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No interruptions at ‘Girl’s’ preem

Book's author 'blown away' by pic

Everyone grumbles that movies are never as good as the books they’re based on, but turning the tables on that cliche was Susanna Kaysen, who wrote the book “Girl, Interrupted.”

“This is the first time I’ve seen (the film) in finished form, and I’m excited, overwhelmed and blown away,” said Kaysen — who, admittedly, may not be totally objective, since she’s the pic’s associate producer and co-wrote the screenplay.

“It made sense for (helmer James Mangold) to expand the characters, I don’t think the book as I wrote it would have been a great movie.”

Mangold said Wednesday at the Cinerama Dome he owed his success to the cast’s performances — “Winona, Angelina, Whoopi and Vanessa kept raising the bar a notch; even the extras we found were following the committment of the lead actresses.”

That would be Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg and Vanessa Redgrave.

But Jolie thought the perfs could have been better: “I always want more out of my girls. I want their whole lives, but everybody in (the film) worked very hard.”

Preem partygoers, packed into ultra-trendy the Sunset Room in Hollywood, also included pic’s Brittany Murphy, Elisabeth Moss, Mary Kay Place, Travis Fine and Jillian Armenante; producers Cathy Konrad and Douglas Wick; and guests Wes Craven, Kirsten Dunst, Melissa Joan Hart, Lenny Kravitz, Leelee Sobieski and Kevin Williamson.

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