Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Exclusive: Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi and 'Camp X-Ray' cast sit down interview

Will the drama help the battle to close Guantanamo Bay?

PARK CITY - The talk of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Friday, the first full day of the festival, centered on some surprise hits ("Obvious Child"), a major disappointment ("God's Pocket") and an out-of-the-ordinary entry ("Frank"). One film that received strong notices, specifically for its performances, was the Guantanamo Bay-centered drama "Camp X-Ray."

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<p>Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's &quot;God's Pocket.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's "God's Pocket."

Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman can't save John Slattery's disappointing 'God's Pocket'

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John Slattery's directorial debut is sadly a miss

PARK CITY - Transitioning from being in front of the camera to behind it is never easy. And, yes, there are just as many success stories (Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller) as disappointments (William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, David Duchovney), many of whom made this sad discovery at the Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, Sundance is celebrating the inaugural "Free Fail" event with a special day of workshops that will center on artists' failures and how they allowed them to eventually succeed. John Slattery, best known for his work on "Mad Men," may want to pop into a few for some tips after the world premiere of his feature directing debut "God's Pocket" Friday afternoon.

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Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

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Hong Khaou's feature debut's heart is in the right place, but...

PARK CITY - In theory, casting a top-tier actor in your independent film is a godsend. They should elevate the material and help mask any flaws that a small budget or a shortened shooting schedule might cause.  Unfortunately, that isn't always the case. Often, said actor may seem out of place among the film's other talent or another aspect of the film is so weak — say, screenwriting or production design — that the film still fails overall. The latter, among other problems, is the issue with Ben Whishaw's casting in Hong Khaou's directorial debut "Lilting," which was one of four films to open the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Thursday night.

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<p>Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Dallas Buyers Club.&quot; The Focus Features release earned six Academy Award nominations including best picture.</p>

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club." The Focus Features release earned six Academy Award nominations including best picture.

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'American Hustle,' 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Gravity' producers celebrate best picture nods

Films that were tough to get made get big rewards

Landing an Academy Award is usually a moment someone will remember for the rest of his or her life. As "American Hustle" producer Richard Suckle noted this morning, he's been instructed to "take it all in and enjoy the moment." Because, unless you're Scott Rudin, this doesn't happen often.

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Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

'Stories We Tell' snubbed but she tweets love to a nominee

It's always inevitable that the Academy will end up snubbing a deserving nominee in one category or another, but one big snub this year was Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" in the feature documentary category. "Stories" won both the NYFCC and LAFCC best documentary honors and was a fixture on many critics' end-of-year top 10 lists. It was almost seen as a lock to make the cut, but appears to have been pushed out by either "Dirty Wars" or "Cutie and the Boxer." Leave it to the always classy Polley to send out a tweet flipping the narrative and heaping praise on one of the actual nominees, Joshua Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing."

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86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

Who was honored by the Granddaddy of all awards shows?

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, with nominations in 10 categories. "12 Years a Slave" is right on their heels with nine nods, while six other films made the Best Picture lineup. Full list of nominations below.

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<p>John Cooper and Trevor Goth discussing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park, City.</p>

John Cooper and Trevor Goth discussing the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park, City.

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Sundance Q&A: John Cooper and Trevor Groth on genre, star power and the Rockettes

Plus: What under-the-radar movies should you catch?

If it's January that means Sundance is once again upon us and the Park City institution appears ready to make some noise in what has become a very busy month for entertainment fans. Before the festival begins, much of the publicity and hype usually centers on the star-driven films in the U.S. Dramatic Competition and Premieres categories, but by the time Saturday rolls around it's a jaw-dropping documentary or unexpected surprise ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Little Miss Sunshine") that really have people talking and have film lovers wondering when these titles will find their way to a theater in their hometown. It's a recurring scenario that has made Sundance America's premiere and, arguably, most important film festival.

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What the heck is the Entertainment Avalanche 2014?

What the heck is the Entertainment Avalanche 2014?

From Park City to LA Live we'll be there

Unless this is your first visit to HitFix (and if so, welcome), you might have noticed some branding on the site over the past few days touting the "Entertainment Avalanche 2014." And if you're wondering, "What the heck is that?"  Well, you're in the middle of it and it's only going to get crazier over the next week.

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<p>Word was Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan christened the dance floor at this year's Warner Bros./In Style Golden Globes party.</p>

Word was Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan christened the dance floor at this year's Warner Bros./In Style Golden Globes party.

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'12 Years' celebrates as Benedict Cumberbatch dances from one Globes party to another

The stars celebrate after the big show

BEVERLY HILLS - There was a roar of cheers when Steve McQueen entered the FOX/Fox Searchlight Golden Globes party Sunday night. I know because I was standing right behind McQueen and his cast as they tried to walk into the packed Globes after party. The "12 Years a Slave" win for Best Picture - Drama and the surprising wins for FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Andy Samberg in the TV Series - Comedy or Musical categories made it (initially) the place to be.

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<p>Aaron Paul poses for the photographers outside this year's BAFTA&nbsp;Tea Party, the one event the HitFix team wasn't able to make today.</p>

Aaron Paul poses for the photographers outside this year's BAFTA Tea Party, the one event the HitFix team wasn't able to make today.

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Saturday is party central for Golden Globes nominees

Spirit Awards, CBS, BAFTA and more vie for attention

The day before the Golden Globes has always been packed full of industry events and pre-show parties. 2014 was no different, especially if you were anywhere near Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills or West Hollywood.

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