The celebrities were out in full force on Saturday morning at Sundance and the only problem was trying to track them down on Main Street.
I kicked off the day at the Burton House early morning, where they were showcasing all of their new gear and giving lessons to celebrities including Ben Nemtin and Duncan Penn from MTV’s The Buried Life.
I got a text message from a friend that Rashida Jones, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks were over at Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge so I jetted over just in time to catch the trio, who were still looking at Obermeyer gear. While they seemed to be having fun picking up some free swag, they weren’t in the mood to do interviews. I figured they were saving the interviews for their premiere of My Idiot Brother that night, so when I received a text that Claire Danes was going to be at House of SWAGG over at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift, I rushed out.
Unfortunately the Lift was being temporarily shut down for overcrowding. Just as I was about to walk away, Rashida, Paul and Elizabeth showed up.
“I promise I’m not following you,” I told Paul, as they were shuffled in the door.
The ladies snagged some Lia Sophia jewelry, those gorgeous gems have been a Sundance favorite with the ladies.
Upstairs at the Lift, James Franco was at the Puma FaasLab and Stella Artois Café, and unlike yesterday’s Three’s Company celebration, this time he was without a wig. A wig might have been helpful today because I later saw James on Main Street getting mobbed by a crowd of fans who spotted him outside at the PlayStation Green Lounge at the Silver Restaurant.
Needing to recoup before any more celeb spottings, I head over to the Bertaud Belieu and Silvercup Studios Day & Night Brunch. Inside it was a chaotic and lively, with crowds of young party hoppers from the Los Angeles and New York night scene drinking and dancing like it was 2 a.m. New York’s Oak Room had taken over Cisero’s on Main Street and transformed it with the help of DJ Mia Moretti and Caitlin Moe, who was standing on a table playing violin to Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro.”
Out on Main Street the streets were packed with people including the occasional celeb. We passed by Tommy Lee wandering the streets with his entourage and ran into Robin Thicke’s dad, Alan Thicke, who hasn’t changed at bit since his Growing Pains days. Rick Fox and Eliza Dushku were making their rounds at the suites like most celebs today, and were spotted at the Levi’s AE Showroom and the the Lift where Rick was seen taking pictures of his gorgeous girlfriend with his new Samsung Galaxy Tab and joking about their height difference.
Over at the PlayStation Green Room was the up and coming star of Sundance, Lizzie Olsen, who is the sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley and was overheard gushing about working with Chace Crawford in their movie Peace, Love & Understanding.
Carmen Electra, who was in town to perform with the Pussycat Dolls had just left the Oakley Learn to Ride Fueled by Muscle Milk event, was now at the TR Suites with fiancé Rob Patterson (not to be confused with Kristen Stewart’s Robert Pattinson). She was picking out some hair products from Keratin Complex and was already wearing a black stone ring from Yazmin & Jazmin, which she told me was her favorite item from the suite.
I was seeing a lot of the items from the lounges around Main Street, but the one thing I had yet to see was one of my favorites, the Twitten — a knit mitten that looks like two conjoined mittens stuck together. They were being given out by the people at the Thule luggage booth, a Swedish brand with a sense of humor. The purpose? You stick your hand in one side while your boyfriend sticks his hand in the other side. That way can hold hands with your sweetie and still keep warm! I was curious to know which celebrity couple would be the first to sport the Twitten.
After chatting with Carmen, I headed over to the ASCAP Music Café, which had lined up a slew of incredible bands to perform throughout Sundance. The event was open to the public and we made it just in time to catch a few songs by Manchester Orchestra.
Across town, my partner in crime, day, was busy covering the premiere of My Idiot Brother for OK! and called me laughing about Zooey Deschanel telling her she would buy Rachel Zoe’s baby a mini leather jacket. Meanwhile, I was busy interviewing actress Emmanuelle Chriqui, who was in town for the Brita Filter for Good Event. The Entourage hottie told me how bummed she was about the show being on its last season and how much she was going to miss the cast. Her co-star Adrian Grenier was also at the bash to celebrate with her. He was at Sundance to perform at the Superdry party with his band, the Honey Brothers.
Although Amanda was on the list for the Bing My Idiot Brother after party, the police shut down the bash due to overcrowding, so she met up with me at the Paramount party at the Eldridge TR Suites, which had become the talk of the town with Susan Sarandon and Danny McBride expected. The party quickly filled up, but with no Susan or Danny in sight we decided to call it a night. After all, I still had two more nights to go!