Sundance 2015 US Documentary Competition welcomes back 'Stardom,' 'Cove' Oscar winners

Sundance 2015 US Documentary Competition welcomes back 'Stardom,' 'Cove' Oscar winners

Bobcat Godthwait will be making his documentary directing debut

The Sundance Film Festival announced its four main 2015 narrative and competition slates on Wednesday (December 3) and the US Documentary Competition field is packed with Oscar winners and returning Park City favorites.

Leading the way, at least to some degree, is last year's Documentary Oscar winner Morgan Neville, whose "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was one of the openers at the 2013 Festival. Neville and Robert Gordon co-directed "Best of Enemies," which looks at the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. 

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<p>Marlon Brando</p>

Marlon Brando

'Chuck Norris,' Marlon Brando make the Sundance 2015 World Documentary Competition cut

Alien greeters, Chinese mayors and several Middle East docs also make the cut

A pair of high profile cinematic biopics lead the World Documentary Competition slate for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which was announced on Wednesday (December 3) afternoon.

Actually, leading off for the World Documentary Competition is "How To Change The World," one of four Day One films playing when Sundance opens on January 22, 2015. Directed by Jerry Rothwell, "How To Change The World" focuses on the original founders of Greenpeace and their 1971 protest in a nuclear test zone.

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<p>&quot;A Charlie Brown Christmas&quot;</p>

"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

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TV Ratings: 'Flash'/'Arrow' Tuesday crossover is big, 'Charlie Brown' boosts 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

'NCIS' and 'NCIS: New Orleans' repeats top the night overall

Fast National ratings for Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

The CW got huge numbers for the first part of the week's "Flash"/"Arrow" crossover event, but it was "The Voice" leading NBC to victory among young viewers and an procedural repeats leading CBS to an overall win.

For "The Flash," it was the biggest audience since the season's second episode and tied for its best 18-49 demo number since that second episode.

ABC was second for the night in the key demo as "Toy Story That Time Forgot" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" took "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to its best numbers in months. Of course, "S.H.I.E.L.D." was also boosted by not having to face a new "NCIS: New Orleans," but no matter the cause the Marvel drama hit its best figures since the season premiere in September.

Also benefitting from the absence of "NCIS: New Orleans" were FOX's "New Girl" and NBC's "Marry Me" and "About a Boy," all up week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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<p>Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell join forces on &quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell join forces on "Arrow"

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Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin tease this week's 'Flash'/'Arrow' crossover

Will Oliver Queen actually get to smile this week?

VANCOUVER, BC. The worlds of The CW's "The Flash" and "Arrow" have been tip-toing around each other since last fall.

First Grant Gustin's Barry Allen was introduced in several Season 2 "Arrow" episodes, with Danielle Panabaker's Caitlin and Carlos Valdes' Cisco making their first appearances in the spring.

Then, the "Flash" pilot couldn't be complete without Barry zipping over to Starling City to get Arrow's blessing on his new superhero alter ego. Emily Bett Rickard's Felicity made a visit to Central City later in the fall.

Finally, though, this is the week that the words of "Arrow" and "The Flash" come crashing together with Tuesday's (December 2) "Flash vs. Arrow" and Wednesday's "The Bold and the Brave."

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<p>Katherine Heigl of &quot;State of Affairs&quot;</p>

Katherine Heigl of "State of Affairs"

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TV Ratings: 'The Voice' leads NBC Monday as 'State of Affairs,' 'Sleepy Hollow' rise

ABC's 'CMA Country Christmas' is solid as well

Fast National ratings for Monday, December 1, 2014.

As holiday specials and repeats began to creep across primetime, NBC led Monday night paced by "The Voice" and a small bump for "State of Affairs."

ABC took second for the night with decent numbers for the "CMA Country Christmas" special, while FOX's "Sleepy Hollow" got a tiny bump for its midseason finale-type-thing, despite having a "Gotham" repeat as its lead-in.

On the repeat front, CBS' "Mike & Molly" marathon did decently, while The CW's two holiday specials got OK numbers as well.

On to Monday ratings...

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<p>Robert Durst</p>

Robert Durst

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HBO targets 'Serial' fans with 'The Jinx' documentary series

Andrew Jarecki brings Robert Durst's strange story to TV

When is it OK to refer to your six-part documentary series that nobody had heard of before today as "one of the most anticipated television events of 2015"? When you're HBO and you're about to latch on to one of the swelling pop culture waves of 2014.

Filling the excruciating two-week gap between installments of the addictive "Serial" podcast, on Tuesday (December 2) morning, HBO announced that it will premiere "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" in February 2015.

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<p>&quot;Toy Story That Time Forgot&quot;</p>

"Toy Story That Time Forgot"

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Interview: 'Toy Story That Time Forgot' star Wallace Shawn on the series' anti-decadence message

'Princess Bride' star discusses Rex's innocence and the bourgeois lifestyle

You'd have to go a long way to find a career that touches as many far-flung bases as that of write-director-actor Wallace Shawn.

One can know Shawn's voice from the "Toy Story" movies, but not recognize him from "The Princess Bride." You could, I suppose, know him as Blair's eventual stepfather on "Gossip Girl" and not know him as Rex or Vizzini. You could think yourself an intellectual and know "My Dinner with Andre" or "Vanya on 42nd Street," without knowing any of Shawn's acclaimed, often outspokenly political plays or his myriad essays.

Shawn is so multi-faceted an artist that it's entirely unsurprising that a very brief conversation tied to ABC's very enjoyable "Toy Story That Time Forgot," airing on Tuesday, December 2, begins with simple questions about Rex's endearing short-armed innocence and progresses to the lure of acting to help him maintain a bourgeois lifestyle, delves into the anti-decadence message of the "Toy Story" franchise and closes with the idea people don't recognize him from "Toy Story" because he doesn't resemble a dinosaur. 

It's a fun chat and my only wish is that we'd been able to talk longer, because I had "Princess Bride," "Gossip Girl," Mike Nichols and Andre Gregory questions aplenty...

"Toy Story That Time Forgot" airs at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Check out my full Q&A with Wallace Shawn...


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<p>Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright of &quot;House of Cards&quot;</p>

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright of "House of Cards"

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Netflix sets 'House of Cards' Season 3 premiere for February 2015

First teaser features Air Force One

As expected, the third season of "House of Cards" will follow in the footsteps of the first two with a February premiere on Netflix, but now we have an official date.

Netflix announced on Monday (December 1) that "House of Cards" will premiere, as usual in its entirety, on February 27, 2015.

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<p>FXX&#39;s &quot;Man Seeking Woman&quot;</p>

FXX's "Man Seeking Woman"

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HitFix First Look: Love hurts for Jay Baruchel in new 'Man Seeking Woman' promos

FXX comedy premieres on January 14

Set to premiere on January 14, FXX's "Man Seeking Woman" is dark-and-sweet half-hour romantic comedy, but that's a bit reductive. 

Ideally, your first response to the series should come knowing as little as possible, because the "Man Seeking Woman" description -- The 10-episode comedy follows naïve twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love -- tells you precious little.

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<p>Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos</p>

Emmanuel Sanders of the Broncos

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TV Ratings: NBC's Broncos-Chiefs action holds off CBS' Sunday NFL overrun

'Revenge,' 'Resurrection' both hit series lows for ABC

Fast National ratings for Sunday, November 30, 2014.

CBS started Sunday primetime with a burst of NFL overrun courtesy of a tight game between the Patriots and Packers, but NBC held on to win the night with its Sunday Night Football coverage from the Broncos and Chiefs.

With the two big NFL games and the tail end of a holiday weekend, the rest of Sunday's numbers were low across-the-board, including series-worsts for "Mulaney" and "Resurrection." ABC's dramas and FOX's comedies were, in fact, weak across-the-board.

On to the numbers...

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