At the Entertainment Weekly/Hewlett Packard party at The Shop, Michelle Rodriguez was on the prowl for pretty young things to star in films for her new production company. A crew of unlikely celebrities, all of whom have films at the festival — Metallica’s Lars Ullrich and girlfriend Connie Nielsen, Jenny McCarthy, Phillip Bloch and Emilie de Ravin — mingled with a black fur-clad Kimberly Guilfoyle (and her Court TV and San Francisco social pals). The action paled in comparison to the Motorola Late Night Lodge affair. Anyone who is anyone at Sundance — Adrien Brody, Billy Baldwin, Jared Leto, “It” boy Joseph Gordon-Levitt —as well as a few well-bred names who just came to play in the snow — Jay Penske, Will Kopelman, Bijou Phillips, Chris Heinz, Rashida Jones, and the Hilton sisters — partied until a fire alarm went off at 2:30 a.m., forcing everyone home two-and-a-half hours early. Still, Paris Hilton was in no hurry to evacuate. As the alarm blared, the heiress whipped out her compact and started powdering her nose.
On Sunday, all anyone could talk about was Craig Brewer’s hip-hop pimp drama, “Hustle and Flow,” which sold in a $16 million deal with Paramount Studios/MTV Films. Costarring with Terrence Howard and Taryn Manning is rapper Ludacris, who stopped by the swankiest rental in town, the 9,000-square-foot William Morris Luxury Lodge high in the mountains, to pick up his swag from Rescue Hand and Foot Spa and Lucky Brand Jeans. “I only wear a 38 jean and an XXXL shirt,” the diminutive star told flacks. So he passed on the too-small denims and skivvies from Cosabella.