Dark laffer is met with high hopes

HOLLYWOOD –The mood was anything but somber at the Oct. 13 Westwood bow of Lions Gate’s black comedy “Eulogy.”

“We set out to make a film that would rid the world of human suffering — so in that sense, it’s an utter failure,” tyro helmer/scribe Michael Clancy quipped in his intro.

Post-unspooling, revelers tromped across the street to Palomino restaurant, where pic’s Kelly Preston shared birthday cake with John Travolta and pals (preem coincided with her 42nd birthday).

Ray Romano pointed — literally — to his own family when asked if the pic’s dysfunctional clan was anything like his own. “That’s my father over there,” he said. “So if you’ve got about a half-hour, you’ll probably see him do something that we could have put in the movie.”

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