01.28.11

The Yes List: Sundance's 8 Breakout Stars

Each week, The Daily Beast sifts through the cultural landscape to choose three top picks. This week, Sundance crowns the new A-list, Frank Gehry’s highly anticipated new concert hall opens, and Haute Couture rocks the Paris runways.

The New 'It' Crowd

After hundreds of film screenings and dozens of deals, the Sundance Film Festival is winding down, but has left plenty of buzz in its wake. Who is the next Jennifer Lawrence—the awards season darling from last year’s Sundance favorite Winter’s Bone? Meet the new crop of faces soon to grace magazine covers near you: Mary Kate and Ashley’s sister Elizabeth has finally stepped out of her twin sisters’ spotlight with two blockbusters films ( Marcy Martha May Marlene and Silent House) and an upcoming role opposite Robert DeNiro. There’s 21-year-old Anton Yelchin and 27-year-old Felicity Jones, stars of Like Crazy, snapped up by Paramount for $4 million. And Ezra Miller from Another Happy Day, Taissa Farmiga (sister of Vera) of Higher Ground, and Brit Marling, who co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in not one, but two Sundance films, are all garnering notice. Hollywood bigwigs may have complained about the cold, but these actors’ careers are on fire. (Sorry, we couldn’t help it.)


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Frank Gehry Sings a New Tune

His Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is heralded as a masterpiece, and now the renowned architect is back with another musical venture in fast-growing Miami Beach. Until a few days ago, the most important new structure was the raucously original parking garage by Herzog & de Meuron, a spot so cool that it’s become a party site. But now Gehry’s in town, and his New World Center, with its deceptively sedate white exterior and state-of-the-art technology, is giving it some competition. Cathleen McGuigan visits the intimate hall and learns that upon its completion, the new space even made 81-year-old Gehry fist-bump. Plus, view photos.


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The Best of Paris Couture

Spring is in the air! This week in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld lit up Chanel and a “punk CanCan” ruled the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier. See photo highlights from Haute Couture, including John Galliano paying tribute to René Gruau, Christian Dior’s famed illustrator in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Galliano also paid homage to couture's golden days, a time of opulence and extravagance, a time when models actually modeled on the runway instead of plowing through like they were about to miss the bus. At Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci was inspired by the Japanese Butoh performances of the late Kazuo Ohno—and Japanese toy robots. And the dresses at Elie Saab seemed ripe for the plucking by Oscar stylists. Expect to see a least a few gowns—or variations thereof—winding their way down the red carpet next month.