NEXT FEST ends with 'Turbo Kid,' DJ's and an audience other fests would kill for

NEXT FEST ends with 'Turbo Kid,' DJ's and an audience other fests would kill for

Should Sundance extended the event next year?

LOS ANGELES - The third Sundance NEXT FEST came to a close on Sunday night and let’s hope we’re not reaching by saying it has now secured its much-needed place on the LA cultural calendar.

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Charlize Theron still overwhelmed by the response to 'Mad Max'

Charlize Theron still overwhelmed by the response to 'Mad Max'

Plus: Theron and Gillian Flynn talk 'Dark Places'

Charlize Theron has a new movie in theaters this weekend, "Dark Places." It's actually been playing on DirecTV for almost two months, but now it's finally getting its no doubt contractually obligated big screen run.  And while Theron gallantly stepped into the media fray for "Places" limited release, for many Imperator Furiosa is still on their minds.

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First Eddie, then Alicia and now Bel Powley: Get ready for the next big thing

First Eddie, then Alicia and now Bel Powley: Get ready for the next big thing

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' star on why the movie's sex scenes are important

Remember the name Bel Powley.  She's happily not under the microscope of the global media yet, but like Alicia Vikander, Michael B. Jordan and Margot Robbie, she’s part of the next wave of twentysomethings ready to make waves in the movie industry.  Actually, she’s already doing it with her acclaimed performance in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

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Alexander Skarsgård says making new 'Tarzan' was an 'amazing experience'

Alexander Skarsgård says making new 'Tarzan' was an 'amazing experience'

'Diary of a Teenage Girl' star talks about his acclaimed new flick

Anyone worried about how Alexander Skarsgård’s career was going to turn out after “True Blood” can breathe easy.  He’s doing just fine.

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How did 'The Gift's Gordo know I'm a Clippers fan?

How did 'The Gift's Gordo know I'm a Clippers fan?

Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton on their underdog new thriller

Have you heard the buzz that “The Gift” is actually a good movie?  Did you happen to read this review or some of the other positive notices out there?  Yes, a movie can be far better than its trailer or TV spots, but let’s give STX Entertainment a slight break on this one.  It is their first real release and they are certainly trying to have fun with other aspects of their campaign (Plus, the trailer for their next flick, "Secret in Their Eyes," is much better) .

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Review: Meryl Streep shows an unexpected rock and roll soul in 'Ricki and the Flash'
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Review: Meryl Streep shows an unexpected rock and roll soul in 'Ricki and the Flash'

Mammie Gunner comes close to stealing the movie from her mother

The Ricki of “Ricki and the Flash” is a rocker, a Hollywood lifer who has given up everything to pursue her dreams of stardom.  There are probably thousands of Rickis still hoping for that big break in Los Angeles.  The one city where a dream doesn't die once you hit retirement age.

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Review: 'Cop Car' feels a little too Coen Brothers-lite and that's not a good thing
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Review: 'Cop Car' feels a little too Coen Brothers-lite and that's not a good thing

Familiar thriller opens Sundance's third annual NEXTFEST

The third annual Sundance NEXTFEST kicked off Sunday evening with a screening of “Cop Car” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in conjunction with Cinespia.  The thriller debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT selection and has become a buzzed about title because its director, Jon Watts, has been chosen to helm the next incarnation of the “Spider-Man” franchise.  We’re not exactly sure what Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures saw in Watts’ helming of  “Cop Car,” but that’s a topic for another day.  

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Best and Worst of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation': Greatest 'Mission' ever?

Best and Worst of 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation': Greatest 'Mission' ever?

Is it better than 'Ghost Protocol'?

Is the fifth time the charm for “Mission: Impossible”?  The almost 20-year-old franchise has gone through some ups and downs over the years, but “Rogue Nation” has arguably earned even better reviews than the last installment, Brad Bird's “Ghost Protocol.”   Who knew?

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Cate Blanchett is bringing the Rathergate realness in first 'Truth' image

Cate Blanchett is bringing the Rathergate realness in first 'Truth' image

Is she going for a triple play in 2015?

Is Cate Blanchett going for the triple crown this year?  The two-time Academy Award winner already delighted audiences as the wicked, but semi-sympathetic step mother in Kenneth Branaugh’s live action “Cinderella” in March.  In May she earned critical acclaim for her work as the title character in Todd Haynes’ “Carol.”  The Weinstein Company is going to release that highly anticipated awards player in November.  But, Blanchett fans can rejoice because they’ll have one more shot to enjoy the incredible Aussie’s talents before the end of 2015 and it promises to tell the “Truth.”

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Best and Worst of 'Vacation': It's not that bad is it?

Best and Worst of 'Vacation': It's not that bad is it?

So much for the comedy surprise of the summer

This probably wasn't the reaction Warner Bros. was expecting when they moved the new comedy "Vacation" from October to July.  The fifth big screen edition of the franchise that helped make Chevy Chase a star was supposed to be a summer comedy "surprise."  This year's "Meet the Millers" or "Let's Be Cops," but, um, actually funny.  That doesn't seem to be the case.

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