Shall We Dance?

Dispatches for the 10-day celebration of snow, sun, stars and swag at the Sundance Film Festival

Naomi Watts got off to an early start Saturday morning to screen “Ellie Parker,” a film she produced based on a short she appeared in five years ago at the festival. The humorous tale of a struggling actress was very personal for Watts, who recalled “shoving flyers under people’s noses and handing out gift bags in the street” on her first go-round. “This time, we’re collecting the goodies,” she said.


That afternoon, John Leguizamo got a Clarins shave for his “Cronicas” press junket at the Fred Segal Beauty outpost on Main Street. Over at the Fred Segal boutique, trashtastic celebs such as Anderson, Stephen Dorff (who snapped up women’s — yes, women’s — cashmere V-neck sweaters by Jones New York) and Paris and Nicky Hilton took the “gift” shop by storm. “That’s hot,” Paris drawled while fingering a camisole by Frederick’s of Hollywood. She wore her swag to that night’s parties, and several other actresses followed suit, slinking around in slips of fabric underneath their shearlings and down jackets.

But Saturday’s hottest ticket was “Pretty Persuasion,” an over-the-top teen comedy starring festival princess Evan Rachel Wood. The actress stunned the audience when she fell off the stage during the Q&A. “I leaned on the curtain behind me and realized there wasn’t anything behind it and I thought, ‘I’m just going to let myself go gracefully’ and I started laughing hysterically. I was like, ‘Did you get that on film? Great!’” 


Alexandra Kerry was doing a little campaigning on behalf of her short film, “The Last Full Measure.” According to Kerry, it’s about “a little girl whose dad comes back from the Vietnam War. It’s a fictional narrative, obviously pulled from facets of my life.” Just a few hours before the premiere Saturday night, Kerry stopped by Escada at the Motorola House to pick up some goodies. After choosing a black ski parka, the indecisive Kerry couldn’t decide between a brown and a cream Eluna bag, so the lucky gal was gifted with both.
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