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Sundance Film Review: ‘This Is Home’

There has been such a massive influx of Syria-themed documentaries in recent years that it could be easy for festival audiences and critics alike to feel, if not jaded, at least a little weary: The war and its ensuing refugee crisis may be the most urgent international humanitarian cause of …read more

Facebook Recruits Eurosport Chief Peter Hutton to Lead Global Sports-Rights Deals

Facebook has hired Eurosport CEO Peter Hutton to head up the social network’s efforts to broker worldwide deals for live-streaming sports, Variety has confirmed. At Facebook, Hutton will be focused on securing global sports rights and based in Silicon Valley, according to sources. He’ll report to Dan Reed, Facebook’s head …read more

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Tristan Lhomme on ‘Lazare,’ France’s Antonin Peretjatko

PARIS — Jacques and the eponymous Lazare are roommates and uber-dorks. Jacques sets up Lazare for a date but doesn’t tell him that he texted the girl suggesting Lazare is into bondage. Lazare is a horn-dog, but so embarrassed by the physical presence of a girl in the very same …read more

MyFrenchFilmFestival: Denis Walgenwitz, Vincent Paronnaud on ‘The Death, Dad & Son’

Featuring at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, cartoon short “The Death, Dad & Son” marks a new collaboration between Vincent Paronnaud –a.k.a. Winshluss– and Denis Walgenwitz. Paronnaud leapt to fame as co-director, with Marjane Satrapi, of 2007 Cannes Jury Prize winner “Persepolis.” Walgenwitz served as assistant director on the film. It bows …read more

Sundance Film Review: ‘Clara’s Ghost’

Bridey Elliott’s debut feature as writer-director is an idiosyncratic goof whose primary interest lies in seeing her parents and sibling (she’s the daughter of comedian Chris Elliott) play presumably warped caricatures of themselves. The in-joke air can only float this enterprise so far, however. In the end, there’s not enough …read more

Sundance Film Review: ‘Wildlife’

As an actor, Paul Dano, with his long-faced gaze of inquiring gloom, has always radiated a sense of unease. That’s far from the only thing he communicates (he was spectacular as Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a performance that beautifully merged Wilson’s disturbance and his joy). But a kind …read more

Read Halsey’s Stirring Speech at the New York City Women’s March

The singer Halsey delivered a stirring speech at the Women’s March in New York City earlier today (Jan. 20). Titled “A Story Like Mine” and written as a poem, it recounts experiences with rape, abortion, assault and miscarriage. It concludes: “The year is 2018 and I’ve realized that nobody is …read more

Common Says An Oprah Presidency Would Bring America Back to ‘Compassionate Leaders’ That ‘Care About Human Beings’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Common is ready to sport his “Oprah 2020” gear. The rapper and actor said while he doesn’t think Oprah will run for President, he would be rooting for her if she did choose to set her sights on the White House. Moments after taking the stage at the Respect Rally …read more

Sundance Film Review: ‘The Tale’

Thirty years ago, Jennifer Fox won the grand jury prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for her documentary “Beirut: The Last Home Movie,” engaging with sex-positive and progressively feminist topics in her subsequent nonfiction work, most notably “Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman.” Both a natural extension of Fox’s …read more

Fisher Stevens, Ross Kauffman Team for Discovery Documentary ‘Taken By the Tiger’

Documentary mavens Fisher Stevens and Ross Kauffman have teamed for a feature-length film “Taken By the Tiger,” about the fast-shrinking population of tigers in the wild for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Kauffman (“Born into Brothels”) will direct with Stevens on board to produce the film, which will be shot …read more