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Thanksgiving Therapy: 10 Dysfunctional Families from Sundance Movies

Posted 11/26/2014 9:00 AM by
Thanksgiving Therapy: 10 Dysfunctional Families from Sundance Movies

Ah, Thanksgiving, when American families come together to eat and laugh and pass out at the dinner table in tryptophan-induced comas…. Too bad not every family’s a Norman Rockwell painting. The high-pressure holiday can often serve as a catalyst for drama, teasing decades’ worth of grudges and resentment out of hiding. Need examples?

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5 Ways to Prep for Feastwood (Your Thanksgiving Marathon With Clint)

Posted 11/25/2014 2:24 PM by
5 Ways to Prep for Feastwood (Your Thanksgiving Marathon With Clint)

This Thursday, Clint Eastwood is crashing your Thanksgiving with Feastwood: A Dirty Harry Marathon. With back-to-back broadcasts of the entire series. Consult our check list below for five ways to get ready for your holiday with the cinematic legend.

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“Dirty Harry” Faceoff: Which Movie Is the Dirtiest?

Posted 11/25/2014 12:00 PM by
“Dirty Harry” Faceoff: Which Movie Is the Dirtiest?

As Harry Callahan, Clint Eastwood totes his trademark .44 Magnum on screen in five unforgettable “Dirty Harry” movies–a series that started with the original in 1971 and went on for nearly two badass decades. But which “Dirty Harry” movie is the most badass? Only you can decide.

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Hello, Mr. Sandman: Top 10 Dream Movies

Posted 11/25/2014 9:00 AM by
Hello, Mr. Sandman: Top 10 Dream Movies

Hollywood is, as the cliche goes, a dream factory, and Freudian analysts and movie theorists alike have compared movie-watching to dreaming. The list of memorable dream movies could go on practically ad infinitum, but here is an eclectic list of 10 of the greatest, ranging from movies with classic dream sequences to those that come seductively or unnervingly close to capturing the mood and logic of our dreams and nightmares.

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6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Star Katie Leung

Posted 11/24/2014 4:18 PM by
6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Star Katie Leung

ONE CHILD star Katie Leung discusses sympathizing with lead character Mei, her process for getting into the role and her drastic departure from the Harry Potter franchise.

Q: What originally attracted you to ONE CHILD?

A: I knew ONE CHILD would challenge me as an actor in many ways and that audiences would be affected by the story. It’s a rare chance for people to see the emotional struggles of an adoptee and his/her parents. I also fell in love with [writer] Guy Hibbert and [executive producer] Hilary Salmon when we all first met to discuss the project so there was really no reason to say no.

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6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Writer Guy Hibbert

Posted 11/24/2014 3:58 PM by
6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Writer Guy Hibbert

ONE CHILD writer Guy Hibbert discusses the the political and social issues that drive his work, the real life inspiration for his characters and the importance of having Katie Leung in the lead role.

Q: What inspired you to write ONE CHILD?

A: I have a contact, the writer Xue Xinran, and she was the inspiration for that part of the story which is the adopting of girls during the one child policy. These girls were abandoned in the tens of thousands in China as the preferred one child was a boy. The other part of the story is about the corruption of the legal system leading to a sentence of death. I wanted to explore capital punishment. For as long as State executions take place, we need dramas and documentaries to keep on tackling the issue.

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6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Director John Alexander

Posted 11/24/2014 3:45 PM by
6 Questions with “ONE CHILD” Director John Alexander

ONE CHILD director John Alexander discusses the challenges of creating main land China in London, creating a family out of strangers and how the series has more in common with a period piece than a contemporary drama.

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SundanceTV Sets Premiere Date for Danny Boyle’s “BABYLON”

Posted 11/24/2014 1:03 PM by
SundanceTV Sets Premiere Date for Danny Boyle’s “BABYLON”

SundanceTV announced today its next original scripted series, BABYLON, a co-production with Nightjack Ltd and Channel 4, will debut on Thu., Jan. 8, 2015 at 10/9c. The six-part comedy-drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force.

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Christopher Guest Characters to Make You Feel Better About Your Family

Posted 11/21/2014 3:59 PM by
Christopher Guest Characters to Make You Feel Better About Your Family

We’re several days away from Thanksgiving, which is barely enough time to mentally and emotionally prepare for spending time with your most dysfunctional family members. Take solace in the fact that more bizarre people exist out there–specifically, from the brilliant mind of Christopher Guest. We won’t tell anyone if you decide to drown yourself in mashed potatoes and gravy, um, we mean, watch a marathon of these movies to pick up tips on how to deal.

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10 Times Cheating Was a Truly Stupid Idea

Posted 11/21/2014 9:00 AM by
10 Times Cheating Was a Truly Stupid Idea

Messing around behind a partner’s back is never smart, but sometimes the stakes end up even higher than a marriage. These ten brutal tales of lust, betrayal and violence put the “adult” in adultery.

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Life on Screen: Movies and the Biopic

Posted 11/21/2014 8:00 AM by
Life on Screen: Movies and the Biopic

In John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” Carleton Young’s newspaperman tells James Stewart’s senator, “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” It’s a statement that could be used to define the biopic–cinema’s attempt to capture the essence of the famous, infamous or individuals who got caught up in a moment that defines an age. Here’s list of movies that take different paths in representing pasts recent and distant.

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10 Sundance Shorts That Kicked Off Careers (Watch Them All Now)

Posted 11/21/2014 8:00 AM by
10 Sundance Shorts That Kicked Off Careers (Watch Them All Now)

Shorts are in many ways a rite of passage for budding filmmakers. They’re made of mistakes, charm and life—and with the realities of cost, time and effort. And some directors break through to showcase at Sundance Film Festival, where they have the chance of catching the eye of the person (or company) that will fund their next project. These are 10 Sundance shorts by directors who went on to make names for themselves–and as an added bonus, you can watch them all right now online. Enjoy!

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Flunking Out: 10 Movies That Failed the Bechdel Test

Posted 11/20/2014 5:00 PM by
Flunking Out: 10 Movies That Failed the Bechdel Test

Now that we’ve been surprised by which movies passed the Bechdel Test, let’s take a look at a few movies that shockingly fail. From family-friendly classics to indie hits, we’re sad to say that these 10 flicks just don’t make the grade.

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“THE RED ROAD” Season 2 Gets Digital at Merging Media Conference

Posted 11/20/2014 1:38 PM by
“THE RED ROAD” Season 2 Gets Digital at Merging Media Conference

On Nov. 19 and 20, storycentral DIGITAL’s CEO Alison Norrington in conjunction with SundanceTV’s VP of Digital Media & Marketing Drew Pisarra hosted a two-day lab in which 21 multimedia professionals brainstormed (and eventually pitched) inventively interactive digital ideas around SundanceTV’s THE RED ROAD Season 2, set to premiere in 2015.

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Getting Into Character: Unforgettable Donald Sumpter Roles

Posted 11/20/2014 12:00 PM by
Getting Into Character: Unforgettable Donald Sumpter Roles

Appearing in everything from high-profile literary adaptations to offbeat sci-fi, renowned character actor Donald Sumpter has one of those faces that stick with you. The talented Brit invests wildly different characters with an unmistakable blend of intelligence and intensity all his own.

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