NEW YORK – Despite heavy winds and rain, TriStar Pictures’ “Jerry Maguire” made its maiden voyage aboard Celebrity Cruises’ new vessel Galaxy, which was docked in New York’s passenger ship terminal for the Dec. 6 preem.
Arriving guests were put in a sporting mood with rousing performances by the Mount Olive (N.J.) High School Marching Band and the New York Knicks’ City Dancers. Before entering the ship’s theater (outfitted with a state-of-the-art Sony sound system and nightclub-style seating), Hollywood types mingled with their counterparts from the leisure industry at a champagne reception.
Among the stars orbiting the Galaxy were Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kelly Preston, Renee Zellweger, Regina King, Skeet Ulrich, Brian DePalma, Gwen Stefani, Ed Burns and Maxine Bahns, Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson, Peter Gabriel, Liev Schreiber and 6-year-old Jonathan Lipnicki, who napped during the screening but later strutted his stuff on the disco floor.
Representing the Sony fleet were Sony Corp. of America deputy president Ted Kawai, Sony Pictures Entertainment president and COO John Calley, SPE co-president Jeff Sagansky, SPE exec veepee Yuki Nozoe, Columbia TriStar vice chairman Lucy Fisher, TriStar prexy Bob Cooper, Columbia TriStar exec veepee of production Gareth Wigan, Sony Pictures Releasing prexy Jeff Blake and Columbia TriStar president of worldwide marketing Bob Levin.
Following the screening, partygoers enjoyed a buffet supper in the Galaxy’s glass-enclosed dining room overlooking the Hudson River. Later, the party moved up to the ship’s Stratosphere disco, where guests danced until the wee hours of the morning.