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<p>Even the most devoted 'Downton Abbey' fan might not recognize Dan Stevens in the completely bananas new film 'The Guest'</p>

Even the most devoted 'Downton Abbey' fan might not recognize Dan Stevens in the completely bananas new film 'The Guest'

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Review: 'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens goes mad in delirious throwback 'The Guest'

The 'You're Next' team returns to Sundance with a lunatic new thriller

PARK CITY - If John Carpenter made "The Terminator" for Cannon Films in 1987, it would be "The Guest."

And it would rule.

One of the hardest things to do with a film where you decide to wear your influences on your sleeve is making something that feels genuine. I like each half of "Grindhouse" to different degrees, but there's never a moment in the complete assembled 3-hour experience where you're not keenly aware of both Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino winking at you. I just recently caught up with "Machete Kills," and it's the same thing. Robert isn't remotely pretending that his film is the real thing. It's a goof. It's fun, but it's also somewhat disposable because of how knowingly ridiculous it is.

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<p>Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's &quot;God's Pocket.&quot;</p>

Christina Hendricks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in John Slattery's "God's Pocket."

Review: Philip Seymour Hoffman can't save John Slattery's disappointing 'God's Pocket'

John Slattery's directorial debut is sadly a miss

PARK CITY - Transitioning from being in front of the camera to behind it is never easy. And, yes, there are just as many success stories (Clint Eastwood, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Ben Stiller) as disappointments (William H. Macy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, David Duchovney), many of whom made this sad discovery at the Sundance Film Festival. On Monday, Sundance is celebrating the inaugural "Free Fail" event with a special day of workshops that will center on artists' failures and how they allowed them to eventually succeed. John Slattery, best known for his work on "Mad Men," may want to pop into a few for some tips after the world premiere of his feature directing debut "God's Pocket" Friday afternoon.

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<p>Aaron Paul in &quot;Hellion.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul in "Hellion."

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Review: Aaron Paul is a deadbeat dad in heartfelt but one-sided 'Hellion'

Shades of 'Mud' with motocross in Kat Candler's third feature

PARK CITY - Slugs and snails and puppy dog tails: that is no longer what little boys are made of, if the angsty strain of coming-of-age narratives in recent American indies is to be believed. Films such as "Mud," "The Kings of Summer" and "Hide Your Smiling Faces" have presented adolescent male protagonists with decidedly adult moral and domestic quandaries, wrestled out largely without supervision; at a time when the man-child stands tall in commercial cinema, other filmmakers are keen to present the child itself as an endangered species. "Hellion," the third feature from Austin-based filmmaker Kat Candler, follows solemnly in this tradition: sun-bleached scenes of motocross racing and laddish misbehavior abound, yet boyhood is a bleak business here.

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<p>Noah Wiseman and Essie Davis are a toxic combination in the creepy 'The Babadook'</p>

Noah Wiseman and Essie Davis are a toxic combination in the creepy 'The Babadook'

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Review: Disturbing Aussie midnight movie 'The Babadook' makes a nightmare out of parenting

Jennifer Kent makes a strong and personal horror debut

PARK CITY - Anyone who reads my work here on the site with any regularity knows that I place a very high priority on my job as a father. Before I had my kids, I would not have predicted the depth of feeling that I have for them. I honestly thought it would be more of a chore than anything. But on the night my first son was born, when they put him into my hands for the first time, something shifted inside me and some part of me opened that I didn't even realize had been closed. I felt such a flood of love and duty in that moment that I was overwhelmed, and I wept. To my enormous surprise, those feelings have only grown in the years since then, and I can honestly say that before I define myself as anything else, I define myself as a father.

There is a dark side to parenthood, though, and there is plenty of despair that comes with the job. There are times where I am mystified by the way my children approach a situation, times where they drive me absolutely crazy, and times where I genuinely wonder when their moral compass and sense of self-preservation will kick in. We've had it easy compared to many parents, of course, and in those moments where I am feeling most frustrated or helpless, I can tell myself how much worse things could be. And now, when I'm really at my wit's end, I can always just think of "The Babadook" and thank god that things will never go this wrong.

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<p>Chloe Grace-Moretz and Keira Knightley make unlikely friends in 'Laggies'</p>

Chloe Grace-Moretz and Keira Knightley make unlikely friends in 'Laggies'

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Review: Keira Knightley anchors a winning ensemble in Lynn Shelton's 'Laggies'

Chloe Grace-Moretz and Sam Rockwell lend strong support as well

PARK CITY - Lynn Shelton has brought four of her films to Sundance, and I've been here for all four of them. Before now, "Your Sister's Sister" was my favorite of her films, while last year's "Touchy Feely" was the one with the most problems. She has rebounded in fine form with "Laggies," the first film she's directed from a script someone else wrote, and I suspect she's looking at her first possible cross-over hit here, due in part to the winning ensemble she put together.

Andrea Seigel's script is one of those tricky pieces of screenwriting where the wrong tone or the wrong cast could have sunk the film completely. Shelton's always had a strong rapport with her actors, though, and she cast this one perfectly. I feel at this point like I owe Keira Knightley some sort of apology. It has taken me a long time to connect to her as a performer, and in some of her early films, she is the ingredient that actively pulled me out. When I saw "Can A Song Save Your Life?" at Toronto last year, I found her enormously winning, though, and in this film, she gives a very smart, deeply felt performance, and she owns the film from start to finish.

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<p>On &quot;Enlisted,&quot;&nbsp;Randy (Parker Young)&nbsp;tries to qualify on the rifle range.</p>

On "Enlisted," Randy (Parker Young) tries to qualify on the rifle range.

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Review: 'Enlisted' - 'Randy Get Your Gun'

Randy gets some 'Toy Story 3'-related advice, while Pete and Jill compete over everything

A quick review of tonight's "Enlisted" coming up just as soon as I put together a lookbook to show your barber...

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'Justified' nabs Mary Steenburgen

"Justified" nabs Mary Steenburgen

She'll recur as the former wife of Wynn Duffy's mentor.

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<p>Neil Young</p>

Neil Young

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Report: Neil Young records covers album with Jack White

Set includes 12 tunes from other singer/songwriters

Has Neil Young completed an album of covers, produced by Jack White? So says Days of the Crazy website. And the idea isn’t that farfetched.

Young was spotted in Nashville recording a few covers for Record Store Day, including Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” and Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter" (Of course, White also produced Lynn's "Van Lear Rose"). Young is also on “Willie Nelson & Friend At Third Man Records,” which came out last year.

The blog cites a source associated with the project, who confirmed that the pair have recorded the full album and it will likely come out through Third Man, and, possibly, Young’s label, Warner Bros.

Days of the Crazy mentions a Neil Young-devoted website, Thrasher’s Wheat, which also confirmed the news of the 12-track set with no originals.

We’re reached out to both Young and White’s reps for confirmation and have not heard back.


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<p>Kristen Stewart struggles to maintain her distance as a young recruit assigned to Guantanamo Bay in 'Camp X-Ray'</p>

Kristen Stewart struggles to maintain her distance as a young recruit assigned to Guantanamo Bay in 'Camp X-Ray'

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Review: Kristen Stewart's solid performance anchors the probing, human 'Camp X-Ray'

A sober look at life at Guantanamo Bay features solid performances all around

PARK CITY - Kristen Stewart's involvement will no doubt bring a certain amount of attention to Peter Sattler's debut feature film, "Camp X-Ray," which is probably the best use she could make of the stardom she seemed so uncomfortable with in the wake of the massive success of the "Twilight" series.

That discomfort, evident in pretty much any interview or red carpet she's ever done, is one of the her assets as a performer, and in the right role, it can be a very compelling thing. She stars as Cole, a young soldier stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay eight years after the events of 9/11. The movie unfolds in a very deliberate, experiential way. It actually opens with the smoking World Trade Center on TV. We see that we're in a hotel room. There's a man with several cell phones praying to Mecca. In mid-prayer, he is grabbed, a bag pulled over his head, and then we see a series of images of various people being transferred to Guantanamo. Our last glimpse of him is huddled in a cage, face bloodied and bruised, with armed soldiers all around.

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'New Girl' accused of stealing

"New Girl" accused of stealing
Two writers are suing, claiming the Fox comedy ripped off their pilot script for a show they wrote called "Square One." Their lawsuit lists many similarities -- both are about an awkward, quirky woman who lives with several male roommates and has a best friend named CeCe.

Lena Dunham responds to Vogue controversy: "A fashion magazine is like a beautiful fantasy"
"I understand that for people there is a contradiction between what I do and being on the cover of Vogue," she says, "but frankly I really don’t know what the photoshopping situation is, I can’t look at myself really objectively in that way. I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover." PLUS: Did Dunham sell her soul to Vogue?, and Vogue responds to the pigeon-on-the-head controversy.

"Suburgatory" credits shedding some cast members with improving the show
Without Alan Tudyk and Rex Lee, says creator Emily Kapnek, "We get to focus more on our existing characters and get a little deeper into their characters."

George Clooney plans revenge after hearing Amy Poehler & Tina Fey's Golden Globes joke
Clooney was hanging 30 feet up in the air when he learned they had made fun of his dating of younger women.

"NCIS" to reveal Gibbs' 2nd ex-wife
But showrunner Gary Glasberg says it'll "probably" happen in Season 12, if the show is renewed.

Watch a teaser for "Hannibal" Season 2

"Prepare for the 2nd course."

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"Sex Sent Me to the ER"

 "Sex Sent Me to the ER"

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Watch: An MMA fighter breaks his penis on 'Sex Sent Me to the ER'

It's a bloody mess

Ever heard of a guy breaking his penis? The MMA fighter we meet in the season finale of "Sex Sent Me to the ER" (airing Sat. Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC) has -- because he did really break his penis during an unfortunately enthusiastic round of lovemaking. Warning: this clip is not for the squeamish. Spoiler alert: Mr. Tough Guy passes out from blood loss.  

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The "Suburgatory" cast

The "Suburgatory" cast

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Press Tour: 'Suburgatory' welcomes new character, makes cuts

Jane Levy checks in via satellite and mind control

Fans of "Suburgatory" are likely thrilled that the show, which has long been on the bubble for ABC, is returning for season three. But the show won't be exactly the same, according to executive producer Emily Kapnek. Though the Shays will be welcoming a foster son to their home, there are two character we'll be seeing much less of -- Noah (Alan Tudyk) and Ryan (Parker Young). 

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