4 posts tagged "Sundance Film Festival"
As Washington, D.C., ushered in a new period of hope and change, Park City continued Sundance business as usual, though with a perceptible spring in its step. Boundary-busting films such as the truly fantastic I Love You Phillip Morris, the story of two gay men falling in love in prison, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor (who I kept bumping into so much I’d swear he has a clone), and Acting for the Camera, a short film about an acting class simulating the infamous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally, suddenly became more apropos in light of our new historic administration. After what seemed like an interminable day of film-watching, some well-deserved party-hopping was in order. Most headed to after-parties at the Legacy Lodge and Downstairs, the new nightclub owned by Danny and Chris Masterson—the first celebrity-owned boîte in the famously conservative state of Utah—where patrons danced to British house trio Dirty Vegas. Let’s just say that people, myself included, were partying like it was, well, 2009.
Since its commencement last Thursday, the 2009 Sundance Film Festival—as per its 25-year-old indie mission—has continued to showcase an assortment of cutting-edge films. (My faves thus far include Big Fan, a drama about the New York Giants’ biggest fan from the writer of The Wrestler, and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, an adaption of one of the late David Foster Wallace’s great works and actor John Krasinski’s directorial debut.) However, the most popular subject permeating this year’s selections is, without a doubt, the planet. Films like The Cove, a documentary exposing the horrific systematic slaughter of dolphins in a small town in Japan, have been attracting unexpected buzz. Happily, this eco-conscious trend has trickled down to other realms as well. In an effort to curb the purchase of plastic water bottles, the festival has been giving away nifty (and sporty-looking) green-colored water bottles and encouraging festivalgoers to fill up at the dozens of Brita stations sprinkled throughout Park City. In terms of this eco-friendly trend relating to fashion, there has been a conspicuous absence at the festival of fur. Emily Blunt, pictured here, seems rather toasty in a little wool coat. In fact, despite the freezing temps, Hollywood starlets have been spotted donning their usual designer duds. At a Humane Society dinner I attended on Sunday night, Paris Hilton was sporting nothing but a beaded frock and fishnet tights. Her accessory of choice? A baby seal stuffed animal.
Is French prez Sarko passing Carla-inspired legislature? His newest decree promises free museum entry to Frenchies aged 25 and under and lifts a freeze on state funding for the performing arts. All of his bride’s soulful crooning must have gotten to him.
Get more fringe on your face, FDA approved.
The New York Times‘ Cintra Wilson visits Sephora, and her tour is fraught with danger
What we gleaned from 20 questions with the new White House decorator, Michael Smith: Expect more classical busts and torsos at your next Cabinet meeting.
Staying west this week and next instead of braving the inaugural crush? Here’s a handy guide to Sundance, which is sure to be much more civil.
We had decided not to report on the details, or, actually, the event of Josh Duhamel and Fergie’s wedding in Malibu last weekend, until we saw this. Congratulations to the couple for achieving a new high in cringe-worthy nuptial memorabilia.