Daily Buzz: 'The Killer Inside Me,' Michael Winterbottom's adaptation of Jim Thompson's celebrated pulp noir novel about a Southern sheriff who's also a psychotic murderer, stars Casey Affleck in the lead role and Alba as a hooker who becomes his punching bag. Most viewers at the premiere seemed to be revolted, judging by press reports. USA Today described it as 'The Andy Griffith Show' as directed by 'Hostel''s Eli Roth. CHUD's Devon Faraci, in a much-circulated tweet, says that even Affleck has badmouthed the movie. (On the other hand, indieWIRE's Anne Thompson seemed to like 'Killer' and tweeted that Affleck "nails it.") Movieline says viewers at the post-screening Q&A were furious with Winterbotton who insisted he was just being faithful to the book. Moviegoers wanted to question Alba, too, about why she would allow her famous face to be pounded into hamburger, but she walked out halfway through the screening.
Alba was also a fashion victim, according to stylewatchers who hated the two-tone faux fur she wore to the 'Killer' premiere. You can see more of that coat, plus a lot of other good Sundance celebrity photos, in this one-page gallery from the Daily Mail.
If 'Killer' offers gratuitous violence without context, 'Splice' serves up disfigurement as part of a cautionary tale, about scientists who take their DNA experiments on humans and animals too far. The horror film, starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody, wowed the midnight-movie fanboy crowd, according to the Toronto Star. Deadline Hollywood claims that a deal is imminent to sell the film for $2.5 million to Sony and indie-film distribution guru Bob Berney's label Apparition.
News: Cinematical has more celebrity sightings and deal rumors in its daily "Sundance in 60 Seconds" digest.
How's that streaming rental service doing, the one that was supposed to launch a huge new revenue stream for YouTube? Not that great, according to Newteevee.com. The service launched Friday with five Sundance titles, but by Monday afternoon, it had attracted only about 1,500 customers and grossed about $1,200 per movie, at $3.99 per viewing.
The Hollywood Reporter, still fascinated and appalled by celebrity swaghunters, tells you exactly who is picking up which goodies at Sundance's luxury freebie lounges.
Funniest news of the day: Tilda Swinton, in Park City to promote 'I Am Love,' tells Movieline she'd be thrilled to follow Conan O'Brien's recent suggestion that she play him in the movie version of this month's 'Tonight Show' upheaval.
Interviews: Cinematical sat down and talked at length with Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning about 'The Runaways.' IndieWIRE has video of the whole post-'Runaways'-screening Q&A with the actresses and the real-life Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. Cinematical also has a lengthy video interview with Michael Shannon. Nominated last year for an Oscar for 'Revolutionary Road,' Shannon reportedly runs away with 'The Runaways' whenever he's on screen as the band's colorful manager, Kim Fowley.
Also on Cinematical is a video interview with Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, and Zoe Kazan, the actresses at the heart of 'happythankyoumoreplease.'
IndieWIRE's Thompson talks at length on video with the directors of 'Restrepo,' Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington, who spent a year embedded with a unit on the front lines in Afghanistan. IndieWIRE's Peter Knegt has video of the emotional Q&A after the screening of '8: The Mormon Proposition,' a movie he says is poorly made but whose topic (how the Mormon Church overtly and covertly threw its weight behind the 2008 California initiative rescinding gay marriage rights) seems to resonate with a lot of viewers.
E!'s Ben Lyons isn't the brightest of interviewers, and 'Blue Valentine''s Ryan Gosling takes him downtown. Lyons does get a funny story from Gosling about how he plans to keep his mom from seeing the racier scenes involving him and costar Michelle Williams.
Reviews: Cinematical's Monika Bartyzel says Joan Jett is the more daring of Stewart's two Sundance roles; 'Rileys'' stripper-in-need-of-savior is a cliché, but a sexually forward teen-girl rocker is bolder choice. Voice Film's Karina Longworth agrees; while she's frustrated that 'Runaways' is a paint-by-numbers music biopic, she likes that it addresses the unruly reality of teen-girl sexual desire. (Review contains some NSFW language.) IFC's Independent Eye says of Runaways that Fanning is, as usual, too eerily poised, while Stewart's usual messiness is an asset. (Review contains some NSFW language.)
Indiewire says 'Blue Valentine' is two great performances that don't add up to much, but praises 'Smash His Camera,' the documentary about legendary paparazzo Ron Galella, saying it makes a compelling case that his photos are a visual archive of our celebrity-obsessed era.
Cinematical has positive reviews of documentary 'Casino Jack and the United States of Money' and comedies 'Cyrus,' 'Douchebag,' and 'happythankyoumoreplease,' calling the last film "a must-see on date night."
Video: What if someone other than James Franco had starred in 'HOWL'? USA Today experiments by getting other Sundance stars to read from Allen Ginsberg's notorious poem.
And because you can never have enough 'Runaways,' here's Joan Jett performing Saturday night in Park City, courtesy of Reuters' Fan Fare blog.