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Garcia full of thanks

Thesp lives the good 'Lives'

At Tuesday’s Los Angeles Film Fest centerpiece screening of “Nine Lives,” helmer Rodrigo Garcia described his extensive ensemble cast as a “greedy fat boy’s answered letter to Santa.”

Cast members who stopped by the Academy screening — film marked Garcia’s return to features after several years of directing for cable — included Mary Kay Place, Joe Mantegna, Kathy Baker and William Fichtner.

Garcia said he was interested in making a movie about just one moment in the life of nine women, and decided to shoot each segment in real time.

Magnolia’s Eamonn Bowles, who recently picked up the pic for a September release, said he thought it “transcended the chick-flick label.”

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