Sundance Scene: Kevin Bacon, Keanu Reeves, and a Party Bear (Photos)

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Carey Mulligan and Mary-J. Blige at the AT&T Village at the Lift

These two play the mothers of the two families front and center in “Mudbound,” which had festival buzz.  “The finest Sundance film in recent memory,” said Marlow Stern over at The Daily Beast.

John Legend, Aldis Hodge, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Legend’s party for the WGN show “Underground” drew heavily on Saturday night.

Anthony Hemingway (FX’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson”) directs and executive produces the new season that arrives in March.

DJ Dolph and Hodge

Tank top in the snow!

Hodge’s wardrobe belies the non-stop snow that blanketed Park City over the opening four days of the festival.

Not fun fact: Park City did not plow any of the streets. Six inches of brown sludge coat every street and sidewalk.

Michelle Forbes and John Cho

Cho’s one-fingered salute is accidental. The “Columbus” star glided in to the Kia Supper Suite on Sunday night (Jan. 22) with co-star Parker Posey, jumping behind the bar to grab their own drinks (just water bottles).

Mike White and Jorma Taccone

UTA brought together clients, executives, and friends of the surging agency at their Sundance Brunch at Riverhorse on Sunday morning (Jan. 22) before a day of screenings (films and NFL playoffs).

UTA clients Mike White (one of our favorite “Amazing Race contestants ever and writer of “Beatriz at Dinner,”) with Jorma Taccone, who has been promoting his starring turn in “L.A. Times,”

Paul Scheer and Jay Gassner

The “Playdates” star and UTA Partner/Co-Head of Talent were amongst the crowd that included Drake Doremus, Shailene Woodley, Michael Showalter, Aisha Tyler, Zosia Mamet, Joshuah Bearman, Jessica Williams, Kumail Nanjiani, Larry Wilmore, Scott Z Burns, and Nic Hoult among others.

Rena Ronson (Head of UTA’s Independent Film Group) and Director Michael Showalter

After an overnight negotiation, Showalter’s “The Big Sick” sold to Amazon Studios for $12 million.

We hope these two drained the Riverhorse of mimosas.



John Popper and Bob Weir

Speaking of Amazon, they celebrated the Grateful Dead documentary “Long Strange Trip” with a rocking live music performance on Sunday night. Here, the Blues Traveler front man (fresh in to Park City from D.C.) plays with Bob Weir.

Amir Bar-Lev, Annabelle Garcia, and Joe Lewis

Amir Bar-Lev hangs with Jerry Garcia’s daughter, Annabelle, and Amazon’s head of comedy and drama, Joe Lewis.Weir and Woody Harreslon

Kevin Bacon and Lewis

Bacon showed up as a fan. He has been in Park City for a new Amazon series from the creator of “Transparent.”

DJ Ruckus, Lil Jon, and Christina Milian

Meanwhile, the tunes were much different at the third and final night of the TAO pop-up off of Main Street.

At 2 a.m. Sunday night/Monday morning, the ropeline to get in was longer than at any point during the night.

As one TAO executive said, “The thirst is real.”

Austin Peters and Diplo

Peters directed the free Major Lazer show in Cuba doc “Give Me Future.” It had support from Pepsi’s Creators League in production and for their Park City after party.

Lily Taylor and Keanu Reeves

“To The Bone” is an anorexia drama with Lilly Collins in the lead. From Marti Noxon, they kept the guestlist for their post-screening celebration at the Stella Artois space much more intimate than others that toasted in the space.

Nick Offerman and Jack Black

Attention Producers: These two have never worked together.

Could they be Brothers? Best buddies on a road trip? Let’s turn this candid (from AT&T’s Village at the Lift) in to a one-sheet.


The singer smartly accepted YouTube’s invite to promote her upcoming release this week with a midnight performance at the space.

She has over 281 million lifetime views in under three years.

Nick Cannon and St. Vincent also took part in the nightly music showcases.

YouTube’s Sadie Thoma

Is 6 the new 30?

The head of YouTube’s Creative Agency Partnership says yes. Thoma brought together over 200 brands on Saturday (Jan. 21)  to preach YouTube’s commitment to the evolution of mobile ads:  six seconds. Unlike that fast-talk at the end of car commercials on the radio or a blatant brand bumper  before you can hit “skip” on the latest viral video, YouTube is challenging advertisers to do what Viners did for years: Tell a story an actual story in six seconds rather than cram in as much as you can before the “skip” appears.Thus, they came to a festival built around storytelling.  Here, consumers checked out some of the more artistic and creative six second spots.

Jay Sean

Before playing Danny Masterson’s bar Downstairs on Saturday night, Jay Sean pre-gamed at Nylon and Dream Hollywood’s happy hour party.

The Dream went out of their way this year to make a splash as the finishing touches are going on the Dream Hollywood hotel and hospitality complex due to open in our backyards in March.

Jason Mitchell and Mary J. Blige

Prestige projects only for the man who brought Eazy-E back to life in “Straight Outta Compton” last year. Now, Mitchell was at the Pepsi Creators League Studio for  “Mudbound.”

Brigsby Bear x Luke Skywalker

This is not “Ted 3”.

It’s “Brigsby Bear,” the comedy from SNL pals Dave McCary and Kyle Mooney that also stars Mark Hamill (above), Claire Danes, and Greg Kinnear (sadly not in attendance).

At Monday night’s bash at the Kia Supper Suite, the roving dancing bear at the center of the story was the hit of the party as Maestro Dobel Tequila and Johndrow Vineyard wines flowed to warm up the snowy slushy masses coming in from Main St.

Christina Milian

Without having to don the trademark maroon hat, Milian supported the Shriners for Children Center at Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe Lounge. Durkin deserves niche recognition: She won “Sundance Survivor”as the last gifting suite standing.

For supporting the charity partners, top talent walked off with something for the cold (some stylish CMFRCanada hats) and something for the sun (a stay at a resort in the Caryman Islands called Le Soleil d’Or Resort Cayman Brac).

Team “Brigsby Bear”

This was not their first trip to Utah. They shot the film there.

Writer-director Dave McCary, writer-star Kyle Moony, SNL alum Beck Bennett, Steve Youngren, and Nicholas Rutherford.

Geena Davis

The Benajmin-buttoning “Thelma & Louise” legend intentionally mashed up festivals, promoting her own Bentonville Film Festival (in Arkansas) at Sundance.

Davis’ May festival is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for select winners.

Jeff Skoll and UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Dean Teri Schwartz

These two both have their eye on the future. The socially conscious producer and financier Skoll linked up with the one curating the next generation of media producers (Schwartz) at UCLA’s annual Park City reception.

IMDb Founder Col Needham and Peter Dinklage

After Dinklage picked up the STARMeter award on Monday night (Jan. 23), it was time to celebrate the IMDb founder’s 50th party.

The crowd included…

John Cooper and Julia Ormond

The big boss at Sundance and Ormond, who has been on the scene for days, toasted the man who started online so early, his email address was all numbers.

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