The stars exchanged Hollywood awards madness for the mountains of Utah and the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend — but the partying remained in high gear. Justin Timberlake — perhaps recovering from a reported run-in with his ex, Cameron Diaz, back in L.A. — has been playing it low-key here, hosting an intimate dinner party for his mother’s birthday Sunday night at the MaxAzria-sponsored Green House. At the posh Deer Valley residence, a few close friends and family were treated to hand and foot massages and, of course, a “Happy Birthday” serenade from J.T. for his mom. But the real singing went on later that night at Celebrity Karaoke in the Heineken Green Room. Samantha Ronson hosted the after-hours event at the Village at the Lift and warmed up the crowd — including Josh Hartnett and Bijou Phillips — by singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Then Sienna Miller belted out Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” while Harvey Weinstein and Diddy spurned the mike and chatted in the back of the lounge.
As usual at Sundance, Friday night was also all about the parties — or waiting in the freezing cold to get into one, as moguls, investors, lawyers and other industry types discovered at the premiere fete for “Weapons.” They were left stranded outside Marquee for over half an hour while bouncers waited for the cast to arrive first, only to watch the doors open for Ian Ziering, of “Beverly Hills, 90210” fame.
Luckily, “The Ten” premiere event a few doors down at the Hollywood Life house had the evening’s shortest line and biggest star power. The space was so packed with the likes of Rashida Jones and Adam Brody that even Winona Ryder could chat incognito with friends on a corner couch. A dark-haired Gretchen Mol leaned hidden against a pillar before the two disappeared quickly into the VIP area.
A cavalcade of other indie favorites made the rounds over the weekend, either promoting films or just schmoozing: Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman hit the premiere of their movie, “The Savages”; Paul Rudd and Keri Russell made it to the Adrienne Shelly Foundation event; Sarah Polley was on hand at a screening of her directorial debut, “Away From Her,” and her former co-star Scott Speedman, in town promoting “Weirdsville,” dropped by the Motorola Late Night Lounge.