January 21st, 2008
06:41 PM ET

U2's Bono: 'We Love CNN!'

From CNN Entertainment reporter Brooke Anderson:  

The rock stars of U2 lit up Sundance with their star power and incomparable music. ("New Year's Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Stuck in a Moment" are some of my favorites, though it's hard to name just a few.)

The group was in Park City premiering "U2 3D," a concert documentary, offering audiences with 3-D glasses a front-row seat to their 2006 stadium shows in South America.

U2's live shows are incredible - and the film is also electrifying. A conversation with Bono and The Edge ... well, that was just plain cool.

I spoke with the band before the debut of their film. Here are some of the highlights (and yes, Bono does most of the talking when they do interviews):

  • Bono jokes he's been wearing sunglasses all these years because he's been looking at things in 3-D.
  • Bono believes "Irish people are essentially Latin people who don't know how to dance."
  • Bono admits it's cold in Park City and that he had some Irish whiskey before our chat.
  • As a publicist tried to pull them away, Bono stayed to talk longer, saying "We love CNN."

And Bono, we love you guys, too.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival
January 21st, 2008
05:04 PM ET

A little 'Nip/Tuck' at Sundance

From CNN Entertainment Producer Jennifer Wolfe:

Julian McMahon may be the Lothario on FX’s "Nip/Tuck," but Dylan Walsh certainly turned heads at the CNN suite today.

He arrived alone.

He arrived early.

And he came to talk about "Just Add Water," his film at the Slamdance Film Festival.

But being the good sport he is, Walsh indulged the "Nip/Tuck" fans in the crowd and offered a little teaser of some upcoming episodes.

He tells us that his character Sean McNamara's TV career really takes off and he gets a manager, portrayed by Sharon Gless, and what starts out as a positive relationship turns very dark.

Thanks for the tip Dylan. We award you the "Actor with the Least Entourage" Award.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival
January 21st, 2008
04:38 PM ET

Colin Farrell lets the F-word fly live on CNN

From CNN Entertainment reporter Brooke Anderson:

Yes, Colin Farrell is an Irishman. Yes, he's "dangerous," sexy ... a rebel. But I have interviewed Colin before where he kept his language in check. Not this time. He let himself get a little too comfortable as we were talking live on CNN about his new film "In Bruges."

Farrell was explaining why director Martin McDonagh allowed him to keep his Irish accent while starring as a hit man based in London. He said that McDonagh probably saw his recent film "Cassandra's Dream" and thought "F**k that, he's Irish!"

Then, realizing his slip, he exclaimed, "Oh s**t!"

I was immediately flustered and mortified, as was he. His co-star Brendan Gleeson began laughing hysterically. In the end, we all joked about it, brushed it off, and eventually moved on with the interview.

Colin was very sweet and apologetic afterward. He told me that if the FCC decides to come after me to let him know and he'll have a chat with them.

Good thing the FCC doesn't regulate language on cable.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival
January 21st, 2008
03:56 PM ET

Cooking tips from Alan Alda

From CNN Entertainment Producer Jennifer Wolfe:

Alan Alda hates Earl Grey tea. He believes the world is divided into two types of people, those who love Earl Grey and those who don't.

That was the launching pad for a lively discussion about food here at our Treasure Mountain Inn Suite at the Sundance Film Festival. Alda was here to do an interview about his new film "Diminished Capacity" - but beforehand, we talked food.

Alan offered up a pasta recipe that he’s fond of and swears it's great - although a little unconventional:

Take one box of pasta (any type will do). Soak it in a half-cup of olive oil. Then spread the pasta in a Pyrex dish and add a can of diced tomatoes. A dash of salt and pepper (no garlic, he insists). Bake for a while and eat.

He added the pasta's consistency is more "al gummy" than al dente.

Alan's other foodie offering was a dessert:

Take pizza dough. Spread it very thin. Take a bunch of seedless grapes (off the vine, I'm guessing). Dip the grapes in sugar. Place them on top of the pizza dough. Add another layer of pizza dough on top. Crimp the edges. Then top it with some more sugared grapes and bake in an oven.

Unfortunately, I never got a temperature or a time from him. (Alan, if you’re reading this, send that along, OK?)

Our resident Italian, Jenny D'Attoma from "Showbiz Tonight," says she's going to ask her father about that one. He's from Italy and she's a first-generation American.

Alan may believe the world is divided into Earl Grey lovers and Earl Grey haters, but I'm convinced the world is actually divided into people who bake and people who cook. I think Alan firmly resides in the cook's camp.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival
January 21st, 2008
03:00 PM ET

The entourages of Sundance

From CNN Entertainment Producer Jennifer Wolfe in Park City, Utah:

It’s well documented: where there’s a star there’s usually an entourage. At Sundance, it’s no different.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, promoting their film "In Bruges," came to our live location with a room full of people. I didn’t count, but I think there were at least four handlers per star, personal publicists, film publicists and any number of other sorts.

Nick Cannon also had a room full of folks. They hung out and strategized about how he should showcase his role as a young Marine getting ready to ship out to Iraq in "American Son." Everyone sat and joked about things we can’t repeat and stared at their Blackberries, waiting for the next vital communication.

And then there was Stanley Tucci. He came with one person, did a spot with CNN.com Live and quickly popped over to my computer to catch the end of his segment.

Tucci then asked about Gaza - while waiting for his interview he’d heard an item on the strife there - and he wanted to know more, so we started scrolling through other stories. While clicking through the site, we saw Allan Melvin, "Sam the Butcher" from "The Brady Bunch," had died. Tucci said he’d grown up watching the show. He was low-key and friendly and left our suite the way he came in, with little fanfare.

Then there’s the ultimate "Entourage" guy –- the star of the HBO show of that name, Adrian Grenier. He was in town to promote his film on air-drumming titled "Adventures in Power" and he was scheduled to appear on CNN Sunday. After much back-and-forth with his people, the interview time was set, the tapes were pulled and edited and everything was ready.

Then, a few hours before the segment, we got a one-line e-mail: Grenier was sick.

Scramble time. We filled the hole with a piece on a documentary titled "Bigger Stronger Faster."

Later, one of our photographers spotted Grenier at the Slamdance Festival, which is located just downstairs from our production space in the Treasure Mountain Inn.

Last night, a CNN producer spotted him "in the window of Hollywood Lounge at midnight with a drink in his hand talking to some girl."

She must've been nursing him back to health.

Filed under: Sundance Film Festival
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