Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson Screen Film at Sundance

Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson

Alicia Keys landed in Park City, Utah, on Thursday for a surprise appearance at the Sundance Film Festival to promote her new film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. While she does not star in the coming-of-age story, the “Girl on Fire” is an executive producer and handled the score.

Her Secret Life of Bees co-star Jennifer Hudson leads the cast, which also includes Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, and Skylan Brooks.

“I was really drawn to the script immediately and I loved the fact that it was so powerful,” Alicia told HitFix. “It was very engaging in a way that was unique and I felt like it really got to the heart of the human experience.”

She was excited to share the movie with festivalgoers for the first time. “Headed to #Sundance for the first time! So proud to share the film I produced with the world!” tweeted Alicia, who will kick off her “Set the World on Fire” tour with Miguel on March 7 in Seattle.

For her next role, she is rumored to be playing the legendary Lena Horne in an upcoming biopic. “That would be a dream project for me,” said Alicia, who would not confirm the reports.

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Common Freestyles Over Beyoncé’s ‘Party’ [Video]

Common knows how to make a girl feel good. The Chi-town MC brought a female fan on stage during the after-party for his new film LUV at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. He dedicated his freestyle over Beyoncé’s “Party” instrumental to the lucky gal. “We can put it all together/ You know the weather/ Me and Jasmine we can find forever,” he rapped.

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Common Spreads ‘LUV’ at Sundance


Common almost crossed paths with his rival Drake during his trip to Park City, Utah, for Sundance. While Drizzy was performing at Park City Live, the Chi-town MC attended the premiere of his new film LUV at the festival on Monday evening (Jan. 23).

The drama follows an 11-year-old orphan who discovers unpleasant truths about his uncle, played by Common. He posed for portraits with the cast including Meagan Good, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, and Danny Glover, and later performed at the after-party.

The rapper-turned-actor’s movie career is flourishing, with upcoming roles in Pawn with Forest Whitaker, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and a movie by the Farrelly brothers.

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Drake Describes Dangerous Journey to Sundance [Video]


“I’m so excited to be here and be alive,” shared Drake, while recounting his harrowing trek to Park City, Utah, for Sundance. After enduring a four-hour flight delay and blizzard, he made his way to the Bing Bar and spoke with Ross Mathews about his performance and plans for the weekend, which included some movie watching, skiing, and celebrating. “I just want to party and drink alcohol,” said Drizzy.

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Drake Parties in Park City for Sundance

Drake and Quincy Jones

There was a snowstorm outside, but Drake came prepared in one of his signature sweaters while chilling with the legendary Quincy Jones at Sundance. After a flight delay, the Canadian superstar arrived in Park City, Utah, and apologized by buying drinks for the crowd. “I almost died six times getting here,” he said before performing his hits at the Bing Bar.

Earlier this month, Drizzy put his Miami condos up for sale for $2.5 million. He is reportedly moving into a $45,000/month bachelor pad in Hidden Hills, Calif., with famous neighbors including Will Smith and family.

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Wiz Khalifa Swings Into Sundance

Wiz Khalifa

Sundance went up in smoke when Wiz Khalifa rolled through over the weekend. Before hitting the stage, the Taylor Gang leader chatted with Ross Mathews about his first trip to the Park City, Utah, festival and recording his second major label album O.N.I.F.C., due later this year.

“It’s a process of just recreating what we already know how to do and just taking it to the next level, and I’m having a great time,” said the Pittsburgh rapper. “I’m getting great new fans and doing new things.”

Wiz stars in the Western Gang of Roses II: Next Generation alongside Teyana Taylor and his girlfriend Amber Rose, due on Valentine’s Day.

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Mary J. Blige Shows Love to Taylor Swift at Sundance

Mary J. Blige and Taylor Swift

Mary J. Blige mingled with Hollywood’s power players at the Sundance Film Festival. The Golden Globe-nominated singer, who celebrated her 41st birthday this week, attended the Artist at the Table Dinner and Discussion in Park City, Utah, on Thursday (Jan. 19). The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul chatted with festival founder Robert Redford and America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift at the star-studded event.

MJB will host an after-party for the documentary The Invisible War tonight, featuring a performance from Estelle. Drake, Common, and Nas are also set to make appearances during the annual festivities.

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