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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo, Mark Webber, left, a cast member in "Happy Christmas," is joined by his wife, actress Teresa Palmer," as he is interviewed at the premiere of the film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. The sweetest couple around Sundance may be Webber and Palmer. Webber, an actor, director and screenwriter, has two films, "Laggies" and "Happy Christmas," premiering at the festival and wherever he goes, his pregnant wife has happily followed, snapping photos on her camera phone. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Scene and heard at Sundance: Festival’s cutest couple, catty stars, more
First Published Jan 21 2014 12:59 pm • Last Updated Jan 21 2014 01:58 pm

Associated Press reporters at the Sundance Film Festival share what’s in their notebooks:

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LOVE BIRDS AT SUNDANCE » The sweetest couple around Sundance may be Australian actress Teresa Palmer and her husband Mark Webber. Webber, an actor, director and screenwriter, has two films — "Laggies" and "Happy Christmas" — premiering at the festival. Wherever he goes, his pregnant wife has happily followed, snapping photos on her camera phone. The pair was married in December and is expecting a baby in about a month. Because Palmer is too pregnant to fly, they drove from LA to Utah to attend. So were they thinking they might have a "Sundance Baby"? Palmer says yes." We rang up the Salt Lake City hospital to make sure there was an OB/GYN (an obstetrician) available just in case the baby came early," she said.?

— Alicia Rancilio

CATTY STARS » Even celebrities with no movies to promote can find reasons to come to Sundance.

Actor Gilles Marini and reality star Kendra Wilkinson lent their fame to Catdance, the one-night celebration of cat videos held during the Sundance Film Festival.

Marini hosted the brief program Saturday, presenting golden litter scoops to the five amateur filmmakers whose kitty flicks were shown. Cat-video fans can watch the short films online and vote for their favorites (www.freshstep.com/catdance). The winning filmmaker will receive $50,000.

A very pregnant Wilkinson donned cat-shaped 3-D glasses to watch the five films, then posed for photos with other pregnant women in attendance.

The event raised funds for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal lovers can also support the ASPCA by buying Catdance T-shirts online.


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— Sandy Cohen

GLENN CLOSE PLANS RETURN TO THEATER » Glenn Close is returning to theater after more than 15 years — and it won’t be in a musical.

"I am planning a play in the fall," Close said in an interview Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, where she’s promoting the film "Low Down."

The 66-year-old actress wouldn’t say what play she’s joining in advance of the official announcement.

"I’m not sure what the producer’s plan is. I think he might want more of a cast before," Close said.

However, she hinted: "The world that it is in is a world I know very well. It’s just a very complex play. It’s very challenging. It’s like somebody said, ‘A mountain of a play.’ I’m not coming back in a musical."

Close, a three-time Tony winner, started in theater before moving to film and TV, including the series "Damages." She last appeared on Broadway in "Sunset Boulevard."

— Ryan Pearson

SERIOUS CAUSE FOR BASS » Lance Bass is hoping his new documentary, "Kidnapped for Christ," will put the spotlight on unscrupulous boarding schools that abuse children in the name of rehabilitating them.

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