Sundance 2011 Preview: Elizabeth Banks, Tobey Maguire And MTV Head To Park City

The Sundance Film Festival kicks off in snowy Park City, Utah, today, bringing with it the promise of high-wattage celebrity sightings, single-digit temperatures and the best independent films the movie biz has to offer.

As in years past, the MTV News crew will be on the scene on Main Street, which during the festival just might boast the highest number of celebrities per square foot of any place in the world (yes, including Hollywood). We’ll be reporting back with reviews of the fest’s most anticipated films, covering red carpet premieres, interviewing A-list stars and hitting up all the biggest parties and swag suites. In short, we’ll be your eyes and your ears on the snow-covered ground in Park City.

Among the actors and filmmakers jetting into town to promote buzzed-about films are Paul Rudd, Tobey Maguire, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Banks, Demi Moore, John C. Reilly and Kevin Smith.

Rudd stars in “My Idiot Brother,” a comedy which sees him sporting shaggy hair and a beard to play a free-spirited organic gardener who, after being released from jail for selling weed to a uniformed cop, is forced to crash with each of his three sisters in turn. With Banks, Emily Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel playing those sisters, “My Idiot Brother” boasts one of the best ensemble casts of the festival, and some of the biggest buzz.

The black comedy “The Details” (pictured above) also has a killer ensemble, including the aforementioned Banks (busy girl) and Maguire, as well as Laura Linney and Ray Liotta. But it’s the plot description for this puppy that has our interest piqued: “When hungry raccoons discover worms living under the sod in a young couple’s backyard, the pest problem sets off a wild and absurd chain reaction of domestic tension, infidelity, organ donation and murder by way of bow and arrow.” Sounds like a twisted (and hopefully funnier) version of “Furry Vengeance.”

Also grabbing our interest are “Margin Call,” a drama that’s set during the 2008 financial crisis and stars the likes of Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons, Paul Bettany and Stanley Tucci, and “Cedar Rapids,” a comedy that sees “Hangover” star Ed Helms hooks up with Anne Heche and John C. Reilly for a wild weekend while at an insurance convention. And we’re pumped to see Kevin Smith’s “Red State.” A horror-thriller about religious fanaticism run seriously amok, the film marks a huge departure from Smith’s usual fare.

Last but certainly not least, we couldn’t be more excited to see Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s short “Fight for Your Right Revisited.” A sequel of sorts to the Beastie Boys’ classic 1987 “Fight for Your Right (to Party)” video, “Revisited” casts Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood and Danny McBride in the roles of the Boys, features cameos by Will Ferrell and Jack Black, and follows what happens to the guys after they leave the party.

Come back to MTV News and MTV Movies Blog throughout the Sundance Film Festival (it runs now through January 30) for the latest news, celeb interviews and highlights from Park City!