Some came to ski. Most came to schmooze. And a lucky few at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, scored some serious swag. Britney Spears bagged three pairs of Seven jeans. Tobey Maguire drove around in a Cadillac Escalade courtesy of GM. And Jennifer Lopez got a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure at the Fred Segal Beauty spa on Main Street—transformed for the 10-day event into a strip mall for the rich and fabulous. And then there were the parties. When Spears showed up at the packed Jan. 19 premiere bash for Ed Burns’s crime drama Confidence at the Village at the Lift, her entourage of a dozen pals was stopped by security. Spears politely said, “It’s all of us or none of us.” So the pop star and her posse were turned away—an episode less remarkable to The West Wing’s Richard Schiff (People I Know) than the mere fact that someone like her was even at the same festival as someone like, say, Oliver Stone. “But Sundance brings them all,” he says. “And that’s a good thing.”
Still wondering what’s up with Britney Spears‘s love life? Spears wasn’t talking as she maneuvered through Sundance’s postpremiere parties. But Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst was—if a bit obliquely. Earlier in January, Durst admitted—and defended—his feelings for Britney on his Web site. “I really like her,” he wrote. In a postmidnight chat at The United States of Leland party at Park City’s Riverhorse Cafe, Durst—known for head-banging anthems like “Crack Addict”—denied the pair were an item but told PEOPLE that his feelings are “sweet, sincere things.” Sweet, sincere, romantic things? “I wouldn’t have feelings for someone if I was just their buddy,” said Durst, 32, previously linked to Christina Aguilera and Carmen Electra. “I can’t speak for Britney, but I’m allowed to feel what the hell I feel. I wish I didn’t. I surely, after all this s—-, wish I didn’t feel a damn thing. Trust me. I really respect her, as a sweet Southern girl. I’m very proud that I’m even able to deal with the feelings,” he added. “It’s a blessing.” Stay tuned.
Julie Jordan and Elizabeth Leonard in Park City