Cast warms to Palace party

Though the Cinerama Dome is “not my favorite theater in the world,” in the words of writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, it was the chosen venue for the re-release of a Kasdan favorite: “The Big Chill.”

Post-screening, the director chilled at the concert-like after-party at the Palace, which was filmed for a VH1 production. As the director waited to meet one of the Temptations — who provided a key soundtrack song for the 1983 Columbia pic and who performed for the 500 guests Monday — the director mused that he was able to gather a stellar cast for his Columbia pic because “it was a different time. People cared about these kind of things. It wasn’t so much about business and money as it is now.”

The actors, Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams (but not William Hurt), were on hand; Kline called the film a true ensemble, which he defined as “everybody is making the same movie, everybody is of a like mind or in the same ballpark in terms of their commitment to the movie.”

Among the ensemble at the re-release were Tilly’s husband, John Calley, and sister Jennifer Tilly, David Foster, Salma Hayek, Scott Bakula, Judd Nelson, Denise Richards and Vincent Schiavelli.

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