2012 Sundance Film Festival: Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige and more kick things off

robert-redford-mary-j-blige-sundance-2012.jpgThe 2012 Sundance Film Festival started Thursday (Jan. 19) in Park City, UT. Festival founder Robert Redford was on hand to address the press, talking about how the slate of films this year reflects "dark and grim" times and the "suffering from a government that's in paralysis."

"Even though the work reflects hard times, there's not paralysis here. They're breathing life into fresh, new stories," Redford continues.

The films that kicked off the festival included a housing-bust story called "The Queen of Versailles," a love story between a younger man and an older woman called "Hello I Must Be Going," a vacation-gone-wrong story titled "Wish You Were Here" and "Searching for Sugar Man," about 1970s singer-songwriter Rodriguez.

Opening Friday (Jan. 20) are "Declaration of War," the story of a couple waging war on their infant son's brain tumor; "Your Sister's Sister," about a man who has lost his brother and deals with it via his best friend Iris and her sister; "Middle of Nowhere," the story of a woman who becomes a "prison wife" when her husband is sentenced to eight years in prison; and "That's What She Said," a female buddy movie set in NYC, directed by "True Blood's" Carrie Preston and starring Anne Heche and "Arrested Development's" Alia Shawkat.

We've included a few pictures from the opening day. Mary J. Blige hanging with Taylor Swift and Robert Redford, plus Laura Prepon looking super cute in her snow hat, flanked by friend and former "That '70s Show" co-star Danny Masterson.


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