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AFI/AFM 2004.2: Beyond The Sea

AFI/AFM 2004.2: Beyond The Sea

When I last left off, I was headed to drinks with my old college friend Henry. We met at a Chinese restaurant on Sunset and caught up. Henry works with producer Laura Ziskin’s office and while enjoying the success of their project Spider-Man 2, things seem to be picking up steadily for them with several things on the horizon including the Jamie Foxx film Stealth.

Afterwards, I made my way to my usual L.A. place of stay, the house of Ngoc Nguyen. Ngoc and I are old friends from her days working at SXSW. Since then she moved to L.A. and after a brief stint at Miramax, now works at CAA. Ngoc and I quickly went out to meet up with some friends of hers at a place called Continental.

After that, it was off to the AFI Fest Opening Night Party/L.A. Premiere Party for the film Beyond the Sea. I still haven’t seen this Kevin Spacey film, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the film’s subject Bobby Darin, especially because of the title song. At the Beyond the Sea party, I ran into a lot of the festival circuit folks, from reps like Bob Hawk, Seth Carmichael, and Jeff Dowd to journalists like Eugene Hernandez and Mark Olsen. I’m happy to see that a lot of the New York indieWIRE guys have made it out to the fest. We’ll have some fun for sure. Seems a lot of the fine NYC film folks are here, including Newmarket, THINKFilm, Wellspring, Palm, and more.

A swing band got started and we all expected Kevin Spacey to jump on stage and sing a few Bobby Darin tunes. No such luck. In fact, I didn’t spot Kevin Spacey at all. I did notice co-star Kate Bosworth walking in and taking a seat with some dude… and then realized that it was her boyfriend Orlando Bloom. She’s gorgeous. Damn you, Legolas!

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