Though primarily in town to host his mag’s Oscar night party, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter also was hosting screenings for his documentary “The Kid Stays in the Picture.” The 90-minute pic unspooled four nights this week at the home of docu subject (and writer of the autobiography upon which it’s based) Robert Evans.
Screening attendees could easily flesh out a decent Oscar-night party: Warren Beatty, Quincy Jones, Julian Schnabel, Kirk Kerkorian, Jim Wiatt, Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Jeff Berg, Jack Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Jackie Collins, Leslie Moonves and Tom Freston were among the five dozen guests.
Thursday’s screening began with an intro by Carter and remarks by Evans, who noted the film shows the extreme downs as well as the extreme ups in his more than colorful life. The former Par topper ended by saying, “Hey, it’s a lot easier to watch it than to live it.”
Post-screening, Fran Liebowitz said she thought the film “evoked a period as much as an Edith Wharton novel. This could be a companion piece to ‘Shampoo.’ “