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<p>&quot;Who Is Dayani Cristal?&quot;</p>

"Who Is Dayani Cristal?"

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Sundance Review: 'Who Is Dayani Cristal?' strands Gael Garcia Bernal in the desert

Beautifully shot border documentary has key structural flaws
From Rory Kennedy's documentary short "The Fence" to Cary Fukunaga's bracing-yet-lyrical "Sin Nombre," the border experience and America's immigration failures have been reliable Sundance staples in recent years, so it was fitting to have Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" kicking off the 2013 Festival on Thursday (January 17) night.
 
"Who Is Dayani Cristal?" takes the familiar backdrop and attempts to present it in a complicated way, creating a well-intentioned documentary that makes admirable intellectual sense on paper, but becomes an occasional semiotic nightmare in execution. 
 
On one hand, had this been yet another straight-ahead story about "The Corridor of Death" in the Arizona desert across the Mexican border, I'd have probably complained at its lack of inspiration. On the other hand, if the inspiration becomes frustrating and obfuscating more than illuminating... Well, that's a struggle. 
 
More after the break on "Who Is Dayani Cristal?," which is playing in the World Documentary Competition at Sundance...
 
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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: 'After School Special'

Shocking information is revealed in Mystic Falls

Before we get started, I'm assuming all of you have read about the "Vampire Diaries" spin-off? If not, just skip the following paragraph. I can't really say there are spoilers, because we know very little about the show. But if you watch "The Vampire Diaries," it's hard not to come to certain conclusions about how it might impact the original, no pun intended.

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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: Finale: Go Big or Go Home'

Anthony Ryan, Emilio and Uli battle for the title of All-Star winner

Before we start, a heads-up -- I will be interviewing the winner, whoever that may be, tomorrow morning. So keep your eyes peeled! Will post as soon as I'm able, promise. 

Uli, Emilio and Anthony Ryan are our final three, and they'll have to create a mini-collection for a runway show. And they have to create a theme, music, all that stuff. But they have $3,000 and have the night to think about it. Enjoy the sleeplessness, finalists! 

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<p>DJ&nbsp;Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl and Jim Jefferies in &quot;Legit.&quot;</p>

DJ Qualls, Dan Bakkedahl and Jim Jefferies in "Legit."

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'Legit' - 'Pilot': DJ Qualls takes another road trip

What did everybody think of the new FX comedy with Jim Jefferies?

I published my review of FX's "Legit" yesterday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody else think of the new comedy? If you were previously a Jim Jefferies fan, did this feel true to his stand-up persona? If he's new to you, what did you think of the guy? Did you like the visit to the whorehouse or find the whole thing uncomfortable? Did this show make better use of Mumford and Sons' "The Cave" then "Lone Star" did a couple of years ago? (UPDATE: Never mind on that; they dumped "The Cave" at last minute for a fun. song instead.) And will you watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Archer and Lana in a scene from the season premiere.</p>

Archer and Lana in a scene from the season premiere.

Credit: FX

Season premiere review: 'Archer' - 'Fugue and Riffs'

Archer gets amnesia, and winds up in a place familiar to TV animation fans

A quick review of the "Archer" season premiere coming up just as soon as I ease you into a gimp suit...

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<p>Chris Pratt and the rest of the &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;men got to play on the Colts field.</p>

Chris Pratt and the rest of the "Parks and Recreation" men got to play on the Colts field.

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Two Parties'

Ben and Leslie have very different bachelor and bachelorette parties

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as I'm nationally ranked in Settlers of Catan...

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<p>Carrie Underwood</p>

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood added to Grammy Award performers

She joins Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys for the Feb. 10 show

Carrie Underwood joins the growing list of performers set to appear at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Underwood revealed the news to “Entertainment Tonight.” She joined previously announced performers (and nominees) fun., Mumford & Sons, the Black Keys, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.  Underwood is up for best country solo performance, while her hit, "Blown Away," is up for best country song for songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.

Though the Grammys haven’t officially announced it, it looks like LL Cool J will return as host. He was front and center during the Grammy panel at TCA.

The Grammys will air Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. A one-hour documentary about the making of last year's show, which took place the day after Whitney Houston's death, will air on Feb. 9.



 

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<p>Paul Dano</p>

Paul Dano

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Paul Dano set to play Brian Wilson in Beach Boy's life story

Atticus Ross in discussions to score the film

Paul Dano will play the young Brian Wilson in “Love & Mercy,” a movie about the pivotal moments in the Beach Boy’s career.

Academy Award-nominated producer Bill Pohlad will direct the story. He shies away from calling it a biopic. Instead, a statement about the film says it will “take an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life, his artistic genius, his profound struggles, and the love that kept him alive.”

Wilson posted the announcement on his Facebook page with the declaration, “I am thrilled.”  “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on th big screen and to have Bill Pohlad as the captain of the Sloop John B is amazing. It just makes me feel so humble. I can’t wait to see it with a full tub of buttered popcorn.”

No casting other than Dano has been announced. Another actor will portray the older Wilson.

Atticus Ross, who won an Academy Award for scoring "The Social Network" with Trent Reznor, is in talks with Pohlad to score the film. Interestingly, the release says the movie will include “the music of Brian Wilson.” What’s unclear is if Mike Love and Wilson’s other co-writers have signed off on their music being used in the film.

River Road Entertainment and John Wells Productions are producing the film.

"Love & Mercy" takes its title from a song on Wilson's self-titled 1988 debut solo album.

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"American Idol"

 "American Idol"

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 12 Live-Blog - Chicago Auditions

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj take their ongoing squabble to a new locale

Yet again, I do want to reassure everyone that Dan is fine. He will be back to recap "American Idol" very soon, and he's just asked me to help out this week and next week, as he's very busy in Park City, Utah. I do hope he gets to see some of these early episodes, though, just so I know I'm not hallucinating these Mariah vs. Nicki encounters, which don't always make much sense (I blame editing) but thankfully don't seem too heated. Yet. 

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<p>Robert Redford, Keri&nbsp;Putnam and John Cooper at this morning's Sundance press conference</p>

Robert Redford, Keri Putnam and John Cooper at this morning's Sundance press conference

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Robert Redford and company look back on 'Beasts' success as Sundance gets underway

Benh Zeitlin's Oscar nominee is an example of why the fest exists, Redford says

PARK CITY - A year ago this week an unassuming indie called "Beasts of the Southern Wild" came to Park City looking for an intimate audience here at the very least, a distribution deal and therefore a chance at a wider audience at the very most. Certainly things like Oscar nominations were way off the radar, and yet, a week ago, the film landed major nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and, perhaps the most surprising nomination of the year, Best Director.

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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>Ben Affleck in &quot;Argo.&quot;</p>

Ben Affleck in "Argo."

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Gay & Lesbian Critics go for 'Argo'

Day-Lewis and Hathaway add to their haul, and 'The Paperboy' isn't forgotten

The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Association, who announced their nominees last week, distinguished themselves with some idiosyncratic categories, handing indie relationship drama "Keep the Lights On" their Best LGBT Film award, and sharing their "Campy Flick" prize between "Magic Mike" (which isn't particularly campy) and "The Paperboy" (which very much is). In the top categories, however, they fell in line behind season-long favorites, opting for "Argo" as the year's best film, and further decorating the trophy cabinets of Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway. Full list of film winners after the jump; everything else at The Circuit.

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