Sundance is overcrowding Main Street already early Friday, and it didn’t take long for the deal-making to begin. Of the two hot Thursday titles, Dinosaur 13 found a home with Lionsgate and CNN Films, and the other title Whiplash is in play with Lionsgate/Roadside and A24 the outlets I’ve heard in the mix though the sale might take a little time because others like Radius-TWC are catching up to it. The pic played great in the room, I’m told.
Elsewhere, hockey players are massing again for the seventh annual Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout fundraiser which takes place Sunday from 2:30-4:30 at the Park City Ice Arena. It’s a mashup of former pro players, celebs and executives. While I risk Tom Bernard passing me on Main Street and hip-checking me into Banksy’s defaced wall painting, my understanding of the proceedings is this: real former NHLers Robitaille, Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Sean O’Donnell, Ron Duguay, Larry Murphy, Claude Lemieux, Anson Carter and Brad May skate around at half speed and try to keep a straight face as they humor the huffing and puffing hockey player wannabes David Boreanaz, Steven R McQueen, Michael Vartan, Andie MacDowell, Isaiah Mustafa, Alan Thicke, Michael Rosenbaum, musicians John Ondrasik, Taylor Dayne, Matisyahu and Sony Pictures Classics’ Bernard, E!’s Jesse Giddings, speed skater Allison Baver and soccer player Chris Klein. It’s for a good cause, though, Echoes Of Hope, which lends a financial hand to orphans and foster kids as they transition to adulthood.