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With or without Bette, the party must go on.

That was the motto Monday night in Westwood at the world preem of Destination Films’ “Drowning Mona.”

The after-party, held tentside in a parking lot, was the perfect setting for the celebratory launch of Barry London and Brent Baum’s Destination Films.

Present were pic’s stars Casey Affleck, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, Peter Dobson, Will Ferrell, William Fichtner, Marcus Thomas, helmer Nick Gomez and producer Al Corley. The aforementioned Bette Midler was on location in N.Y.

Campbell regarded her role as a departure from her usual parts.”Comedy is challenging and intimidating, but I embrace the opportunity to do more of it,” she opined.

Newcomer Thomas compared the pic to a great episode of “The Jerry Springer Show.” “It’s frightening to know that families like the Dearlys really exist in America,” he said. While Curtis admitted to never seeing an episode of “Springer,” she described the cast as an inventive and loving one, “exactly the opposite of what I assume is displayed on his show.” Others in attendance included Casey’s big brother Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, David Cassidy, Chris Kattan, Jerry O’Connell, Rhea Perlman, Cheri Oteri, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Rapaport, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Van Holt and Luke Wilson.

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