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<p>A scene from &quot;The Green Prince.&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Green Prince."

Credit: Sundance Film Festival

Review: 'The Green Prince' an engrossing docu-thriller on Israeli-Palestinian friction

Nadav Schirman's film opens the World Documentary Competition at Sundance

PARK CITY - The documentary that styles itself as a genre film is a risky gambit -- for every example that pulls off the disguise (think Bart Layton's elegantly shifty "The Imposter"), there's at least one other that carries a faint whiff of desperation, employing thriller tactics in the hope of sexing up serious-minded material, selling its subject and audience short in one fell swoop.

Early on in Nadav Schirman's "The Green Prince," a smart, tightly assembled film that kicked off the World Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival tonight, there's reason to fear the film will fall into the latter camp, as title cards skitter across the screen in that analog typeface native to the contemporary Hollywood war movie, as an ominous, militaristic score rumbles in the background. "Yes, here's another urgent reflection on Israeli-Palestinian politics," these embellishments appear to say. "But wait, this one's exciting."

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Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

Review: Ben Whishaw brings emotion to uneven 'Lilting'

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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Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge on today's Oscar nominations

Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge on today's Oscar nominations

'Alone Yet Not Alone'-gate, surprises and some predictions

PARK CITY - Oscar nominations day is always busy, but before transitioning to Sundance Film Festival coverage, Gregory Ellwood and Guy Lodge took a few minutes to chat about what today's nods mean as the march continues toward the 86th Academy Awards.

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<p>Miles Teller gives a dedicated, remarkable performance in 'Whiplash'</p>

Miles Teller gives a dedicated, remarkable performance in 'Whiplash'

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Review: Miles Teller and JK Simmons in 'Whiplash' starts Sundance on a high note

Opening night movie asks pointed questions about what pursuit of greatness costs

PARK CITY - My whole life, as long as I can remember, I have had the same goals for myself. I have always wanted to write, and I have always wanted my work to be read and seen and shared.

There have been points in my life where I've had people comment how nice it must be to have such a clear sense of purpose, and when people say that, I try to smile and take it in the spirit it is intended. The truth, though, is that having that strong a drive to do something is a double-edged sword. Yes, when you know what you want from this world, it can be an advantage because you can work towards it and you can stay focused on it. But the other side of that is the gnawing fear that you will not accomplish what you want to accomplish, and that all the work in the world cannot guarantee you an audience. Just because I write every single day does not mean that my work will be read or seen or shared. Beyond that, just because I write every day does not mean that my work deserves to be read or seen or shared, and that thought terrifies me.

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<p>Leonardo&nbsp;DiCaprio and&nbsp;Jonah&nbsp;Hill at the 19th annual Critics'&nbsp;Choice Movie&nbsp;Awards</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

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DiCaprio beams and team 'Banks' lives it up at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

The BFCA has found its place but hasn't quite found its identity

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has found a bit of a sweet spot for its annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards by holding them on the very night of the Oscar nominations. This evening marked the second such occasion after necessity forced the organization's hand last year and ended up working out for them, and spirits were certainly high amongst the many Oscar nominees in attendance this time around.

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<p>On &quot;Parks and Recreation,&quot;&nbsp;April (Aubrey Plaza)&nbsp;tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).</p>

On "Parks and Recreation," April (Aubrey Plaza) tries to record a special moment with Ben (Adam Scott).

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'New Beginnings'

Leslie returns to the parks department, Ben starts as city manager, and Ron wins an award

A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I can recognize elk hair...

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<p>On &quot;Community,&quot;&nbsp;Troy (Donald Glover)&nbsp;and the study group return from a strange memorial.</p>

On "Community," Troy (Donald Glover) and the study group return from a strange memorial.

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Review: 'Community' - 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

Pierce vexes the study group one last time in a terrific bottle episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I send Liam Neeson a message about the roles he chooses...

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;director Steve McQueen accepts the Critics'&nbsp;Choice Movie Award for Best Picture.</p>

"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen accepts the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Picture.

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'12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture at Critics' Choice Movie Awards

But 'Gravity' walks away with a hefty tally

Winners were announced for the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards this evening in Santa Monica, Calif. Largely considered a barometer for which way the Academy might vote, they recognize accomplishments in an array of genres and crafts. "12 Years a Slave" won Best Picture honors, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress, but it was "Gravity" that led the way with wins far and away with seven trophies. "American Hustle" picked up four, including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a Comedy. Check out the nominees here, the full list of winners below and remember to follow the season at The Circuit.

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HBO boss doesn't care if subscribers share their passwords


HBO boss doesn't care if subscribers share their passwords
“It's not that we're unmindful of it, it just has no impact on the business," HBO CEO Richard Plepler tells Buzzfeed. He adds that, in many ways, it is a "terrific marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers."


"Melissa & Joey" will host a "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" reunion

Melissa Joan Hart will reunite with David Lascher, her "Sabrina" love interest of three years.


$10,000 reward offered for unphotoshopped Lena Dunham Vogue pics
The "Girls" star always touts being real, so Jezebel is offering $10,000 for the real, untouched photos of Dunham from her Annie Leibowitz photo shoot. PLUS: $50 offered for unphotoshopped pictures of Adam Driver in Vogue.


"American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks raked in $2.5 million last year
The gray-haired Hicks is still popular, as his earnings prove. Forbes ranks him as the No. 7 o its list of the highest-earning "Idol" alums, beating out Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.


Grey Damon reveals what "Friday Night Lights" had planned if it kept on going
Damon, who's co-starring with fellow "FNL"-er Aimee Teegarden on CW's "Star-Crossed," says the writers had big plans for his character Hastings Ruckle.


"Portlandia" shows off its "Face in the Crowd" campaign for Season 4
Here's the IFC series using high art.


Where did "Parenthood" go wrong?
Lately, the NBC family drama has stopped feeling authentic.


Judge rejects Nicollette Sheridan's bid for a new "Desperate Housewives" trial
It's now been four years since Sheridan sued over her exit from the ABC drama.


Matt LeBlanc has never objected to anything on "Episodes"
In fact, he's pushed for more Matt LeBlanc jokes. PLUS: LeBlanc has no 20-year "Friends" anniversary plans, and watch the new "Episodes" trailer.


Showtime unveils "Penny Dreadful" trailer
The Josh Hartnett/Eva Green series is set in 1891, but it plans to explore modern themes.


"Chelsea Lately" star Fortune Feimster joins Tina Fey's Fox comedy
She'll play an openly gay athlete in the comedy set in a women's college.


Nick Lachey is the new host of VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live!"
He's replacing Carrie Keagan.


Howard Stern's favorite TV show: Fox News' "The Five"
"I love it," the shock jock says of the show Jon Stewart made fun of this week.


"Nikita's" Devon Sawa becomes a dad
The actor welcomed son Hudson last Thursday.

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<p>If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.</p>

If you know why this picture should make you feel old, you're old.

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #2 - Austin & San Francisco

The two-night premiere continues with more judging harmony

Season 13 of "American Idol" kicked off on Wednesday night with an episode that I thought showed potential.

As for the ratings? Well, it depends on how you choose to view things. 15.2 million viewers and a 4.7 rating among adults 18-49? Know how many shows do those numbers these days? Hardly any. Know how many "Idol" premieres have done worse? Hardly any. 

So there you go. Let's get down to business. I'll be live-blogging tonight's episode, which I already know features one contestant who is going to make a lot of people feel old. The picture with this recap is a spoiler, but only if you know what it's showing...

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Kyle Chandler headed to Netflix: He'll star in a thriller from 'Damages' creators


Kyle Chandler headed to Netflix: He'll star in a thriller from "Damages" creators

The "Friday Night Lights" alum, whose "Vatican" pilot was rejected by Showtime last year, will star in a psychological thriller about a group of a adult siblings.

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