Entertainment tidbits and headlines from around the ‘net:
- The Sundance Film Festival turns a quarter-century old this week and The Los Angeles Times has a great retrospective on the past 25 years of the festival and the films (Sex, Lies and Videotapes, Clerks) and people (Robert Redford, Steven Soderbergh) that have made their mark at the Utah-based event. (Link via BuzzSugar)
- It may be awards season for the film industry but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the films topping the box office this weekend. Paul Blart: Mall Cop took the top spot with a tally of $33.8 M – the film stars funny man Kevin James as a mall guard trying to protect his territory from an invading gang of thugs. Rounding out the top five were Gran Torino (an actual award-worthy flick which brought in $22.2 M), My Bloody Valentine 3-D ($21.9 M), Notorious ($21.5 M), and Hotel for Dogs ($17.7 M).
- The A.V. Club interviewed Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clements (aka Flight of the Conchords). The second season of their Emmy-nominated show premieres tonight at 10 pm on HBO.
- The big TV ticket today was We Are One: The Obama Inauguration Concert. Music unifies us and hope sustains us were the messages messages of the day as we heard from headliners like Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Josh Groban, will.i.am, Sheryl Crow, Jon Bon Jovi (in a powerful duet of A Change is Gonna Come with Bettye Lavette), John Mellencamp, and U2. Speakers included Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Jamie Foxx (who had a bang-on impression of the President-Elect), Steve Carell, Tiger Woods, Jack Black, Martin Luther King III, and Denzel Washington. HBO has the event streaming online and will be presenting an encore of the performance at 11:30 pm EST on broadcast and online (open to US only). The inauguration itself takes place this coming Tuesday, January 20.