Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin ("Little Miss Sunshine") took to the stage Thursday night at the Gramercy Terrace at the Gramercy Hotel for an impromptu-ish performance at the NYC premiere of "Janie Jones," directed by David M. Rosenthal. In the film, also starring Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Shue, Brittany Snow and Joel David Moore, she plays the daughter of a rocker (Nivola) who unexpectedly is left with her as he embarks on a comeback tour. He refuses to believe she is his child, but her mother (Shue) takes off for rehab and there's no place else for her to go but on tour with the band.
In his review of "Janie Jones" iW critic Eric Kohn notes about the actress, "Breslin shows signs of clear maturity since her 'Little Miss Sunshine' days" and also observes about the director's approach: "But if there are rules for making this sort of routine scenario work, Rosenthal has studied them well, issuing the restraint of a filmmaker aware that many wrong steps could be taken."
Tribeca Film opens "Janie Jones" beginning October 28th.
Breslin sang two songs Thursday night, the first one can be seen here. The song is called, "Fight for Me."
Also check out an exclusive scene from the film here.
Attendees at Thursday's party included: Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, Frank Whaley and director David M. Rosenthal with additional guests Nicole Atkins, Hugo Becker, Gregg Bello, Pepper Binkley, Tom Brokaw, Josh Charles, Ron Claiborne, Chloe Flower, Nanette Lepore, Meredith Ostrom, Parker Posey, Simone Sandri, Nev Schulman, Kim Stolz, Celia Weston. Tribeca sponsor American Express hosted (aka, bought everyone's drinks).