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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Celebrity Sightings Around Snowy Park City

The Sundance Film Festival runs through Jan 30, but it is already being called a huge success. The festival seems to be recovering nicely after a couple of down years caused by the great recession.

The Deseret News has this article about the festival. Below is the headline and excerpts.

Sundance Festival looms bright for Park City

He doesn't have the numbers yet, but to Bill Malone, the Sundance Film Festival feels like it's shaking off the effects of a hunker-down economy, grooming itself for a possible return to all the swag — and swagger — of years past.

With the festival gearing up to wind down, Malone said the city will next jump headlong into hosting the FIS Freestyle World Skiing Championships, with four days of competition slated from Feb. 2-5.

He said he believes as people begin to shed their weariness and distrust of what's proven to be a ruthless economic poke in the eye, the parties are becoming more plentiful, the hors d'oeuvres are more upscale and corporations are loosening their wallets.

"The corporate presence is on an uptick once again," he said. "It seems to be the swag is back."

The LA Times has this article about celebrity sightings around Park City, with details about spots where there have been major parties and where celebs have been hanging out. Below are excerpts.

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival raged on this week in Park City, Utah -- despite the teensy distraction of Oscar nominations Tuesday -- with some serious boldface names playing in après ski wear and getting down with indie filmmakers.

Bing Bar served as a major mecca for creative panels, after-parties and simply happy hour. The hot team from "The Details" celebrated their film there, with appearances by Tobey Maguire, Kerry Washington (drenched in Lia Sophia jewels), director Jason Reitman, Dennis Haysbert and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Meanwhile, the Fender Music Lodge hosted a charming portrait studio with a chalkboard, where the likes of "Worst Enemy" director Lake Bell and Oscar winner Michael Shannon got to express themselves with doodles, while the chance to participate in Save the Children PSAs brought stars like Rosie O'Donnell, Chelsea Handler, Patrick WIlson and Emily Mortimer to the House of Hype Livestyle lounge.

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