'Cooler,' 'Elf' fetes among fest's festivities
The Long Island society set rubbed shoulders with the indie film community for five days at the 11th Hamptons Intl. Film Festival, which peaked Saturday with a dinner hosted by New Line Cinema at East Hampton boite Nick & Toni’s.Fest kicked off with a casino-themed party for Lions Gate’s Vegas drama “The Cooler,” attended by director Wayne Kramer, stars Alec Baldwin and Maria Bello and exec producer Edward R. Pressman, the latter three with their mothers in tow. Montauk resort spot Gurney’s Inn was transformed into a gambling den for the occasion. New Line co-chair/co-CEOs Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne treated 125 guests to dinner and red wine from Lynne’s Long Island vineyard after unspooling company’s Christmas comedy “Elf.” “Elf” helmer Jon Favreau attended, along with Famke Janssen, Hamptons fest awards ceremony emcee Bob Balaban, jury member Illeana Douglas and Anna Deveare Smith, who appears in closing-night pic “The Human Stain.” Other guests in town during the fest included career honoree Joan Allen; Campbell Scott, accompanying his latest directorial outing, “Off the Map”; Roger Spottiswoode, with Showtime pic “Spinning Boris”; and Peter Webber, presenting “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” Also on hand were United Artists president Bingham Ray, Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Michael Barker and Samuel Goldwyn Jr., founder-prexy of Samuel Goldwyn Films. Newsday critic John Anderson hosted an In Conversation event with Broadway veterans Betty Comden, Patricia Neal and Fay Wray, all of whom are featured in Rick McKay‘s docu feature “Broadway: The Golden Age,” which screened at the fest.