Sundance moves screenings, events out of Ogden, Utah

Ogden, Utah, will no longer host events for the Sundance Film Festival.

The Standard-Examiner reports (http://bit.ly/29GJHSu ) that the Sundance Institute has announced that there will no longer be January Sundance Film Festival events at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

Sundance Managing Director Sarah Pearce says they will be transitioning the Ogden extension of the Park City-based festival to a more community-based program. There will now be local screenings in Ogden during the summer and fall.

Pearce says she understand there will be disappointment due to the change but that she hopes Ogden residents will attend or volunteer at festival events in Park City and Salt Lake City.

The Sundance Film Festival was founded by actor Robert Redford.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net  (AP)

 

Bill Murray to Receive Top US Comedy Prize at Kennedy Center

Despite his move into serious roles, Bill Murray never stopped making people laugh. Now he’s being honored with the nation’s top prize for comedy.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday that Murray will be this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

The 65-year-old Murray is one of several “Saturday Night Live” alumni to receive the Twain Prize. He joined the cast in 1977, replacing Chevy Chase, and he won over audiences by creating the iconic character Nick the Lounge Singer.

His first big movie hit was “Caddyshack” in 1980. He went on to become the nation’s most bankable comedy star, playing the lovable smart aleck to perfection in “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day.”

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Obama dines With CNN’s Anthony Bourdain for Series

President Obama is dining in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain, whose “Parts Unknown” food travelogue is one of the network’s most popular nonfiction series.

CNN said Monday that Bourdain will discuss the purpose of Obama’s trip to Asia and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam.

Bourdain’s show has been on CNN since 2013. For each episode the chef travels to a different part of the world to explore that area’s culture, primarily by sharing in the area’s distinct native cuisine.

The interview with Obama will be featured in the eighth season of “Parts Unknown,” which begins in September. (AP)

List of Winners From the 2016 MTV Movie Awards

Winners of the 25th annual MTV Movie Awards, presented Saturday at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California:

Movie of the year: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Female performance: Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Male performance: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Virtual performance: Amy Poehler, “Inside Out”

Action performance: Chris Pratt, “Jurassic World”

True story: “Straight Outta Compton”

Documentary: “Amy”

Comedic performance: Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Breakthrough performance: Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Best kiss: Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine, “Pitch Perfect 2”

Best fight: Ryan Reynolds and Ed Skrein, “Deadpool”

Best hero: Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”

Best villain: Adam Driver, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Ensemble cast: “Pitch Perfect 2”

MTV Generation Award: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award: Melissa McCarthy (AP)

Stratford Festival Launches New Shakespeare Online Toolkit

The Stratford Festival in Canada is commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death by making his plays accessible to a generation raised on the internet.

The festival just unveiled an online teaching platform that will include each of Shakespeare’s scripts, a film clip of every scene and notes to understand each piece of dialogue.

“King Lear” is the first play to be offered using these tools and more titles will be added as part of the festivals to capture on film the complete works of Shakespeare over the next 10 years.

Created by the Festival’s Education Department in collaboration with D2L Corporation, the toolkit – called PerformancePlus – is targeted for students and teachers in grades 9 to 12 but is available to all.

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Online: http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/PerformancePlusLear (AP)

‘Now That’s What I Call Music!’ to Release Broadway Album

The best-selling multi-artist album series “Now That’s What I Call Music!” will release its first all-Broadway CD, including hits from “Cats,” ”Chicago,” ”A Chorus Line,” ”The Lion King,” ”Wicked” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The album, set for release April 29 and featuring 18 songs usually including the original Broadway casts, will include “Seasons of Love” from “Rent,” “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” ”Sherry” from “Jersey Boys,” ”When I Grow Up” from “Matilda the Musical” and “Tomorrow” from “Annie.”

“In curating this album, we set out to find 18 songs that represent and celebrate the rich history of Broadway from the last 40 years,” Jeff Moskow, Head of A&R for “Now That’s What I Call Music!” said in a statement.

The series has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. (AP)

Rolling Stones to Play March 25 Show in Havana

The Rolling Stones say they will play a free concert in Havana on March 25, becoming the biggest act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

The Stones will play in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama visits Havana. The concert is expected to draw a massive audience in a country where the government once persecuted young people for listening to rock music, then seen as a tool of Western capitalism. Along with dropping that policy, the Cuban government has increasingly allowed large non-official gatherings.

The band says in a statement that “we have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.” (AP)

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