January 30, 2015

Sundance Diary, Day 8: Gimme Nonfiction

There might be an uptick in the number of vérité films at the festival this year. I hope it continues. These films seem harder to do because in some ways the filmmaker is looking for a movie on the spot. It’s a kind of photography in which the shutter stays open.

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We Went There: Sifting Through a Career at the Larry Clark $100 Photo Sale in Los Angeles

The director of ‘Kids’ and ‘Bully’ is letting some memories go for a hundred bucks a pop.

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The ‘Parenthood’ Series Finale: One Last Cry for the Braverman Clan

As expected, saying good-bye to the Bravermans was a multi-tissue affair.

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‘The Right Reasons’ Podcast: ‘The Bachelor,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘The Challenge,’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules’

David Jacoby and Juliet Litman talk about this week’s ‘Bachelor,’ ‘Real World,’ ‘Challenge,’ and ‘Vanderpump Rules.’

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Difficult Women: The Debt Fox’s ‘Empire’ Owes to Bravo’s Reality Franchises

Fox’s new hit show shares an attitude and an aesthetic with the kings of the reality genre.

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‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast': Jay and Mark Duplass

Jay and Mark Duplass join Andy Greenwald for a conversation about creativity, collaboration, and their outstanding HBO series, ‘Togetherness.’

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Lowbrow Highlights: The Mystery of the Missing ‘Bachelor’ Tent Sex

We were promised tent sex. I repeat: We were promised tent sex!

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Songs of the Week: Pop-Punk Is the New Indie Rock (or Perhaps the Old Alt Rock)

The Sidekicks, Title Fight, Hurry, Waxahatchee, Cloakroom, Torche, Mikal Cronin, Dick Diver, Girlpool, and You Blew It!

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January 29, 2015

Oscar Second Opinion: Wes Anderson Out–Wes Andersons Himself in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Dear Academy, I know you can’t bring yourself to vote for ‘Boyhood’ because it’s too damn small (sigh); and maybe you feel that beneath all its fancy edits you’re not sure what exactly ‘Birdman’ is saying, if anything. So allow me to suggest an unlikely compromise candidate.

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Sundance Diary, Day 7: Magic and the Tragic

‘Me & Earl & The Dying Girl’ lives up to the hype. Plus: the toxic ‘Cronies’ and humanizing ’Pervert Park.’

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Death and Permafrost: The Excellent ‘Fortitude’ Takes the Crime Show to the Arctic Circle

You need to figure out where the Pivot network lives on your channel grid, because they’ve got a really good show for you.

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‘The Andy Greenwald Podcast': Gillian Jacobs on ‘The Queen of Code’ and ‘Community’

Gillian Jacobs talks to Andy Greenwald about her FiveThirtyEight short, ‘The Queen of Code,’ and then they discuss the upcoming sixth season of ‘Community.’

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The Difference Machine: Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, and Women in Tech

Tech history is not a chain of command, it’s a crazy quilt — no machine is ever really built by one person alone. And natural talent knows no gender.

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Some NZT-Powered Ideas for Bradley Cooper’s ‘Limitless’ Pilot

There just aren’t enough shows about dudes with magical genius abilities solving meticulously planned crimes on a weekly basis.

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The Week in Gossip: Sean Penn’s Adoption, Ronaldo Gets Dumped, and Diplo vs. Taylor Swift

Also: Courtney Love caught out with Kevin O’Leary, ‘American Idol’ legal dramz, and the best hotel concierge in Texas.

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‘Rembert Explains’ Podcast: Marshawn Lynch, Shonda Rhimes, and Black History Month

Mychal Denzel Smith of ‘The Nation’ joins Rembert to discuss Marshawn Lynch, the NFL’s Super Bowl ad, Shonda Rhimes, and Black History Months of days past.

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The Scariest Movie at Sundance: How Robert Eggers Made the Horrifying, Historically Accurate ‘The Witch’

Get to know the encyclopedic talent who may be invading Hollywood with meticulous, historical genre fare.

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