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Saturday
Jan192013

Sundance Filled with Celebrity Sightings

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- By day, A-listers were all over the place. Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson posed for a portrait at the Village at the Lift on Friday, where celebs checked out the latest Ugg boots and chilled in the Samsung Galaxy lounge. (Keys and Hudson are working too — their movie, which Hudson stars in and Keys produced, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, premiered here Thursday.)

Keys also dropped into the Keratin Complex pop up salon on Main Street to check out their hair styling goods. Shailene Woodley, star of one of the festival’s most buzzed about movies, The Spectacular Now, joined her there. Over at Oakley’s Learn to Ride lounge, Adrian Grenier spent the day snowboarding. Octavia Spencer and Ben Savage stopped by to try on sunglasses, and Lil Jon came through for tequila shots.

By night, it was a different story. The hottest ticket in town was Dave Grohl’s concert at Park City Live, where the Foo Fighters frontman performed with such luminaries as Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield. Good luck getting in, though. The same was true at the Tao pop up down Main Street, where people begged to be let into the Park City outpost of the Las Vegas nightclub. Saturday night is historically bigger and better than the first evening of the weekend — let’s see if that holds true this year.

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Sunday
Aug282011

'Catfish' Makers Hooked into Hollywood

Jim Spellman/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- More than a year since the documentary-thriller "Catfish" made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival, the New York hipsters behind the film have found themselves neck-deep in Hollywood.

Nev Schulman -- the handsome New York photographer whose twisted, shocking online romance is painstakingly chronicled by the film -- told "20/20" he's been "very busy with a couple of different projects." Schulman said he spent last June filming a pilot for an upcoming reality TV show he will be hosting for MTV about social networking and online dating.

He said he is also working for an organization called Our Time to develop a social identity and campaigns for the "Y" generation. In his spare time, Schulman has created several short films for his Facebook page.

Schulman's fellow "Catfish" filmmakers, brother Ariel "Rel" Schulman and friend Henry Joost were hired to direct “Paranormal Activity 3,” which will premiere in theaters Oct. 21. The horror movie is presented in a documentary-style and at times embraces the home video techniques used in "Catfish."

BBut it hasn't been all smooth sailing for Ariel Schulman and Joost. Last December, Threshold Media Corp. filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court against the young filmmakers, distributors Universal and Relativity Media for allegedly refusing to pay licensing fees for a song featured in the film. "All Downhill From Here" by singer-songwriter Amy Kuney appears once in a pivotal scene and is then played in its entirety during the closing credits. More recently, another copyright lawsuit -- related to a different song featured in the film -- was reportedly filed in the U.K.

The producers of "Catfish" claim that it was "fair use" of the Kuney song copyright because it is in the context of a real-life documentary. The plaintiffs, meanwhile, have contended that the film is a work of fiction and fair use doesn't apply. If the lawsuit makes it to court, questions about whether "Catfish" is an authentic documentary -- an issue that has dogged the film since its initial release -- may be resolved.

The two women thrust into the spotlight by "Catfish" have also seen their lives change.

Angela Wesselman -- who now goes by Angela Pierce -- struggled to find support for her art until she posed as an 8-year-old named Abby and her fictional older sister "Megan," the online persona that sparked Schulman's infatuation. Pierce has since developed a growing group of admirers with over 3,000 fans of her Facebook art page. One fan commented, "I can't help feeling glad that I've been able to find your art on [Facebook] after seeing the film you were in."

Aimee Gonzales, the model whose image was used by Pierce to disguise her identity, has embraced her alter-ego "Megan" and now has more than 4,900 friends on Facebook in part because her profile appears in all searches for "Megan Faccio." Gonzales has continued to pursue her modeling career with Model Mayhem, established her own photography company, and works as a bartender at Tiger Bar in Portland, Ore. She is also raising her two children. Gonzales touts her role in the controversial film on her various websites and "highly recommends" the film.

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