Sundance does its own version of 'Dynasty'
January 27th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

Sundance does its own version of 'Dynasty'

Along with a slew of stars from entertainment and media (Oprah, Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore), Sundance is teeming with prominent names from the world of politics. This year's festival brought out members of two political dynasties.

Environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. is the driving force behind "The Last Mountain," a Sundance documentary that attacks mining company practices in West Virginia. His sister Rory Kennedy is the producer of another Sundance documentary, "Bobby Fischer Against the World."

Not to be outdone, the Cuomos are making their presence known at Sundance, too. Maria Cuomo Cole, daughter of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and sister of current New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, produced the Sundance short documentary "Living for 32." The film powerfully recounts the experience of Colin Goddard, who was shot four times during the Virginia Tech massacre but managed to survive. FULL POST

'Tiger Mother' to become a movie?
January 27th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

'Tiger Mother' to become a movie?

Amy Chua's controversial motherhood memoir, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," may be getting the big-screen treatment.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the producers behind "The Joy Luck Club" hope to make a movie based on Chua's headline-making best-seller, in which she advocates traditional Chinese parenting methods—forced piano lessons, no television or sleepovers—that some say are extreme.

Ron Bass, who co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay for "The Joy Luck Club," believes "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" has all the makings of a blockbuster — or two.

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'Annie' remake is on, producer Jay-Z confirms
January 27th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

'Annie' remake is on, producer Jay-Z confirms

That "Annie" remake? It's officially happening.

Overbrook Entertainment has teamed up with Jay-Z, Will and Jada Smith to produce an "Annie" vehicle that the superstar couple's daughter Willow will star in.

But the partnership isn’t stopping there – this team is also aiming to develop and produce other feature films.

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Ashton Kutcher records duet with Demi's daughter
January 27th, 2011
03:11 PM ET

Ashton Kutcher records duet with Demi's daughter

Rumer Willis isn't the only daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis with showbiz aspirations. Her younger sister Scout recently showed off her vocal chops by recording a song with stepdad Ashton Kutcher.

In the video, which Kutcher posted on YouTube, the actor is seen strumming a guitar while 19-year-old Willis takes the lead on "My Sober," a song they co-wrote together.

Included in the lyrics: "You're my sober when I'm wasted/ You're my courage when I've got a doubt/You're my happy when I'm grumpy/You're my smile when I'm stuck with a pout."

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Fireworks on 'Live to Dance'
January 27th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Fireworks on 'Live to Dance'

It wasn't too long into Wednesday night's last semifinal round on "Live to Dance" before it was apparent which act would get the judges' vote to move forward.

The all-male troupe of Dance Town Chaos blew the roof off the place, aided by war paint and shiny gold flags and capes (same color as the stars they received from all three judges).

But before that happened it was announced that, despite the power of Bieber, the teen star's back-up dancer Jalen wouldn't be heading to the finals. Twitch, one of my favorites, won the audience vote.

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January 27th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

Redford and Oprah: Two (Sundance) peas in a pod

As celebrities go, they don't get much bigger than Robert Redford, Oscar-winning filmmaker, actor and founder of the Sundance Film Festival.

But then there's Oprah Winfrey, who's in a class by herself. So what did Redford think when the queen of daytime talk came to his festival for the first time this year?

The 56-year-old talk show host came to Sundance to attend a party for her new OWN network, which has been busy scouting for product at the festival. Oprah's team snapped up the new documentary about Chaz Bono, Cher's son (who was born Chastity Bono) and they've been eyeing other films.

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