Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, and the rest of the cast of Fruitvale Station traveled around the world to promote their powerful film, from Cannes (shown) to Los Angeles to New York. Earlier this year, we caught up with them in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival, where the film went on to win both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the Dramatic category. “We’re a really, really close group,” Spencer told InStyle.com at the festival. And they had to be to work on such an intense drama. The movie depicts the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), a 22-year San Francisco Bay Area native killed on New Year’s Eve 2009 by a police officer responding to a reported fight on a subway platform. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the film follows Grant’s last 24 hours with his family and friends, including his mother Wanda (Spencer), his girlfriend Sophina (Diaz), his daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal), and his old friend Katie (O’Reilly). Scroll down to sit in on our conversation with the cast. More
Hollywood’s brightest stars and indie film’s freshest faces hit Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, and in between the screenings and parties, some of our favorite actors—like Naomi Watts and January Jones—warmed up at InStyle‘s photo studio, hosted by the Grey Goose Blue Door. Kate Bosworth swung through with the cast of Big Sur, a film directed by her partner, Michael Polish. “This year, I’m with the love of my life,” she told InStyle of her festival experience. “It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning with not only your artistic partner but your lover and tackle the day. I’m so proud of the film and I’m so proud of him and I’m so proud of what we did together that it’s a wonderful experience to be here.” Click through the gallery to see six never-before-seen photos from inside the studio, and then flip to page 133 of InStyle‘s brand-new April issue—or download it to your iPad, Nook, or Droid tablet—to see even more beautiful snaps by celebrity photographer Eric Ray Davidson.
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Downton Abbey star Allen Leech (he plays Lady Sybil’s rebellious new husband Tom Branson) walked into the InStyle Sundance Film Festival lounge to promote his indie film In Fear looking super bundled—but not for a trip to the infamous slopes of Park City, Utah. “I’m contractually not allowed to ski for Downton,” Leech told InStyle.com. “I’m not allowed because obviously they know I’m a pretty bad skier. So they’re probably just terrified of me falling over and breaking a leg.” But what if Branson suddenly appeared with an injury? “Yeah, I suppose they could write that in!” We’d still watch! Be sure to watch PBS tomorrow night at 9/8c to catch all the British drama.
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— Sharon Steel
What a week! We braved both the New York and Utah cold, racing between summer preview events and the Sundance Film Festival. In Park City, stars like Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, and Brit Marling took a break from the elements in the InStyle lounge, while back on the east coast InStyle editors visited the showrooms of designers like Stephen Dweck (where we snapped a major statement cuff!). See more of this week’s best photos in the gallery, and come back every Saturday for our favorite shots.
Alicia Keys is a Girl on Fire! Last week, she was in Park City, Utah to support the film The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete as its executive producer and composer at the Sundance Film Festival, then she headed to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Presidential Inauguration in sparkling Michael Kors, and last night, she accepted the Best US Composer of the Last Decade honor at the 40 Principales Awards in Madrid. To top it all off—today is her 32nd birthday! She’s living an on-fire life, and she told us how important her now-megahit song “Girl On Fire” is to her (and to her fans) when we caught up with her at Sundance. ”It’s the coolest thing ever,” Keys told InStyle.com. “I identify with it because I wrote it from a piece of my life, and whatever I was going through and feeling. Then you see how many other people are relating to what you’re feeling, and they’re feeling the same thing. So that’s the cool part—when you see how we all are connected.” In honor of her special day, crank it up!
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January Jones looked cute-but-casual in her bright red sweater inside the InStyle suite at the Sundance Film Festival—and you can snag her look! The top is Zara’s Turtle Neck Knitted Sweater, currently on sale for $30 (down from $80). “I always get confused when I see girls here that get all super glammed up,” Jones told InStyle.com of her time in Park City, Utah. “It’s the only time you don’t have to! We cover up. I love it!” And we agree—head over to zara.com to shop the style now.
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— Karen Levy
“Good things happen to good people,” Maya Rudolph told InStyle.com when she visited InStyle‘s pop-up portrait studio at the Sundance Film Festival. The star of The Way, Way Back was referring to the fact that FOX Searchlight had just bought the film for $9.75 million, and celebrated the news with her castmates Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, and Steve Carell. ”It’s all good things for the right reasons, which is something that makes me so happy,” Rudolph said of her excitement. Get behind-the-scenes dish from Evan Rachel Wood, Amanda Seyfried, and more Sundance stars in the gallery!
InStyle cover girl Jessica Alba and funnygirl Amy Poehler hung out at the premiere of their film A.C.O.D. at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie tells the story of a grown man who learns he was unknowingly studied as a “child of divorce” when he was younger, wreaking hilarious havoc on his new life and family. ”Seriously grateful & thankful 2 b part of it,” Alba Tweeted after the premiere. See more stars at Sundance in the gallery.