The Sundance scene

Selena Gomez at Sundance: ‘I’m stoked’

 
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Selena Gomez says working on her film Rudderless that’s debuting at the Sundance Film Festival – and even dodging paparazzi at the annual indie event in Park City, Utah – has been an escape from “the everyday madness that I’ve got to go through.”

“I could just wear my own clothes and not have to worry about anything and just be with these cool people,” Gomez said in an interview alongside actor-turned-director William H. Macy and the film’s star, Billy Crudup.

Macy picked Gomez for a small part in his music-filled directorial debut after seeing her in Spring Breakers last year.

“I was stoked,” Gomez said. “I was about to go on tour and I knew it was going to be a year long. I kind of get this panic attack when I know I’m not going to be on a set for a year. Just because I do love both a lot.”

So the panic attacks subsided after stepping on set with the cast that includes Felicity Huffman and Laurence Fishburne? “Yeah, what does that say about me actually?” Gomez said, laughing. “That’s exactly what happened. It felt good. It felt like I got to be just in that world and kind of step out of it all.”

No comment about her wayward, on-again boyfriend Justin Bieber. Sigh.

Kurt steps in

Calling his late castmate Paul Walker “a terrific guy,” Kurt Russell says he’s not sure what will happen with his role in the latest Fast & Furious movie. Russell joined the seventh film in the franchise and plays a father figure to Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto. The 62-year-old actor said he had one day left of filming when Walker died in a car crash last November. “Listen, it’s catastrophic. It’s the worst thing that could happen to a movie, but it’s not as bad as what happened to Paul,” Russell said at Sundance, where he’s promoting a documentary about his father’s minor-league baseball team, The Battered Bastards of Baseball. “So everything is in perspective. He was a terrific guy. And life is full of curveballs.”

LiLo’s grateful

With a film crew capturing every moment, Lindsay Lohan made a high-profile debut at Sundance, announcing a new film and a “fresh start.” The 27-year-old, who is attempting a comeback after well-documented battles with drugs and legal troubles, came to the independent cinema showcase Monday to say she will produce and star in a psychological thriller called Inconceivable, set to start shooting in March. A crew from OWN, which is airing a reality series about Lohan, filmed the actress’s news conference. Reporters were told that if they asked personal questions, they would be escorted out.

Lohan said she is grateful to be at Sundance and back in the movie business: “I’ve never had the honor of coming here before … to bring something to the table, which is starting fresh for me.”

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