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iPOP at the New York Premiere of Todd Solondz's "Palindromes"

iPOP at the New York Premiere of Todd Solondz's "Palindromes"

by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

The indieWIRE editors were excited to attend the New York premiere of Todd Solondz's "Palindromes," which Wellspring is opening in New York and Los Angeles this week. We've both seen the film multiple times, and we decidedly have fallen into the group of people who really really like the movie. Despite yesterday's review by the Reverse Shot folks in indieWIRE, we laughed hysterically with -- not at -- the film, but we fully appreciate it to be a polarizing work -- a la Todd Solondz. Anyway, enough of that, this is fluffy all about the surface iPOP, so time to get some cocktails and on to the party...

We went about covering the opening a bit differently this time. To be honest, we don't exactly know why, but the trusty iPOP camera found its way onto the official photo line up before the screening -- hence the plethora of posed pics with the "Palindromes" poster behind, and the dearth of scenes from the party. Were we not confident in our ability to run around and get all the pictures we needed at the party itself? Who knows, but the party, held at CAIN in Manhattan's neighborhood for all things clubby, West Chelsea, had a big and somewhat annoying VIP section, so perhaps the official photo line up was just as well...










"Palindromes" star Ellen Barkin gave a cute pose along with "Palindromes" director Todd Solondz prior to the screening of the film at Clearview's Chelsea West. iPOP tends to stay away from the red carpet photo call type thing, preferring to get people looking their best with the au naturale look. But, this adds a little diversity in the grand scheme of things. Todd, who gave this quick pose for the assembled photographers, tends to take off his glasses before he gets his picture taken, although he actually looks very cute in them. Introducing the film, Todd praised his actors, recognizing them all -- there are many -- individually, and finally commenting before the lights went out, "I hope you enjoy this very saddest of all my comedies."


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"Palindromes" star Stephen Adly-Guirgis takes his walk in front of the "Palindromes" and Gotham Magazine posters for his time in front of the cameras prior to the screening. iPOP had hoped to find the moment at the party, which Gotham Magazine sponsored, when Stephen and his sister, Wellspring's Marie-Therese Guirgis, were standing together for a candid snap, but it didn't happen...


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Jennifer Jason Leigh, who along with more than a half-dozen people plays the central role of Aviva in "Palindromes," arrived hand in hand with Noah Baumbach, director of "The Squid and the Whale," which won both the Director's Award and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award this year at Sundance. Samuel Goldwyn Films will spearhead the film's release this fall in the U.S. (and other regions of North America) while Sony Pictures Entertainment is covering the rest of the world (yes GWB fans, there is a world outside the U.S.).


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Pictured here are six more cast members who played Aviva in the film. Prior to the screening, actors walked the short red carpet outside and had their photos taken, then walked in the theater lobby where yet more photographers (including us on this occasion -- but hopefully not again for a long time) were ready to flash. Although the number of photogs inside were limited, it was still competitive, with obvious veterans of the photo call world being quite aggressive in dominating the attention of whoever was posing, even when they didn't know who they were. iPOP didn't have the most ideal position, so a little creativity was needed. When the Aviva's were staring at one obnoxious picture taker who was yelling at them to, "Look at me, look at me!!!!" iPOP yelled out, "HEY AVIVA!!!" And all the kids turned our way, and laughed. Whatever works... Pictures left to right: Rachel Corr, Valerie Shusterov, Will Denton (the only boy Aviva), Shayna Lavine, Hannah Freiman and Emily Sledge-Toon.


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"Happiness" star Dylan Baker headed in to see "Palindromes," with a quick 'hello.'


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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman seemed to be circumventing the photo line, and walked by the concessions area on his way to the theater, but a couple of us lecherous types turned around and snapped anyway (actually he didn't seem to mind). Hoffman recently finished work on "Capote," directed by Bennett Miller ("The Cruise"). The film focuses on the period when flamboyant author Truman Capote did research for his famous work "In Cold Blood."


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Matthew Faber, pictured here, takes on his role as Mark Wiener in "Palindromes." One scene with him toward the end of the movie had us literally falling out of our chair laughing. Anyway, here he sports a whole new look, with the film's poster in the background, once again. Before the stars arrived, one invited guest in the lobby (at least we assume he was invited) stared at the poster with a perplexed look on his face, and eventually turned to us and asked, "Is this an animated film?" Our response, "uh, no it's not." He then said, "Oh god, good..."


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We don't really know how to explain The Sunshine Singers without going into too much detail about the movie, so just go see it and judge for yourself. One of their songs though, kept us humming long after the movie. From left to right on the top: Ashleigh Brickel, Tyler Maynard (white jacket), Khush Kirpalani (pink stripes), Joshua Eber (glasses, red handkerchief in pocket). Next row: Sydney Matuszak (green dress), Alexander Brickel (glasses, blue/yellow stripes), David Castro (baseball cap), Dontae Huey (blue/white stripes, diamond stud earring), and Risa Jaz Rifkind (down in front with gray shirt). This group along with the Avivas sat toward the back of the theater, and we could hear them giggle with excitement as they saw themselves in the movie.


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"Palindromes" cast member Tyler Maynard plays Jiminy (one of the Sunshine Singers) in the film. A little challenge to iPOP readers: Go see the film and see if you can guess his "handicap." Tyler, who is also starring in the new Broadway musical, "Altar Boyz," took a quick pic with Wellspring's head of distribution Ryan Werner just outside the VIP section (see rope in back) at CAIN during the after-par-tay.


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With the screening successfully over, and the party well underway, several of the Wellspring crew could breathe a sigh of relief and grab a drink. Left to right are David Mueller (marketing/publicity), Marissa Keselica (theatrical sales), Rob Williams (acquisitions) and Vanessa Arteaga (production executive).


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