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Carey Mulligan I'm Freezing My Head Off in Sundance!!!

1/21/2018 9:04 AM PST

Carey Mulligan may have been under the false impression SUN-dance did not require headgear, but she learned a hard lesson Saturday during the famous film festival.

Carey left the hotel without headgear, which she clearly soon regretted.  She braved the 20 degree cold to see the sights, along with Zoe Kazan, the screenwriter who wrote "Wildlife" in which Carey stars.

Carey is in Sundance promoting her film, "Wildlife" ... based on a 1990 novel about a boy who watches his parents' marriage fall apart. 

 The Sundance Film Festival goes until a week from today.

Malia Obama Screw Work ... I'm at Sundance to Party

1/25/2017 2:33 PM PST

Malia Obama won't be making coffee runs for her internship at the Weinstein Company, and she's not at Sundance to schmooze with the boss ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the film company tell us Malia's paid internship hasn't started yet, and her visit to the film fest in Park City this week is on her own time. Kinda like she's doing her homework before an exam, plus she's a huge film buff.

We're told Malia's stint with Weinstein begins in February, but it's still unclear what her day-to-day duties will be -- interns get involved in everything from film production to finance. Just depends on their interests.

As for menial duties like caffeine fixes for execs -- one source laughed heartily and said it's just not part of the program.

Gabrielle Union I'm No Ronda Rousey ... I'd Whoop Stacey Dash's Ass

1/26/2016 2:16 PM PST

Gabrielle Union is a baaad woman -- she just fired back at Stacey Dash and took down Ronda Rousey as collateral damage in her feud with Dash. 

We got Gabby at LAX Tuesday ... on her way back from the Sundance Film Festival, where she dissed Stacey for suggesting the BET Awards should be canceled to make the Oscars more diverse. Gabby's reaction was the classic ... "Stacey Dash who?"

Watch the clip ... Ronda got dragged into this when photogs hinted Union and Dash's beef might get physical. Gabrielle also celebrated another victory ... her movie, "The Birth of a Nation" and a record-setting day at Sundance.

All she does is win.  

Selena Gomez Bailed On Rehab

2/6/2014 1:00 AM PST

Selena Gomez ignored the advice of medical professionals and waltzed out of rehab just 14 days into a 6-week program ... over the strenuous objections of the rehab staff ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to Selena tell us just after New Year's she checked into a program at The Meadows called DAWN  -- for alcohol, pot and Rx Ambien -- in addition to what her people believe is an unhealthy union with Justin Bieber.

But 2 weeks in, Selena bailed so she could go the Sundance Film Festival for her upcoming movie.  She told her people she would return to the rehab facility after Sundance, but when it was over Selena decided she was cured and there was no reason to return.

Problem is ...  that's not the way the medical staff at The Meadows sees it ... the treatment program is 45-days and Selena bailed four weeks early.  We're told the staff feels it's essential in any recovery to complete the therapy.

Selena is telling her people ... she completed the toughest week, which the facility calls "Survivor's week" so everything is fine.  Thing is ... Selena's not the doctor -- she's the one with the problem.


Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom Hot & Cold

1/26/2010 4:30 AM PST
While you were at work on Monday, Orlando Bloom chilled at Sundance as his girlfriend Miranda Kerr frolicked in the waters off St. Bart's.

Don't feel so bad, it's not like they're gorgeous and rich too.

Paris Hilton -- Karaoke Challenged

1/24/2008 4:00 PM PST
Paris Hilton has Bette Davis' eyes -- and apparently her voice too.

Mess Hilton was at Sundance on Sunday, torturing attendees with her vocal stylings at a private party. First the world had to endure her album, now she's back to throw salt on the wounds!

Sundancing in the Dark -- Blackout Kills Parties

1/19/2008 12:40 PM PST
Tons of huge stars are partying at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah right now -- but they're all gettin' down in the dark!

We just got word that a major power outage in the city has turned the lights out on Main Street. Spies inside several parties including the Hard Rock Hotel Flaunt Magazine party tell us stars like Brittany Murphy, Paris Hilton and Mos Def are standing around in total darkness while the city figures out how to get the lights back on.


Screech and Arnold Compete for Free S**t

1/24/2007 7:53 AM PST
Dustin Diamond is trying to out-swag Gary Coleman at Sundance this week, and he's going back for seconds to do it.

The aging child stars have been spotted around Park City with dueling camera crews following their every move. Coleman's rep tells TMZ he's in town to shoot a short film (get it? short film), though he wouldn't say any more about it. Diamond says he came to Sundance to "outgift" Coleman.

"My crew is going to be filming me come along and outdoing Gary Coleman," Screech told the Website, adding, "bigger and better and more expensive swag in every way, shape and form."

To do so, Diamond isn't above a little begging. He was at the Karl Feinstein Style Lounge when he got a crystal quartz charm bracelet from designer Kathleen Cavalaro. Then he tried to charm more out of Kathleen, but she wasn't having it. Sex tape stars don't get special treatment from her!

Tara Reid is the Meat in a Rapper Sandwich

1/23/2007 4:14 PM PST


If Tara Reid wants to shake her party girl image, she should probably reconsider performing simulated sex with rappers onstage.

TMZ obtained exclusive footage from Sundance of Tara, moments after she climbed onstage at the Blender Sessions party at Tao nightclub, while Akon performed his hit song, "Smack That." And for this performance, the "that" was Tara Reid.Tara mounted then gyrated on Akon as he pretended to pump her all around the stage. One of his mohawked band members decided to get in on the action, and the two bounced Tara around between them.

After the hardcore ride, a discombobulated Reid was consoled by platinum-toothed rapper, Nelly. It's safe to assume that if he began singing "Hot in Herre," Tara would have probably taken off her clothes.

Release Your Inner Filmmaker

10/3/2006 6:39 PM PDT
How many of you have sat around with some friends, criticizing an episode of "The Outer Limits" or "Battlestar Galactica" and thought, "I could do much better." Well ... it's finally time to put up or shut up.

The Sci-Fi Channel, in conjunction with the Sundance Channel, is launching an eight-week long short film competition to find the world's next great science fiction auteur.

The competition, aptly titled "Exposure," will search for the best 2-8 minute sci-fi, horror or fantasy short. Films will be judged by a committee of Sci-Fi Channel and Sundance Channel experts, who will post the best flicks on the Internet each week. Fans will then vote for eight weekly champions to compete in an on-air special on the Sci Fi Channel. Viewers will vote online to determine the grand prize winner.

Submissions are welcomed from now until November 20th. Online voting will begin October 23rd.

So, bust out your wizard hat and slather on your best alien makeup, because now is your chance to show the world that you've got what it takes to become the next Ridley Scott or Peter Jackson.

"Black Snake Moan" Wants Your Trailer Talent

9/25/2006 7:27 PM PDT
The upcoming "Black Snake Moan" starring Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Christina Ricci has taken an unsual approach in promoting the film.

Paramount Vantage has created a contest that challenges fans to download artwork and audio from the film and create a trailer for the new movie. The winner gets a trip to the Sundance Film festival.

Set in Tennessee, the southern gothic film chronicles a tale of rage and love when ex-blues guitarist Lazarus (Samuel L. Jackson) discovers Rae (Christina Ricci) beaten nearly to death along side the road. Lazarus decides to cure Rae, a woman known for her insatiable desire for sex, of what he thinks are her wicked ways. All the while Rae's true love Ronnie (Justin Timberlake), who is supposed to be headed to Iraq, goes looking for her.

With a tale like that, folks are sure to come up with some interesting ideas for the trailer.

Redford Says Sundance Taken by a 'Fever'

2/23/2006 2:03 PM PST

Robert Redford says his Sundance Film Festival, which last month wrapped its 25th season, is "almost to a breaking point."

"It's gotten to the point now — almost to a breaking point — where there's a fever that has taken over the festival that creates an enormous amount of chaos and excitement and tension," the 68-year-old actor said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "It's gotten a little bit harder on me."

Though the festival has become a larger spectacle over the years, Redford has long refrained from criticism about the changed nature of Sundance.

He created the independent film festival in 1981 to bring attention to small-budget films and new talent. Redford named the festival, held annually in the snowy mountains of Utah, after his breakthrough role in 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

"The festival that we do is the same one as we did the first year," he said. "We program it exactly the same every year, which is for new voices and more experimental films."

The difference now, Redford said, is everything surrounding it.

"Once the merchants come, then the celebrities come. Once they come, the paparazzi come. Once they come, fashion comes. So suddenly you've got a party ... where Paris Hilton's there and all the attention goes there and she's got nothing to do with anything."

"You've basically got two festivals going," he said. "You've got the festival we programmed, which stays the same, and then the other one."

The big-screen life of the festival, Redford said, continues to thrive. He felt "very good" about this year's crop of films, which included the Hispanic teen drama "Quinceanera" and "Iraq in Fragments," a documentary about the lives of Iraqis under U.S. occupation.

"Quinceanera" won both the festival's jury prize and audience award; "Iraq in Fragments" won three prizes including documentary film editing, directing and cinematography awards.

Sundance Doc Rates the Raters Who Catalog Movie Content

1/25/2006 3:12 PM PST
Kirby Dick has rated the movie-ratings board and come to a blunt conclusion: This panel is not suitable for any audiences.

His documentary "This Film Is Not Yet Rated," premiering Wednesday at the Sundance Film Festival, is a harsh indictment of the ratings system overseen by the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade group for Hollywood's top studios.

Dick calls the ratings process a form of censorship carried out by unqualified film judges who operate in secrecy, their procedures favoring big studio fare over movies from independent and overseas filmmakers.

"Independent film tends to focus more on sexuality. Studios tend to put out films that have more to do with violence," said Dick, a 2004 Academy Awards nominee for his documentary "Twist of Faith." "Violent films get through almost unscathed, but the ratings have this excessive focus against sexuality that puts independent film at a disadvantage."

"This Film Is Not Yet Rated" examines the history of the ratings system, set up in the 1960s by MPAA boss Jack Valenti, who retired as head of the group in 2004 and gave up control of the ratings system last fall.

The film-ratings board, made up of people meant to represent typical American parents, views movies and brands them with G, PG, PG-13, R or NC-17 ratings.

Dick said ratings-board members are thrown in to the job with no clear standards and that they lack the expertise to make sound judgments about the psychological effects film content might have on children.

Ratings can be wildly inconsistent from movie to movie, and challenging a rating is stacked against filmmakers, since the MPAA also controls the appeals process, Dick said.

The documentary chronicles Dick's efforts to pin down ratings-board members, whose identities are kept private, and find out how they operate. He hires a private investigator who's fiercely determined to flush out the people behind the ratings system.

She rifles through the trash of one ratings-board member, stakes out the MPAA offices to run license plates of cars pulling in and out, tails the group's employees and eavesdrops on them when they go to lunch.

And Dick eventually identifies board members.

"There's kind of a David and Goliath quality. Here's this big, powerful organization being investigated by a small independent filmmaker and a colorful P.I.," Dick said.

Dan Glickman, Valenti's successor as MPAA chief, said he normally does not watch films submitted for ratings but that he viewed most of "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" when Dick presented it because he "heard they used unusual surveillance techniques to follow our raters around."

"I decided the privacy of our employees was in jeopardy. I didn't know if there was some violation of law, maybe, but I thought that was going way too far," Glickman said.

"So I watched the movie, at least parts of the movie that were relevant here. I didn't think it was a fair reflection of the ratings system, but I think Americans will have to judge that for themselves," Glickman said.

Joan Graves, who heads the ratings board, said she spent two hours on the phone with Dick explaining the ratings process to him, "so his secrecy thing, I think, is a little bit disingenuous."

Dick includes interviews with filmmakers and actors involved with movies that received NC-17 ratings -- which prohibit anyone younger than 17 from seeing the films. Among the lineup: John Waters ("Pink Flamingoes," "A Dirty Shame"), Kevin Smith ("Clerks"), "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone ("Team America: World Police"), Kimberly Pierce ("Boys Don't Cry") and Maria Bello ("The Cooler").

"This Film Is Not Yet Rated" received an NC-17 rating itself because it includes explicit footage from many films that received an NC-17 for sexual content.

The rating allowed Dick to get an inside view of the appeals process, which he incorporated into the version of the documentary screening at Sundance, where he hopes to land a theatrical distributor for the film. His appeal of the NC-17 rating was denied.

"I hope that by the time my next film comes through, there's a different system in place," Dick said. "I would prefer an open system with standards, and if they're going to have guidelines, have the guidelines so that filmmakers know what they're working with and against, and there's something there to publicly advocate for and against. That's the democratic system."
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