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Hollywood heeds the Sundance Kid's call

January 18, 2004
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Christina Applegate and Matt Dillon were among the first stars to arrive in Park City, Utah, for Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival. The pair jetted into town to promote their new film, Employee Of The Month, which will soon be arriving in cinemas.

In the movie Matt plays a bank worker whose worst nightmares come true when he loses his job, gets dumped by his girlfriend and is robbed all in the same day. But despite the bad fortunes of his onscreen persona, Matt was looking happy as ever when he arrived arm-in-arm with his co-star.

Also wearing a smile was Willem Dafoe, who turned out for the premiere of his new flick The Clearing. The 48-year-old, currently sporting a crop instead of his trademark tousled hair, shared a joke with festival organiser Robert Redford as they arrived for the screening.

Ashton Kutcher, meanwhile, was accompanied by partner Demi Moore to the premiere The Butterfly Effect. Ashton is hoping the film, in which he plays a college student traumatised by an abusive childhood, will help him break out of the comedy roles which have characterised his career so far.

The Sundance Festival, which has been running for 20 years, is regarded as America's most important gathering for independent film-makers. Some critics argue that it has become little more than a trade fair, but its founder seems unconcerned. "Some people have an agenda of their own and those kinds of things are more about them," he said. "As far as this festival goes, I don't define it. It defines itself."

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Matt and Christina arrive for the screening of their nightmarish new film Employee Of The MonthPhoto: © PA
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Willem Dafoe (centre), Robert Redford and director Jan Brugge (left) were clearly in top form as they arrived for The ClearingPhoto: © PA

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