‘Smith’s’ big bang

Behind the scenes at the killer pic preem

HOLLYWOOD — For the fans packing Westwood’s sidewalks, Tuesday’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” premiere was all about seeing Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive. For the industryites packing the Village Theater, it was all about seeing how New Regency spent a potful of money.

At the Village (with the Bruin as an overflow), there was an unusually strong crowd of heavyweights — Jeffrey Katzenberg, Brad Grey and Oliver Stone among them — checking out the pricey action pic the company fully financed.

“A company like ours has to act more like a major in making tentpole movies,” said New Regency production prexy Sanford Panitch. “There’s been a change in the marketplace where middle-budget films are harder to break out with.”

Company prexy David Matalon said making “Smith” is a “continuation of what we’ve been doing before. It’s just a more expensive continuation.”

After-party was at the Hammer Museum, where helmer Doug Liman pronounced himself happy with the way New Regency handled the checkbook.

“If I feel a studio is not behaving well, I’ll call them out,” said Liman. “But these guys are truly filmmaker friendly.”

Among those being friendly at the party were Fox’s Peter Chernin, Tom Rothman, Jim Gianopulos and Jeffrey Godsick; producers Akiva Goldsman, Patrick Wachsberger and Lucas Foster; plus guests Lindsay Lohan, Cindy Crawford, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jon Favreau.

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