'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top 2015 Art Directors Guild Awards

'Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Birdman' top 2015 Art Directors Guild Awards

'True Detective' and 'Game of Thrones' big on the TV side

The Art Directors Guild handed out their 2015 awards and outside of a Marvel Studios win in the Fantasy Film category, there weren't many surprises.

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'The Imitation Game' wins the 2015 USC Scripter Award

'The Imitation Game' wins the 2015 USC Scripter Award

Screenwriter Andrew Hodges did not expect the win

LOS ANGELES — It may be hard to believe, but the USC Scripter Award is honoring its 27th recipient this year. The Scripter is the equivalent of an Adapted Screenplay honor for both the screenwriter and the author of the original source material. The last five winners were "Up in the Air," "The Social Network," "The Descendants," "Argo" and "12 Years A Slave." Your 2015 winner? The duo behind "The Imitation Game."

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Key & Peele prove Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch are smarter than the Academy

Key & Peele prove Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch are smarter than the Academy

'Biscuits and Gravy' to 'Into the Woods?'

Last night "Key & Peele" delivered a Super Bowl-centric special edition of their regular show on Comedy Central and, needless to say, it killed. Show stars and creators Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key delivered another edition of their popular East/West Bowl skits, but they also released a bit that is laugh-out-loud funny for anyone who follows both awards season and the NFL.

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Review: 'The Overnight' is much more than a dueling penises movie

Review: 'The Overnight' is much more than a dueling penises movie

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This is one night this couple will never forget

PARK CITY - The Sundance Film Festival can often focus too much on films set in New York or Los Angeles, but this year it provided a unique perspective on the latter in three very distinct films.  "Dope" centers on African-American high school students in Inglewood, "Tangerine" is set in a small part of Hollywood known for transvestite hookers (as well as shining a spotlight on the city's Armenian Immigrant community) and Patrick Brice's "The Overnight" is a window into the hipster family scene in the city's Silverlake neighborhood.  Radically different communities that don't always find their way on the big screen.

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Review: Sarah Silverman can't save 'I Smile Back'

Review: Sarah Silverman can't save 'I Smile Back'

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A texbook rich white people problems movie

PARK CITY — The Sundance Film Festival giveth, and the Sundance Film Festival taketh away…85 minutes of your evening. Those are the breaks when it comes to any major festival and, unfortunately, "I Smile Back" falls into the latter category. That may sound a tad harsh, but Adam Salky's latest is a disappointing effort that is the one film that truthfully doesn't belong in the U.S. Dramatic Competition this year.

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Review: 'Brooklyn' is a romance that hits those with a heart hard

Review: 'Brooklyn' is a romance that hits those with a heart hard

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Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen shine

PARK CITY — Sometimes the elements of a movie just gel together so well and you find yourself enjoying the ride so much that you instantly forgive the material for any of its inherent limitations. Case in point: John Crowley's new drama "Brooklyn," which premiered Monday night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After 20 minutes I'd written the not-so positive words "earnest" and "cutesy" in my notebook. Almost an hour and a half later I was so moved by what had transpired I was fighting back the tears. The picture isn't the achievement expected festival grand prize jury winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" is, but it's a damn good movie on its own terms.

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Review: Entertaining 'Dope' asks if you're a geek or a menace or both

Review: Entertaining 'Dope' asks if you're a geek or a menace or both

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Shameik Moore is a name to remember people

PARK CITY — The 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival has already brought us star-making performances from Bel Powley ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl") and Thomas Mann ("Me and Earl and the Dying Girl"). But it turns out they are not alone. It appears we have a triumvirate of breakout talent in coming-of-age flicks with the addition of "Dope's" Shameik Moore. The Atlanta native is freakin' fantastic as an Inglewood high school senior trying to stay true to himself in Rick Famuyiwa's entertaining new dramedy.

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Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' turns the coming of age genre on its head

Review: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' turns the coming of age genre on its head

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How can a movie be so original and such an homage at the same time?

PARK CITY — A great film is often one that it transcends the cliches of its genre. The 2015 Sundance Film Festival already debuted one movie that overcame the tropes of the coming-of-age picture, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," Saturday. And on Sunday, it brought another genre-breaker to the zeitgeist with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's powerhouse "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl."

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Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig bring comedic fireworks to 'Mistress America'

Review: Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig bring comedic fireworks to 'Mistress America'

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Lola Kirke is the perfect on-screen foil for the 'Frances Ha' star

PARK CITY — No one needs to worry about Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig experiencing a sophomore slump. After collaborating behind the camera for 2012's "Frances Ha," the duo have reunited for "Mistress America," a hilarious new comedy that premiered Saturday evening at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. And yes, for those who care, this one is in color.

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Review: Newcomer Bel Powley is magnificent in the wondrous 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

Review: Newcomer Bel Powley is magnificent in the wondrous 'Diary of a Teenage Girl'

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Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard are also fantastic in period coming of age flick

PARK CITY — The Sundance Film Festival has transformed the careers of many actors over the years. Parker Posey, Mo'Nique, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jesse Eisenberg, Miles Teller, Amy Adams and Vera Farminga are just a few who had their lives changed after a phenomenal performance shook the festival faithful. Today, another name should be added to that list: Bel Powley. The 22-year-old Brit has her coming out party in Marielle Heller's directorial debut, "The Diary of a Teenage Girl," which premiered Saturday at the 2015 edition of the festival.

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