Premiere greeted with warm approval

HOLLYWOOD — After New Line’s “Life as a House” unspooled at the Egyptian on Wednesday night, one could almost hear a collective sigh of relief as the risky project met with warm approval and heartfelt congratulations.

Director Irwin Winkler expressed gratitude to New Line since “the Hollywood community sometimes overlooks films that may not have the kind of formula that we’re all used to.”

Despite the risks, New Line topper Bob Shaye planted himself firmly behind the pic: “the inspiration that the film offers” is especially timely as “nobody knows what’s going to happen in this particular day and age.”

Among those drying their eyes before joining the soiree held in the Egyptian’s courtyard were New Line execs Toby Emmerich, David Tuckerman, Russell Schwartz, Lynn Harris and Richard Brenner; producer Rob Cowan; screenwriter Mark Andrus; AFI prexy Jean Firstenberg; pic’s Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Ian Somerhalder, Scott Bakula and Sam Robards; plus guests Michael Apted, Oliver Stone, Charlotte Ross and Jon Voight.

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