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Sundance sightings: Susan Sarandon, Lil Jon, Paul Giamatti

January 22, 2011 |  2:50 pm

Susan Sarandon and Lil Jon at Bing Bar SPiN Happy Hour The 2011 Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday, but most Hollywood partiers arrived starting Friday, hitting the town for luxury lounges, discussion series and late-night haunts.

By day, search engine Bing opened its annual Main Street bar with the Decision Makers Series -- a creative panel that kicked off with Susan Sarandon, who reflected on her life and career. Immediately after, she reflected on happy hour with Lil Jon

Sarandon mugged with the actor and producer at the cocktail hour, which also featured ping-pong, hosted by Bing all weekend for celeb revelers. 

Down Main Street, at the Samsung Galaxy Tab Lift, celebs scored something other than ping-pong points -- stars including Amy Ryan, Lake Bell, Don Cheadle and Paul Giamatti stopped by the lift, where Samsung was gifting its tablet device, tricked out with Internet access (hard to come by in Park City) and a built-in camera.

All that swag-gathering can inspire some serious hunger, so Sotheby's opened the doors on Chefdance, launching several nights of offerings from celeb chefs.

Andie MacDowell, lovebirds Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox, Anton Yelchin and Maria Menounos were welcomed for a five-course meal from Brian Malarkey, who paired his dishes with specialty cocktails by Belvedere. 

Who wouldn't need a cocktail after the awesome sight of Sarandon and Lil Jon? Stay tuned to the Ministry for updated Sundance sightings.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Susan Sarandon and Lil Jon get paddle happy. Credit: WireImage