Festival chairman Dennis Hopper, artistic director Trevor Groth and well-moustachioed Pioneer Documentaries jurist Morgan Spurlock were among those taking in the 55th-floor views from Ghostbar's outdoor patio at Tuesday's Filmmakers' Reception/Happy Hour sponsored by Netflix. The gelatinous purple, green and orange lumps one server described as "like the best Fruit Roll-Ups you've ever have": 2 stars. Miniature chocolate-banana-cream pies: 5 stars.
Later in the evening, Bill Pullman, fresh from his Your Name Here premiere, joined the surprisingly low-key 10th-anniversary party held poolside at Palms Place, where Britney Spears had cordoned herself off in a cabana. Rice Krispie squares: 2 ½ stars. Froot Loop squares: 3 stars. Cotton candy: 1 star. Homemade Sno Balls: 3 ½ stars.
Finally, at the midnight Beer Pong After Party presented by Last Cup in the CineVegas lounge, the lack of munchies earned a dismal 0 stars. The icy tubs of Busch Light flanking the six gaming tables, however, warranted a solid 4 stars for ironic effort.