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herpes ‘serif’;”>The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is halfway done, health but here are a few highlights thus far. Visit us later this week for further festival news.

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana star in ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

According to the NY Daily News, “Infinite Polar Bear”, a comedy-drama starring Marl Ruffalo and Zoe Zaldana, got a standing ovation over the weekend. The film, stars Ruffalo as a father with bipolar disorder and Saldana as his wife. The characters are based on the parents of director Maya Forbes. Saldana and Ruffalo are best known for recently playing superheroes (“The Avengers” for him, the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” for her), but Saldana tells the Daily News that playing real people is fun because “those are the real avengers, the real guardians of the galaxy!”

Lance BassAs reported by Associated Press Entertainment writer Nekesa Mumbi (Twitter: @nekesamumbi), “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.

“Kidnapped for Christ” debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival, an alternative film festival running at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, last week. The film explores a Christian school in the Dominican Republic where frustrated parents sent their children to shape up. The documentary shows abuse the kids suffer, and controversial behavior-modification methods, including attempting to convert gay children to straight.

Bass said the reaction to the film at Slamdance has been overwhelming. “People have walked out because they are so mad that they actually had to walk out the theater. No one knows about it — and that’s really scary to me. I didn’t know about it. I’ve heard of these places, but I really didn’t think too much about it,” Bass said.

But Sundance isn’t just about the films… There are tons of events happening. Aside from the movie screenings, there are award presentations, Q&A sessions, and of course skiing, parties, and gift lounges. As listed by US Magazine, here is a partial list of some of the festivities:

Soul Cycle
Anne Hathaway is among those expected to attend SoulCycle at Sundance. The celebrity-filled spinning classes at the Sky Lodge will serve delicious juices and smoothies to guests at the BELLA Juice Bar, courtesy of BELLA housewares! It’ll also have 30 bikes, rockstar instructors, energetic music and fresh juices.

Oakley Learn to Ride
This exclusive event offers guests an opportunity to release their inner adrenaline junky while snowboarding on the mountains with some of the world’s top-ranked pro athletes, including Olympic medalist Danny Kass and Fuel TV’s Dingo in a personal one hour private session.

Eddie Bauer Adventure House
Time to escape the cold! Guests can enjoy a good time at “Live Your Adventure” at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House, which gives guests unique outdoor adventures with an indoor rock wall, and lessons from Eddie Bauer’s world­-class-guide and athlete team.

LG Music Lodge
Big year! The LG Music Lodge will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with its guests this time around. Guests will be able to watch the big NFL Super Bowl playoff game on the big screen with a 100-inch Laser LG TV. Celebrities expected to attend include Aubrey Plaza, Anna Kendrick,  John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson.

Park City Live Concert Series
Park City Live is traditionally one of the most popular venue’s for parties and live events at the Sundance Film Festival. The Park City Live Concert Series will host musical performances by O.A.R. and Matisyahu, Steve Aoki, and Ludacris this year with more acts to be announced.

A-List Communications Supper Suite
Emile Hirsch and Michael Fassbender are expected to stop by the suite, sponsored by STK and Dobel Tequila, which will provide private dinners and lunch events.

QUAKER Good Energy Lodge
Guests can warm up and refuel at the Main St lodge, with Oatmeal, yougurt, bars and cookies. Christina Hendricks, Aaron Paul, and Adrian Grenier are expected to attend.

The Waldorf Astoria Park City
Harvey Weinstein will host an “Unforgettable” football viewing party at The Waldorf Astoria Park City. The very elevated Conference Championships viewing party will feature a custom ice bar, Bison and gruyere cheese sliders, Oysters Rockefeller and truffle popcorn. This party has become lore at Sundance, attended by the likes of Len Blavatnik, Ron Burkle and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the past.

Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge
Swag-a-thon! The lounge will give away everything from trips to luxury resorts in Mexico, electronics including a DJI Phantom 2 Vison flying camera, to snowboards and ski gear plus skincare and jewelry.

“It’s So Miami Lounge”
Aaron Paul and Anna Kendrick will most likely pop up to the lounge, which features Patron XO cocktails, a tattoo artist, Tim Hortons Café and Bale Shop and Lifeway Kefir, and a sampling bar.

Eco Hideaway PARK CITY
This is an invite-only sustainable lounge that combines music, talent and brands like Marisa Kenson Collection and Minky Couture to honor the world’s finest filmmakers.

TR Gifting Suites
Suites, featuring Dove Hair care will be offering grooming services for both men and women. Sean John will also be helping men by supplying some of the coziest snow jackets around to keep VIP guys warm and comfy in the cold.

Independent Film Makers Lounge
The lounge, presented by Xi3, will give celebs like Aubrey Plaza and Hayden Christensen access to a rendering farm, film panels, cocktails and more!

PLC Day Lounge
A carved out space within Park City Live will be transformed into the Billboard & Sonos Home Theater Lounge complete with TVs and SONOS PLAYBARs and will create a relaxing music environment for special guests, and will also host interviews from the Sonos Home Theater Lounge with talent.

Motorola will feature the Moto X lounge, debuting the latest design possibilities – the Natural Collection – available on the first fully customizable smartphone from Motorola. It will also premiere “Buggy Night,” the upcoming release from the new, interactive entertainment experience exclusive to Moto X. Celebrated artists Jan Pinkava, formerly of Pixar Entertainment, and Glen Keane, creator of many beloved Disney characters, will be on hand to discuss their work on the platform. Creative Recreation Shoes is also another partner included.

Film’s favorite vodka will host one of Sundance’s most exclusive venues where the talented casts of “The Skeleton Twins”, “Wish I Was Here” & other movies will enjoy both food and perfectly executed cocktails late into the night.

TAO Group and Moet Nectar Imperial Rose
Tao and Moet will collaborate to recreate an underground club at Village at the Lift with live sets from Jonny Lennon, DJ Sinatra, DJ Politik, and Jesse Marco.

Bungalow 8 at Grey Goose Blue Door
Worldview Entertainment partnered with the infamous LDV Hospitality and Amy Sacco’s Bungalow 8 (a hit at other festivals like Cannes and Toronto International) to host another invite-only pop-up in the heart of Main Street.

Dream Downtown @ The Music Lodge
Dream Downtown, one of the hottest hotels coming all the way from NYC, along with 4AM (4 Artist Management) will host an Aprés Ski Fete at The Music Lodge at The 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The event will feature top 4AM Talent DJ Theory and friends. The event will also feature digital content on one of the world’s largest televisions provided by LG TV.

-Carl Ayers