cuba and aziz Sundance Happenings!

Cuba Gooding Jr. offering Aziz Ansari a helping hand on stage. Photo: Getty Images

It’s my first time at the Sundance film festival; here’s what I’ve learned (and observed) so far:

1. Andrew Keegan is alive and well.  The Ten Things I Hate About You actor swayed to Wiz Khalifa at Bing’s raging party house on Friday night and had a sort of ripple effect on the girls in the crowd.

2.  People do actually care about the movies!! Now that I’ve seen two films, I’ve realized there are just two different kinds of Sundance attendees: party people and movie people.  Audiences cheer, sigh and jump for joy like they’re watching live theater—and they’re just as pumped over the writers and directors as the paparazzi are about the actors.

3.  Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ About Face should have a serious effect on the fashion industry.  His HBO documentary features a bevy of original supermodels who will charm the pants off you: Jerry Hall, Isabella Rossellini, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson, Marisa Berenson and many, many more talk about everything from plastic surgery to working with greats like Avedon and Penn.  The best part? They’re all whip smart women, each of whom brilliantly articulates her unique perspective on age.

4.  Cuba Gooding Jr. elicits a very emotional response from his fans.  At Google Music’s Vintage Trouble concert he was inundated with requests for hugs, autographs and even a kiss.  Later, while Aziz Ansari was trying to deliver a joke or two to a very drunk crowd, Cuba jumped on stage and instructed everyone to, “Shut the f*&$ up!!”  They did.

5.  The last line of Josh Radnor’s second movie, the Elizabeth Olsen-starring Liberal Arts, was 100% improvised.

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