January 23rd, 2010
07:24 PM ET

Bill Murray's Sundance injury

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My first assignment today at Sundance was to cover the red carpet arrivals of "Get Low." The film stars Academy Award winners Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek as well as Bill Murray. Shot in just 24 days in Atlanta, Georgia, the low-budget feature tells the tale of "Felix Bush."

Inspired by a true story, Bush spends the majority of his life in recluse, until one day he decides to throw his own funeral, while he's still alive to see what people say about him. Duvall plays Bush, Sissy plays his one-time wife and Murray plays the shifty mortician looking to make a mint off of the unique situation.

Last to arrive to the event, Murray showed up with a limp and using a single crutch. As he hobbled from reporter to reporter, I imagined all the possible scenarios that could have caused his injury. FULL POST

January 23rd, 2010
06:26 PM ET

Joan Jett: Rock 'n roll at Sundance

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Joan Jett walked into the hotel suite today for our interview looking like, well, a rock star. She is unmistakable with her trademark jet-black, spiked hair, an air of confidence (because hey, she's done this a few times), heavy eyeliner and dressed head to toe in rock star black.

We talked about the film "The Runaways," which is premiering here at Sundance. It focuses on Jett's early days on the music scene (1970s) with her all-girl group "The Runaways". Kristen Stewart ("Twilight's" Bella) portrays Jett.

Jett, who’s also executive producer on the film, told me she's psyched about how it turned out and feels Kristen did a stellar job. FULL POST

January 23rd, 2010
01:49 AM ET

Bill Gates talks education at Sundance

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Bill Gates appears briefly in the Sundance movie "Waiting for Superman," which is a documentary on the problems of America's public education system and public schools. 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives millions every year to education related causes, which is why he is featured in the film.  The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim, who also directed "An Inconvenient Truth," which he premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. 

"Waiting for Superman" was the first film bought at Sundance this year.  It was bought by Paramount Pictures and will be released through its Paramount Vantage arm.  There is currently no theatrical release date set for the film. FULL POST

January 23rd, 2010
01:29 AM ET

James Franco’s take on actors coming out of the closet

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In a recent episode of "30 Rock" actor James Franco guest starred as himself.  Franco pretended to be a man in love with a pillow emblazoned with a Japanese anime character.  In order to keep his secret safe his manager asks series regular, Jane Krakowski, who plays "Jenna" to be his "beard" aka fake girlfriend.

The storyline got me thinking.  I wonder how many actors out there are hiding their true sexual identity by being in pretend relationships. As luck would have it, my first red carpet assignment at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was for the movie "Howl," starring James Franco.  It was the perfect opportunity to ask Franco about his take on actors coming out in Hollywood.

Franco: "Well, it's uuuuuuuuh, I mean, it's a big issue.  I don't know, I mean..(wipes head with palm and lets out a huge sigh)  You know, I guess if you're talking about you know, like, coming out about one's sexuality, you know, back in the day, in Harvey Milk's day the gay liberation movement was all about coming out, coming out, coming out.  I don't know if that's so necessary today.  You know, a lot of people believe it isn't.   FULL POST

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