January 26th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts to close out Sundance

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Gossip boy Chace Crawford and Julia Roberts’ niece Emma are two of the stars rounding out director Joel Schumacher’s return to independent film, “Twelve,” the teenage drama that will close out the Sundance Film Festival this week.

In the movie, based on the bestselling novel by wunderkind author Nick McDonell, Crawford plays a high school dropout who starts dealing drugs after his mother dies of cancer. Unlike his pretty-boy alter-ego on the CW network, Crawford's character in this film is the outsider looking in on the Upper East Side teenage debauchery. “Twelve” could be retitled, “Gossip Girl: Raw.” FULL POST

January 26th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

'Avatar' tops 'Titanic' with $1.859 billion at the box office

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The studio behind the record-breaking box office hit “Avatar” attributes the film’s enormous success to moviegoers embracing director James Cameron’s message of respect for life and a hope for a peaceful planet.

“Its success results from the efforts of literally thousands of people, who over the course of several years worked to bring James Cameron’s vision of Pandora to life. The themes of protecting the environment, respecting life, and yearning for a peaceful planet have united moviegoers worldwide,” said 20th Century Fox spokesperson Natalie Johnson in a statement.

“Avatar” is now the highest-grossing movie of all time. James Cameron’s 3-D epic adventure eclipsed worldwide box office sales of the previous top-selling flick, Cameron's “Titanic,” on Monday, making $1.859 billion at the box office compared to “Titanic’s” $1.843 billion. The difference between the two? A mere $16 million. And “Avatar” will only continue to bring in cash. The film has only been in theaters for 6 weeks. FULL POST

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January 26th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

'Hurt Locker' was grueling, actor says

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No one is more surprised by the awards season success of Iraqi war drama “The Hurt Locker” than one of its stars, Anthony Mackie.

“If anybody tells you they expected any of this they’re lying,” Mackie told CNN during an interview to promote another movie, his Sundance film “Night Catches Us” this week. “It was a hard movie to make and by the time everybody got to the end of the shoot everybody was happy that it was done. We were happy making the movie but there was nothing easy about it.”

After two-and a half months of a grueling location shoot in Jordan, Mackie says the cast walked away having lost a lot a of weight with some great tans. FULL POST

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January 26th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

David Hyde Pierce shows off his dark side in Sundance thriller

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David Hyde Pierce is probably best known for his Emmy-winning role as Dr. Niles Crane, the uptight brother on the long-running sitcom, “Frasier.” So it shouldn't be a surprise that his character in his first feature film-starring role in the psychological thriller “The Perfect Host," starts out as very Niles-like.

Pierce plays Warwick Wilson, an adorably neurotic, vaguely effeminate man with impeccable manners, O.C.D., and a love of fine wine. A bank robber played by “24’s” Clayne Crawford talks his way into Wilson’s home and uses it as a place to hide out, just as the perfect host is preparing a dinner party. That’s when facades begin to crumble and the audience gets a peek at an entirely different side of Pierce. FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
05:29 PM ET

Reality stars come out for Sundance

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For indie film purists, the invasion of Park City by reality stars seems like a travesty to the true spirit of the Sundance Film Festival.

I never mind running into a parka-ed Jon Gosselin on the street because getting in a good solid belly laugh is good for my soul, but it does beg the question: What is Gosselin and a slew of other reality stars doing at a festival that celebrates the work of filmmakers? FULL POST

January 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Judge gives Britney Spears 'ok' to auction off VMA dress

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Britney Spears literally wants to give the clothes off her back to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.

The pop singer received permission from a judge on Friday to donate a dress that she wore during her comeback appearance at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, to be auctioned off for charity.

Spears appeared before the judge for a progress review of her father’s handling of her affairs. Jamie Spears was given control of his daughter’s finances two years ago.  During the routine visit to the judge Spears also received permission to auction off the dress for Haitian relief. FULL POST

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