Park City parties with Sundance stars Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Katie Holmes and more
Prepare for a schmooze-fest starring Ben Affleck, Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, pro-boarder Shaun White and even (shudder) Jon Gosselin!
With movies the obvious centerpiece, many a glass was toasted to A-list attendance at private parties throughout the village. At Bing's Supper Club at the House of Hype, star Justin Bartha celebrated his performance in "Holy Rollers" with Gerard Butler, Cooper, Harvey Weinstein and Adrien Brody.
While chef Philippe Chow cooked up goodies at Bing, the Village at the Yard and DirecTV threw a soiree for Affleck's effort in "Company Men."
Jennifer Garner's main squeeze chatted up co-star Tommy Lee Jones all night, while Ron Livingston and Rosemary Dewitt got cozy in a corner, sipping Stella Artois and talking with friends. Paris Hilton also dropped in.
Way above Main Street, the gorgeous new St. Regis hotel was the site of Variety's "10 Directors to Watch" bash, where the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Floria Sigismondi hosted a panel discussion about their buzz-worthy efforts. Andie MacDowell, Ricki Lake and Josh Radnor populated a tented after-bash with finger food and bubbly.
Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling raised a glass to their flick "Blue Valentine," posing for shots at TMobile's myTouch Diner before Gosling headed outside to play in the snow -- literally -- with pals.
Over on Main Street, the Creative Coalition threw a dinner to honor outstanding performers and filmmakers, with awards going to Elijah Wood, Melissa Leo and Adrian Grenier, and presenters including Malin Akerman. Model Rachel Hunter attended with pals, looking chic in gray cashmere and boots.
Another fashionista, Katie Holmes, let her hair down at the Film Lounge, from House of Hype and AT&T, where she celebrated the premiere of her flick "The Extra Man," co-starring John C. Riley and Kevin Kline.
For adventure lovers, Oakley threw a bash for Ashley Greene and A.J. Buckley's "Skateland," where boarder White and pop princess Kristine Elezaj mingled and danced.
Joan Jett and her band the Blackhearts chose rock over cocktail talk, playing a special gig at music venue Harry O's, where Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart joined her onstage in celebration of "The Runaways."
Sundance's pop-up nightclub Tao at the Lift had big names raging into the wee hours, hosting the likes of social types Dabney Mercer, Tinsley Mortimer and Alex Von Furstenberg to Hollywood boys Simon Rex, Wilmer Valderrama and Shane West.
Back at Village at the Yard, Don Julio tequila and Movieline.com partied for "Cyrus," where cast members Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill and Catherine Keener got down with the Roots' QuestLove on the turntables.
And speaking of the Roots, the hip-hop band did a rare private performance with John Legend at House of Hype, presented by Onitsuka Tiger. My old pal Bill Gates was in attendance, as well as "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke.
At the Greenhouse Actor's Lodge, Skintimate hosted a premiere for "Mother and Child," a part of its popular screenings series, where Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington gabbed and complimented each other's winter gear.
Lastly, and perhaps least for such an amazing roster of names, defunct TLC patriarch Gosselin partied at Talent Resource's Sky Suite, doing shots of Patron and chasing after his new 25-year-old paramour.
Which party sounds best to you? Anyone you'd like to see surface at Sundance? Tell me in comments.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams at the TMobile myTouch cafe. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images.
The Ministry has been all over the celeb scene at Sundance -- click here and scroll down for interviews with Bill Gates, James Franco, Josh Radnor and Jon Hamm and not to mention a whole lot of coverage of 'The Runaways.'