Sony serves up ‘Punch’

Parky like 'Mardi Gras meets the Oscars'

CANNES — This is what more Cannes parties should be like: close (but not too close) to the Palais, calm, sane, sophisticated — and intimate.

Sony Pictures threw a swell party Sunday for just a few guests at the Palm Beach for competition pic “Punch-Drunk Love.”

“We are so thrilled for the reception Adam (Sandler) received tonight,” said Sony distribution chief Jeff Blake, a feeling that was shared by Col Sony honchos Gareth Wigan, Paul Smith and Revolution partner Rob Moore at the dinner buffet for 150. In fact, everyone in the room seemed to be on a high from the standing ovation the Paul Thomas Anderson pic received at its official screening.

“It’s like Mardi Gras meets the Oscars,” Moore said about his inaugural trip to the festival.

Those on hand reveling in the reception included New Line’s Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, producers/spouses Joanne Sellar and Daniel Lupi, Jack Valenti and the pic’s co-stars Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

And, despite the fact that the deejay was cranking up the music, some partygoers were working. Blake and a contingent of execs were happily examining the weekend grosses, in which Sony’s “Spider-Man” grabbed $46 million over the weekend despite the “Attack” from George Lucas.

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