indieWIRE: BUZZ: Christmas Bashes, John Woo News, and A Big Winter for
by Wendy Mitchell, with reports from Eugene Hernandez and Erin Torneo
indieWIRE contributor Dave Ratzlow has joined the programming committee of
the Gen Art Film Festival. The 2003 festival, held in New York, is slated
for April 2-9.
Kristin Borella has left Bumble Ward & Associates to join MGM as VP of
Lewis O’Neil and Stephen Rockabrand have joined Newmark Communications‘
entertainment division as senior executive consultants. Both previously
worked at The Premiere Marketing & Distribution Group.
GANGS ALL HERE: The glitterati were out in full force for the “Gangs of New
York” premiere on Monday night. In the crowd at the Ziegfield and the New
York Public Library after-party: Scorsese, the Weinsteins, Leo, DDL (as we
like to call Mr. Daniel Day-Lewis), Cameron Diaz, Bono, Billy Joel.
indieWIRE wish we could report on rubbling elbows with Jimmy Fallon, Jack
Black, Natalie Portman, and Nicole Kidman, but alas, we weren’t invited to
this bash. Hey Miramax, just because we’re indie doesn’t mean we don’t like
a good epic (or slinging a few back with Bono) now and again!
CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES: In news from events we actually attended, the
Christmas party circuit is heating up. Tuesday night, Fine Line held its
bash at stylish Latin restaurant Chicama (with the best free food we’ve
eaten in a while). In the crowd: director Lucy Walker (who told us about the
thriller she’s developing for the the Weitz brothers to produce), the Falco
PR team, writer Erica Abeel, party fixture Mark Rabinowitz, Nerve’s Rufus
Griscom, Andrew Johnston from US Weekly, Steve Gallagher and Scott Macualay
from Filmmaker Magazine, Springer Chicoine’s Michelle Moretta, and of course
the hospitable Fine Line team. We got so tipsy on the excellent mojitos that
we unfortunately didn’t make it to the Reel Roundtable’s fete later that
evening, instead deciding it was a good idea to crash Focus Featyres’
party/benefit for “The Pianist” at the Central Park Boathouse. Making the
soignee scene: Adrien Brody and his very cool parents, Focus’ James Schamus,
This is That’s Ted Hope and Anthony Bregman, John Cameron Mitchell, actress
Celia Weston, and some poor girl who got so drunk her friends had to carry
her onto the Central Park Trolley later. At Wednesday night’s Falco Ink
gathering at Hurley’s Saloon, it was a steamy party (literally). Adrienne
Bowles and Deatte Kearns from Focus Features, Tom Geier and Owen Glieberman
from Entertainment Weekly, RJ Millard from IDP, Thelma Adams from US Weekly,
Newmarket’s Beth English, Film Forum’s Harris Dew, photographer Robin
Holland, and “At The Angelika” host Alison Bailes enjoyed the highbrow
(crabcakes) to lowbrow (mozzarella sticks and pigs-in-a-blanket) snacks and
SARASOTA UPDATE: Richard Dreyfuss will be this year’s Regal Entertainment
Career Achievement Honoree at the 2003 Sarasota Film Festival. He’ll be
honored at a February 1 black-tie soiree, underwritten by Bank of America,
at the Ritz-Carlton there (hopefully not featuring any roasted “Jaws”). The
fifth annual Sarasota fest runs January 24-February 2 with screenings,
premieres, symposiums, and parties. For details on the Dreyfuss dinner or
the festival in general, visit www.sarasotafilmfest.com.
CIVILIZED NEW YORK: “Civilized people deserve to have a civilized meal in a
great restaurant,” Peggy Siegal told a group of guests on Wednesday night.
Publicist and party planner Siegal, legendary for her swanky, star-studded
affairs on behalf of entertainment clients, organized Wednesday’s dinner at
the Grill Room of the Four Seasons to celebrate the tribute to Diane Lane at
Lincoln Center. Director Adrian Lyne (“Unfaithful”), actors Sandra Bernhard
and Billy Zane, critics Joel Siegel of “Good Morning America,” Thelma Adams
of US Weekly, and Jonathan Foreman from the New York Post were on hand along
with the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Joanne Koch and Joanna Ney.
WOO GOES GANGSTER: Director John Woo is presenting a new restoration of
Jean-Pierre Melville‘s 1970 thriller “Le Cercle Rouge,” which Rialto
Pictures will release in early 2003. This is the first time the complete
version of the film has been shown in the States; it was released as the
English-dubbed “The Red Circle” with 40 minutes chopped off. The new,
140-minute restored version will open January 10 at New York’s Film Forum,
and will then hit other venues around the country. The heist flick stars
Alain Delon and Yves Montand. Woo says, “‘Le Cercle Rouge’ is a classic
gangster film by the coolest, most stylish auteur of his time.”
MAGGIE WATCH: It’s going to be a good winter for It Girl Maggie Gyllenhaal.
First, she’s up for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her
role in the S&M love story “Secretary.” She’s also signed on to co-host
the 2003 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony with Steve Zahn. Sundance
Channel will broadcast the awards ceremony live on January 25 at 9 p.m. Both
Gyllenhaal and Zahn are Sundance vets who previously received special jury
prizes for their work.
“If you want to know about it, read the book, but I’m not going to say
anything about it.”
Chuck Barris, subject of “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” doesn’t tell
Vanity Fair‘s George Wayne much about his alleged C.I.A. work.
Next week in indieWIRE, our industry roundtable discussion with Bob Berney
of Newmarket Films, Eamonn Bowles of Magnolia Pictures, and Ted Hope of This
Is That. Plus, Howard Feinstein‘s report from the Havana Film Festival,
David Sterritt and Mikita Brottman‘s review of “Gangs of New York,” and our
picks for the best undistributed films of the year. [Wendy Mitchell, with
reports from Eugene Hernandez and Erin Torneo]