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<p>You'll notice that in this shot of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler from 'They&nbsp;Came Together,' it's almost like New York is a third character.</p>

You'll notice that in this shot of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler from 'They Came Together,' it's almost like New York is a third character.

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Review: Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd savage the rom-com genre in 'They Came Together'

The 'Wet Hot American Summer' team demolishes another type of film

PARK CITY - Before the Friday night premiere of "They Came Together" at the Eccles Center in Park City, John Cooper talked about the reaction the programming team had back in 2001 when they saw "Wet Hot American Summer" for the first time.

"We had to ask ourselves if it was okay to show a comedy at Sundance," he said. "So thank you to David Wain and Michael Showalter for showing us that, yes, it is okay to show a comedy at Sundance." That seemed like an unintentional middle finger to Kevin Smith whose "Clerks" had played Sundance prior to 2001, but perhaps Cooper just got his timeline confused a bit. The point was obviously more to praise Wain and Showalter for making movies that have one very pointed goal: to make you laugh. A pet peeve of mine is that moment in almost ever mainstream comedy where the laughs stop and the plot kicks in. There should be a name for that moment, because almost every single time that happens, it kills a good film dead in its tracks. Comedies that manage to make the actual mechanics of the plot part of the comedy and part of the entertainment should be praised and singled out because it is a very difficult skill set to acquire, evidently.

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<p>Nick Cave in &quot;20,000 Days on Earth&quot;</p>

Nick Cave in "20,000 Days on Earth"

Nick Cave on '20,000 Days' doc and what we're to do when he dies

Interview: Songwriter, directors on Blixa Bargeld's emailed exit from the Bad Seeds

After the Nick Cave documentary-feature "20,000 Days on Earth" made its premiere at Sundance earlier this month, the film picked up a pair of honors at the film festival's 2014 awards ceremony, for directing and editing.

It was appropriate, really, for a narrative that tackles both Cave as a contemporary songwriter and as a  subject with a legendary past, a man and his myth: the film needed impeccable direction and shrewd editing.

Directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, friends and former collaborators of Cave's, began filming during the songwriter's sessions for newest album "Push the Sky Away," and yet sought to tell the story of his artistic journey to now. Instead of setting Cave down with journalists and letting talking heads talk, they paired him with a psychoanalyst and historical archivists. They didn't reveal the end of the album-making process, but the sweet banalities and live-recording environments that make a Cave & The Bad Seeds record. And they didn't film separate interviews with former colleagues like Kylie Minogue and Blixa Bargeld a cozy room: they put them in a car with Cave and they talked as he drove.

The latter -- with Bargeld -- was particularly captivating on screen, as the two awkwardly and sincerely talk about how a co-founding member of the Bad Seeds "left the band with a two line email that he sent to me. Then he was just gone." Bargeld had been performing with Cave for 20 years, when he quit the band unexpectedly 10 years ago.

"There was this sudden snatching of this character out of my life on a grand scale," Cave said during our interview in Park City after the film's debut.  "I hadn't even seen him since then... God knows why he agreed to do it... it ended up being a really beautiful thing. When I see Blixa in that car, my heart leaps as well. And I'm reminded what an incredibly powerful presence that this guy was."

Forsyth and Pollard also expounded on other larger-than-life characters in Cave's "bigger story" when it came to Susie Bick, Cave's wife since 1997, but they did it by pulling back. Cave goes into delicious detail about the first time he'd met her, and yet her face is always obscured or her back is turned in the film, just as her appearance on the cover of "Push the Sky Away" features her hands covering her face.

"It felt right to have her in the way that she's reflected and refracted in Nick's songs and particularly this album. It felt right to do that in the film, to not take that step into factual or reality and reduce her to this real person. She lives in the songs, and the presence she has, what she means to Nick, is magical. It's bigger than life, it's more imaginative," Pollard explained. Forsyth continued: "The more present she was in the film, the less that we really discovered about her. In the end, it was almost all taken away."

"20,000 Days on Earth" also became an opportunity for Cave to combine with Warren Ellis for an all-new soundtrack, a score which Pollard insists should "live on in some way." Between the extra footage for the film, the additional music from the "Push" sessions, the Opera House concert and small gig live performances in the movie, and the Ellis/Cave score, fans should hope for, at least, some interesting DVD extras.

"It just sort of slowly emerged to become a bigger thing. I realized this wasn't a film about me, it was something beyond a conventional celebrity documentary," Cave said about how the filmmaking team made his jam-packed fictional 20,000th day on Earth so unorthodox. Celebrity documentaries do so rarely wade into the waters of how artists wish to be remembered, for instance; in a scene where he's surrounded by scrapbooks and photographs and film, Cave cheekily suggests saving some for the "Nick Cave Memorial Museum," just as, in 2009, he joked about that gold statue to be erected in his likeness Australian home town.

So, I'll bite: how does Nick Cave wish to be memorialized after he's gone?

"The idea at the moment is that we make a huge gravestone, an extremely big one, and we fund it on Kickstarter. And if you give me £10,000, consider your name engraved on it."

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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video
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Shakira and Rihanna pile on the sexy in 'Can't Remember to Forget' video

As if you were expecting anything else...

I doubt that either Shakira or Rihanna ever has a moment where she wishes “Could I just let my voice do the heavy lifting here and not have to flash and wiggle body parts to get attention,” because if they did, they wouldn’t have made the video for “Can't Remember to Forget.”

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"The Vampire Diaries"

 "The Vampire Diaries"

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'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Can Elena survive Katherine's plan?

Katherine and Nadia may 'spell' the end of Elena

So, that happened. I think we all need a moment to process, don't we? And really, I needed to lay down some text without spoilers before the jump, and I'm just not sure what I can say about this episode that isn't a spoiler. Wait, Caroline's hair looked nice, didn't it? And... I'm out. Let's just discuss the big, bloody elephant in the room already. 

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<p>Jonathan Banks, Nathan Fillion and Alison Brie hanging out between takes on &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks, Nathan Fillion and Alison Brie hanging out between takes on "Community."

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Review: 'Community' - 'Analysis of Cork-Based Networking'

Nathan Fillion and a host of other funny guests don't get enough to do in a busy episode

A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I detonate a mollusk...

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<p>Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones together one last time on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones together one last time on "Parks and Recreation."

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Ann and Chris'

The series says goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe in a touching trip down memory lane

"Parks and Recreation" just said goodbye to Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, and I have a review of the episode coming up just as soon as I pack you a bag of bras, knives and loose onions...

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<p>&quot;American Idol&quot; Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!</p>

"American Idol" Omaha auditioner Simon Hauck. It seems unlikely that he's going to be good. But maybe I'll be surprised!

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 Auditions #6 - Omaha

J-Lo, Keith and Harry head to Nebraska to try to find the next superstar

Apparently we're nearly done with "American Idol" auditions.

And all in the blink of an eye!

Season 13 auditions conclude on Thursday (January 30) night with a talent showcase from Omaha. 

Will it be yet another night of talented guitar players? 

Click through and follow along!

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<p>&quot;Blue is the Warmest Color&quot;</p>

"Blue is the Warmest Color"

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GLAAD Media Award nods include 'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Blue is the Warmest Color,' 'Philomena'

Awards recognize outstanding work that addresses LGBT themes

It's unusual that at least two of this year's Best Picture Oscar nominees -- "Philomena" and "Dallas Buyers Club" -- deal with gay or transgender identity, even if neither film has a wholly LGBT protagonist. Both, naturally, are among the films singled out for recognition in the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Defiance Against Defamation) Media Awards, Joining them, unsurprisingly, were "Blue is the Warmest Color" and "Kill Your Darlings," though "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" isn't exactly an obvious call. ("Frozen" would fit the bill too, though they haven't gone there.)

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<p>Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of &quot;Inside Llewyn&nbsp;Davis&quot; with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen</p>

Bruno Delbonnel (left) on the set of "Inside Llewyn Davis" with Oscar Isaac (center) and Joel Coen

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Oscar-nominated 'Llewyn Davis' cinematographer was scared to fill the shoes of a legend

And how the cover of Bob Dylan's 'Freewheelin' informed the atmosphere

On Jan. 16, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel picked up his fourth Best Cinematography Oscar nomination to date, for the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis." He has previously been nominated for "Amelie" in 2001, "A Very Long Engagement" in 2004 (for which he won the American Society of Cinematographers Award) and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in 2009.

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<p>Paul Williams</p>

Paul Williams

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Interview: Paul Williams thanks Daft Punk for 'calling us geezers'

Calls the Grammy-winning duo 'courageous'

Ever since Daft Punk nabbed the Grammy for Album of the Year on Sunday, Paul Williams has been in the news, mainly from people wondering who is the 73-year old songwriter who spoke about sobriety and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” performance when he served as the mouthpiece during Daft Punk’s acceptance speech.

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9 opening weekend battles: 'Big Hero 6' vs. 'Interstellar,' 'Star Wars vs. Inferno'
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9 opening weekend battles: 'Big Hero 6' vs. 'Interstellar,' 'Star Wars vs. Inferno'

Who blinks first?

Have you ever wondered why Hollywood would have one movie you're dying to see open on the same day as another movie you're equally dying to see?  It probably happens more often than you think during the summer and holiday season.  And unless you are a truly hardcore moviegoer (and many of you out there are), chances are you'll only see one of the two that weekend. That's why the release date game is just as important to movie studios as the right trailer, poster or TV spot. It doesn't matter how good your film is, if you have the wrong release date you're hoping for word of mouth to save the day.

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<p>Miles Teller, Zak Efron, and Michael B. Jordan turn the smarm up to high in the completely unlikeable and emotionally hollow 'That Awkward Moment'</p>

Miles Teller, Zak Efron, and Michael B. Jordan turn the smarm up to high in the completely unlikeable and emotionally hollow 'That Awkward Moment'

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Review: Efron, Teller and Jordan can't charm their way out of 'That Awkward Moment'

This one reaches for wisdom and falls perilously short

Writer/director Tom Gormican has certainly established a voice for his debut feature, "That Awkward Moment," but unfortunately, it is a grotesque, immature, and cheerfully misogynistic voice, one that I would not want to hear a second time.

Miles Teller, Zac Efron, and Michael B. Jordan play three young successful pretty worry-free guys in Manhattan who have sex often and with lovely partners. They tell some pointless lies to people they allegedly care for, feelings are hurt, and then everything works out exactly the way they want it to and they have more success and more sex and everyone is, as I mentioned, gorgeous.

That's it. That's the story. That's all the complications you can look forward to. That's all the drama you can expect. There are lots of very cheap bathroom jokes, lots of sub-Mamet vulgar banter, and then some miserably executed romantic comedy mechanics. By hiring Teller, Efron, and Jordan, Gormican buys himself a certain amount of audience good will. Teller is establishing himself as a guy who can handle the heaviest drama and who also has a loose and funny persona that can shrug off all the darkness. Efron confuses me. I'm not sure if he's a talented guy who just hasn't found the right film yet or if he's a pretty kid who has coasted on his looks farther than anyone would have reasonably expected. Jordan is on everyone's radar at this point, and he's going to be able to work in big blockbusters and personal indies whenever he wants. The three of them together are able to keep a scene up and moving even when the scene it total junk on the page, and for a while, "That Awkward Moment" almost seems charming.

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