Bygone ‘Portrait’ preem

NEW YORK – Moviegoers attending the Dec. 7 premiere of Jane Campion’s “Portrait of a Lady” at the United Artists 64th Street and Second Avenue Theatre were transported to a realm of Old World elegance. The time warp continued at the party afterwards, where guests ascending the stairs of the Racquet and Tennis Club were serenaded by nearly two dozen violinists dressed in tails.Tom Cruise escorted his lady, ‘Portrait’ star Nicole Kidman, to the Gramercy Pictures preem, but left soon afterward to catch a plane to London, where he is shooting “Eyes Wide Shut” for Stanley Kubrick. The night before, the couple attended the Gotham premiere of TriStar’s “Jerry Maguire.”

Also attending the “Portrait” screening were Kidman’s co-stars John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey and Martin Donovan, director Campion, producers Steve Golin and Monty Montgomery, and co-producer Ann Wingate.

Representing Polygram were the company’s CEO Alain Levy and his wife, Caroline Southey, veepee of literary rights at Polygram Filmed Entertainment, as well as PFE prexy Michael Kuhn and Gramercy Pictures topper Russell Schwartz.

Spotted at the black-tie soiree, held in concert with the New York Academy of Art, were Harvey Keitel, Paula Wagner and Rick Nicita, Rosie Perez, Carla Gugino and her “Spin City” co-star Connie Britton, Dan Hedaya, Rebecca Miller, Bonnie Hunt, Martha Stewart, Brian De Palma, Gus Van Sant, Allen Ginsburg and Cuba Gooding Jr..

More than 600 partygoers meandered through the Victorian-style private club, whose library and dining and smoking rooms appeared to have materialized from the pages of a Henry James novel.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading