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Notes From Sundance, Take 7: Final Thoughts

So, I went to NYU. My friend—I’ll call him Hans, because that’s his name—went to Columbia. Both our universities’ film schools have had an amazing presence at the Sundance Film Festival this year, with students and alumni all over the prominent entries in the festival. Did I mention that Hans and I can get a…

Jessica Goldberg / February 1, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 6: “Teenage Paparazzo” Is A Must-See

OK, first of all, who’s sexier than Adrian Grenier? Pretty much nobody. On film, in person, digitally—the guy’s just hot. It’s hard to call a favorite film at Sundance this year, but if I have to recommend a purely fascinating film, go see the absolutely scrumptious Adrian’s “Teenage Paparazzo.” It’s a documentary but, wait, don’t…

Jessica Goldberg / January 29, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 5: Some Disappointments, But More Sightings!

Here are the top three reasons I stopped trying to get into see a screening of “The Runaways” at the Sundance Film Festival, this year:

1. The film is already guaranteed pretty wide distribution. Which means that after I make it back to my tranquil Brooklyn digs, I’ll get a chance to pay te…

Jessica Goldberg / January 27, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 4: Must. See. The. Runaways.

Adrien Brody is so nice! I saw him stopping last night to talk to the hard-working—and now starstruck!—Sundance volunteer workers. He took his time and answered all their questions, before going on to grace the red carpet for the festival premiere of his new comedy, “High School.” It’s a semi-farce about a student who make…

Jessica Goldberg / January 26, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 3: Squeal-Inducing Sightings

Four days into Sundance, and I am finally starting to see celebrities places other than on the red carpet. First, I saw Ben Affleck sampling the pub grub at one of the posher restaurants on Park City’s bucolic Main Street. He’s starring in “Company Men”—a flick about a corporation that’s failing despite everything Ben’s character…

Jessica Goldberg / January 25, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 2: Thwarted Sightings And After-Parties

In what I hope isn’t the start of a trend, I was turned away from the wait list when I tried to see the premiere of “Hesher,” at Sundance Film Festival today. Any rejection is disappointing, but standing in line with a hip flask and 200 fellow film freaks is so close to a party,…

Jessica Goldberg / January 24, 2010

Notes From Sundance, Take 1: Just Off The Plane

Sundance Film Festival excitement was throbbing way before I hit Utah. As usual, the airline overbooked, and they wanted passengers to relinquish seats in exchange for travel vouchers. As usual, it was a hard sell. None of the passengers I spoke to volunteered. My friends and I resisted the temptation of sweet free travel voucher…

Jessica Goldberg / January 22, 2010

Let’s Play A Few Rounds Of Celebrity Mad Libs®

Doesn’t celebrity gossip sometimes feel like a game of Mad Libs? There are definite repeated themes—couplings, uncouplings, rehab, infidelity, and general scandal. And yet, there’s so much sheer randomness at work that it sometimes seems like all of the underlined words were picked out of some cosmic grab bag by a kid who has bee…

Jessica Goldberg / January 7, 2010

The Disturbing Last Movies Of Stars Who Died Young

As the sad, eerie story of Brittany Murphy really only starts unfolding, Renegade Pictures has just released a trailer for her final movie, “Abandoned.” Brittany’s performance in it is pretty intense. She plays a woman under psychiatric evaluation whose husband has vanished. [Ace Showbiz]

Has anyone noticed that in show business,…

Jessica Goldberg / December 23, 2009

Crazy Woman Arrested For Threatening To Kill Michelle Obama

Kristy Lee Roshia is not in the Christmas spirit. Last month, she called the Boston Secret Service and told some poor receptionist she had plans to “blow away” Michelle Obama. “I will kill Michelle Obama,” she said. “I will kill Marines.” This weekend, Roshia took things further and was arrested two miles away from the…

Jessica Goldberg / December 23, 2009

Can We Lock Up Ashanti And Jennifer Garner’s Stalkers?

Poor Tina Douglas, mother and manager of Ashanti. Millions of fans are crazy for her daughter, and Tina can handle most of them. Except one guy, Devar Hurd, who got a lot crazier than the rest. He’s charged with aggravated harassment for sending Tina pictures of his penis, as well as long, creepy texts and…

Jessica Goldberg / December 19, 2009

8 Rebounding Don’ts When The Media Is Watching Your Every Move

Alex Rodriguez is amassing a pile of three-strikes-you’re-out puns after a report that he hit on an all-legs blonde at his favorite Miami restaurant, only to be ignored by her three times in a row. This is just days after his highly publicized split from Kate Hudson, and less than a year after his eve…

Jessica Goldberg / December 18, 2009

Girls Flashes Car, Then It Hits Her

Cherelle May Dudfield, my new favorite extrovert, is in a little less trouble today than she was in September, when shortly following her drunken stroll into traffic, she was struck by a car. The driver apparently found Cherelle standing in the middle of a traffic island, flashing him, a little distracting. The car did slow…

Jessica Goldberg / December 17, 2009

Cheers! Champagne Is Good For Your Brain And Heart

How many times while I was growing up did my mother exhort me to get more polyphenols into my diet? So many! If I’d been paying better attention, I probably would have heard her explain that fruits and vegetables with high levels of polyphenals supposedly increase nitric oxide levels, which widen blood vessels and ease…

Jessica Goldberg / December 17, 2009

The Highest-Grossing Actress Of The Decade Is…

If you’d asked me to guess which actress’s films grossed the most in the 2000s, my first thoughts would have been Drew Barrymore, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock or someone like that. Nope, that award would go to Emma Watson. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Emma, who has been working pretty steadily for…

Jessica Goldberg / December 17, 2009

The Number Of Homeless Female Veterans Is On The Rise

Look, I know ’tis the season to be jolly, but downer alert: The huge increase in the number of women who’ve enlisted to serve our country has an alarming flip side. The number of female homeless veterans has doubled over the past decade. It’s now estimated that 6,500 ex-service women are out on the street.

Jessica Goldberg / December 15, 2009

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