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Around 10pm on Friday night, the temperature dropped and the snow started falling on Main Street. But the Sundance parties began heating up.
The curiosity of the night had to be James Franco‘s Three’s Company party at the Playboy Lounge celebrating his short film on the sitcom classic. The invitation encouraged guests to “Come and knock on our door,” but once you did, it was fire-hazard crowded inside. In keeping with the party’s inspiration, the 127 Hours star offered racks of 70’s-era clothing and wigs from which to select. Guests had their choice of a Jack, Janet, Chrissy or Mr. Furley hair. Franco being Franco, he went for the Chrissy look — which allowed him to wade through the crowd mostly unrecognized — but he did take to the DJ mic every 15 minutes or so to sing along with the “Three’s Company” theme. Guests included Eastbound and Down‘s Danny McBride, former Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku and boyfriend Rick Fox (none of whom were dressed up– party poopers). “I wish more people were wearing the wigs!” he told THR.
Next door, the crew behind Martha Marcy May Marlene celebrated at a loud upstairs party. Breakout star Elizabeth Olsen didn’t stay long but filmmaker Sean Durkin was greeting well-wishers into the night. Up the street, a gathering for the documentary Roger Corman: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Corman and wife greeted fans including a crew from WME and film lawyer Michael Donaldson.
Over at the Bing Bar (the historic Claim Jumper Hotel), Susan Sarandon sat for a chat with critic Elvis Mitchell – the first in its Decision-Maker Conversation series — during which Sarandon spoke frankly about her career and the riskiest decision she ever made. “A lot of people might think it was making Rocky Horror, but I’d say it was Dead Man Walking,” Sarandon told THR of her Oscar-winning role. “Knowing Sister Helen was a real person was frightening.”
Later, at the filmmaker dinner for the bleak Matthew Chapman suicide drama The Ledge, star Liv Tyler made a brief paparazzi-accented appearance but co-star Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) was nowhere in sight.
The crew behind Drake Doremus‘ Like Crazy hosted another filmmaker dinner across the street, where Doremus and producer Jonathan Schwartz thanked stars Felicity Jones and Anton Yelchin — as well as the crew from UTA that is selling the competition drama. The agency’s Rich Klubeck and David Flynn were there too, as was Harvey Weinstein, who stopped by for a bit. Not in attendance was Jennifer Lawrence. The actress, recently annointed a Sundance “It” Girl by THR, won’t be attending Sundance this year due to a nasty case of strep throat.
Finally, Fox Searchlight hosted a classy afterparty for Tom McCarthy‘s Win Win, featuring homemade whiskey (which had to be cut off at 1am per Utah law). Star Paul Giamatti held court with guests Elizabeth Banks (with UTA’s Billy Lazarus), McBride, Disney’s Rich Ross and Sean Bailey, producer Michael London, Searchlight’s Nancy Utley, and film lawyers Andrew Hurwitz and Michael Schenkman.
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