SFF 2012

Richard Jenkins sees a double rainbow at Sundance with Jason Mraz

Richard Jenkins sees a double rainbow at Sundance with Jason Mraz

I’ll admit it. I don’t like that song one bit, but seeing Richard Jenkins (LIBERAL ARTS, Six Feet Under) sing along to Jason Mraz at his premiere party the other night certainly warmed my cockels. Celebrities, they’re just like us! They record their favorite acoustic performances on their iPhones!

Video: Joe Berlinger talks West Memphis Three and Oscar

Video: Joe Berlinger talks West Memphis Three and Oscar

Sundance Film Festival veteran, and Iconoclasts producer/director, Joe Berlinger stopped by Sundance Channel HQ right after he found out his film about the West Memphis Three, PARADISE LOST, had been nominated for an Oscar. Lucky us! Check out what Berlinger has say about some of the controversy surrounding the film, why the fight for justice isn’t over yet and how the Oscar nomination might help:

Josh Radnor on LIBERAL ARTS, his film’s TWILIGHT aversion, and how much longer How I Met Your Mother will air

Josh Radnor on LIBERAL ARTS, his film’s TWILIGHT aversion, and how much longer How I Met Your Mother will air

Two years ago, a tiny movie from a first-time filmmaker about a group of young, attractive New Yorkers struggling to balance their various romantic entanglements and impending adulthood, surprised festivalgoers by winning the coveted Audience Award at Sundance. Written and directed by Josh Radnor, best known as the lead on the hit CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE won over audiences in Park City, Utah. And his sophomore feature, LIBERAL ARTS, elicited a standing ovation at the press and industry screening I attended.

Photos: Robert Carlyle, Danny Masterson & Alexia Rasmussen talk CALIFORNIA SOLO

Photos: Robert Carlyle, Danny Masterson & Alexia Rasmussen talk CALIFORNIA SOLO

Washed up rockstars seem to be a theme at Sundance this year (paging Sean Penn), but perhaps the most soulful portrayal of an over-the-hill musician belongs to Robert Carlyle in CALIFORNIA SOLO. The cast joined writer-director Marshall Lewy in the HQ studio. Check it out.

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED photos: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson stop by Sundance Channel HQ

SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED photos: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson stop by Sundance Channel HQ

If there is one person everyone at Sundance Channel HQ has been excited to see come through the studio, it has to be Aubrey Plaza. The Parks and Recreation star joined castmates Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Jaran Soni and director Colin Trevorrow to talk about their film SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. Check out all of the photos from their visit.

Day 6 photos: More parties and premieres at Sundance

Day 6 photos: More parties and premieres at Sundance

Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Chris Rock were all out partying in Park City last night. But, they were not alone. See who is still out at Sundance in our gallery.

My Premiere: Director Michael Mohan of SAVE THE DATE

My Premiere: Director Michael Mohan of SAVE THE DATE

They say third time is a charm, but director Michael Mohan was still pretty nervous on the way to the premiere of SAVE THE DATE. Mohan has had two shorts in the festival (EX-SEX and CASUAL ENCOUNTERS–I sense a theme), but this was his forst foray into features at the festival and Sundance Channel was happy to tag along. When we caught up with Mohan, he was still putting together his remarks to introduce the film. Then it was off to the Library Theatre for the big show. Cast members Lizzy Caplan, Allison Brie, Martin Starr, Mark Webber and Geoffrey Arend were on hand to keep Mohan calm.

Joe Berlinger on his PARADISE LOST Oscar nomination

Joe Berlinger on his PARADISE LOST Oscar nomination

Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (CRUDE, SOME KIND OF MONSTER) woke up in Park City this morning to the news his film PARADISE LOST: PURGATORY got an Oscar nomination. Berlinger stopped by the Sundance Channel HQ to talk about the honor and the twenty years he spent documenting the West Memphis Three. For those of you not familiar with the story, The West Memphis Three were teenagers convicted of murdering three young children back in 1994. Berlinger’s trilogy of films followed the young men’s trial, appeals and eventual release. Many people credit Berlinger’s films (co-directed with Bruce Sinofsky) with playing a role in securing the men’s release after 18 years in prison.

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS: James Murphy on retiring his band LCD Soundsystem and almost writing for Seinfeld

SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS: James Murphy on retiring his band LCD Soundsystem and almost writing for Seinfeld

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away,” Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain wrote in his suicide letter. The New York-based, electro-dance band LCD Soundsystem, which formed in 2001 and released three critically-acclaimed albums, took Cobain’s—by way of Neil Young’s—advice, choosing to abruptly retire at the height of their fame.

PREDISPOSED’s Melissa Leo on her wild ride and Tracy Morgan’s Sundance hospitalization

PREDISPOSED’s Melissa Leo on her wild ride and Tracy Morgan’s Sundance hospitalization

“What happened to Tracy Morgan?”

That was the question on everyone’s mind Monday morning at the Sundance Film Festival after hearing the 30 Rock star had collapsed at the festival Sunday evening. He was in town promoting the ensemble comedy PREDISPOSED, but ended up at the hospital. People immediately began speculating that substance abuse was to blame—a rumor that was quickly debunked by a hospital spokesman, who said no alcohol or drugs were found in his system. Two years ago, Morgan had a kidney transplant and is a diabetic. Turns out it was the altitude.

Photos: Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst & all the BACHELORETTE ladies

Photos: Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst & all the BACHELORETTE ladies

Pretty ladies making funny faces. That’s what happens when director Leslye Headland brings her BACHELORETTEs by for a chat. If these photos are any clue, the movie is going to be hysterical.

Festival Insider video: Ice-T on his Sundance dance

Festival Insider video: Ice-T on his Sundance dance

Ice-T is a rapper, actor and now…documentary director. And guess what? He stopped by Sundance Channel HQ (sans Coco, unfortunately) to drop some knowledge on his directorial debut SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP. And while he maybe a superstar, it was important for Ice-T to keep this project indie. Check out what he has to say on why Hollywood couldn’t tell this story:

More Sundance street style photos — with a very special guest

More Sundance street style photos — with a very special guest

In Park City, when you hear “Omar’s comin’” you don’t need to run and hide. You just need to stand back and be impressed by how handsome and stylish Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is! We’ve got plenty more street style in our gallery. So take a look:

Video: SMASHED–The funniest cast in a serious movie

Video: SMASHED–The funniest cast in a serious movie

You were probably expecting a laugh fest when you saw the names Octavia Spencer, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul for the film SMASHED. Sorry, it’s a drama. But, that doesn’t mean there were not laughs aplenty when they all stopped by Sundance Channel HQ for a chat. Check out the entire video of their conversation, but just a warning…it includes some off color jokes, in addition to more serious fare on how films are cast in Hollywood.

Catch up with Lizzie Olsen at the LIBERAL ARTS premiere party

Catch up with Lizzie Olsen at the LIBERAL ARTS premiere party

Josh Radnor’s LIBERAL ARTS got a standing ovation at its premiere here in Park City. And with an ensemble cast including Allison Janney (THE HELP), Elizabeth Olsen (MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE), Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under) as well as Radnor himself, it’s no surprise. The How I Met Your Mother star wrote and directed the film and it marks his second trip to Sundance as a triple-threat. Like that 2010 effort, happythankyoumoreplease it’s a sweet story…which is a nice change to all of the ‘Year of the Bummer’ films we’ve seen at this year’s festival. We stopped by the premiere party and caught up with Elizabeth Olsen to get the lowdown on her sophomore Sundance and working with some acting legends.

Robert Redford stops by Sundance Channel HQ — See photos inside

Robert Redford stops by Sundance Channel HQ — See photos inside

The Sundance Film Festival founder stopped by the HQ to talk independent films and the state of the union.

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES director Lauren Greenfield drops by Sundance Channel HQ– See photos inside

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES director Lauren Greenfield drops by Sundance Channel HQ– See photos inside

Aamer Haleem interviews the director Lauren Greenfield of THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES for Festival Insider. Check out the gallery below for more!

Director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR sits down at Sundance Channel HQ-Check out the photos

Director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR sits down at Sundance Channel HQ-Check out the photos

The director Kirby Dick of THE INVISIBLE WAR interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!

Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE at Sundance Channel HQ — We've got photos inside

Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE at Sundance Channel HQ — We've got photos inside

Directors Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman of ESCAPE FIRE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack stop by Sundance Channel HQ— Scoop the photos inside

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack stop by Sundance Channel HQ— Scoop the photos inside

Elijah Wood, Rashida Jones, and Will McCormack sit down with Aamer Haleem to discuss CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER. Click below to check out the full gallery!

Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel talk COMPLIANCE at Sundance Channel HQ– with photos

Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel talk COMPLIANCE at Sundance Channel HQ– with photos

Ann Dowd, Pat Healy, and Craig Zobel of COMPLIANCE interview for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!

Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt at Sundance Channel HQ see photos inside

Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt at Sundance Channel HQ see photos inside

Aamer Haleem interviews Emily Blunt, Mark Duplass, and Rosemarie DeWitt of YOUR SISTER’S SISTER for Festival Insider. Click below to see the full gallery!

Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney and Richard Jenkins at Sundance Channel HQ–Check out the photos

Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Allison Janney and Richard Jenkins at Sundance Channel HQ–Check out the photos

Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Olsen, and director Josh Radnor discuss LIBERAL ARTS at Sundance Channel HQ. See the full gallery below!

AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and Richard Bates Jr. stop in at Sundance Channel HQ –Photos inside

AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and Richard Bates Jr. stop in at Sundance Channel HQ –Photos inside

AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Traci Lords and director Richard Bates Jr. of EXCISION interview for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!

Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt get SMASHED at Sundance Channel HQ — Photos inside

Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt get SMASHED at Sundance Channel HQ — Photos inside

Aamer Haleem interviews Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Liz Mullally, Nick Offerman, and James Ponsoldt of SMASHED for Festival Insider. Click below for the full gallery!