HOLLYWOOD — With more than 2,200 guests in the Universal Amphitheater, Monday’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember” preem surely ranks as one of the summer’s biggest launches.
Producer John Lyons said the preem’s scale was in line with the pic’s physical production, which he called “20 times bigger” than the previous installments.
“This is the ‘Gone With the Wind’ of spy parody movies,” said Lyons.
New Line’s Michael Lynne called “Goldmember” the “perfect summer movie at the perfect moment. This is a film with no agenda except to make people laugh.”
And topper Bob Shaye said his company’s comedy franchise is “a movie of wonderful indulgence. It’s a pizza with pepperoni, sausage and anchovies.”
The preem party was held on the grassy concourse outside the amphitheater. Food was by Wolfgang Puck, and a superlative band named Funky Hippies performed a ’70s medley.
One unusual aspect of the party was the VIP area, which was placed on a black platform with chain-link fence walls that evoked the pic’s prison scene. Guests stepped up into an enclosure that looked like a mix between a kennel and the Crips-only weightlifting area in the San Quentin exercise yard. Somehow, the glamour was missing.
Among those grooving were New Line’s Toby Emmerich; director Jay Roach; stars Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael York and Verne Troyer; plus guests including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Garry Shandling, McG, Jackie Collins, Val Kilmer, Marvin and Barbara Davis, David Dinerstein, Brett Ratner, George Schlatter, Mark Johnson, Kevin Misher, Nick Reed and Doug MacLaren.