The last 24 hours of Sundance have been primarily filled with Runaways-related buzz, so much that I keep forgetting there are other movies playing in Park City this week. Seriously, Bob Berney is about to have another runaway hit on his hands. I've even seen a (highly re-tweeted) Tweet predicting Kristen Stewart will get an Oscar nomination next year. I think the guy is talking about Welcome to the Rileys, but still. Between her two films, she's this year's queen of the fest. That said, I've tried to squeeze some other stuff into today's round-up of fest buzz and news, too:
Celebrity Sightings: Radar Online saw Bill Murray of Get Low trying to dance despite a leg injury at the film's after party, which Risky Business also covered. Celebrity-Gossip caught some shots of Orlando Bloom of Sympathy for Delicious signing autographs and Stephanie Pratt, who is in town for fashion and snowboarding purposes. E! spotted Ryan Gosling, of Blue Valentine, doing some snow tubing, while others saw him getting mobbed by girls on Main Street.
Our Coverage: "When you have Joan Jett telling you to f*ck your guitar ... Yeah, I liked it." That's from Kevin Kelly's write-up on the roundtable interview with The Runaways' Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart, the latter whom gives the quote of the festival with "P*ssy to the wood!" Kelly also interviewed their co-star, Michael Shannon.
As for reviews, Erik Davis calls Douchebag "great in its delivery of awkward, relatable humor ... it definitely packs a punch and creeps into those personal places you might not want it to explore," and says of happythankyoumoreplease, "the sharp-witted script -- combined with a watch-out-for-this-guy performance from Radnor himself -- will easily win over young, contemporary audiences desperately seeking a little more down-to-earth from their romantic dramedies." And Scott Weinberg writes of the Jack Abramoff documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, "the film could come off (to some, I suppose) as a left-wing hatchet job -- but it's pretty hard to argue with the most important facts: Abramoff and his chums swindled multiple millions from everyone they could, and they got away with it for a hell of a lot longer than they should have been able to."
Additional reactions from our team's Twitter feeds:
@erikdavis: "Really kinda fell in love with Cyrus." And "Exit Through the Gift Shop was a fun ride about an idiot who bumbled his way to fame, directed by the guy who helped him get there." And "Liked Holy Rollers - very Boiler Room-esque, but also very predictable."
@scotteweinberg: "Added to the list of egregiously over-praised: HIGH SCHOOL. Fun concept, good cast, really runs out of steam." And "12th & Delaware is ... Damn. Precisely what a documentary film should be."
Lots more (Runaways and otherwise) after the jump:
Deals: Still not hearing anything on definite acquisitions, but Nikki Finke hears the horror flick Splice is going to join The Runaways at Apparition/Sony Worldwide for $2.5 million, unless Newmarket outbids them. I guess they don't mind that the end was spoiled the other night.
indieWIRE Love: Anne Thompson writes on her Twitter, "Winterbottom digs into period film noir take on Jim Thompson's Killer Inside Me. Affleck nails it. Nasty." Peter Knegt has video footage of the intensely emotional Q&A for 8: The Mormon Proposition.
Tweet, Blogs and Treats: "Yes, yes, yes, absolutely," Tilda Swinton said about the idea of playing Conan O'Brien in an HBO movie about the Tonight Show drama. O'Brien proposed the casting idea on his final show Friday night; Kyle Buchanan at Movieline got the response from the I Am Love actress in Park City.
Creepiest headline from a blog review of The Runaways is courtesy of Roger Friedman at Showbiz411: "Dakota Fanning, 15, Gets Very Sexy in 'The Runaways.'"
"Underage girls are big business," writes Karina Longworth, more astutely, at Voice Film, "This is why Fanning and Stewart, both involved with the Twilight franchise, are considered bankable names -- but at the same time, media made for the teen girl market almost never acknowledges the uglier truth of their budding desires. The first image in Runaways is of a splatter of red menstrual blood on pavement, and from there on out, writer/director Floria Sigismondi concentrates on the power, beauty and tragedy of the teen girl libido unleashed. Runaways tells us that fifteen year old girls want to do nothing but get f**ked up and f**k, and have a completely rational hatred for everyone except for the few people they desperately want to get f**ked up with and f**k. Not only that, but the film has an uncommon interest in the commodity value of teen sexuality, and the gray area between empowerment and exploitation."
Julian Sancton at Vanity Fair's Little Gold Men blog has figured out the ingredients for indie film: "Jean-Luc Godard once said all one needs to make a movie was a girl and a gun. But for independent film, all you really need is a beard and a car crash. Or a dead kid and a cigarette."
Meanwhile, Jessica Flint at Vanity Fair's Society & Style blog clues us into the hottest and most exclusive accessory of the fest, a Lia Sophia gecko pin: "Not everyone who stopped by the Lia Sophia gifting lounge at the Lift during the film festival was lucky enough to be given the limited-edition reptile broach-they were saved for certain celebrity and industry types ... the gecko also provided a level of party access."
Speaking of the swag, Fabio Periera has a sad piece at Risky Business on what celebs are getting what freebies. Here's a disappointing quote: "'It kind of makes you feel bad when you look at what's going on in Haiti,' said Rachel Hunter, in her new Oakley snowgear. 'But it's part of the festival. And it's free advertising.'"
A favorite Twitter exchange:
Katey Rich of Cinema Blend: "Alex Gibny explained campaign finance law, Mark Duplass gave apartment hunting advice, Tilda Swinton talked architecture: fun interview day."
Eric Kohn of Screen Rush: "Those three should make a movie together."
Katey: "Oh God, it would either be a disaster or a masterpiece. Disasterpiece?"
Favorite "overheard at Sundance" Tweets of the day:
Devin Faraci of CHUD.com: "Overheard: 'Casey Affleck told me THE KILLER INSIDE ME is terrible.' Casey Affleck stars in THE KILLER INSIDE ME."
Brooks Barnes of the New York Times: "Overheard on the Sundance shuttle: 'Oh, you must see it. It's a BRILLIANT allegory about two hermaphrodites and a priest.' Get me outta here."