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Sundance Hit 'The Witch' Leaves Critics Successfully Unsettled

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As any horror fan will know, it takes skill to craft a film that is genuinely terrifying in this day and age; no longer are cacophonous crescendos good enough to raise the hairs on the back of our necks, no longer is blood and gore the key to our nightmares, and no longer do cheap 'BOO!' moments inspire deep-rooted dread. Robert Eggers' directorial debut 'The Witch', though, has managed to set a new standard for future horrors in critics' eyes.

Anya Taylor-Joy in The WitchAnya Taylor-Joy stars in The Witch

One would think that witches are such an old-fashioned myth that it's impossible to scare anyone with them anymore. After all, 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch', 'Charmed' and other such shows and films have glorified them and made them hip rather than spooky. And they're merely a source of comedy in such movies as 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters'. Even genuine witch-related horrors that have become cult classics are still infamously terrible ('The Blair Witch Project').

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Nikki Lund - Pop singer and Fashion designer Nikki Lund at 138 Water photocall before a private performance at Sundance Film Festival in Utah, to celebrate the release of her single 'This is IT" and the launch of her 138 Water Billboard Campaign on Sunset Boulevard at Sundance Film Festival - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 30th January 2015

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Nikki Lund
Nikki Lund
Nikki Lund
Nikki Lund

Our Favourite Pictures From The Sundance Film Festival 30th Anniversary [Photos]

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The Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, having begun on 22nd January, and wrapping up on 1st February. This year, something particularly special is in the air at Salt Lake City, as the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. That's right, the Sundance Film Festival has been running for 30 years! Starting out back in 1985, Sundance screened 86 films with the help of 13 staff members. Last year, the festival showcased 186 films of 12,218 that were submitted. That sort of growth has helped Sundance become one of the biggest independent film festivals in, not only North America, by the world.

Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)
Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)

This year, 54 first-time filmmakers are having their films premiered at the festival, but there are plenty of well-known faces there, as well, as 200 films are being shown this year for the monumental anniversary. For the 12th year running, The Village at the Lift has been set up in Park City with a café, restaurant, nightclub and photo studio. And this photo studio has seen a host of celebrities for the festival flocking in to pose for pictures in promotion for their various films, taken by Larry Busacca.

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Lena Dunham Suggests Woody Allen Is 'A Real Perv' At Sundance Talk

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Lena Dunham was as outspoken as ever on the panel of 'Power of Story: Serious Ladies' at Sundance Film Festival last weekend, as she took aim at award-winning actor and director Woody Allen over his marriage to his son's sister.

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Lena Dunham attacks Woody Allen's marriage

The 'Girls' star is never one to keep her opinions to herself, but there may have been an exchange of awkward glances as she discussed the issue of characters and reality on the Sundance panel, even suggesting Woody Allen was a 'perv'. Insisting that men got the better deal when it came to people thinking actors are like the characters they play, Dunham launched into a personal attack. 

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FILE PHOTO*** Adult filmmaker Joe Francis is a dad to twin girls Wilson gave birth to twin girls on Tuesday (07Oct14) in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where Francis owns a home. A statement released by the couple reads: "Proud first time parents Joe Francis and Abbey Wilson are delighted to announce the birth of their two daughters, Alexandria Claire Francis and Athena Olivia Francis." The 41-year-old adult filmmaker announced in April (14) that 26-year-old Wilson had undergone in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to ensure the pair would have daughters. He said, "We chose to have girls. I believe people will finally understand my love, respect and admiration for women. I love girls." The happy news will give Francis a little respite from his legal troubles - he became a wanted man in August (14) after skipping a court date relating to a recent altercation at his former office in Los Angeles. He is facing a slew of misdemeanour charges for the incident, including battery, making criminal threats, trespassing and disobeying a court order. Bosses at Francis' company filed for bankruptcy last year (13) and the soft porn business was reportedly taken over by a new owner.** EXCLUSIVE Abbey Wilson and Joe Francis 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Day 4 - Abolish Slavery Poker Tournament at the Barclay Butera Lounge Park City, Utah - 18.01.09 Featuring: Abbey Wilson, Joe Francis Where: Utah, United States When: 17 Jan 2009

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Robert De Niro Sr. Painted On The Big Screen At Sundance 2014

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The Sundance Film Festival 2014 will attract countless creative directors hoping for a chance to screen their hard-work to a welcoming audience. One of which is Robert De Niro, who, with the help of HBO, has made a documentary about his own father aptly named Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro Sr., detailing his abstract-expressionistic art-work from the post WW-II era.

Robert De NiroRobert De Niro Will Screen A Tribute To His Father

Robert De Niro is one of the Godfather's of the movie world. As an actor, director and producer, he's shone a light on gangster, and recently comedic roles for decades. Raging Bulls, Mean Streets, The Godfather II, and Goodfellas are just a handful of films that harnessed definitive characters from years. Now, the seventy year old has turned the camera to a more personal icon in his life; his father.

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One Michael Fassbender. One Giant Ceramic Head. It's Sundance 2014.

Michael Fassbender Sundance Film Festival

The line-up for the Sundance Film Festival 2014 has been announced and boy, oh boy, there's some tasty selections. The most interesting of which comes in the form of Lenny Abrahamson's movie Frank, in which Oscar-contender Michael Fassbender plays a musical genius with who wears a giant ceramic - or papier mache - head. 

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender Stars in 'Frank'

"His character wears a giant ceramic head the entire film, so you've got this [actor] who can basically take any film role out there and he takes one where he hides his face," says John Cooper, director of Sundance, "A brave choice from someone who's known for his brave choices."

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Sundance Star Film 'Escape From Tomorrow' May Need To Escape From Disney

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First time director Randy Moore's film Escape From Tomorrow, a film about a man who is informed that he's lost his job on holiday but tries (often in vain) to give his family a good time, has been hailed as extra-ordinary in its techniques but is also surrounded by a web of litigious fears about whether or not Disney will sue them, and whether or not Disney would win. 

The LA Times writer Steven Zeitchick told NPR about the film, which was shot almost entirely on location in Disney Land, Florida, but without the park's agreement. Zeitchick described it as "one of the most unusual and provocative films" he's ever seen. Plus, explaining why it's so original, and thus exciting, he said: "Randy Moore snuck in, guerrilla-style, [with] these very small cameras and would have his actors... running around amid not extras, but everyday tourists at the park. And it's really something. It's completely guerrilla-style. And it's something I've never seen before." 

Disney are notorious for their fierce protection over anything that's theirs, so the prospect of a lawsuit is very likely. Tim Wu, a law professor Columbia university thinks that Disney's case "would be pretty weak" because "It's a film that falls pretty squarely in the territory of fair use, which addresses copyright." Phew! However, while Moore might win the battle in court, as Zeitchick predicts "this may be a film that lives on in a kind of underground, mixtape, pirate website kind of way, but... [never] in theaters." 

Video - James McCartney Draws Picture Of A Fan

British singer songwriter James McCartney signs autographs after performing at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. He waves at the photographers and signs a few autographs for his fans. At one point, he appears to be drawing a picture for one fan; on closer inspection it is indeed a drawing of the fan's face. James even signs the picture in the bottom corner, the way an artist would.

James is the only son of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney; he spent most of his childhood on the road with his parents

Video - A Cheerful Deadmau5 Helps Motley Crue's Tommy Lee Into Waiting Car

Motley Crue frontman Tommy Lee and Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, are seen out and about during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. The pair head for a waiting car, with Tommy getting in first, followed by friends, all carrying shopping bags. Deadmau5 brings up the rear and helps his friends settle themselves in their seats with their bags. Once everyone is in Deadmau5 gives the photographers a cheesy grin before signing a few autographs and getting into the car himself.

Deadmau5 is known for performing in a costume head that resembles a mouse

Video - Matthew Gray Gubler At Sundance To Watch His Own Movie

Actor Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds; 500 Days Of Summer; Alvin and the Chipmunks) chats about his new movie, Excision, during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Matthew is his usual cheery self as he trudges through the snow. He talks about how much he loves snow, describing himself as being from 'different weather' (Matthew was born in Las Vegas); he acknowledges how he would probably grow to dislike it if he lived in Utah. He watches out for someone behind him who presumably slips.

When asked about what he's hoping to see at Sundance, Matthew jokes about his movie Excision, which then turns into a recommendation to the photographers to go and see it

Video - Phoebe Price Signs Autographs At Sundance

Actress and model Phoebe Price is seen at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. She goes along a row of fans, signing autographs, before posing for photos with a few more of her admirers. She was well wrapped up in the Utah cold but was still wearing her signature sunglasses.

Phoebe is a regular guest at various red carpet events. She is set to appear in the upcoming thriller Stanley LeBrock, about a mentally challenged man who is linked to the disappearance of a young woman in a small town in Texas

Johnny Lee Miller - Sunday 18th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Johnny Lee Miller

Ashton Kutcher and MTV - Friday 16th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher and Mtv
Ashton Kutcher and Mtv
Ashton Kutcher and Mtv
Ashton Kutcher and Mtv

Bob Dylan Friday 30th May 2008 at Sundance Film Festival Bob Dylan has produced a wine from Le Terrazze in a signed bottle and named after his 1974 album 'Planet Waves'

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