Sundance Institute celebrates 25th anni

NEW YORK — Paul Newman, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes were among those getting back to their roots Monday at the Sundance Institute’s 25th-anni celebration.

Prior to a dinner at the Metropolitan Pavilion, thesps served up drinks and hors d’oeuvres during a cocktail hour wearing T-shirts inscribed with their worst jobs prior to fame on the front and their breakthrough roles on the back.

Newman’s back read, “I don’t have a breakthrough — I had a breakdown in “Silver Chalice” — the worst movie made in 1950. That’s what put me on Nixon’s enemy list.”

At the dinner, celebs like Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi paid homage to the institute.

“Sundance has played an important role in my career. I couldn’t be happier to be making a paid appearance here as a gesture,” Keitel said.

“We’re not getting paid, Harvey,” Buscemi said.

“In that case,” Keitel replied, “I will make this brief.”

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