SUNDANCE SOCIAL: Why Elizabeth Olsen Prefers Her Sprite Over Alcohol

Elizabeth Olsen Sundance Portrait
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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22:  Actress Elizabeth Olsen poses for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival at The Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift on January 22, 2011 in Park City, Utah.

A round-up of festival parties and gatherings over the weekend.

Two days before the film sold to Fox Searchlight, the cast of Martha Marcy May Marlene was already celebrating at Cisero’s for an intimate cast and crew dinner. Stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson (with partner Cherry Jones) co-star John Hawkes, director and Sundance Lab grad Sean Durkin, producer Ted Hope and others relaxed after the film's big premiere.

Olsen said she wanted to make sure she stayed alert for the evening screening, so she stuck with Sprite rather than alcohol. Paulson showed off the two bangles she scored at the InStyle swag suite, then got emotional when she reflected on her director’s Sundance breakthrough. “A lot of douchebags find success in this business,” she said, toasting Durkin. “But you really deserve it!”

Further down Main Street, a dinner sponsored by the Blackhouse Foundation and Moet & Chandon champagne honored actors Terrence Howard (Law & Order: Los Angeles) and Joy Bryant (Parenthood) as two performers helping to raise the visibility of black artists in film and television. Party host Bevy Smith kicked off the event with a quick speech, in which she reflected on Sundance’s “snowflake-like” appearance.

“Ya’ll know what I mean,” she said, as guests Danny Glover, Grey’s Anatomy’s Jessie Williams and Gun Hill Road’s Esai Morales laughed and sipped bubbly.

Bryant, wearing a silver sequin cocktail dress, said the event worked out well with her schedule. “I was actually already here snowboarding with my husband, so I said, ‘Sure! I’m already here.’”

At 580 Main, Morgan Spurlock showed up to the dinner for his Greatest Movie Ever Sold wearing a custom Tom Ford suit emblazoned with the corporate logos of the companies that backed his film. Sony Classics Tom Bernard was making the rounds in a crowd packed with journalists and execs from the sponsors.

Later that night, the Bing Bar was swarmed with townies and guests hoping to score standing room at the not-so-secret late-night Florence and the Machine show. While a crowd gathered upstairs, the cast and crew of My Idiot Brother assembled for its after-party--with the exception of, well, its cast. As of midnight, stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer were nowhere to be seen, though other Sundancers like Spurlock, Anton Yelchin and Danny Masterson were present to fill the void.

Sunday brought an avalanche of after-parties and industry events including the cast and crew fete for Another Happy Day, starring Ellen Barkin and Demi Moore, the annual HBO Documentary Films event at the Canyons Resort and agency parties for both CAA and UTA, held just a few storefronts away from each other on Main. Outside the UTA party, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston (with his wife and daughter) said he was “hanging out and having fun” at the festival as a guest of AMC, and taking break from shooting his critically-acclaimed drama.

Had Cranston started shooting his acclaimed drama again? “See?” responded Cranston, pulling back his ski cap to reveal his character’s signature bald head. “My hair is gone again.” Brrr. Thankfully the hat protected him from the dropping temperature. Inside, the Cranston family chatted with Rudd at a booth.

As Sunday night wore on, folks flocked to the Bing Bar to warm up and catch a midnight performance of "F--- You" singer, Cee-Lo, who performed a quick four-song set. The show was oddly celeb-free, which probably means most boldface names were either once again gathered at Tao, or calling it an early night, which in Park City is usually around 2 a.m.