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Main Street Mania in Sundance

January 20, 2014

By Claudia Puig, @claudiapuig, USA TODAY

For starstruck celebrity hounds, as well as rabid film fans, this was the place to be as the annual Sundance Film Festival reached the halfway point of its 11-day run. Though at its peak over the weekend, the glittery star power continued to twinkle Monday as Daniel Radcliffe walked up Main Street , followed by a horde of photographers. And Kate Hudson sported a woolly cap as she slipped into one of the pop-up hair and makeup salons. Even the stars themselves had their moments of fandom when they glimpsed their favorites. Katie Couric stopped during an interview when she noticed William H. Macy pass by. "I'm kind of starstruck," she said. Earlier, Mitt Romney passed through for the premiere of Mitt , a documentary by George Whiteley . And One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles drew the most spirited reaction. Rumored glimpses of him sent teen girls racing up and down crowded Main Street . Styles attended the premiere of Zach Braff's movie Wish I Was Here , starring Hudson, Ashley Greene and Josh Gad . Robert De Niro stopped in a tucked-away art gallery in support of a documentary about his father, Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr. The Julie Nester Gallery had the elder De Niro's paintings on exhibit and held a cocktail reception in their honor. See and be seen Parties also are being held in nearly every restaurant, hotel and bar along Main Street , as well as in private homes all over the area. Celebrities spotted on the circuit included: Steven Spielberg , Keira Knightley , Luke Wilson , Gwyneth Paltrow (whose brother Jake has a movie here called The Young Ones ), Bradley Cooper , Kristen Stewart , Aubrey Plaza , Selena Gomez , Nicholas Hoult , Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Kellan Lutz , Elizabeth Olsen , Rachel McAdams , Melanie Lynskey , Diane Kruger and Elijah Wood . Among the musicians on hand were rapper Lil' John, Metallica's Lars Ulrich and veteran Vegas crooner Wayne Newton . Festive fashion statements While the preferred garb is mostly parkas, jeans and boots, slightly warmer temperatures (in the high 30s and low 40s) and no snowfall meant sartorial choices were more diverse. One woman was wearing short shorts, a parka and spike heels, and others came in some semblance of costume, as if they had mistaken the festival for Comic-Con. Can you spare a job? An animal handler stood on the street with an owl perched on his shoulder pitching his exotic creatures and services as an animal wrangler in the movies. And a quartet of Salt Lake City drag queens known as the Matrons of Mayhem drew crowds of shutterbugs posing for pictures alongside them. Jason Merritt , Getty Images, for Nintendo Michael Loccisano , Getty Images, for HBO

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