The Sundance Film Festival created an entire section of climate change films

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Climate change is near and dear to Robert Redford — and now it’s near and dear to his Sundance Film Festival, too.

Sundance unveiled its initial list of titles Wednesday, and while its documentary lineup is sure to get people talking thanks to films about JonBenet Ramsey, the Hulk Hogan-Gawker trial and the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, the festival is also making headlines with a special New Climate program.

New Climate titles — such as Marina Zenovich’s Water & Power: A California Heist, Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral and Jiu-liang Wang’s Plastic China — appear in the festival’s various sections, including both the U.S. and World Cinema Documentary competitions.  Read more…

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The Oscar Map: It’s the end of #OscarsSoWhite, at least for this year

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LOS ANGELES — Ding-Dong, #OscarsSoWhite is dead. There will be no R.I.P. tweets. It will not be featured in an “In Memoriam” montage.

The hashtag that haunted Hollywood for two awards cycles can be safely put to rest — at least for the 2017 ceremony — since as many as half of this year’s 20 acting nominees are poised to be people of color. That’s thanks to Fences, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Loving, Lion and Collateral Beauty. Just think what might’ve been if the Nate Parker controversy hadn’t undermined The Birth of a Nation!

Fences star Viola Davis is looking like a lock for Best Supporting Actress, and the actress most likely to pull off an upset is Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris. Davis’ co-star, Denzel Washington, is a surefire Best Actor nominee who will no doubt give Casey Affleck a run for his money. Read more…

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