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Ms. sundance

January 22, 2010

There are some very hot stars heading for the Sundance Film Festival, held in snowy Park City, Utah, which runs from Thursday, Jan. 21 through the end of the month.

“Gossip Girl” hunk Chace Crawford, Katie Holmes, Dakota Fanning, “Mad Men” star John Hamm, Kate Mara, Malin Akerman, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba and Julia Robert’s niece, Emma Roberts will be making the trek up the slopes to support their indie films

But “Twilight Saga” star Kristen Stewart has two films at the festival — she plays 80’s rocker Joan Jett in “The Runaways” and a troubled stripper in “Welcome to the Riley’s” — which puts her in the running to be Miss Sundance 2010, according to our cinema scooper Greg Ellwood over at HitFix.co, who also has a great gallery of some of the most hotly anticipated Sundance films.
Past Indie Queens include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener and Parker Posey, who became mainstream movie stars after doing critically hailed indies.

But in Kristen’s case, she’s doing it backwards. She’s already a big box office star and a major international celebrity, thanks to her “Twilight” role

So the Indie Queen title is just, well, icing on the cake. Or a fresh layer of snow on the slopes.

Not terribly surprising are the negative shudders from some snooty Sundance regulars to international celebrity Stewart’s inclusion in the fest. Guess they didn’t hear about her BAFTA Rising Star nomination.

But Sundance director John Cooper defends his choice to put two of her films in the festival. “She’s putting her money where her mouth is … I think it’s great. These are tough parts.”

One thing we’re sure of — and you can put money on this — you may see Kristen on the slopes during the festival. But you will definitely NOT see her in the celebrity gifting and swag suites lining Main Street in Park City.

So not Kristen, right?
C.

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