Hits And Myths
EW dispels some of the crazier rumors floating around Sundance
When it comes to rumor-mongering, Sundance makes junior high look like the Justice League. Here’s a rundown of some of the more virulent stuff that swirled around Main Street.
— THE RUMOR A Woodstock-worthy roster of Radiohead, Macy Gray, Wyclef Jean, and Everclear would rock out at various parties throughout Park City. THE REALITY What a woodshock: Only Everclear played, at a VH1 bash. (Mick Jagger did show, but just to shill, not to thrill.)
— THE RUMOR After The Deep End sold to Fox Searchlight for about $4 million, Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein went off the deep end trying to acquire it. THE REALITY It holds water. The big man is reportedly trying to buy the film from Fox.
— THE RUMOR Festival kingpin Geoffrey Gilmore is ditching the little dance for the big one, signing to head Warner’s new classics division. THE REALITY Warner Classics may not even happen, let alone this fanciful switcheroo. Says Gilmore, ”Sometimes you think about changes, but right now I’m very committed to Sundance.”
— THE RUMOR In Patrice Chéreau’s Intimacy, things got so intimate — and so often — volunteers checked IDs at the door to make sure nobody was underage. THE REALITY The spot checks stopped after the premiere. ”The restriction amused me,” laughs Chéreau. ”I’m not showing anything that 21-year-olds don’t already know at 16.”
— THE RUMOR Barf bags were doled out before the perverse South Korean fishing love story The Isle, with its gruesome shots of drowned birds and a man yanking fishhooks out of his throat. THE REALITY During a screening, film rep Irene Cho offered one bag to a queasy-looking man next to her, saying ”I think you might need this.” But no chum was lost.