Stars Pack It In at 'Swagdance'
No wonder Kevin Bacon nicknamed the festival "Swagdance." Still, "I think the heart and soul of the festival is still the same," said the actor, who received the 2005 Ray-Ban Visionary Award there. "It is a place where you can come with a film that is off the track a little bit, offbeat, more experimental, subject matter that is not dealt with in studio situations. It is about filmmakers. I think it's a great festival."
Joe Pantoliano (currently on the big screen in voice form as a goose in Racing Stripes) seemed to be of two minds about the freebies. "I've been coming up here for 12 years so I can say what I don't like about it is the corporate takeover," he told us. "You give me a T-shirt, leather jacket, you take my picture with it, sure. I get it. But I feel like it's starting to take away from the purpose of what this festival is about. More people are talking about the free leather jacket they got than the movie they were supposed to see." On the other hand, "it is amazing what they give you," he said. "There are a lot of great companies here like Kiehls, Nintendo. They feed you. They really take care of you." And in the end, "let me be honest with you – I come up here because of the skiing. I don't see the movies. Everyone is seeing movies during the day so the mountains are totally empty. The skiing has been fantastic."
Caught in the Act
Sex and the City's Mario Cantone, fresh from his recent one-man Broadway show, Laugh Whore, in the audience of Nights on Broadway III at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater in Atlantic City.
Polo enthusiast Tommy Lee Jones, at the International Charity Day at the Palm Beach International Polo Club in Wellington, Fla. Next up for Jones: Man of the House, with Christina Milian and Cedric the Entertainer, due in February.
By ALISON GEE, JOANNE FOWLER, SANDY POSNAK and SARYN CHORNEY