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iPOP at the New York Film Festival Closing Night Party for "21 Grams"

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire October 24, 2003 at 2:0AM

iPOP at the New York Film Festival Closing Night Party for "21 Grams"
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iPOP at the New York Film Festival Closing Night Party for "21 Grams"

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The final event for the 41st New York Film Festival was a somewhat more intimate (maybe 200 people) and less formal affair then the black-tie party at Tavern on the Green in New York's Central Park earlier this month, but it was nonetheless glittering. The party at Compass Sunday night followed the festival's final screening, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "21 Grams," starring Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts, Clea Du Vall, and Melissa Leo -- who all attended the festivities along with screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. As with the fest's opening night party following "Mystic River," photos were not allowed of Penn, but iPOP had more success this time around in getting shots of the other cast members from the night's film in addition to others attending the late-night party.

Actor/director Alan Cumming worked the room greeting friends at Compass. Prior to the screening earlier in the evening at Avery Fisher Hall, Cumming presented the Grand Marnier Fellowship Awards to three film students on stage. Also working the room was a giddy Watts who greeted friends including actor Ryan Gosling, singer Debra Harry, the ubiquitous Sylvia Miles, and the crew from Focus Features, which will distribute "21 Grams." Spotted grabbing a treat from the dessert spread was Robin Williams, while "Y Tu Mama Tambien" star Gael Garcia Bernal was seen having a smooch with actress Natalie Portman. To our chagrin, Bernal later refused a pic from iPOP (sans Portman), which came as a little surprise given his past enthusiasm.




"21 Grams" star Naomi Watts looked radiant at the after-party for the film at Compass in Manhattan late Sunday night, closing the 41st New York Film Festival. The actress seemed to be having a great time hobnobbing with a large table full of friends in addition to others who came by to congratulate and greet her.


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A very serious looking Benicio Del Toro at Compass. The actor stood next to his reserved table for the first part of the evening casually talking with people who crowded around him.


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"21 Grams" director Alejandro González Iñárritu and Focus Features co-president James Schamus mix with the crowd at the after-party.


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The film's strong performances was the subject of some chatter by screening attendees who later came to the party, including performances by Penn, Del Toro and Watts as well as Melissa Leo, pictured here with her partner Biff Russell at the event. Both earlier attended an intimate dinner for the film's cast, principal crew as well as execs from Focus Features and small number of invited guests before the screening.


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The film's screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga at the party. He commented that he was having a great time in New York and likened the city's energy to his home town, Mexico City.


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Note to all party throwers: Ensure a successful party and invite Alan Cumming! The actor/director dashed around the party spreading good vibes and had a ball chatting with friends. Earlier, he presented the festival's Grand Marnier Fellowship Awards at Avery Fisher Hall to the delight of the crowd.


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Talk show host Caroline Rhea at the party provided some good laughs.


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Talented actor Ryan Gosling has been a fav of iW since "The Believer" screened at Sundance in 2001. We're happy to report Gosling, who will appear next year in "The Notebook," is even hotter today and, more importantly, just as friendly.


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Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto at the party stopped for a quick photo. Musto, who, is also a part-time celeb in his own right, quietly worked the room performing his journalistic duties.


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