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August 5, 2004 2:00 AM
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iPOP at the New York Premiere of "Open Water"

iPOP at the New York Premiere of "Open Water"

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

If you're a hydrophobe and you're dying to get the shit scared out of you, then "Open Water" is just the movie for you! The film, directed by Chris Kentis, will undoubtedly cause some people to rethink their scuba diving plans. But, water was the theme during the "Open Water" premiere after-party at the Coral Room in Manhattan, complete with a mermaid, "shark-tini" drinks and hors d oeuvres (most were pretty good, but that salmon cucumber concoction was nasty). The film's stars, Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis showed up and mingled comfortably with the large crowd, while actor Matt Dillon attended the Chelsea West screening as did "Blair Witch" guys Ed Sanchez and Gregg Hale from Haxan, Fisher Stevens from Greene Street, actress Vera Farmiga and others. The hot humid night didn't deter partygoers. Most made a bee-line to the bar upon arrival for a little liquid satisfaction.




Outside the Chelsea West following the New York premiere screening of their film, "Open Water," director Chris Kentis (right) with producer Laura Lau on the sidewalk en route to the after-party at Coral Room. Rajendra Roy (next to Lau), director of programming at the Hamptons International Film Festival, congratulated the two. The Hamptons hosted the world premiere of the film last October. "Open Water" then played Sundance where it was acquired by Lions Gate Films. The cute girl in the pic is Sabrina Kentis, the six-year-old daughter of Chris and Laura who has a brief appearance in the film on dry land.


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"Open Water" actress Blanchard Ryan has a little off the shoulder action at the photo call with co-star Daniel Travis at the Coral Room on Monday night. Both Ryan and Travis showed a little skin in the film prior to being dumped in the ocean, although apparently in the version that screened in the Hamptons, Travis gave a peek at some "drift wood." The version being released Friday, however, is rated R, so we all know what that means. Too bad!


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Actor/director Matt Dillon flashed a little chest outside following the screening. Dillon caught the eyes of plenty of passers by on 23rd Street as he strolled away after the movie.


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Lions Gate Films' VP of national publicity Melissa Holloway and John Squires, manager, national publicity at the Coral Room soaking up the fun. Holloway traveled to New York from LA for the event.


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"A Home at the End of the World" star Dallas Roberts (right) with Stephen Cooper of Jeremy Walker + Associates after the "Open Water" screening. Roberts apparently has a three-way with Colin Farrell (who also saw his assets cut in the final edit) and Robin Wright Penn in "A Home at the End of the World".


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It's unbelievable that two hotties like them have never been in iPOP before, but now that travesty has been corrected. Jessica Grant (left) and Christine Richardson, two of Jeremy's babes (we thought it might be fun to jokingly use another "B-word" to describe Jessica and Christine, but JW didn't seem too thrilled with that idea). The group pulled off a splendid event once again. The two were also very instrumental in making sure the iPOP IDs are correct and setting up photos. iPOP may go to the opening of an envelope, but we don't necessarily know everyone's names at all times (not that the "Open Water" party was an 'envelope,' it was definitely good times).


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Filmmaker Matthew Ross (from Filmmaker Magazine) and girlfriend Lulu Sylbert hung out with the indieWIRE folks at the party enjoying cocktails. Ross is also a former editor at indieWIRE.


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Producer Lisa Muskat (left) was a little shy at first about having her picture taken, but then caught that good old fashioned iPOP spirit when friend Jill Newell appeared. For the caption, Muskat said to identify Newell as "costume designer extraordinaire," prompting Newell to return the gesture, saying that we should call Muskat, "producer royale." Well, there you have it. The two are working on David Gordon Green's "Undertow."


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Actor Will Janowitz ("George Washington," "The Sopranos") took in the scene with date Megan Gage. Janowitz is always fun to hang out with, but we don't see him out and about as much as we'd like to. He's a hot actor with no 'tude. Oh stay that way!


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"Festival Bob" Giovanelli and Danielle Leef hung out at the party in the more crowded front area of The Coral Room. Drinks were a bit of a challenge to get at the beginning of the party. Everyone must've been a bit thirsty after their walk from 23rd near Eighth Avenue to the venue on Tenth Ave, especially in the sultry humid weather. Festival Bob works at the Hamptons fest, Sundance and a bunch of others, hence the nickname. Leef also works at HIFF.


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L.A.'s Standard Hotel has their sleeping human scantily clad in a dry tank in their lobby, while New York's Coral Room has their very own mermaid. One party attendee looked up at the woman swimming with the fish in the aquarium above the bar and said, "Wait, she used to be in my band." During the course of the evening, the mermaid would change costume, then jump back in the water. One particular favorite was her evening wear, complete with high-heel shoes, as she was swimming around in the tank, taking a break occasionally to rest on some coral and watch the crowd gawking at her in the bar. Here, she's donning Polynesian attire.


Photo by Jeff Israel

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