Associated Press journalists open their notebooks at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
YOU DON'T MESS AROUND WITH KIDMAN
Some of the CIA officers who helped hunt down Osama bin Laden were no match for Nicole Kidman's security detail at the Sundance Film Festival.
Greg Barker, director of the Sundance documentary "Manhunt: The Search for bin Laden," came to the festival with three ex-CIA operatives interviewed in his film — Marty Martin, Cindy Storer and Nada Bakos. While heading into a building for an interview, Barker and his CIA companions "were mowed down" by Kidman's guards.
"Suddenly, all these heavy guys ... are like, 'Get out of the way!' And they started pushing them, pushing them, forcing them through this narrow opening. It's Nicole Kidman, you know," Barker said, laughing. "So clearly, we're here talking about taking out bin Laden, and the CIA, it does not matter compared to Nicole Kidman. I get it."
"Now I know where we stand in the totem pole," joked former CIA analyst Bakos. "'Thank you for your service, but get out of the way, because Nicole Kidman's gotta come through.'"
Kidman was at the festival for her upcoming film "Stoker."
Martin, a top CIA official who led the search for bin Laden after the Sept. 11 attacks, quipped that he may have shared a moment with Kidman.
"Just for the record, I was not intimidated by the beefy guys at all," Martin said. "And I also think they were a little concerned, because Nicole was probably eyeing over and thinking, 'Hey, I don't know who that guy is, but hello.'"
— David Germain
FROM 'TRANSFORMERS' TO SUNDANCE
Shia LaBeouf couldn't be happier about making his first trip to the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman," in which he stars opposite Evan Rachel Wood.
"It's an honor to be here, for me especially, coming from a different world," he said. "In a strange way, it's vindication. In a strange way, in a small way."
The "Transformers" star said he's "been making a certain type of a movie for quite a while, and it's nice to work on other things."
So what about the fourth installment of the shape shifting-robot franchise?
"I know that they're going to work their best to make the best movie that they can, and I know there's a lot of talented people involved," he said. "I'm quite happy with who they cast. And I think they're going to kill it, really. I think it'll be an awesome movie."
— Ryan Pearson, Twitter: www.twitter.com/ryanwrd
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