Festive ‘Fockers’

Family fun reaches full tilt in new comedy

The year’s premiere season ended on a high note when the last major event of 2004 — Thursday’s “Meet the Fockers” launch at the Universal Amphitheater — had everything from Barbra Streisand on the red carpet to 3,750 guests at the screening.

U’s Mary Parent said the pic’s theme, though decidedly non-Christmasy, was timely because “what people are doing right now is spending time with their families — or figuring out how not to.”

“There’s no other time of the year when people crave a laugh like Christmas,” opined U’s Marc Shmuger.

The pic’s after-party was unusually large, with 20 buffets and an equal number of bars stationed throughout a 27,000-square-foot white tent decorated in a tropical South Florida design.

The big question was whether the center of attention, the mercurial Streisand (when staffers asked where “She” was, there was no doubt which “She” they meant) would attend the party. Preparations were in order: There was enough security on hand to handle Saddam Hussein‘s arraignment.

But it seems the diva got as close as the tent’s back entrance, then thought better of entering the fray.

Among those who did attend were U’s Ron Meyer, Stacey Snider and Scott Stuber; DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald; plus guests including Tom Pollock, Gary Ross, Lance Armstrong and Sheryl Crow, Tom Ortenberg, Laura Dern and the American Film Institute’s Jean Firstenberg, whose org received $225,000 from the benefit preem.

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