January 23, 2004
BEHIND THE SCENES AT SUNDANCE
It may have been freezing in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival, but that didn’t stop stars like Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Courteney Cox and Ben Affleck from taking in the scene – and the freebies – between movie screenings.
Demi Moore was well-outfitted for Sundance, going around the picturesque setting mostly donning an ivory mink coat. “She looked like a snow bunny,” said a guest. She proved her swag-gathering mettle, picking out Jones NY cashmere sweaters in red, black, orange and pink; six pairs of Rocket Dog shoes; and two pairs of Pony sneakers. She also selected several Move T-shirts, which David Arquette also picked up for himself and wife Courteney Cox, while Maggie Gyllenhaal preferred the long-sleeve Henleys. Beauty products also caught Moore’s eye, and she stocked up on plenty, including Kiehl’s Abyssine cream and Equine shampoo (yup, it’s for horses), plus T-shirts and lip balms for her daughters.
All that loot gathering can be tiring, so during the weekend Moore also had a massage, manicure and pedicure, and a Kerastase hair-conditioning treatment at Fred Segal Beauty. This delighted her beau, Ashton Kutcher, who was heard singing “Walking on Sunshine” after dropping her off at the spa.
BEN SANS JEN
Ben Affleck was seen enjoying osso bucco at Italian eatery Grappa. “He just kind of hung out. He was quiet,” says an observer. “He looked like he just wanted to eat.” Meanwhile, Jennifer Aniston hung out with a dozen pals at the restaurant, which happens to be the same place she celebrated her 34th birthday last February. “She was very sweet,” says a spy. “She was covered up, her hair in a ponytail. She looked like she was just trying to relax.”
BABY ON BOARD
Courteney Cox and David Arquette stopped by the swag post set up by Philips on Sunday and, not surprisingly, showed particular interest in its line of baby products. Cox was giddy over Phillips’ Baby Cam, which provides audio and visual nursery monitoring. Phillips promised to send the expectant couple a care package once they’re back in L.A.
NO BUTTERFLY KISSES
Though the buzz around Sundance that Ashton Kutcher’s new flick, The Butterfly Effect, won the unofficial turkey award, it had at least two fans. Kevin Bacon’s 14-year-old, Travis, “loved it,” says dad (who told us his son has never seen Footloose). Another admirer: Paris Hilton, who said, “It was awesome.”
Sunday night, Sharon Stone, Christina Applegate and husband Johnathon Schaech, Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon, Aisha Tyler, Shannon Elizabeth and Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas came out to play at a Motorola soiree. Applegate got people out to dance – first she had partygoers combing the floor for her lost ring (someone found it), and later started a group doing the Electric Slide. When ‘NSync’s Lance Bass found himself on the dance floor during a Justin Timberlake song, he did his best impression of his gone-solo bandmate.
FESTIVAL OF LOVE
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Saarsgard joined the ranks of affectionate couples at Sundance. They were spotted cuddling together on a couch at a private dinner party to celebrate Saarsgard’s new movie, Garden State. Gyllenhaal, a judge at this year’s Sundance, didn’t want to talk about her relationship but did speak briefly about her experience at the film festival. “I’ve never seen three movies in a day before,” she said. “It’s interesting and exciting.” From the looks of things, the relationship is, too.
Benjamin Bratt was back at the festival for the first time since 1996 (with a part in the drama The Woodsman) and was able to reflect on the differences. “A lot more faux fur,” he says.
If Matt Dillon was embarrassed about making several trips to the ladies’ cosmetics counter at the MAC swag shop, he didn’t show it. After all, that’s where the pretty stylists were hanging out.
GLOBES: ALL IN THE FAMILY
Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards will be a family affair for the Douglas clan. Dad Michael will receive the Cecile B. DeMille Award recognizing “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment,” while son Cameron, 25, will spin tunes at the NBC/Access Hollywood/Target after party. “I called to congratulate (dad Michael, for his award) and he told me, ‘This just means I am getting older,'” says Cameron, who put his DJ career on hold to concentrate on acting after appearing with his father (and grandfather Kirk) in last year’s movie drama It Runs In The Family. Michael and Cameron also share a love of music (“My dad is more of a rock and roll guy”) – and recently took in a concert together by Mick Hucknall of Simply Red at New York’s Beacon Theater.
Reported by: ALEXIS CHIU, LIZA HAMM and MARIA EFTIMIADES in Park City, and SEAN DALY