect, inducing nervous shaking and barking, and stopping the canines getting any sleep.

The findings have implications for welfare of animals in stressful environments, and could lead to new guidelines for the care of dogs in shelters.

Lori Kogan, an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, played different music to dogs in a shelter over.
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Film Review: Josh Radnor’s ‘Liberal Arts’ Takes Uncommonly Thoughtful Look at Growing Up

Chicago – Josh Radnor may be one of the most good natured humanists in modern American film. His perspective contrasts sharply with that of comedic auteurs intent on depicting a cynical view of the modern world clouded with nostalgia. Radnor may not yet be up to par with the filmmakers that have inspired him, namely Woody Allen, but his sophomore directorial effort, “Liberal Arts,” is practically bursting with promise.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Unlike Radnor’s first film, the annoyingly titled, “Happythankyoumoreplease,” “Liberal Arts” is neither laugh-out-loud funny nor preciously contrived. For its first third, the film is so low-key that some might deem it rather benign. Much of the witty banter falls flat and Radnor himself lacks much screen presence or comic charisma. But at around the half-hour mark, the film starts to come to life at the precise moment that Radnor’s character, a jaded 35-year-old New Yorker, gets swept up in
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Negative Pegasus – Looming Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I apologise in advance, though not that far in advance seeing as this is the start, if this review is somewhat curt and to the point. A stark contrast to usual rambling passages of inanity that my reviews tend to entail. I’ve a busy schedule at the moment – who’d have thought moving could be so hectic? I’d thought it was a simple case of just fucking off, but apparently not. I mean, just touching upon the highlights, there’s packing (a gathering together of useless crap, shit clothes, food, bottles of spirits and all of my books – they matter most, besides alcohol), there’s trying to rush finish a bunch of Open College of Arts modules that I sort of implied on my Uni application would be finished by the start of the course, there’s generally having to be both hyperactively excited and paralytically anxious simultaneously,
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