Snow Bunnies

Some think the Sundance Film Festival is a chance to escape from the Hollywood rat race, but it only shifts to the Utah mountains for 10 days.

Meanwhile, at a converted yoga studio, Entertainment Weekly hosted its annual bash, where Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind spun the tunes for the night. Just after midnight a few blocks away on Main Street, the Motorola Lounge saw Jessica Biel chatting up Paul Walker, while Sting and Trudie Styler showed up to dance, kiss and cuddle for 10 minutes before popping flashbulbs drove them away. At 3 a.m., the frenzy started anew as Paris Hilton showed up with Stavros Niarchos.

Sunday night, at the premiere of the Edward Norton-Biel period drama "The Illusionist," Biel waxed poetic on why Sundance is one of her favorite places. "I could never get away with wearing this," she said, pointing to her down jacket and jeans, "to a premiere in Los Angeles or New York. The whole vibe here is about staying warm and being functional. I didn't have to squeeze myself into anything a size too small. I got to wear shoes that are comfortable. I'm not wearing so much makeup. I could eat today and don't have to forgo breathing to wear some little tight number. It's cool." Good thing most people followed Biel's dress code, especially since Coach sponsored a party for the Gersh Agency, which required guests to take a ski gondola to the top of the mountain.

Back in town, at the night's second red-carpet premiere, Michel Gondry's "Science of Sleep," Gael García Bernal ran the gauntlet solo because co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg hurt herself in a snowboarding accident. Hollywood Life hosted a party at the Barclay Butera-designed Queer Lounge, where Anne Heche and husband Coley Laffoon pushed their way into the front of the VIP line. Inside, Timothy Hutton stood on the bench in the VIP section to see Liz Phair perform, while Dave Matthews opted for the floor seats among the little people. "I'd rather stand here. Everyone is talking back there and I'd actually like to listen to her music," he said.
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