3-17 – Ah, the holidays. Family gatherings, gifts, parties.
One tradition we at Open All Night uphold every December is
attending movie premieres. Our gift lists unchecked, cookie
sheets cold, carols unsung, stockings unhung, we spend night
after night after December night going to movie premieres.
Oh yes, in addition to the big titles we’ve featured
earlier this month, we’ve plumbed our archives back
to the beginning of the month and rounded up a bit of what
the studios rolled out in this year’s Oscar rush.
With so many films
being released, and the new trend for simultaneous releases
all over the globe, even the stars themselves sometimes skip
the premieres. Michael Caine and director
Norman Jewison actually waited around for
us to get to the premiere of their Nazi thriller The Statement.
This unprecedented accommodation to the press was due to the
fact that the Jack Nicholson/Diane
Keaton vehicle Something’s Gotta Give
premiered the same evening (see coverage below).
At the premiere
of Tim Burton’s Big Fish,
no one dared to ask star Billy Crudup the
big question: how could he leave his pregnant girlfriend Mary
Louise Parker? Horror flick regular, 7’6”
actor Matthew McGrory (towering over Ewan
McGregor in photo at left), who is in Big Fish,
showed up at the previous night’s premiere, but nobody
recognized him, even though he’s hard to miss.
On a snowy Friday
night at the premiere of House of Sand and Fog, we
stared daggers at a woman carrying a screaming baby into the
theater, until we recognized the blonde man she handed the
infant to as Paul Bettany, husband of the
film’s star Jennifer Connelly. “You
like being a dad?” we asked? “I love it!”
Bettany replied, marching down the aisle, bouncing the tot.
Gere and Carrie Lowell turned up
at the premiere of Neve Campbell’s
dance-themed The Company, and at the overcrowded
and overheated after party at Elaine’s. Christina
Ricci was a no-show, but costar Charlize
Theron, a former model, was svelte and glamorous
again after gaining weight for her role as a serial killer
And now we’re
off to holiday shopping, cooking, cleaning, baking and entertaining.
But first we need a drink.