I’m in Las Vegas at the International Film Festival Summit. Over the weekend I went to producer Jason Blum’s celebratory party for Paranormal Activity at his super-moderne house up above Sunset Plaza. It boasts a huge view of the city and great art and an angled pool that looks like you’d swim off the edge if you weren’t careful. Filmmaker Oren Peli, actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, The Daily Beast’s Kim Masters, DreamWorks’ Chip Sullivan, New Regency’s Amy Israel, attorney Linda Lichter and ICM’s Ron Bernstein were among the revelers.
Sunday, I interviewed Peter Jackson and attended the Lovely Bones press conference. Then I packed and flew to Las Vegas, standing in many lines at LAX, the Vegas airport taxi stand, and Planet Hollywood check-in. I met with some of the folks who will be on my panel this morning on the state of film fests. I went to dinner with Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, Film Finder founder Peter Belsito and Susan Glatzer from Loyola Marymount. When I get back tonight, I’ll do a Q & A at LACMA with Crazy Heart‘s Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal. More anon.