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Films that explore individual ways of coping with a distressed world mark the lineup of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, which unspools Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah. Eighty-one world premieres are among the 121 feature films set for the nation’s premier indie fest, which saw an all-time-high 2,051 narrative features and 1,573 documentaries submitted from around the world this year.
Fest director Geoffrey Gilmore noted that the films on view this year are surprisingly “not as political or social issue-oriented as last year. There’s more personal expression about the daily aspects of lives, about people’s state of mind. The fact is that the world around us is a very troubled place, but the response of the filmmakers isn’t always dark but is about people finding a way through it and about persevering, not succumbing. You sense the need for an escape from the exhausting pressures of reality.”
'DANCING WITH THE STARS' SETS RATINGS RECORDS
ABC kicked up its heels Tuesday with the finale of “Dancing With the Stars,” which gave the Alphabet its best showing on the night in seven years and clinched the net’s third straight November sweep victory among young adults.
November again played true to recent form, with CBS continuing its winning run as well. The Eye will capture at least a share of the sweep in adults 25-54 for a fifth straight season, and has now been the most-watched net overall for seven straight November sweeps.
NBC, after a decent start to the season, declined the most among the Big Four in November, while Fox showed some gains but remained fourth. CW was down sharply while Univision was up and has established itself as the nation’s No. 5 broadcaster.