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Like a Sundance virgin!

  • Showbiz Tonight's Nischelle Turner talks about covering the Sundance Film Festival for the first time
  • She talks about bonding with Richard Gere over baseball

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Like a Sundance virgin!

Editor's Note: ​Nischelle Turner is a correspondent for HLN's Showbiz Tonight. Before, Nischelle was covering everything hot in Hollywood she was a basketball and MLB sideline reporter.

Ok so I’m dating myself and telling all … I am indeed a Madonna fan (hey Elton I love your music too don’t get mad!) but I’m using this cliché as my moniker for my Sundance experience. It’s my first time in the madness (covering it and being in Park City at all) and I’ll tell you I didn’t know what to expect! Admittedly I haven’t seen much of Park City because we hit the ground running and it’s been late nights and early mornings ever since we arrived. But here’s the thing, I get to watch lots of movies and talk to a ton of celebrities (embarrassing a few in the process *ahem* Emma Roberts). 

I’ve had some really fun interviews since I’ve been at Sundance: Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones were a hoot, Nate Parker is such a good guy, but my favorite interview so far has been … RICHARD GERE! And this is for one reason and one reason only … he snuggled with me! In my unbiased reporter observation, that man is a SILVER FOX!

It all started when we bonded over baseball. Richard Gere loves the Yankees and I am a World Champion St. Louis Cardinals fan through and through. We agree though on one facet of the game…"Moneyball" is a GREAT movie that deserves more shine this awards season.  This is where he stopped being Richard Gere to me and started being just another baseball fan debating the merits of small market teams competing with the super teams like the Yankees -- that’s also the premise of "Moneyball." 

You know a lot of times us reporters think we are the one interview that the celebrities will remember but I will tell you if his publicists weren’t about to kill me because he had to leave I think our conversation could have gone on for hours over coffee. So once again, I’ll play the delusional reporter role and say, “You know Richard Gere and I really had a connection!” (lol)

We did talk about the film he’s in “Arbitrage” and how Hollywood is beginning to make more movies like this about the rise and falloff the financial world. Most people will compare Gere’s character in this film to Bernie Madoff. He gets it but says he thinks his character in “Arbitrage” will get sympathy and well as ire from the viewers. "Arbitrage" also stars Susan Sarandon, Nate Parker and Laetitia Casta.

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