On Saturday night, Sundance Film Festival revelers flooded Main Street, some waiting in line without knowing why. “I’m not sure what’s going on,” said one hopeful outside the Chase Sapphire Preferred venue. What they were missing: The opportunity to shmooze with the cast of “Mississippi Grind,” including Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendehlson and Analeigh Tipton.
Nearby, the Grey Goose Blue Door Lounge was already at capacity for a bash celebrating the well-reviewed “Diary of a Teenage Girl” with cast Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård and Bel Powley, who play’s the title’s teen. When asked how the cast prepped for the film — about a precocious teen having an affair with her mother’s boyfriend — Skarsgård said, “Bel and I shot all our scenes together at the beginning, so by the time Kristen got to the set, it was like we already had a secret.”
Up the street at Cisero’s restaurant (renamed Sabra House for the fest thanks to the hummus brand’s sponsorship), the scene was more serene, as the cast of “Ten Thousand Saints” — sans Ethan Hawke, who flew back to Los Angeles to present at the Producers Guild Awards — gathered to celebrate their buzzed-about film, which premiered the night before. A brooding Emile Hirsch perked up while chatting with co-star Hailee Steinfeld during dinner, where they noshed on braised boneless short rib and gazpacho shots.
Kevin Bacon turned his party for “Cop Car” into a family affair, bringing along daughter Sosie Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick. One of Hollywood’s longest-lasting couples has been attending the festival together since 1989. “It was very, very low-key, but really fun,” Bacon reminisced about his first Main Street premiere, “The Big Picture,” which played at The Egyptian Theater a few doors away.
Down the street, those without invites crowded the steps at the Acura tent to catch A$AP Rocky’s brief outdoor performance at the “Dope” after-party. The film, a music- and dance-filled teen crowd-pleaser, had premiered earlier that night at the Library Theater. Still mourning the unexpected death of A$AP Mob founder and best friend Steven Rodriguez, best known as A$AP Yams, Rocky admitted to the crowd that performing was “really hard” and cut his act short after five minutes. But the crowd and the “Dope” cast, including his ex-girlfriend Chanel Iman, who also appears in the film, remained supportive and got their groove on from the front row.