Entries in Sundance Film Festival (8)


Ashton Kutcher Hospitalized after Fruitarian Diet for Steve Jobs Film

Sundance Institute(NEW YORK) -- Ashton Kutcher was hospitalized with pancreas problems after following to a fruit-only diet to play the role of Steve Jobs for the biopic Jobs film, which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, USA Today reports.

The film claims that Jobs adhered to a fruitarian diet, which ultimately landed Kutcher in a hospital room two days before shooting the film. The actor said after the film's screening that the diet can lead to severe issues and that the "terrifying" experiencing left him "doubled over in pain," according to USA Today.

Jobs died from pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

The movie is slated for theaters in April.

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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Criticizes “jOBS” Biopic Film

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After viewing a preview clip from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the filmmakers got it all wrong.

“What I saw was just so far from anything that really happened or said in those days,” Wozniak told Good Morning America.

The 62-year-old Wozniak, who is portrayed in the film by actor Josh Gad, formed Apple Computer with Jobs in 1976. The film attempts to portray the defining years of Steve Jobs’ life. Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56.

In the clip, Jobs and Wozniak are arguing over the merits of building a personal computer for home use. Wozniak said the first thing that struck him as inaccurate were the personalities.

Ashton Kutcher portrays Jobs as a tech visionary, a role Jobs didn’t truly embrace until much later in life, according to Wozniak.

“As far as the personalities that were in that scene, ha ha, this was just ridiculous,” he said. “Steve Jobs as some sort of overseeing … ‘omg, I’m the father of society’ … No, he didn’t act like that at all.”


Another thing Wozniak said the film got wrong was the wardrobe.

“The portrayal in the clip was a little absurd… I never wore a tie or looked like a professional,” he said. “And in that scene I kind of looked like a real professional…”

So what would Steve Jobs think of his portrayal?

“I think he would have been a little offended and embarrassed by it just like myself… I think he would say that was, you know, a little bit too phony,” Wozniak said.

In response to Wozniak’s critique, the film’s publicist Amanda Lundberg told Entertainment Weekly that “The film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow by blow, word for word account of all conversations and events. The filmmakers have tremendous admiration and respect for Wozniak and all those that are portrayed in the film, and did extensive research in an effort to make an entertaining, accurate film that captures the essence and story of Steve Jobs and those that built Apple with him.”

Wozniak said he just watched one scene and the entire film might be great.

The movie, which is being released by Open Road Films and Five Star Feature Films, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday.

The film is set to be released on April 19 — the 37th anniversary of the founding of Apple Computer.


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Sundance Celebrity Sightings: Alessandra Ambrosio Hits the Slopes

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Park City got just a little bit hotter on Saturday when Victoria’s Secret beauty Alessandra Ambrosio hit the slopes. Ambrosio stopped by Oakley and New Era’s Learn to Ride lounge before strapping on a snowboard for the first time. Later that night, she rocked out at Hyde to the tunes of Adrian Grenier’s band, The Skins.

Other stars opted for indoor activities — Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter and the co-star of the Sundance film “The Lifeguard,” got her makeup done at Urban Decay’s beauty bar in the Fender lounge. Jane Seymour touched up her hair at the Keratin Complex pop up salon. Octavia Spencer copped a new Speck case for her iPhone at Variety’s Sundance studio, and also popped into the Talent Resources suite to browse through Sean Jean jackets. “Dancing With the Stars’” Karina Smirnoff  and “90210′s” Annalynne McCord  came by Talent Resources to check out Cover Girl makeup and nibble on macarons from Macaron Magnifique.

Saturday night’s toast of the town was “Fruitvale,” a heart-wrenching re-telling of the events leading up to the murder of Oscar Grant at a San Francisco BART station in 2009. Spencer and her co-star Michael B. Jordan gamely hugged well-wishers and fans at “Fruitvale’s” premiere party at the Grey Goose Blue Door Lounge. Later, Casey Affleck, Josh Hartnett, and none other than Tony Danza came through to party, signaling that Grey Goose was very much the boss of Saturday night’s film party circuit.

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Andy Samberg Gets Silly at Sundance

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Andy Samberg just had Sundance. The I Just Had Sex singer/Saturday Night Live MVP/Lonely Island mastermind tore through the film festival last weekend to promote his rom-com with Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever. He sat down with ABC News Now’s Popcorn with Peter Travers to talk about playing a slightly tweaked version of himself: “I was not rapping and I was not wearing a bird costume.”

He did, however, make a pretty amusing face when Travers asked him to impersonate a critic watching a Samberg movie and sang a couple bars of En Vouge’s Never Gonna Get It. Check out the video:

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Spike Lee, Chris Rock Spar at Sundance

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagi(PARK CITY, Utah) -- You can’t really blame them. If you were at the adult equivalent of ski camp, with open bars, 4 a.m. parties and swag suites galore, would you be on your best behavior? Probably not. James Mardsen yelled at security at the Salt Lake City airport. Paris Hilton lost her phone at a party.

And then there was Spike Lee and Chris Rock. Rock stood up at the Sundance Film Festival’s Sunday premiere of Lee’s Red Hook Summer and asked what the polarizing director would have done if he had studio money to make the film about a pedophile priest. Lee financed it with $1 million of his own money -- Rock wanted to know if Lee would have “blown up the church” and made a more outrageous pic if he had $20 million or so to spend. Lee’s response: "Thank you, Chris.” And then he moved on.

Lee talked about the brewing feud Monday on ABC News Now’s Popcorn with Peter Travers. “They don’t want to make this stuff,” he said in reference to major motion picture studios, “which is why you come to Sundance. I made the correct decision to not ever mess with the studio. I made it with my money the way I want to make it.”

He also took a hit at Red Tails director George Lucas, whose film about the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black World War II fighter squad, scored $20 million over the weekend.

“It’s a shame, there are few and far between films that are made for people of color,” he said. “It’s better when George Lucas says it for Red Tails but I’ve been saying it for years. I don’t care who says it.”

When asked to name the whitest film he’d ever seen, Lee declined, saying he didn’t “want to make anymore headlines.”

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Tracy Morgan Released from Hospital Following Collapse

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Tracy Morgan has been released from a Park City, Utah, hospital following his collapse Sunday night due to what his rep described as a bout with exhaustion and altitude sickness.

The 30 Rock star commented on his condition Monday on Twitter, writing, "Superman ran into a little kryptonite. The high altitude in Utah shook up this kid from Brooklyn."

Morgan also noted that he will return to work on his NBC comedy Tuesday morning.

TMZ reports the comedian was spotted at a Utah airport Monday carrying an oxygen tank that had a breathing tube connected to his nose.

Morgan collapsed not long after accepting an award at a ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival.  His rep has denied reports that the actor and comedian consumed alcohol before the incident.

There was also speculation that Morgan, who suffers from diabetes, may have went into diabetic shock.

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Tracy Morgan Rushed to Hospital at Sundance Film Festival

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Comedian and 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was rushed to a hospital Sunday night after falling over during an awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival.

Morgan was attending the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards in Park City, Utah, where he was being honored.  Sources told the former Saturday Night Live star "appeared extremely intoxicated during his award acceptance speech.”

Morgan was reportedly escorted outside by security personnel, and fell unconscious outside of the building.  Law enforcement sources stated that an ambulance was dispatched to the scene, reported.

The actor was brought to Park City Medical Center, ABC News confirmed.

Amy Roberts, a spokeswoman for Park City Medical Center, told TMZ no drugs or alcohol was found in Morgan’s system upon medical evaluation.

Morgan’s rep, Lewis Kay, also released a statement saying, “From a combination of exhaustion and altitude, Tracy is seeking medical attention … He is with his fiance and grateful to the Park City Medical Center for their care.  Any reports of Tracy consuming alcohol are 100 percent false.”

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. told ABC News, “he’s alright, he’s fine,” after consulting with friends of Morgan.

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YouTube Makes a Movie: 'Life in a Day' Premieres at Sundance 

Photo Courtesy - YouTube(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Director Kevin Macdonald, along with tens of thousands of YouTube users around the world, attempted to capture one day on Earth in Life in a Day, a film making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Last summer, Macdonald and executive producer Ridley Scott asked anyone who was willing to grab a video camera and record their lives on a single day, Saturday, July 24. Over 80,000 clips -- some 4,500 hours of footage -- were uploaded for the project, coming from 192 countries.

The submissions have been edited into a 90-minute film, set to premiere Thursday evening at Sundance and stream live at

The videos, shot on everything from cell phones to professional cameras, document the remarkable diversity of the globe -- births, deaths and everything in between, from the momentous to the mundane.

All told, the finished work includes material from over 450 contributors, each of whom has been credited as a Life in a Day co-director. Twenty-six of the contributors from around the world were flown to Sundance to attend the premiere and meet one another.

The group includes people from Kathmandu, Kabul and some closer to home. The Liginski family -- Bob, Catherine and young son Bobby -- came from their home in Grayslake, Ill. The film includes gripping footage of Catherine's emotional struggle with breast cancer.

As Macdonald pieced together the film, he said he was struck, not by the differences between people around the globe, but the similarities.

"Fundamentally, we're really only interested in the same things, which are children, loving our family, getting old and dying," he said. "That's it really, not much else to think about."

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