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Joan Jett, “The Runaways” rock Sundance


So, maybe you thought the Sundance Film Festival was just about movies? Think again.

A big part of a successful movie is a good score, hit song or great soundtrack. Any director or producer will tell you music can make or break a film, and each year the festival promotes music seminars to help filmmakers learn the ins-and-outs of creating or picking good tunes. Also, the festival will screen a few films dealing with musicians, bands or the recording industry, and this year is no exception.

“The Runaways,” which tells the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll story of the all-girl 1970s-era band of the same name led by Joan Jett, brought youthful energy and starpower to  Sundance 2010′s opening weekend. You can read about the movie here. Stars Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart were in town for the movie’s premiere.  Fanning portrays Cherie Currie, whose career as the Runaways lead singer flamed-out as a teenager due to alcohol and drug use, and Stewart is Joan Jett. Jett, with her band The Blackhearts, continues to rock into her 50s and while the movie does not open until March, she was at Sundance playing a Saturday night gig at Harry O’s. We were there and put together the brief video clip above.

Dakota Fanning to moonlight as a “Twilight” vampire


dakota-fanning“Twilight” is about to get some more star power. Dakota Fanning, the 15-year-old actress from ”The Secret Life of Bees,” is close to signing a deal to star in ”New Moon,” the next installment in the wildly popular “Twilight” vampire romance franchise, a source close to the deal, who declined to be named, said on Monday.

Fanning in 2002 became the youngest actor ever nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her role in the movie “I Am Sam,” in which she played the daughter of an intellectually disabled man.

Celebrities come knocking for “Twilight” sequel


Vampire romance movie “Twilight” proved a blockbuster hit last year anthe-jonas-brothersd has made more than $356.8 million worldwide at the box office. The movie’s success was unusual for Hollywood, because at its heart “Twilight” was an indie movie, and box office leaders often come from the major studios. “Twilight” was made by independent studio Summit Entertainment and it starred Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, who went into the production as working actors and came out as instant celebrities.

Now, established celebrities are thirsty to be part of Summit’s sequel “New Moon” due out on Nov. 20. The latest stars knocking at Summit’s door are teen pop sensations The Jonas Brothers, who told MTV they would love to contribute to the “New Moon” soundtrack.  ”The movie was obviously a huge success, and if they asked us to be a part (of the sequel) that would be great,” Nick Jonas told MTV, as his brothers agreed.