A throng of 3,000 squeezed their way into the Regal 14-plex in Astoria, Queens, on Monday night to get a sneak peek at “Spider-Man 3” for the pic’s Tribeca — and North American –preem.
The scene was certainly chaotic as lines for Spidey snaked around the block in the character’s own backyard. Once inside — after cell phones were confiscated — the hierarchy of who was in what theater became quickly apparent. “I was in No. 1,” bragged one Sony exec at an after-party across the street at Kaufman Astoria Studios, where a soundstage was turned into a combination disco, lounge and video arcade, with PlayStations ringing the fete. “But theaters two and three were the real A-list.”
No matter who you were, or weren’t, the movie started an hour late in all 14 theaters. “Diddy and Scott Rudin were in my theater,” said another amused preemgoer, “waiting an hour to watch a movie in Queens!” At the party, relative calm prevailed as kids stuck to the PlayStation consoles — and “Spider-Man” photo booths — while their parents and other entertainment execs adults headed for the bar.
As opposed to the high-flying “Spider-Man 3,” the Warner Bros. premiere of “Lucky You” at Tribeca Tuesday night could best be described as under the radar. (Going up against Spidey this weekend, the pic may find itself with even less attention.) Festivities were not on tap at all, as stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore and Robert Duvall made their way down the red carpet outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, with “Lucky” helmer Curtis Hanson, who made the predictable pre-screening remarks, and… well, that was that. The film screened and the premiere was over. Buh-bye. Warner Bros. and the cast opted to celebrate the movie’s release over a private dinner.