Sony Classics screens biopic at Lincoln Center

Before the New York Film Fest preem of “Capote” Tuesday at Lincoln Center, pic’s Philip Seymour Hoffman, helmer Bennett Miller, Sony Picture Classics execs and Sony topper Howard Stringer dined at Cafe des Artistes.

Although Warner Independent plans to release another pic about Truman Capote in the spring, the competing scripts did not intimidate those involved with “Capote.”

“We were aware that there was another project out there, but it wasn’t much of a concern for us,” pic’s scribe Dan Futterman said. “You kind of get blinders on when you are doing a project. I purposely avoided reading (the other script) because I didn’t want there to be any confusion in my mind about the story I was trying to tell.”

Gotham preem wrapped up the pic’s PR blitz, which included a stop last week in L.A.

After an unspooling Sept. 20 at LACMA, Hoffman and Catherine Keener recalled the suspicion they encountered — much like Capote and Nelle Harper Lee — during a train trip before shooting got under way. “They really thought we were up to no good,” Hoffman said of the train’s crew and passengers. “At some point they realized I had been in some storm movie years before and realized we were OK.”

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