Weinstein’s AFM party

'Southland Tales' premieres at the ArcLight

The Weinstein Co. parties at the AFM rarely disappoint. Bash held Friday night at the dimly lit Akwa on Fifth Street in Santa Monica was suave, subtle and well attended.

Company execs on hand to press the flesh included Harvey Weinstein, Glen Basner and Asian specialists David Lee and Bey Logan.

Guest list was filled with Asian bizzers including Avex’s Takashi Araki, Gaga boss Tom Yoda and Hakuhodo’s Takuo Minegishi, all from Japan; Eric Lin of China’s J.A. Media; and Truc “Charlie” Nguyen, Vietnamese helmer of “The Rebel,” a recent TWC pickup.

–Patrick Frater

“It’s been along time coming,” said “Southland Tales” helmer Richard Kelly at the pic’s ArcLight preem Friday night. He was undoubtedly referring to the trials and tribulations of getting “Tales” distributed after a less-than-stellar showing at last year’s Cannes festival. Pic’s stars Dwayne Johnson and Sarah Michelle Gellar were on hand to support the premiere, which was part of the 40th AFI fest. Guests were treated to an after-party on the seventh floor of the ArcLight’s parking structure, complete with a DJ and a projection of the film’s trailer. And although the night was foggy, guests enjoyed the view as best they could from the open-air deck.

–Byron Perry

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