<p>Shia LaBeouf in &quot;The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.&quot;</p>

Shia LaBeouf in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman."


Review: Shia LaBeouf keeps running in 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman'

Can a movie become dated during its world premiere?

PARK CITY - After battling giant evil robots for a good chunk of the past six years, Shia LaBeouf is proving he's up for something different when he gets in front of the camera.  Last year he starred in John Hillcoat's period thriller "Lawless" and Robert Redford's political drama "The Company You Keep," the later which will hit theaters in April.  It's been a long time, however, since LaBeouf was likable, let alone appeared as though he was actually having a good time making the picture.  Enter,  Fredrik Bond's "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" which premiered Monday night at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

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<p>&quot;The Way,&nbsp;Way Back&quot;</p>

"The Way, Way Back"


Review: Sam Rockwell steals Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's rocky 'The Way Way Back'

Comedy works, drama weak in duo's directorial debut

PARK CITY - Not all screenwriters are meant to be directors, and there are many directors who should be kept arm's length away from a keypad.  After winning a best adapted screenplay Oscar along with Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon ("Ben and Kate") and Jim Rash ("Community ") move to the director's chair with the funny, but rocky "The Way Way Back."

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<p>Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in &quot;Kill Your Darlings.&quot;</p>

Ben Foster, Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in "Kill Your Darlings."


Review: Daniel Radcliffe shows no fear in stylish 'Kill Your Darlings'

Michael C. Hall and supporting cast stand out in Beat Generation drama

PARK CITY - The past few years have seen a number of films focus on the writers of the Beat Generation and iconic writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Keroac.  This year's entry to the growing genre is John Krokidas' "Kill Your Darlings" which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Friday afternoon and opens the door to a historical incident which had remain mostly unchronicled for almost 60 years.

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Review: Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge charm in potential breakout hit 'Austenland'

Who knew Bret McKenzie had a romantic leading man in him?

PARK CITY - As a movie pitch "Austenland" seems like a no-brainer. A devoted and sadly single Jane Austen fan (appropriately named Jane and played by Keri Russell) decides to spend her life savings to visit Austenland, an immersive vacation resort which promise her a personal Mr. Darcy experience. Of course, nothing goes as planned, but our heroine still finds love where she wouldn't have expected it. Throw in some quirky British characters trying to pull off the 19th Century in the 21st Century and you have numerous comedic opportunities.  Based on the novel by Shannon Hale and co-produced by Stephenie Meyer, Jerusha Hess' "Austenland" should quickly evoke a bidding war that will make the numerous studios regret passing on the first time around.

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<p>Lisa Fischer in a moment from &quot;Twenty Feet From Stardom.&quot;</p>

Lisa Fischer in a moment from "Twenty Feet From Stardom."


Review: Spectacular 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' showcases music's unheralded voices

A superb doc that not only educates, but completely entertains

PARK CITY - They are the voices in the chorus. That extra kick that turns a solid song into a massive hit. They are the background singers who transformed the music industry in the '60s and '70s often to the detriment of their own solo careers. Finally, these legendary artists step into the spotlight in Morgan Neville's entertaining and enlightening documentary "Twenty Feet From Stardom" which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday night.

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<p>&quot;Interior.Leather.Bar&quot; is just one film expected to increase the sexual quotient at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.</p>

"Interior.Leather.Bar" is just one film expected to increase the sexual quotient at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

10 predictions for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Bonus: It won't be snowing this year

 PARK CITY - The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is only hours away from kicking off with four premieres tonight: the documentary mystery "Who is Dayani Cristal?", U.S. dramatic competition entry "May in the Summer," "Crystal Fairy" with Michael Cera and the music doc "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (oh yeah, and "Shorts Program 1").  The early buzz is all about James Franco and his two sex movies ("Interior.Leather.Bar." and "Kink"), but by Saturday night the conversation will likely have shifted to the "big surprise" and hot acquisition targets. With that in mind, here are 10 predictions for the next week of festival going in Park City.

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<p>Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'</p>

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Credit: Paramount Pictures

'Star Trek' stars Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana to host Academy's sci-tech awards

The duo will present nine awards on February 9

Before they "Star Trek Into Darkness," U.S.S. Enterprise crew members Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana are reuniting to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards in February.

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<p>Jessica Biel in &quot;Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.&quot;</p>

Jessica Biel in "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes."

Exclusive Sundance Clip: Jessica Biel in 'Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes' clip

First look at the new dramatic competition entry

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is only days away and, as usual, it will be a welcome breath of fresh air for the industry after weeks of award season campaigning and holiday blockbusters.  On the outset, this year's slate of U.S. dramatic competition films and premieres appear friendlier than usual to mainstream audiences.  A number of the dramatic competition films have more recognizable than previous years stars such as "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" (Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck), "Afternoon Delight" (Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch), "Austenland" (Keri Russell), "Kill Your Darlings" (Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall), "Fruitvale" (Octavia Spencer, Chad Michael Murray), "The Lifeguard" (Kristen Bell) and "Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes."  

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler during the 70th Annual Golden Globes.</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler during the 70th Annual Golden Globes.

Credit: AP Photo

Best and Worst of the 70th Golden Globe Awards: Adele, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, 'Argo'

Plus: Jodie Foster's now legendary speech and more

Did we just experience the greatest awards show program this century?  From Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's hilarious opening monologue to nary a weak speech among the winners, the 70th Golden Globe Awards was three hours of (mostly) well paced drama that miraculously fit around a now legendary speech from Jodie Foster that many in Hollywood will still be thinking about when they wake up Monday morning. This is where live television excels as a medium and, no joke, we have the HFPA to thank for it.

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70th Golden Globe Awards predictions: Will 'Lincoln' and 'Homeland' rule the night?

70th Golden Globe Awards predictions: Will 'Lincoln' and 'Homeland' rule the night?

'Les Miserables,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' and 'Modern Family' should also do well

It's that time of year. The few hours a year when the worlds of film and television come together in a drunken mess (well, until they reconvene at the SAG Awards in two weeks).  Yes, it's Golden Globes time people. And if anyone can throw a party, er, find movie studios and networks to pay for fabulous parties it's the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Using our connections with those that are the "inside" of the approximately 80-something member organization and our ability to predict the HFPA's need to please everyone, HitFix's Executive Editor Daniel Fienberg and I present you our predictions for the 70th Golden Globe Awards.

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