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Happy Birthday, Robert Altman!

So, I’m about to head to the airport for tonight’s flight to California, but I can’t leave without making a quick mention of today’s memorial service for the maverick American director. This afternoon’s salute was a funny, touching and celebratory tribute to Altman on what would have been his 82nd birthday. Held at the Majestic Theater on 44th St. here in Manhattan, the surrounding scene felt like a sequence from “The Player,” with many, many boldfaced names (including Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Glenn Close, Jim Jarmusch, Harry Belafonte, Bud Cort and countless others) mingling in the auditorium before and after the two-hour program. I’m really looking forward to writing up a report from the event during my plane trip and we’ll post the tribute in indieWIRE tomorrow afternoon. It was an emotional and fitting salute to the great filmmaker.

PICTURED ABOVE: That’s Altman producer Josh Astrachan speaking alongside his colleague Wren Arthur, on stage at The Majestic Theater today.

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