'Broken' stars, studio exex mingle at Baoli, dinner
After keeping Cannes up past its bedtime Monday night with its Baoli-set blowout, Focus Features took the edge off Tuesday with an intimate buffet dinner celebrating the preem of Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Broken Flowers.’Of course, “intimate” in Cannes is 150 people at the Carlton Beach. However, the “Flowers” guest list ensured that the elbows one rubbed up against were at-tached to an industry player. Among them were director Jim Jarmusch, stars Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Julie Delpy and Pell James, producers Jon Kilik and Jean Labadie, Julian Schnabel, Willem Dafoe, Lions Gate vice chairman Michael Burns, CAA’s Bart Walker, Endeavor’s Brian Swardstrom and Focus execs David Linde and John Lyons. Focus beach frolic Focus Features decided to forego its annual swanky distributors’ luncheon this year and instead aim for a beachside blowout at far-flung Baoli Monday night at La Croisette’s end. Gambit worked as Focus traded in the Carlton’s stuffy space for a dance floor where guests got down ‘n’ dirty in the dark to hip hop beats and vintage disco tracks. Outside, in cabanas for zen and schmoozing, “Broken Flowers” stars Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton talked shop with helmer Jim Jarmusch and producers Stacey Smith and John Kilik, while Eddie Izzard held court at the bar ordering champagne and posing for photos with fans. By the door, Focus co-head David Linde hung loose with fellow execs John Lyons and Glen Basner, even offering one beleaguered colleague his ride as the party looked ready to rage all night long.
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