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'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Wins Both Major Prizes at Sundance

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You've probably heard plenty about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl over the past couple of weeks. The indie-drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and currently holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Thomas MannThomas Mann stars in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Last night, at the Sundance awards ceremony in Park City, the movie won both the U.S Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, echoing the same feat achieved by Whiplash at the 2014 ceremony. That movie was recently nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and its likely Me and Earl will be a serious contender at next year's event.

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Sundance: 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' in Ferocious Bidding War

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We'll be talking about Me and Earl and the Dying Girl a lot. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's drama debuted at Sundance on Sunday and sparked a ferocious bidding war for the rights to distribute - with Fox Searchlight trying to hold off Lionsgate and Focus Features.

Nick OffermanNick Offerman stars in the critically acclaimed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which should sell for $12 million at Sundance

According to Deadline, the bidding has reached $12 million for the worldwide rights, which would overtake the previous Sundance sales record of $10 million, paid for Spitfire Girl, The Way Way Back, Little Miss Sunshine and Hamlet 2. 

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

Made in Germany, this raucous adventure merrily refuses to follow the usual Hollywood route of blanding-down a fairy tale for the lowest common denominator (see both Snow White movies last year). It's still pretty stupid, but it's so unapologetically over-the-top that we're consistently entertained. And it helps that the filmmakers are clearly aware of how ridiculous the plot is, so they push it even further.

The film opens with a horror-style version of the Grimm Brothers' fable, then jumps years ahead as Hansel and Gretel (Renner and Arterton) achieve notoriety as bounty hunters specialising in tracking down and dispatching witches. When they arrive in a small village, they rescue innocent young Mina (Viitala) from the bloodthirsty mayor (Stormare), then vow instead to capture the area's real wicked witch Muriel (Janssen). The sheriff is sure they're con artists, so forms his own posse. Meanwhile, Hansel tentatively falls for Mina, and the duo also meet their teen super-fan Ben (Mann), who joins them as they head into the woods.

Norwegian writer-director Wirkola has created a gonzo action-horror movie out of the familiar bedtime story, complete with wildly outrageous creatures, fiery battles and almost as many explosions as a Michael Bay Transformers movie. Meanwhile, Renner and Arterton strut through medieval Europe like 21st century action heroes, wearing skin-tight leather, head-butting their foes, swearing like sailors and shooting massive guns at anything that moves. In other words, Wirkola's approach is essentially satirical, which allows him to indulge in astounding levels of grisly violence without it ever getting too nasty.

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Beautiful Creatures Review

While this package has all of the key marketing elements to reach the Twilight audience, the film itself is rather a lot more fun, made with some wit and intelligence, plus a cast that's happy to chomp on the scenery. Based on a four-novel series, this film actually has more in common with True Blood than Twilight, with its Deep South setting and the clash between religious fundamentalism and supernatural beings.

At the centre is Ethan (Ehrehreich), a 16-year-old who is bristling against the isolation of his small South Carolina town. His recently deceased mother instilled in him a love of books banned by the town's hyper-religious leaders, and the local librarian Amma (Davis) helps keep his interest alive. As a result, he's more open than the other teens when Lena (Englert) arrives at school. But she's shunned because her Uncle Macon (Irons) is the town's pariah, a landowner whom everyone thinks is a devil worshipper. Actually, the whole family are casters, people with special powers that are designated good or evil on their 16th birthday. 

The plot stirs up some suspense as Lena's big day of reckoning approaches. She's terrified that she'll go over to the dark side like her man-eating cousin (Rossum) or, worse still, her spectral mother, who does her mischief by inhabiting the body of the town's most pious housewife Mrs Lincoln (Thompson). This of course gives Thompson two insane characters to play at the same time, and she has a ball with it. As does Irons with the shadowy, snaky Macon. And at the centre, Ehrenreich and Englert both show considerable promise, with their strikingly non-Hollywood good looks and a depth of character that makes the film more engaging than we expect.

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Picture - Zoey Deutch and Thomas Mann... New Jersey NJ United States, Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Zoey Deutch and Thomas Mann - Zoey Deutch and Thomas Mann at Cherry Hill Macys NJ to promote Beautiful Creatures New Jersey NJ United States Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Picture - Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jane... , Friday 26th October 2012

Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann and Jane Levy - Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jane Levy Friday 26th October 2012 Celebrities at The Grove to appear on entertainment news show 'Extra'

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