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Anderson Cooper: Yep, he's gay

Article: Anderson Cooper: Yep, he's gay

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” With those words, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper came out in an email published in his friend Andrew Sullivan’s column on The Daily Beast.

It has long been speculated that the popular news anchor and reporter is gay, but Cooper has fastidiously remained silent regarding his sexual orientation.

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES: Watch the throne

Article: THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES: Watch the throne

Kim Kardashian’s gaudy fairytale nuptials lasted just 72 days.

Louis XIV, in all his decadence, ruled France for just over 72 years, making him the longest-reigning monarch in European history.

Somewhere in between lies Jackie Siegel, the wonderfully tacky, basketball-bosomed protagonist of Lauren Greenfield’s rags-to-riches-to-rags documentary, QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, which made its world premiere the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival.

Watch this space: Our online festival coverage is about to blow your mind

Article: Watch this space: Our online festival coverage is about to blow your mind

Fans who can’t attend this year’s festivities can enjoy exclusive festival coverage online at www.sundance.tv/festival which will include Acura’s Festival VIP interview video series featuring exclusive talent, photos by acclaimed NYC photographer Dmitri Gudkov, and full festival coverage of by movie writer Matt Singer.

And the winner is… Drake Doremus' LIKE CRAZY

Article: And the winner is… Drake Doremus' LIKE CRAZY

Director Drake Doremus accepts the Grand Jury Prize: U. S. Dramatic for ‘Like Crazy’ at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Awards Night Ceremony at Basin Recreation Field House on January 29, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images)
And the winner is… Drake Doremus’ LIKE CRAZY, which was just awarded the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s awards ceremony.

The film arrived at Sundance with tremendous buzz—Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan was particularly laudatory—and went on to be rapturously received. It was quickly picked up for distribution by Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush for $4 million, a sale that kicked off a week-long flurry of deals and acquisitions, the likes of which haven’t been seen in Park City since the 1990’s.

Along the way, there were other films that captured audiences’ hearts—MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE; HIGHER GROUND; THE GUARD—but LIKE CRAZY, which stars up-and-comers Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones as college students in Los Angeles whose romance is interrupted by the INS (Jones plays a Brit who overstays her visa), was a persistent favorite throughout the week, thus its win is not much of a surprise.

Isabelle Fuhrman shines in SALVATION BOULEVARD

Article: Isabelle Fuhrman shines in SALVATION BOULEVARD

Actress Isabelle Fuhrman attends ‘Salvation Boulevard’ Preimiere on January 24, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Colby D Crossland/Getty Images)

For a number of young ladies, this year’s Sundance was a kind of coming-out party, during which they were declared the latest “It” girls to prance through Park City. Among them: Elizabeth “Lizzie” Olsen, Brit Marling, and now, as the festival begins to wind down, Isabelle Fuhrman, the star of SALVATION BOULEVARD, George Ratliff’s adaptation of Larry Beinhart’s comic novel about a mega-church community. The film, which was just picked up for distribution by IFC Films and Sony Pictures, also stars Pierce Brosnan and Marisa Tomei.

Just 12-years-old, Fuhrman was until now best-known as the haunting face staring down from posters for the 2009 horror film ORPHAN. (You remember: the pale white face; the ribboned pig tails; the death stare.)

Over the past few days in Utah, she’s been understandably a much more happy camper. Sundance Channel caught up with Fuhrman getting ready for the SALVATION BOULEVARD premiere, and she’s been keeping fans up to date on what it’s like to be a tween star at Sundance via Facebook and Twitter.

Biggest Sundance sale makes Emily Mortimer feel good

Article: Biggest Sundance sale makes Emily Mortimer feel good

So far the biggest movie deal at Sundance is the $6 million Harvey Weinstein paid for Jesse Peretz’s comedy MY IDIOT BROTHER. The deal happened hours after the film premiered, and the filmmakers and cast have been swooning around the festival every since, understandably pleased.

“It feels so good, and it’s not something that I’m used to at all,” Emily Mortimer, who stars in the film, said on Monday afternoon, sitting in a media lounge swarming with publicists in skinny jeans and tall boots, who could periodically be heard cooing over the starlets waltzing in and out. (“Ooh, she looks so cute,” whispered one upon sighting Zooey Deschanel, who also stars in MY IDIOT BROTHER).

Interview: Robert Redford

Article: Interview: Robert Redford

“O.K., what’s up?” This is how Robert Redford, i.e. The Most Important Person on The Planet, as far as the Sundance Film Festival is concerned, starts a conversation. It’s Friday afternoon, and he’s just finished an interview for Sundance Channel, is about to dash off to do God knows what (judging by the number of…

Belafonte and Bobby Fischer at Sundance

Article: Belafonte and Bobby Fischer at Sundance

Harry Belafonte at the Sundance Channel HQ with his daughter, Gina Belafonte Still not much deal news, but the cinema-going aspect of Sundance is in full swing. A 9:30 a.m. screening of the Harry Belafonte documentary SING YOUR SONG was filled with early-rising fest go-ers and volunteers who were inordinately friendly (“Hello!” “Welcome!”) considering the…

Sundance Sales Force Is Out

Article: Sundance Sales Force Is Out

First reaction upon landing in this snow-covered oasis, where we couldn’t help but think of the back-drop of that Mormon reality TV show Sister Wives (not that we watch): It’s cold! Like, really, cold. Quite a shocker for our L.A. blood, and I imagine everyone else who was on the plane ride over feels the…