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Glaad’s Got “Milk”

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“Milk,” about the life of slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk earned 8 Oscar nominations on Thursday. At the Sundance Film Festival we talked with Ellen Huang, founder of the Queer Lounge, a program sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, about how high profile films like “Milk” have helped LGBT films reach mainstream audiences.

 

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Sundance’s real filmmakers

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Robert Redford likes to say the Sundance Film Festival is a place of discovery for fresh cinematic voices, but often all we hear about are the stars. So, here’s some of those new filmmakers at Sundance 2009.

 

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Dinner and SunDancing

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From scrambled eggs to shaved truffles, the stars can grab some great cuisine at Sundance. Here’s a look at a few of the celebrity dining “events” at the festival.

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Doing the ObamaDance

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They were dancing in the streets on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival after President Barack Obama was inaugurated. Little wonder.OBAMA/

For 25 years, the top U.S. gathering for independent movies has been a bastion of support for cinematic art and film culture. Movies that have premiered here, such as “An Inconvenient Truth,” have championed environmental causes, and numerous others have shed light on the lives of native Americans, black Americans, gay Americans and just about every sort of American.

Lounging at Sundance

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Everyone hears about the luxury lounges at the Sundance Film Festival, but few people get inside. We did, and here’s a quick look.

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50 Cent and Robbie Williams — the odd couple?

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GERMANY U.S. rapper and hip hop mogul 50 Cent really wants to work with — British pop star Robbie Williams.

“We actually attempted to do it during the ‘Curtis’ album and I reached out to him and we talked about recording in Los Angeles and then the next time I spoke to him he was on his way to rehab so that didn’t happen then,” 50 Cent told Reuters.

Paris Hilton@Sundance. What would Obama think?

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GERMANY/Did that burglar get a lot more than we thought?

Or, was just greed?

Or, is she just a swag hag?

We’ll let you be the judge.

Word comes to us late on a Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival that Paris Hilton left the Hollywood Life House gifting suite with 30 bags — 30 bags — stuffed full of free merchandise from Whiting & Davis, which makes metal mesh material and accessories.

SUNDANCE/Even the publicity people representing the Hollywood Life House seemed aghast, noting in a press release that the Hilton hotel heiress did it, “without shame.” And we’re wondering why she’s even here. It’s not like she’s in a movie at the festival.

Sundance: Get your Tickets

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Sundance film festival tickets are often hard to get, but here’s the secret to success.

 

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“Grace,” a movie to faint for!

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PREMIEREIn the wee hours of Saturday morning at the Sundance Film Festival’s midnight screening of horror/thriller film “Grace,” two audience members fainted. Now, that’s what we call a movie!

The story tells of a woman whose  baby dies in her womb, but she continues to carry it to term preferring to opt for a stillborn birth. When the baby is born, the mother somehow wills it to life. Yet, evil is afoot in the life of this miracle child. Sound scary? Apparently it is.

MySpace Cafe at Sundance. Is it Yahoo II: the sequel?

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USA/Years ago at the Sundance Film Festival, Yahoo! sponsored a small cafe where festivalgoers could drop in — if they were on the list — and grab a quick bite to eat. But over time, it seems Yahoo’s fame and fortune as an Internet portal have receded, and in it’s place popped up social networking site MySpace. And in recent years, MySpace has sponsored the cafe at Sundance.

Now, it seems that in its fifth year (2009) MySpace is facing the keen competitive threat of social networking site Facebook. So, when we sat down with MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe in the MySpace Cafe, we couldn’t help but note the irony. Could MySpace be “Yahoo II: The Sequel”? (We couldn’t resist the movie pun. It is Sundance, after all). DeWolfe laughed. He doesn’t see it that way at all and, in fact, he said the outlook for MySpace appears bright.

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