As the lights went down and the Turner Pictures logo appeared on the screen, the audience at the Gotham premiere of “Michael” heaved a collective sigh in recognition of the studio’s brief tenure.
But the melancholy moment passed as Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy worked its magic on everyone in the Museum of Modern Art theater. Andie MacDowell was angelic in a shimmering copper Anna Sui creation with wings attached. Those hoping for a glimpse of “Michael” star John Travolta in the flesh were disappointed, as he missed the Dec. 15 screening.
He did make it to the pic’s L.A. preem, which re-created the Gotham scene at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Thursday.
Spotted at both preems were cast members William Hurt, Jean Stapleton and Robert Pastorelli; director, producer and co-writer Ephron and her husband, Nicholas Pileggi; scripter Pete Dexter; producer Sean Daniel; exec producer and co-writer Delia Ephron; former Turner Pictures head Amy Pascal (who has since become Columbia Pictures prexy); and New Line distribution and marketing topper Mitch Goldman.
The MOMA gathering, which was hosted by MOMA chief film curator Mary Lea Bandy, also drew corporate brass, such as New Line Cinema chairman Robert Shaye, New Line prexy Michael Lynne, Fine Line prez Ruth Vitale and New Line TV head Robert Friedman. Turner Pictures publicist Betsy Sokolow was reunited with her mom, Diane Sokolow, who runs Phoenix Pictures’ New York office.
Spotted in the Gotham crowd were William Morris agent Johnnie Planco, Alan Alda, Lauren Bacall, Howard Stringer, Rosie O’Donnell, Kate Nelligan, Sally Kellerman, William Goldman, Mike McGlone and HBO NYC exec VP Colin Callender.
The L.A. crowd boasted execs such as TriStar prexy Bob Cooper and MGM’s Mike Marcus, helmers Rob Reiner and F. Gary Gray, and Steve Martin, Teri Garr and Randy Newman.
Few could resist sampling the six different pies (pecan, pumpkin, three-berry, lemon meringue, chocolate mousse and apple) served for dessert at the buffet dinner following both screenings.