"Project Runway's" Keith Bryce debuts new designs at Sundance. What do you think?
I am not your ordinary college TV producer. Producing an entertainment show at USC has made me less and less star struck of B-list and some A-list celebrities, but as my veteran Sundance partner informed me before heading to Park City, celebs just roam the streets. The first day here wasn't really that eventful, the only noticeable person was the E!'s Ben Lyons. As the weekend has progressed, I've gradually added to my "sightings list." Amy Poehler, Rachel Dratch and comedian Jim Gaffigan (who we've continued to run into) were great to see at the "Spring Breakdown" pre-party and say hi to, especially after Amy's amazing "SNL" year. On the way out, John Krasinski was a few steps ahead of new girlfriend, "Devil Wears Prada's" Emily Blunt. Blunt was taken aback when my partner commented on her role in the 2008 Sundance film "Sunshine Cleaners," since the filmed hadn't made it to theaters she said "I thought I must've been terrible in it." Peter Gallagher was spotted waiting to get into the over-stuffed Kenneth Cole Party Saturday. Ewan McGregor was at the, I kid you not, SpongeBob Squarepants Bikini Bottom Suite on Sunday while Jeff Daniels was shopping across at the Fred Segal Fun Shop. "Juno's" Olivia's Thirlby and "Mean Girls'" Daniel Franzese (You go Glen Coco!) were all snacking at the T-Mobile Diner, where the menu seemed more like a 4-star restaurant than the diners that I'm used to.
But during this weekend trip, I've only twice been starstruck. The first was while interviewing the director of "The Carter" when Mr. Mariah Carrey, Nick Cannon walked in to the Getty Image Suite. The interview went well following his run-in, but his bling may have been the reason I was struck. But the best sighting by far has been tonight, when my partner and I saw the infamous Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein. In Harvey fashion, he was yelling into his cellphone telling the other person to shut up and "go away" before abruptly hanging up his phone. Yes, to most, he's not a celebrity, but to two aspiring film students we've experienced the real "Entourage."
Though access to the Island Def Jam/NIVEA lounge was a piece of cake earlier in the day yesterday, a formidable line blocked the "Mariah Carey-hosted" party that night, and camera and press crews were denied entrance to the "at-capacity" hot-spot.
Whatevs, who wants to be in a loud, hot and sweaty room with the "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM!" crowd (wait, isn't that EVERYONE at Sundance?) when you can head to a friendly neighborhood sports bar to hang with legit Park City, Utah, locals (and their moms). ...
The Queer Lounge has taken over an art gallery on Main Street in Park City, Utah. While it serves the Sundance community as a place to meet people and network, it also serves the gay community as a potential forum for change. Video
Day one of the Sundance Film Festival, located in the quaint town of Park City, Utah, has kicked off to a slow and steady start: The streets are humbly populated, celebrity sightings are few and far between, and most Internet cafes are unfortunately still in the set-up stage (forcing the unlucky to blog with numb hands outdoors whilst workers assemble the Stella Artois lounge in the same space).
But the hand numbness is a minor complaint. It's truly a beautiful day weather-wise, the Sundance staff is friendly and helpful, and there's a near-two weeks of films, music showcases, interviews (Jack White! The Doors! (Not all the Doors, silly.) Broken Lizard!) and parties to look forward to. Stay tuned for the latest happenings.