‘Rules’ uncovered

Wide range of industryites show up at Friedkin pic's preem

Exactly a week before Par’s preem of “Rules of Engagement,” Richard Zanuck’s big engagement was the Oscars. “I put in a lot of work with both projects,” the producer said. “The difference is: I worked last Sunday and tonight all I have to do is show up.”

Also showing up to view the William Friedkin pic at the Village Theater was a crowd that ranged eclectically from Placido Domingo to G. Gordon Liddy — pretty much the entire spectrum of what might loosely be termed “the entertainment industry.”

Liddy, once the Monica Lewinsky of ’70s presidential scandals and now an Atlanta-based talkshow host, was a big fan of the “Rules,” and said the plot point where a key piece of taped evidence is destroyed by a government official “was completely in keeping with the procedures of the Clinton/Gore administration.”

Par’s Rob Friedman also spoke well of the film, saying that it “brings together all the skills Billy has honed over the years: the intensity and drama of the action sequences combined with the drama of the courtroom.”

Those coming to the dramatic party at the Hammer Museum included Par’s Sumner Redstone, Jonathan Dolgen and Sherry Lansing; stars Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson and Guy Pearce; exec producer James Webb; plus guests Bob Evans, Marvin and Barbara Davis, Leonard and Wendy Goldberg, Beverly Camhe, Steve Stabler and Gloria Stuart.

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