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iPOP at the New York Film Festival Opening Night Party at Tavern on the Green

iPOP at the New York Film Festival Opening Night Party at Tavern on the Green

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

As usual, the annual opening night party of the New York Film Festival at Tavern on the Green was a glittering affair, marking one of the N.Y. film calendar's biggest nights. The evening was definitely an uptown event with the opening night screening of Clint Eastwood's Cannes competition feature, "Mystic River," at Lincoln Center with the party at Tavern, which was all decked out with its usual outdoor lanterns, shiny ornaments, rococo-ish interiors and gleaming chandeliers. Invitees came out all dressed-up for the occasion as well, with a few jokingly calling it 'Prom Night.' Among the big names that showed up were Mr. Eastwood, as well as the film's stars, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, accompanied by long-time partner Susan Sarandon. Joining Mr. Penn at his table was cutie rising star Gael Garcia Bernal ("Y Tu Mama Tambien") as well as others mingling inside including Alan Cumming, director/artist Julian Schnabel and director Richard Linklater, who's film "School of Rock" opened in theaters over the weekend. iPOP had a more difficult time than usual getting pictures from the event. Security was much tighter than at most NYC film parties, and even past NYFF openers. While trying to get a candid pic of Eastwood, iW was told, 'no personal pictures.' Of course I responded that I was with the press, then came the retort. "Well, then definitely you cannot take pictures." So, here are some shots we did manage to get from the event on Friday night.










"Mystic River" director Clint Eastwood sets the tone of the evening's black tie event during the NYFF opening party at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. There was a crush of people trying for pics of celebrities seated for dinner at the party. This one was taken of Mr. Eastwood having a talk with a party-goer was snapped before iPOP knew pictures were not allowed 'especially for the press.'


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Director Richard Linklater had a very un-"Slacker" like weekend, attending the party at Tavern on the Friday night of his big opening of "School of Rock," which triumphed at the box office in its debut.


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Chairman of the NYFF selection committee and program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Richard Pena at the party.


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Producer/rep/author John Pierson and partner/wife Janet made their official outing back in New York after living for a time in
Fiji.


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NYU industry liaison and long-time NYC scenester (and Stonewall Riots veteran) Jeremiah Newton seated at the party with friend Sherry Baroness von Koeber-Bernstein. The Baroness' hat was, without a doubt, the Cat's Meow!!


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Film critic John Anderson with Diane Weyerman from the Sundance Institute and the Film Society's Marian Masone having cocktails.


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The team from Variety huddled for a bit outside under the lanterns in the cool autumn air, including Charles Isherwood, Lily Oei and David Rooney.


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IFC Films' Greg Forsten, his wife June, Jackie McGowan with her husband Eamonn Bowles from Magnolia Pictures inside Tavern.


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Actor Timothy "Speed" Levitch ("Scotland, PA") and date Sahar Farmanfarmaian begin tearing up the dance floor with shiny red cocktail in hand for inspiration.


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The big band, Vince Giordano's Nighthawks kept the event festive, playing against an even louder backdrop inside.


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"The Love Boat.... Soon will be making another run....." Doc, Julie and Isaac play their theme song at the Captain's Welcome Aboard party in the Lido Lounge. "Set a course for adventure, your mind on a new romance..." OK... actually it's composer Norman Noll (tearing up the keys), Kodak's Anne Hubbell and indieWIRE editor-in-chief Eugene Hernandez having their way with the grand piano as the crowd started to make their way out of Tavern at the end of the night. Where's the after-party?? Apparently some of the die-hards in the film community headed downtown to the Village to continue the festivities until the wee hours.


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