Thespians hit the Sundance screens

<i>By Rebecca Snavely, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer</i><br>
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Though Sundance flaunts the notion that it exists to discover new, independent talent, festival screens this year are filled with established star power.<br>
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Some of those stars are on the rebound, looking for a little indie cred to burnish outdated reputations. Known for glossy popcorn flicks, can they pull off acid comedy or being bound and gagged in a basement for 90 minutes? Sundance is a chance for celebrities like Colin Farrell to prove they're more than pretty faces. The randy Irishman plays a hit man on a forced leave of absence. "<b>In Bruges</b>," a twisted, dark, gritty comedy, opens the fest Thursday night and kicks off a string of hoped-for comebacks.

( Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features )

By Rebecca Snavely, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Though Sundance flaunts the notion that it exists to discover new, independent talent, festival screens this year are filled with established star power.

Some of those stars are on the rebound, looking for a little indie cred to burnish outdated reputations. Known for glossy popcorn flicks, can they pull off acid comedy or being bound and gagged in a basement for 90 minutes? Sundance is a chance for celebrities like Colin Farrell to prove they're more than pretty faces. The randy Irishman plays a hit man on a forced leave of absence. "In Bruges," a twisted, dark, gritty comedy, opens the fest Thursday night and kicks off a string of hoped-for comebacks.

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