Sundance Film Festival Report: Don Cheadle, Carmen Elektra and the Pussycat Dolls, Liv Tyler, and Terrence Howard
01.21.11 by REELZ
The Sundance Film Festival is in full swing, and ReelzChannel correspondents Steve Patterson and Jeremy Parsons are in Park City, Utah, covering the event for Hollywood Dailies. They're also blogging the festival. In their first reports, we hear about their interviews with the stars of The Guard and The Ledge.
First up, Steve's report on Don Cheadle's new movie.
A big hello! from the Sundance Film Festival. This is my first time covering this event, and so far, it has not disappointed. Hollywood descends on this small town of Park City, which also happens to be stunningly beautiful! Honestly, it's a sight to behold. The streets are becoming more crowded as the hours go by, filling up with actors, executives, reporters, and, of course, movie fans!
The festival kicked off last night with the premiere of Don Cheadle's and Brendan Gleeson's new flick The Guard (part buddy cop, part action — thriller). I chatted with Cheadle about the excitement of having his movie getting picked to open the world — renown festival (and he was definitely excited), but he let me in on the frustrating side of it for some of the actors.
The action will continue to heat up as the weekend goes on. And tomorrow I get to check out a bunch of gifting lounges....hopefully walking away with some gifts to tell you about. If not, that begs the question: "Is stealing frowned upon at Sundance?" Ha! I'll keep you posted with some more blog entries as the festival continues and don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@steveatreelz for "tweetdates" (that's a word I just made up for twitter updates.)
Jeremy reports in on the Pussycat Dolls, The Ledge, and Liv Tyler.
This is my first experience at Sundance — immediate reaction — this is a blast. It's an energizing experience to see Hollywood hopefuls and elite descend on this quaint little ski village town. Today, after seeing the Pussycat Dolls headed up by Carmen Electra rehearsing for tonight's show, we trolled through the bustling crowd on main street, then headed to the Eccles Theater for the red carpet premiere of The Ledge — a philosophical thriller starring Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, and Patrick Wilson. The stars arrived and did interviews, but this was unlike your typical Hollywood press line.
The atmosphere at Sundance breaks down the barriers and gives everyone a much more laid back demeanor that allows for some really genuine interaction. When I talked to Terrence Howard, he vividly recalled his past at Sundance. It was just a few short years ago that he was at this festival talking up a new movie that would ultimately land him an Oscar nomination — Hustle and Flow. He shared how Sundance holds a special place for him. With Oscar noms days away, he gave me his list of favorites for the golden statue. Howard has Colin Firth taking the Oscar for leading actor in The King's Speech and Christian Bale for supporting actor for "The Fighter. Since he's a veteran to the Oscar nom experience, I asked him what it's like that morning when the noms are announced. Are potential nominees anxious? Sleeping in? What's the mood? Howard said based on his experience, you just sort of know when you're getting a nomination. He feels pretty sure the actors who are on the list already know they're on the list of noms.
Moving from Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler stopped to talk. For me, I was flustered and pumped to be talking with *the Liv Tyler who lit up the screen in Armageddon — and she was just as adorably sweet in person. Funny enough, she had a hard time recalling details of her role in the movie since she filmed it so long ago. But she was happy to share what an awesome experience she has at Sundance. More to come as the days roll on in snowy Park City! Follow me on twitter movie freaks! (@jeremyatreelz)
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