On The Scene At The 2019 Sundance Film Festival With Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan & More

Zac Efron debuted a platinum ‘do, the new KAOS Day & Nightclub in Las Vegas got a snowy introduction from Diplo, and TAO brought the heat to chilly Park City at its annual TAO Park City kick off at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Here’s what you missed!


Michael B. Jordan at Tao Park City

Photo Credit: TAO Park City/Al Powers – Powers Imagery

TAO Group returned for its 11th year to the Sundance Film Festival with TAO Park City presented by Stella Artois at The Yard. The first of its three-night pop-up kicked off on Friday, January 25. This year Casamigos served up cocktails and bottle service, warming guests from the inside/out against Park City’s bitter winter weather. DJ Ruckus kept the party going well into the late hours of the night as notable guests made their way into the exclusive nightclub experience.

Gerard Butler arrived with fellow producer Alan Siegel, both at Sundance to present their film “Them That Follow.” “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan posted up alongside “If Beale Street Could Talk” actor Kiki Layne and Emmy award winner Lena Waithe at a VIP table, where they toasted over rounds of Casamigos. Shailene Woodley arrived arm-in-arm with friend and “Shameless” star Isidora Goreshter and shared a bucket of Stella Artois as they danced the night away.

Gerard Butler at Tao Park City

Photo Credit: TAO Park City/Al Powers – Powers Imagery

Deep into the party, rapper G-Eazy showed up with a group of friends and surprised the crowd by jumping behind the DJ booth and on the mic. Flanked by ski bunny go-go dancers, he performed his newest track ‘My Year’ and hits including ‘No Limit’ while grabbing fans’ phones and taking videos and selfies during his impromptu performance.

Other celebrity guests at TAO Park City on Friday night included: David Arquette, Marshmello, Black Panther and “Training Day” star Denzel Whitaker, YouTube’s Liza On Demand star Liza Koshy, Angie Martinez, former NBA player Baron Davis, Utah Jazz’s Boris Diaw and Dallas Cowboys’ Tyrone Smith.


Zac Efron and Lily Collins of ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’ attend The IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at The 2019 Sundance Film Festival

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Hilary Swank, Zac Efron, Emma Roberts, Lily Collins, Jenny Slate, Danielle McDonald, Alex Sharp, Patty Jenkins, Zach Galifianakis and more sat down for exclusive interviews with host Kevin Smith at the IMDB Studio. Zac Efron debuted his platinum blonde haircut while discussing his portrayal of Ted Bundy for the highly-anticipated, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.” Danielle MacDonald resurfaced her hit roles in Netflix original films “Birdbox” and “Dumplin” while gushing about meeting Dolly Parton. Eiza González confirmed that Edgar Wright is doing a “Baby Driver 2” and has already re-written the script. Meanwhile, Armie Hammer revealed that there is video somewhere of him in an epic Batman costume and begged for someone to share with him!


Billy Crudup, Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Abby Quinn, Bart Freundlich at the The IndieWire Studio at Sundance Presented by Dropbox

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IndieWire headed to Main Street for its inauguralThe IndieWire Studio at Sundance Presented by Dropbox. The festival’s top filmmakers and talent were interviewed about their upcoming films, including Anna Chlumsky (“Hala”),  Awkwafina (“The Farewell”), Billy Crudup (“After the Wedding”), Cameron Crowe (“David Crosby: Remember My Name”), Demi Moore (“Corporate Animals”), Jon Hamm (“The Report”), Naomi Watts (“Luce”; “The Wolf Hour”), and more.  


Mindy Kaling receives the IMDb STARmeter Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

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Mindy Kaling was presented with the IMDb “Fan Favorite” STARmeter Award which is determined by the actual search behavior of the more than 250 million unique monthly visitors worldwide Col Needham, IMDb’s founder, and CEO presented the award to her in the IMDb celebrity video studio located within Acura Festival Village. 


Jada Pinkett Smith attends the Pizza Hut Lounge at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Photo Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Pizza Hut

During festival weekend, Pizza Hut and Legion M—the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company— invested in the creators of culture by giving top entertainment industry talent, on and off screen, a place to relax and refuel in the heart of Main Street at the Pizza Hut x Legion M Lounge.Guests spent the day warming up with a hot slice by Pizza Hut while sipping signature cocktails including mulled wine and delightful bloody Mary’s. Cinema’s elite including Armie Hammer, Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kyra Sedgwick, Sanaa Lathan, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Milla Jovovich, David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Eiza Gonzalez, Karan Soni, Danielle Macdonald, Ray Romano, Hilary Swank, Mark Duplass, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Kiki Layne, Richard Kind, Nick Robinson, Michael Urie, Natalia Dyer, Zazie Beetz, Chester Algernal Gordon, Elegance Bratton, Kelly Price,and more enjoyed slices while taking a break from movie-going (and movie promoting). 


“Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks attends the Lyft Lounge Welcome Party

Photo Credit: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Lyft
Lyft has been ferrying the stars around Park City, and to introduce their mode of transportation, invited guests including David Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale, Phoebe Robinson, Alia Shawkat, Reggie Watts, Michael Urie, Ken Barnett, Darren Darnborough, and Michael Hsu Rosen to a Sundance Welcome party, where they enjoyed cocktails and a DJ set by Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem.


Diplo spins at Park City presents Last Call

Photo Credit: Barry Brecheisen

Diplo, Marshmello and G-Eazy performed at Last Call & KAOS Day & Nightclub, bringing the Las Vegas vibe to Park City for sold-out, late-night performances.

G-Eazy performs at KAOS

Photo Credit: Barry Brecheisen


Jesse Williams attends the Last Call Lounge at the Music in Film Summit at Park City Live

Photo Credit: Barry BrecheisenThe Music in Film Summit presented by Last Call at Park City Live during the Film Festival weekend was a haven for guests to enjoy Last CallElixir beverages, complimentary crafted cocktails and Lemon Perfect cold pressed lemon water. TopShop TopMan Personal Styling experts were on hand to get guests snow season ready.

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Tony Revolori joined the cast and executives of their film “The Sound of Silence” for a panel discussion led by Ben Lyons; the film tells the story of a successful “house tuner” in New York City, who calibrates the sounds in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods.

The lounge also hosted a discussion of “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men” with director Sacha Jenkins and executive producer Peter Scalettar, who told the real story of the Wu-Tang Clan, with never-before-seen footage and interviews recounting the obstacles traversed to stay united as one Wu family.

Terrance J, Jessie Williams, Angie Martinez and Gina Torres were all spotted in the COMPLEX Studio before heading to the Top Shop Top Man Personal Shopping Styling Studio. “Shameless” stars Jeremy Allen White, Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton popped into the Music in Film Summit presented by Last Call to support “Bend it like Beckham” director Gurinder Chadha for her film “Blinded By The Light,” the true story of Bruce Springsteen’s inspirational influence on a young Muslim boy growing up in Luton . The “Shameless” crew also enjoyed The Culture of Music Today panel with DJ Ryan Best, DJ Spider, Reggie Watts , DJ Michelle Pesce and DJ Ana Calderone.