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The Latest from Park City (January 17)

by Richard Schwartz

PARK CITY, Jan. 17 - Here's what making news around Park City:

Gwyneth Paltrow's trip to Park City was a busy one. Not only did she attend the opening night premiere of her "Sliding Doors," but the young actress also helped promote a preview screening of "Great Expectations" for press. And, according to some critics, the film didn't quite live up to its "expectations." Ouch.

Paltrow also announced that her next project, "Duets," will be a collaboration with her father, veteran television producer Bruce ("St. Elsewhere.") Set to begin production in May, the film will tell the story of three karoake singers in the midwest...

Frances McDormand will take the stage on Sunday to accept the Piper-Heidsick Tribute to Independent Vision. The Academy Award winner, who last visited Sundance in 1996 to promote "Fargo," has built a career on the basis of roles in independent films. Past honoress include Tim Robbins, Nicholas Cage and Denzel Washington...

Sam Rockwell arrives at Sundance on Monday. Just who is Sam Rockwell, you ask? He's this year's version of the Sundance "Next Big Thing." Much like previous NBTs Lili Taylor and Parker Posey, Rockwell - last seen in Tom DiCillo's "Box of Moonlight" - seems primed to assume the role of indie god as he stumps for three films in this year's festival.

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