Miramax throws party for Mike Judge's new comedy

Miramax topper Daniel Battsek admitted he was a latecomer to Mike Judge’s humor at the helmer’s “Extract” premiere on Monday. “But I’m definitely a convert!”

Battsek even stayed to watch the film at Hollywood’s ArcLight despite having seen it a few times already. “There are so many layers with Mike Judge,” he said after the screening. “I keep discovering little things in the film.”

Miramax hosted an after-party at nearby Boho, where colleagues in comedy Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Simon Pegg and Cheech Marin joined Judge and his cast, including Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis and Clifton Collins Jr.

Judge was also surrounded by his pic’s financiers, whom he’d decided to call “the gentlemen from Manhattan Beach.” After he’d attached Bateman (“I never had anyone else in mind”), the writer-director said he got half of the movie financed by these gents before Miramax came onboard as the North American distrib.

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