By Monday evening, crowds at the Eccles theatre had quieted for the premiere of “Adventureland,” Miramax’s 80s tale of love between two post-college kids who spend their summer working at a depressed amusement park. The film is from director Greg Mottola, who worked on “Superbad” and directed episodes of “Undeclared” and “Arrested Development.” The idea […]
After the Saturday evening premiere of “500 Days of Summer,” Fox Searchlight’s quirky love story starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel seemed to be the resounding favorite so far at this year’s festival. The first-time feature for director Marc Webb, the film tells the story of a young man who writes greeting cards (Gordon-Levitt) who becomes smitten with his co-worker (Deschanel). Before the screening, Webb admitted he’d worked as a volunteer at the festival when he was a senior in high school, valet parking cars for Sundance founder Robert Redford. Gordon-Levitt’s role is sure to endear a throng of teenage girls and is also vaguely reminiscent of his first big role as a dopey, lovelorn high schooler in “10 Things I Hate About You.” He signed on to the film when he heard Deschanel was attached, calling her “the greatest thing alive” and prompting “awwws” from the audience.
Afterward, the stars of young indie Hollywood gathered at the EW loft for the “500 Days of Summer” party, where star Joseph Gordon-Levitt stood in the center of the room fielding a seemingly endless stream of congratulations for his winning role in the flick. Co-star Zooey Deschanel was seated upstairs where she huddled on a couch talking to girlfriends, “Juno” star Olivia Thirlby was surrounded by a throng of adoring gentleman and Zoe Kravitz laughed with castmates from “The Greatest.” Surprisingly, director Brett Ratner was spotted without his slew of usual models, though he was noticed earlier in the day rushing in late to the Anna Wintour documentary “The September Issue” with a leggy brunette.
— Amy Kaufman