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All eyes on ‘Beowulf’ at the premiere

3-D film wows star-studded audience

If there really will be a Second Coming of 3-D, then the first major sighting came at Monday’s “Beowulf” premiere.

“This is going to point things in another direction,” said Warren Beatty as he left the Village Theater. “And you have to leave your home to see it,” said Norman Lear. “This is historic.”

Both the Village and Bruin theaters had been fitted with Real D systems that included a silver screen that polarizes light and a device added to the digital projector that creates the left and right eyes images sequentially; the aud received special glasses.

Wearing those glasses was an unusually strong industry crowd that included pic’s helmer Robert Zemeckis along with Oliver Stone, Steve Tisch, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Helen Mirren and Lawrence Bender.

“Zemeckis is taking the medium by the horns and steering it into the future,” said co-writer Roger Avary. “He’s using it for his own specific control fetishes.”

For an event of its size and attendance, preem was a bit unusual in that there was no after-party. But funds that would have gone for the fiesta were donated to Zemeckis’ alma mater, the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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