Charlyne Yi

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Last night, amidst the butts and the FEMINISM and the important message from Miley Cyrus, the VMAs bestowed its latest award for Best Direction to DANIELS, aka Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, for helming the Lil Jon and DJ Snake music video for “Turn Down For What.” You didn’t miss that part of the show, because this category isn’t millennial-friendly enough for the telecast (nor was the one given to Oscar-nominated art director Anastasia Masaro), but somewhere in the night there were some Moonman statues given to a duo that might just be the franchise film directors of the future. In winning the award, Kwan and Scheinert follow in the footsteps of such notable directors as David Fincher (The Social Network), Spike Jonze (Her), Adam Yauch (Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That!), Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo), Tarsem Singh (Mirror Mirror), Jake Scott (Welcome to the Rileys), Samuel Bayer (Nightmare on Elm Street), Steve Barron (the 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine). Also among the past winners are Marc Webb and Francis Lawrence, directors of the Amazing Spider-Man and Hunger Games franchises, respectively. Most of those filmmakers were multi-nominees in the category at the VMAs, and a couple are multi-winners. This was only DANIELS’ first nomination for directing (they were previously nominated in the Best Editing category in 2011, for “Simple Math” by Manchester Orchestra), yet they’ve been making videos for years, for clients including Passion Pit, Tenacious D, The Shins and Chromeo. And they’ve directed a number of hilarious shorts and just recently were […]

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The folks at Apple have debuted the first official trailer for Paper Heart, a documentary-style comedy starring Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi.

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Up today is a trio of films, all with unique and fresh young voices behind them. By my estimation, they all have a shot at making my “Best of” list at the end of the festival, which is saying quite a lot seeing as this year has been a spectacular one in the snowy mountains of Utah.

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In addition to the announcement of the competition film slate for 2009, the Sundance Film Festival also provided us with a bunch of images from some of the films that will be featured. We begin our preview with some higher profile pics.

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