Aniston Supported by Friends at Sundance Premiere
January 20, 2006

Park City, Utah, may be a celebrity haven, but Jennifer Aniston is certainly the main event at the 25th Annual Sundance Film Festival. And just like her latest character in "Friends with Money," Jen is getting by with a little help from her friends, including co-stars Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack.

Jen looked radiant at her "Money" premiere on Thursday, despite the recent news that her ex-husband is going to be a daddy. Ironically, it was announced that Angelina's adopted children, Zahara and Maddox, had legally become Jolie-Pitts right in the middle of Jen's big day.

But a smiling Aniston remained cool, calm and collected despite the media glare as her movie kicked off this year's festival. "It's actually wonderful to be here," said "Money" director Nicole Holofcener, who entered the premiere with Jen. "And this is the first time with so much fanfare!" Fanfare including Sting and wife Trudie and Robert Downey Jr. and wife Susan Levine.

In "Friends with Money," Jen plays a successful career woman who loses her job and becomes a humble housekeeper. In one scene of the film, she slips into a sexy French maid's outfit for her screen love interest, Scott Caan, who is James Caan's son. "It was a lot of fun," Scott admitted. "A good time."

Although all eyes are on Jen at Sundance, Scott recalled the media frenzy that took place when "Money" began shooting, just one day after Jen and Brad's split. "It was pretty obnoxious," he told us. "But you get used to it. And she had to deal with it pretty often."

Another big attraction Thursday night was the legendary Robert Redford, Mr. Sundance himself, who revealed what his biggest contribution has been to the festival over the past 25 years. "We could create something that was criticized in the beginning as bound to fail because it wasn't commercial," he said. "And it has worked, and I'm happy with it."

We're happy with it too, Mr. Redford. Here's to another 25 years of the sun shining down on Sundance!


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