'Narnia' writers enjoy long-awaiting release

HOLLYWOOD — IFC Films’ edgy mobster comedy, “You Kill Me,” was locked and loaded for its premiere Monday night at ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. Stars Luke Wilson and Tea Leoni attracted the most attention, especially Leoni, who brought along friend Garry Shandling.

Topliner Ben Kingsley was MIA, but that didn’t stop helmer John Dahl from commending the thesp’s perfand work ethic. “He’s such a genuine hardworking actor.”

Scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the script in 1997 as a calling card to the industry; they’ve since gone on to pen “The Chronicles of Narnia” movies. “This is the one we wrote to get an agent,” McFeely admitted. “We didn’t think it would actually get made.”

After the screening, attendees convened at Ritual, the new restaurant and nightclub at the former site of the White Lotus. The decor mixed what appeared to be Polynesian designs with psychedelic lighting fixtures, although most people focused on the array of appetizers — lobster wontons, short-rip lettuce wraps, squash blossoms and mini-burgers.

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