Kidman, Ferrell cast a spell on partygoers

NEW YORK — The stars of “Bewitched” pulled a disappearing act on the latter half of Monday’s Gotham preem, skipping out on the Lincoln Center after-party and a crowd of media heavyweights.

Nicole Kidman and Shirley MacLaine walked the sweltering carpet at the Ziegfeld, but didn’t continue on, leaving Will Ferrell as the only topliner in attendance. Yet, with helmer Nora Ephron‘s pals showing support, it was still a starry crowd, including Tom Brokaw, Barbara Walters, Frank Rich and Arianna Huffington.

So why a Gotham preem for a pic about Hollywood?

Sony topper Howard Stringer said the idea was perfectly sound considering Ephron was at the helm. “This is a Beverly Hills movie, but it’s shot with a New York state of mind.”

Ephron also shot “Bewitched” with a nostalgic mind.

“When I was young and went to the movies, special effects were so magical,” she said. “I would always want to see the movie again and again to see how the magic was made. I think computers have ruined much of the magic in movies, and I wanted to bring back some of its charm and modesty; to have the effects serve the story more, as they did so well in the series.”

(Zachary Pincus-Roth contributed to this report.)

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