‘Rat’ lures big cheeses

HBO preems telepic with party pack

“The Rat Pack” packed ’em in on both coasts, as HBO gave a pair of ring-a-ding wingdings for the telepic.

In L.A., HBO Pictures topper John Matoian, director Rob Cohen, exec producer Neal Moritz, scripter Kario Salem and actors Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Angus Macfayden and Joe Mantegna received congrats at Tuesday night’s homage to old Hollywood and its notorious quintet at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Among the guests were Ving Rhames, Quincy Jones, James Caan and Kevin Pollack, with everyone invited to follow “the pack” to the elaborate after-party at the Ebell of Los Angeles.

A big band swung vintage tunes, and a Vegas-inspired casino down the hall included a neon “Sands” hotel marquee illuminating the leopard-print bar. Partygoers gambled away, smoking cigars and snapping their fingers to the tunes of the legendary blue-eyed crooner.

The film disclosed how Frank Sinatra, in between carousing with his bad boy brigade of Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, managed to help get John F. Kennedy elected President.

On Friday, the pay-cabler’s preem in East Hampton brought together a mix of players from entertainment and politics.

The supper bash at Sapore di Mara was presided over by HBO chairman Jeff Bewkes and Matoian. The actors from the telefilm, including William Petersen and Bobby Slayton, mixed with film biz heavyweights Ethan Coen, Jim Sheridan, Arnold Kopelson, Stanley Tucci and Robert Shaye and the likes of George Stephanopoulos, Kurt Vonnegut, Jimmy Buffett and Don Hewitt.

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