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SXSW Midnighters And Festival Favourites Announced

Simply put, the SXSW Film, Music and Interactive Festival is one of the biggest, most prestigious events in the media calendar. Taking place annually in Austin, Texas, it is beloved by film fans and filmmakers from all over the world, and has reached such heights by building a reputation for showcasing excellent content. This results in a high level of competition, with the Narrative Feature category alone having received 1442 submissions this year, and the documentary feature category having received 1,013.

The 2016 event looks to be particularly exciting, with many world premieres and feature debuts already announced. The Narrative Feature category will include Julia Hart’s Miss Stevens, Debra Eisenstadt’s Before The Sun Explodes, Joey Klein’s The Other Half, and Musa Syeed’s A Stray, among others, while the Headliner category will feature Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some.

The Narrative Spotlight category includes 9 Rides by Matthew A. Cherry; The Waiting
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SXSW 2016 Midnighters Include Phantasm 4K Restoration, Carnage Park, Under The Shadow

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The Tall Man's sphere is aiming its blades at Austin, as Bad Robot's 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm will screen at South by Southwest 2016 as part of the film festival's recently revealed Midnighters lineup:

From SXSW: "Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Carnage Park

Director/Screenwriter: Mickey Keating

The year is 1978. A team of wannabe crooks botch a small-town bank heist and flee with their hostage deep into the California desert, where they find themselves in a harrowing fight for survival against a psychotic ex-military sniper. Cast: Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck, Darby Stanchfield, Larry Fessenden, Graham Skipper, James Landry Hebert, Michael Villar

Hush

Director: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriters: Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel

A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan (World Premiere)

I Am a Hero
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DaNica Shirey Sings Whitney Houston and Wows Clive Davis on The Voice

DaNica Shirey Sings Whitney Houston and Wows Clive Davis on The Voice
[Youtube "XlSFw_7p3Yk"] It was dream scenario Monday night for Team Pharrell star DaNica Shirey on The Voice. She sang a few bars of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" to the late icon's longtime mentor, Clive Davis, who met with the Top 10 singers and gave Shirey high praise - after she sweetly confided that she'd written an 11th grade biography about Davis's life. And she'd learned to sing Whitney on a karaoke machine her late father bought her when she was 8. Awww. "Every single word that she sang was huge to me," Shirey told Davis, who knowingly embraced her humble and heartfelt homage.
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The Voice Top 10 Performance Recap: Truth Detectives

The Voice Top 10 Performance Recap: Truth Detectives
You can’t believe everything you hear on TV — not even (or perhaps especially) when it’s packaged in flannel-shirt wrapping paper, a folksy Oklahoma-accent and a corporate edict to keep the 18-49 demo rating above 3 million.

Which is why I didn’t let myself get angry or dismayed by Blake Shelton’s ridiculous exaggeration during The Voice‘s Top 10 performance episode on Monday: “This is the best live show I have ever seen in seven seasons.”

Dude, seriously?

I don’t believe for a second that the country coach believes such ridiculousness — not after an evening marked by incredibly insipid song selection,
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Vote now: Does Matt McAndrew really remain out front to win 'The Voice'?

Vote now: Does Matt McAndrew really remain out front to win 'The Voice'?
According to your predictions, Matt McAndrew maintains his lead to win "The Voice" for this season. Do you agree with that choice or will it be Luke Wade, Reagan James, Craig Wayne Boyd, or someone else? The top 10 remaining contenders will take the stage Monday on NBC's reality program. Only eight will still be eligible after the home audience votes are revealed on Tuesday night. Did you correctly predict Sugar Joans, Jessie Pitts would be eliminated? -Break- McAndrew is at 7/1 odds while Wade, James, and Boyd are right on his tail at 8/1 (see chart at left). Each was among the best in vote tallies on last Tuesday's results show for the NBC reality program. The coaches this year are Adam Levine (winner of the first and fifth seasons), Blake Shelton (champ for the second, third, and fourth seasons), and newcomers Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. Let's take a look at
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The Voice's Top 10 Is Revealed!

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The Voice's Top 10 Is Revealed!
The Voice instant save is back - and made for a drama-filled live elimination show Tuesday as three artists fought for the final spot in the Top 10. Just one night after the remaining 12 artists delivered a string of well-received performances, the artists once again stood onstage, although this time it was to learn their fates. Host Carson Daly announced the artists who were safe throughout the first two-thirds of the show, until it finally became clear that only Team Adam Levine - who was enjoying his last evening as People's reigning Sexiest Man Alive - would be spared potential elimination.
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The Voice Top 12 Results Recap: They Want to Do the Wild-Card Thing

The Voice Top 12 Results Recap: They Want to Do the Wild-Card Thing
Your least favorite contestant on The Voice this season? You’re never getting rid of him (or her)!

[Insert executive producer Mark Burnett's maniacal laughter here.]

I’m just kidding, of course. Sorta.

As Carson Daly announced tonight, Season 7 of NBC’s reality singing sensation is adding a new twist: Every Top 12 contestant eliminated before the finals (fourth- through 12th-place, in other words) will be brought back for a last-chance performance, with viewers advancing their favorite into the last week of the competition as a fourth “Wild Card finalist.”

“It’s new, it’s exciting and it’s going down!” exclaimed Carson. I mean, with that kind of endorsement,
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The Voice Recap: Are They So Very Special? (I'm Hoping They're Special)

The Voice Recap: Are They So Very Special? (I'm Hoping They're Special)
In life, as on The Voice, the accomplishment-to-praise threshhold is not always a balanced one.

Your three-year-old makes a wee-wee on the potty, and you treat him like he’s earned the Nobel Prize in toilet-training. You make it to the gym on a Monday morning (after failing to go even once the week prior), and you’re suddenly Rocky atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It doesn’t matter that you had to crawl the last 10 feet to ascend the peak, you’re the heavyweight champ of your own feel-good movie.

NBC’s singing competition takes
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The Voice: 8 Singers Say Goodbye as the Top 12 Is Revealed

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The Voice: 8 Singers Say Goodbye as the Top 12 Is Revealed
It was a night of triumph and heartbreak on The Voice Wednesday, as 12 artists moved ahead and eight artists said goodbye during the first live elimination show of the seventh season. America's votes saved the two top vote-getters on each team of five singers, which forced each of the four coaches to save just one of their three remaining artists. The hour-long show moved along briskly and put Team Blake Shelton in the hot seat first.Team BlakeAs Shelton's singers stood nervously onstage, host Carson Daly revealed that America first saved 15-year-old Reagan James - a Texas native with a
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Shocking results! Which 8 artists were eliminated by 'The Voice' this week?

Shocking results! Which 8 artists were eliminated by 'The Voice' this week?
In one massive execution, "The Voice" sent eight artists home on Wednesday night. The home audience and four coaches selected a dozen contenders that will move on to more live shows next Monday. And there were definitely some shockers among a few people eliminated. -Break- Blake Shelton has coached the winning artist in three of the previous six seasons. His five remaining contestants opened the live results show by performing the Dream Academy song "Life in a Northern Town." The public voted Reagan James and Craig Wayne Boyd to remain on the show. Shelton then selected Jessie Pitts to be saved. That means James David Carter and Taylor Brashears were eliminated. Based on your predictions over this past week (see chart at left), Carter was the biggest surprise since he was the least likely to go home. Brashears was one of the two you had predicted. Which two Blake Shelton
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The Voice Playoffs Results Recap: Slaughterhouse Liiiiiive!

The Voice Playoffs Results Recap: Slaughterhouse Liiiiiive!
The Voice, despite its rep as a feel-good, even-the-losers-win kinda party, is essentially the slasher film of the reality singing-competition genre.

Indeed, you don’t want to get too attached too quickly to any of the young pretties who make their way to the red-chair zone. After all, in the last month alone, Season 7′s Top 48 has been sliced, hacked, garotted and bludgeoned down to a lean, mean dozen finalists.

Oh sure, Gwen Stefani had a point tonight when she insisted — in a moment of startling candor — that “it doesn’t even matter who the winner is: They still have
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The Voice: See Who Owned the Stage as Live Playoffs Begin

The Voice: See Who Owned the Stage as Live Playoffs Begin
Artists from Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's teams stepped up Monday to wow the audience on The Voice's first night of live playoffs. Two previous standouts - passionate soul singer Damien and charismatic Southern rocker Craig Wayne Boyd - showed again why they're competitors to watch, as the show narrows its field this week from 20 to 12 and viewers can vote for the first time. Team Adam's Damien, a Louisiana native and Tsa agent, crooned Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One," showing off mad vocal range and some church-revival fervor as he got inside the song's lyrics of want and betrayal.
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'The Voice' Recap: Live Playoffs Part 1 - Matt McAndrew, Craig Wayne Boyd And More Perform Live

Matt McAndrew, Mia Pfirrman and Craig Wayne Boyd gave standout performances in the first episode of the live playoff rounds of The Voice.

To kick off the live rounds, Carson Daly invited Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5 to perform “Animals” before talking to coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams about their teams going into the ‘live playoffs.’

Team Blake And Team Adam Perform In Live Playoffs

Team Blake’s Taylor Brashears was the first contestant to perform in the live playoffs, and she went full country with “Long Time Gone.” Taylor impressed the judges with her fancy fiddle playing and unshakable confidence, but the song lacked any truly standout vocal moments. Pharrell complimented her on being able to keep things “fresh and interesting,” and Gwen said she sounded “beautiful” and applauded her for her comfort onstage.

Team Adam’s Chris Jamison was up next, and he
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The Voice Recap: Playoffs, Playa!

The Voice Recap: Playoffs, Playa!
‘Tis the season to be jolly, Voice fans!

No, I am not advocating the early avalanche of holiday-themed advertising in early November — or throwing subtle shade over another season of NBC’s reality singing juggernaut without social-media dingbat Christina Milian in the “Sprint Skybox.”

I am, however, stoked that We the People (Who Spend Too Much Time Watching TV, Then Subsequently Downloading and Voting), are finally free of the history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these contestants.

(Did I actually quote the Declaration of Independence to express my
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Is Good Wife Dating Finn? Has Every Murder Character Gotten Some? Did Arrow Miss His Shot? And More TV Qs

Is Good Wife Dating Finn? Has Every Murder Character Gotten Some? Did Arrow Miss His Shot? And More TV Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Good Wife, Selfie, American Horror Story: Freak Show and How to Get Away With Murder!

1 | On Grimm, is Trubel a worthy stand-in for a powerless Nick? Or are you counting the days until Det. Burkhardt gets his mojo back?

2 | Anyone else spend 30 percent of their time watching Constantine wanting to straighten Matt Ryan’s necktie?

3 | Can we talk about what’s happening with The Good Wife‘s Alicia and Finn (see above photo)? Are they just friends,
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The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover

The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover
The four teams on The Voice were finalized Monday. And thanks to a last-minute save by Blake Shelton, one Southern rocker – looking "hotter than ever" – could make a big splash when the live rounds kick off next week.

Craig Wayne Boyd, the charismatic Mesquite, Texas, native, heeded mentor Taylor Swift's advice to "take us to church," commanding the stage with the Marshall Tucker Band's classic heartbreaker "Can't You See" and earning a standing ovation from Pharrell Williams.

Gwen Stefani ended up picking reggae singer Anita Antoinette over Boyd, but her makeover of Boyd freshened his rugged appeal and set
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The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover

The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover
The four teams on The Voice were finalized Monday. And thanks to a last-minute save by Blake Shelton, one Southern rocker - looking "hotter than ever" - could make a big splash when the live rounds kick off next week. Craig Wayne Boyd, the charismatic Mesquite, Texas, native, heeded mentor Taylor Swift's advice to "take us to church," commanding the stage with the Marshall Tucker Band's classic heartbreaker "Can't You See" and earning a standing ovation from Pharrell Williams. Gwen Stefani ended up picking reggae singer Anita Antoinette over Boyd, but her makeover of Boyd freshened his rugged appeal
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The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover

The Voice: Blake Shelton Raves About Southern Rocker's Sexy Makeover
The four teams on The Voice were finalized Monday. And thanks to a last-minute save by Blake Shelton, one Southern rocker - looking "hotter than ever" - could make a big splash when the live rounds kick off next week. Craig Wayne Boyd, the charismatic Mesquite, Texas, native, heeded mentor Taylor Swift's advice to "take us to church," commanding the stage on the Marshall Tucker Band's classic heartbreaker "Can't You See" and earning a standing ovation from Pharrell Williams. Gwen Stefani ended up picking reggae singer Anita Antoinette over Boyd, but her makeover of Boyd freshened his rugged appeal
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'The Voice' Recap: Knockous Part 3 - Anita Antoinette, Reagan James And More Move On To The Live Rounds

Blake Shelton was the only coach with a steal going into the final part of the knockout rounds, and he used it to take Craig Wayne Boyd to the live rounds on The Voice.

Team Blake: Allison Bray vs. Taylor Brashears

Blake paired Allison Bray and Taylor Brashears in the hopes of narrowing down his country artists. Allison came into rehearsals with Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon” wearing six-inch heels, which Taylor Swift thought were hindering her performance. After taking her shoes off, per Swift’s request, Allison was able to let loose onstage.

Taylor went for a different tone, choosing “Landslide,” hoping to show off a softer side to her voice. Taylor struggled with some notes during rehearsals, and Swift encouraged her to really connect to one person in the audience to sing to.

Gwen Stefani was impressed with Allison’s stage presence, but was blown away by Taylor’s intricate vocals.
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The Voice Knockouts Recap: Swift Every Voice and Sing [Updated]

It was the best of mentors, it was the worst of injustices for The Voice‘s final set of Season 7 Knockout Rounds.

On one hand: Can we get a “hip-hip hurrah!” to celebrate the keen insight and serious commitment displayed by megastar Taylor Swift as the Knockouts mentor for all four teams? You might want to shake, shake, shake the sound of her latest, crazy-ubiquitous hit single from your eardrums, but you’ve got to admit a future Voice cycle anchored by her and Pharrell Williams might be the only way Blake Shelton will ever get to take a season off.
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