HOLLYWOOD — Warner Bros. rolled out a gigantic red carpet covering about half the width of Hollywood Boulevard for its black-tie “Ocean’s Twelve” preem at the Chinese last week. The glam scene could have been mistaken for an Oscar-night dress rehearsal, particularly given the preem’s proximity to Acad kudos HQ.
In a town where it has long been OK to show up to a pic preem in jeans, the crowd seemed to relish the idea of playing dressup. Pic’s cast was certainly game: Tuxedoed stars George Clooney, Andy Garcia and Vincent Cassel led the pack, while Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle opted for slightly less formal though spiffier-than-usual duds.
“One look at the way we are all dressed,” Alan Horn said before the unspooling, “and you can see it is a very magical event indeed.
“Three years ago, almost to the day,” he added, “I remember thinking to myself, looking down at the cast assembled for ‘Ocean’s Eleven’: This will never happen again. And Jerry (Weintraub) said, ‘Yes it will.'”
Weintraub, who came up with the idea for the formal attire and party’s theme, said, “I wanted a ’40s thing, with a live band — Old Hollywood style.”
Interesting, then, that Young Hollywood took to the dance floor first, with the daughters of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore showing off their swing step.
In fact, most of the crowd didn’t get to the dance floor at all. Clooney, suffering from a back injury, had to sit through most of the post-preem soiree at Hollywood & Highland’s Grand Ballroom.
Among the guests were Sharon Stone, Prince, Radha Mitchell and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and the franchise’s new installment’s helmer David Yates.