For indie film purists, the invasion of Park City by reality stars seems like a travesty to the true spirit of the Sundance Film Festival.
I never mind running into a parka-ed Jon Gosselin on the street because getting in a good solid belly laugh is good for my soul, but it does beg the question: What is Gosselin and a slew of other reality stars doing at a festival that celebrates the work of filmmakers? FULL POST
There are still parties and dinners going on on Sunday night at Sundance. I wasn't able to make more than one, but here's a shakedown of what went on:
9:05 p.m.: After a long day of interviews, just hit the first party of the night. Michael Chiklis, who is in "HIGH School" just walked in. He's heading to his cast party downstairs at the Film Lounge.
9:10 p.m.: Mark Ruffalo, who is the director/writer of Sympathy for Delicious just stepped on the red carpet before heading into the Bing Supper Club dinner for the movie. Just a few seconds later, Orlando Bloom makes his way in, sporting a very colorful scarf. FULL POST
Believe all the hype over Kristen Stewart! She is all that and more. Kristen is starring in two movies here at Sundance and I just interviewed her for her starring role in “The Runaways” as Joan Jett.
I can tell you that she is amazing in it, but what’s more amazing is her poise and her attitude about being a big star at such a young age in Hollywood. She's just 19 years old and can’t walk down the street without a mob surrounding her. But she totally appreciates what she has and doesn’t take it for granted.
I can say the same thing for Jonah Hill who’s starring in “Cyrus." Jonah came over to the CNN suite here at Sundance with John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei and he’s just as funny off camera as he is on camera. FULL POST
Saturday night at Sundance equals great parties. No way to hit them all, but here's a sampling of the night:
10 p.m.: Just arrived at Harry O's for a very special Joan Jett performance. She is here to debut her movie, "The Runaways", starring Kristin Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Am on K-Stew lookout but no sightings.
10:30 p.m.: It's getting pretty crowded here, but still no sightings of any of the movie's stars.
10:50 p.m.: Joan Jett is taking the stage now. Lots of great looks in here tonight, including some 1980s rocker chic. She starts with Bad Reputation. We are in for a great show. FULL POST
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
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
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