Murphy credits Thomas for guiding his perf

HOLLYWOOD — At Wednesday’s Cinerama Dome “I Spy” preem, the film’s concept of two partners who often can’t stand each other but must work together (“The cornerstone of many relationships in Hollywood,” said Sony’s Geoff Ammer) was described by producer Andy Vajna as “like the ‘Odd Couple’s’ in the spy world.”

As far as getting the buddy chemistry right, star Eddie Murphy credited director Betty Thomas (with whom he also did “Doctor Dolittle”) as someone who “knows how to get the most out of me. She’s one of the few people I feel like, when I’m doing a movie, she’s really directing my performance. I’m in debt to her a lot.”

Among those bonding at the after-party were Sony’s John Calley, Amy Pascal, Jeff Blake and Peter Schlessel; producers Mario Kassar and Jenno Topping; plus guests Jim Wiatt, Brian Grazer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Jim Berkus, Emile Gladstone, Leonard Goldberg, Bryan Lourd, David Colden and Magic Johnson.

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